How are the birthers taking their defeat? I wrote already about Orly Taitz reconsidering her options. Many of the “usual suspects” haven’t published since the election, but here are some reactions from the Bad and the Ugly lists.
Canada Free Press
Not just a birther site, the Canada Free Press expresses a markedly gloomy outlook in an article by Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh that begins:
Our Constitutional Republic died a peaceful death on November 6, 2012. Having reached the point of no return in a comatose state after years of progressive and illegal immigration assaults, the fabric of conservative society is now completely unraveled and Uncle Sam’s America is no more.
More interesting and perhaps more troubling is the invocation of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in an article by Doug Hagemann, “Turning a political decision into your spiritual mandate.” Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and founder of the Confessing Church in Germany, a group that denied the authority of the Nazi state over the churches in Germany. Their manifesto, the Barmen Declaration, seems perhaps mild by today’s standards, but was certainly heroic in its time (note that Lutherans are called the Evangelical Church in Germany). Author Hagemann, however, didn’t mentioned Barmen, but rather focused on the capitulation of much of the church in Germany to the Nazis. While I know Bonhoeffer from his books: Letters and Papers from Prison and The Cost of Discipleship, most know him for his participation in a plot to assassinate Hitler for which he was imprisoned and executed. Even though the article says (at the very end), “Make no mistake – this is obviously not a call for violence, but a call for leadership to every Christian living in the United States,” and I would hold up Bonhoeffer as a man worthy of study and emulation, still the invocation of him in the present and the comparison of the United States to the Nazis is troubling.
CDR Kerchner (Ret)’s Blog
Charles Kerchner features a picture of the US Constitution being burned in a basket to highlight his article “Obama Wins—Our Republic Loses.” One must ask whether any actual Constitutions were harmed in the writing of that article. Kerchner sees the country heading towards socialism, and the public apathetic.
The Steady Drip
The Reverend Doctor Samuel O. Sewell has taken a markedly philosophical approach to the election results saying in his article “Post Election Resolve”:
I have been so involved in politics that I have neglected friendships, business, and my spiritual foundation. So my response to the election results is to reverse that trend; build my own prosperity, nurture my relationships with family and friends, and spend more time with my spiritual activities. Bunny says, “Now maybe I’ll get my husband back.” As I look at my adjusted attitude I think it is actually healthier post election than pre-election.
I don’t know when this happened, but the Obama’s Garden blog has gone private, and I have removed it from my list.
Dr. Kate feels frustrated by the similarity in the two main political parties, writing in her article “There Should be No Doubt” that:
satanistsbanksters who have ruled our country since at least 1913 are still in charge, toying with us all on the same chessboard. It is finally time for a real third party to form…
Obama Release Your Records
ORYR has labeled the re-election of Barack Obama “Usurpation 2.0” in a new group of articles actually reporting other groups’ content. They are reporting Donald Trump’s “revolutionary” twittering on Election Eve, Taitz’ reconsideration, and in an article “This is Not a Government” by the Liberty Legal Foundation, where the issue of that killing of terrorists by the United States was raised. These summary killings are of concerned to many, but the LLF uses it as proof that the United States government no longer follows its own laws in a more general sense.
After not finding much at so many of the sites I checked, I had some hope that American Thinker would provide more juicy content, and I was not disappointed. Daren Jonescu, in an article “A Few Things I Never Want to Hear Again,” sums up his reaction to the election this way:
Tired. That is my overriding sensation as I write this. How to bang one’s first impressions of hell out on a keyboard?
Monty Pelerin’s post-election article “Obama’s Election Seals Our Fate,” is more explicitly dire:
The Obama re-election dooms the country. …
Obama’s vision of how the world works ensures a dire economy until an economic collapse resets everything. The rest of the world, apparently bigger Obama supporters than U.S. voters, will not be immune from the consequences.
If you are interested in now many different ways it can be said that we are “doomed,” read Pelerin’s article.
The Birthers.org says that it’s closing down after offering a congratulatory note to President Obama:
We have had a big difference in the term Natural Born Citizen with your supporters, and while I can still think I am correct I do respect the will of an informed body politic.
We had our chance to explain to America what we believe in and they rejected our argument. …
God Bless everyone, Obots included. May God protect Israel, for it appears that only God will protect them. Perhaps this is His plan after all.
Well God bless you too.
The Obama File
Beckwith at The Obama File is not so gracious, saying in a forum post titled “The coup d’état is complete”:
We now effectively have a Marxist dictator, Barack Obama, who will rule by his decree — the executive order — sitting in the White House.
One of the chain emails I saw this election cycle was some nonsense about Obama issuing more executive orders than all other presidents combined. In fact Obama is on the extreme low end of executive orders issued, as I reported in my article, “Obama executive orders: debunked.” I actually agree in part with Beckwith in his assessment of what will happen under a second Obama administration, such as the full implementation of ObamaCare. And it is likely that immigration reform will create a large number of new voters already alienated by the Republican Party. New appointments to the Supreme Court could move the court back to the center.
What stuck me about all of this is the paucity of “birtherism.” These folks are either getting on with their lives, or moving on to standard right-wing nut job anti-government rhetoric.
Was birtherism, as I have suspected all along, a political smear masquerading as a conspiracy theory, one that has outlived its own raison d’etre?