Both Batman and The Joker said in the 1989 movie Batman, “you made me.” The arch enemies were responsible for who the other became. At least at the level of cartoon sophistication1 Obots and birthers are arch enemies, although only the Obots have the right to say “you made me.” I hope, however, that the Obots, and this writer in particular, are not simply negative reflections of the birthers, differing only in their opinions on certain questions of fact. I think that they actually differ in many substantive ways, and in particular how serious they are.
I hope I don’t take myself too seriously because despite the apocalyptic language coming from the birthers, I don’t really consider the birthers a serious issue. Sometimes I make fun of myself with silly pictures of me. Have you ever seen a birther making fun of himself? No, birthers are all dead serious in preparing for the national cataclysm that never comes, hoping for the denouement of Obama that never happens, and hoping for respectability and recognition that has never and will never be theirs.
Yes, birthers are dead serious about a conspiracy theory of Biblical proportions. I’m just trying to understand them, and if I never completely succeed, no big deal.
1OK, some cartoons are more sophisticated than that.