It’s hard to remember exactly what I was thinking in December 2008 when I started this web site. Before this blog, I argued about Obama’s eligibility on my personal blog and another online forum. I think the main impetus for the site was just to document an argument so I wouldn’t have to repeat it over and over in email and elsewhere. In building the site, I have striven for two things: to make the site attractive and accessible, and to make the site authoritative and informative.
The site is attractive and accessible enough so that 20,000 different people visit the site on an average month (plus feed subscribers and syndication). What’s important, though, is that second goal, authoritative and informative.
I have dedicated myself to telling the truth as best I know it, and I have expended much time and effort looking up references so the reader knows where to go for primary sources and documentation. I think that attention to detail has built up a great well of trust among my readers, and I don’t just mean the regular commenters here, but authors, newspaper fact checkers and researchers, from whom I get the occasional inquiry or thank-you. This web site is a great way for someone new to the topic to get a handle on what the story is, and where to go for more.
The fact of the matter is that there are a lot of birthers out there, millions. But I cannot think of one person that I respect as an intelligent person of integrity that turned out to be a birther. Birthers are indeed the right-wing nut jobs, the crackpots, the con men, the conspiracy theorists, the xenophobes, nativists and racists. Frankly I don’t care what that bunch believes. I don’t take credit for this, but the thinkers in the country, the newspaper editors, judges, and decent folks everywhere wouldn’t give a birther the time of day. Everybody that matters is convinced, and that is why I say: