I had a special opportunity today to meet a young man who was a gold medalist at the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens. I’ve done some volunteer work with the Special Olympics over the years, and I along with the other folks I know find, interacting with these intellectually disabled people an enriching experience. Just the thought that anyone would take advantage of the disability of these folks enkindles outrage.
Birthers, although not necessarily lacking in intelligence, are disabled in certain critical discriminatory skills (a form of intellectual disability), and most are easy to take advantage of. While birthers in general are nowhere as pleasant and agreeable as Special Olympians, nevertheless it still upsets me to see their disability exploited. That brings me to Bob Unruh and his latest birther article at WorldNetDaily, “Eligibility resurrected: Congress pays attention.”
Unruh uses phrases like “[Zullo] testified [in an Alabama case] that the White House computer image of Obama’s birth certificate contains anomalies…” when in fact Zullo did not testify in any normal sense of the word, but provided an affidavit that was submitted with one of the briefs to the Alabama Supreme Court, a body that won’t be holding a trial, considering any evidence at all, nor taking any testimony. Unruh is taking advantage of the intellectual disability of the birthers to look at the details of what is being said.
In another example Unruh says:
Zullo also has noted that the governor of Hawaii was unable to produce an original birth document for Obama, and it should have been easy to find.
Note the false equivalence between “produce” and “find.” Governor Abercrombie didn’t find anything he could legally produce (release of birth certificates being restricted under Hawaiian law), but this is not equivalent to being able to find the birth certificate. I can “find” the US Gold Reserve at Ft. Knox, but I cannot “produce” it. Again, abusing the intellectually disabled with this clever trick of language.
The intellectually disabled birthers are also disposed to believe outright lies in addition to falling for misleading language, for example:
The argument over Obama’s eligibility first was raised by Hillary Clinton’s campaign when she ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008.
And of course, Unruh’s still demanding Obama’s elementary school records.
It really makes me angry.