Is the definition of “birther” expanding?
I was reading up on this event called “Ride for the Constitution” October 11-13 to shut down Washington DC (even more than it already is) this weekend. Georgia Trucker Earl Conlon started the mainstream version of the story in an interview with US News & World Report. There was some back and forth about whether the truckers were going to try to arrest Congressmen and the President, or just hold “citizen grand juries.” Conlon later retracted his claim that thousands of truckers would circle the DC Beltway at 55 mph, saying that his purpose in making up the story was to call attention to the problems in Washington (read story at TPM Muckraker), and media organizations started reporting the story as a bogus.
So it’s all a hoax, right? This may be an attempt to run really fast to get out front and claim to be the leader, but former country singer Zeeda Andrews (no I’d never heard of her), claims that she is the real organizer of the event, and that Conlon is nobody. On her Facebook page, Andrews wrote:
Hello everyone, I can tell you as the founder of Ride For The Constitution that Earl Conlon acted on his own and is not and never has been a spokesperson of this event. This is a peaceful event that will have the assistance of Law enforcement from DC, Va and Md. This is pure Provocateur on Conlon’s part and anybody releasing false information.
So why am I talking about this on the Obama Conspiracy Theories blog?
When I think of the word “birther,” a number of individuals well known to my readers comes to mind, along with a handful of web sites. Polls tell us that the extent of birtherism is far greater than the visible activist nub. These days the crazies you read about in the newspapers are not most often described as “birthers,” but if you scratch any right-wing nut job, you may find a birther underneath, such as Ms. Andrews, who elsewhere on Facebook called Obama’s birth certificate a fraud.
News Hounds has a post titled “Van Susteren Promotes Birther ‘Ride for The Constitution’ Protest to Shut Down Washington Even More.” Of interest here is that nothing in the article ties anyone involved with the “protest” with what we traditionally call a “birther.” The articles cites rather a comment by Andrews on YouTube that Obama and Osama bin Laden are the same person. This is the full Andrews comment at YouTube:
The fact that these soldiers were set up to die in a no return operation is obvious they had knowledge that Obama didn’t want leaked. This is the Seals that killed Osama Bin Laden. I don’t believe this story. He is alive call me crazy but, Osama Bin Laden is our President Obama do your research. The CIA has been preparing for this since he was a boy. They have same height, bone structure, hands and ears both are left handed the Osama face was created by Hollywood. The fox is in the hen house.
So my question here is whether any nut-job belief about President Obama now qualifies someone as a birther.
- Washington Times: “Disorganization undermines truckers Ride for the Constitution”
- Truckers Ride for the Constitution Facebook page
- Right Wing Watch: “Who is Behind The Truckers Rode For The Constitution?”
- US News & World Report: “’Truckers for the Constitution’ plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen”
- Washington Post: “Threat of Capital Beltway shutdown is a hoax, trucker says”