Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and birther attorney Larry Klayman, addressed a group estimated at about 200 yesterday, followed by a march to the Capitol. Klayman reiterated his racist and bigoted views, saying:
[Obama’s] not the president of “we the people,” he’s a president of his people.
Media Matters for America observed that the abortive “Ride for the Constitution” trucker strike was also organized by a birther and concluded :
If anyone’s surprised that a proud and unapologetic birther (in 2013!) was front-and-center at a right-wing anti-Obama rally this week, or that the birther charade plays a central role in government shutdown activism, then they haven’t being paying close enough attention to the conservative movement in America.
Media Matters does agree with the birthers on one thing—the mainstream media is not covering the birther insurgency, calling it their “blind spot.”
Amidst the avalanche of news coverage and commentary about the shutdown, the birther strain that runs through important parts of the Republican Party remains essentially off limits for Beltway reporters and pundits. That’s a mistake. I’m not suggesting it’s the dominant story of the day or that it requires constant attention. (Or that birtherism afflicts Senate Republicans.) But it remains a pivotal flash point that provides crucial context for trying to understand the completely unprecedented nature of the current crisis and the mindset fostering it.
While not attributing birtherism to any Senate Republicans, Media Matters notes 8 Representatives who have made pro-birther remarks: Steve King, Mark Meadows, Ted Yoho, Steve Stockman, Jeff Duncan, Blake Farenthold, Richard Hudson, Vicky Hartzler.
I think Media Matters has a point. Anti-birthers routinely marginalize birthers, citing their 205 losses in court, and we gloat when Tea Party Conservatives in the House of Representatives backpedal on their birther-friendly comments. We would say: “you’ve accomplished nothing, and you never will.” Insofar as the birther goal of removing Obama from the White House, that’s a true statement, but I remember that there are millions of birthers. Their irrational hatred of Obama, which shows itself in crazy conspiracy theories, also shows itself in an irrational and self-destructive hatred of the Obama administration and everything it does. It seems that these Tea Party and birther types think that all it takes to govern is to say “no” and if they can’t get Obama out of the White House, they will tear down the White House and the government with it. They are at the most basic level anarchists, hell bent on the destruction of America.