Wednesday, August 05, 2009


I demand that Orly Taitz show us HER birth certificate. Because I suspect she was not born in the U.S., and I want to go on an extremely pointless and desperate crusade against her.

Taitz represents everything that's wrong with the birthers, as well as many Obama critics in general. She's severe, obnoxious and has a tremendous persecution complex - just watch the video above and see how any word from either anchor immediately derails her winded rants, and sends her on an anti-media tear. She seems to think that her guest status gives her complete license to talk unimpeded throughout the entire show. Charles Manson does the same thing in his interviews, but even he occasionally listens to the questions.

But what really makes Taitz today's perfect wingnut is what she chooses to pursue so passionately. It seems to me that anyone who has a problem the Obama presidency could pull numerous points from his policies: health care, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay, the stimulus, cash for clunkers, etc. There are perfectly legitimate conservative arguments to make against any of these things on a civil and rational level (though "socialism" is not one of them). Indeed, it would help all of us to hear all of the best arguments on all sides for and against these things.

But that isn't what's happening. Instead, Taitz - and Lou Dobbs, and Glenn Beck, and millions of Americans even now - dedicate their energies and resources into some fantasy where President Obama is not a U.S. citizen. Everyone rational - and even many irrational people like Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly - agrees with the mountain of evidence that Obama's Hawaii birth certificate - as well as its original long-form counterpart, which no citizen of Hawaii can easily access - is legit. It's the absolutely weakest issue on which to attack Obama, short of his middle name.

But it resonates with a lot of people for that very reason. It's one of those things that, were it right, would absolutely disqualify Obama for office. But even though it has been proven demonstrably wrong on a consistent basis dating back at least two years, they still cling to hope. Why? Because it's the only hope they have, and they aren't imaginative enough to think critically and have forgotten what it's like not to have someone in office who superficially represents their mentality. And also because it's considered uncouth to straight-up object to a black president.

Which is why I don't find it particularly shocking that this bonkers woman is the current head of the movement. She's twice as entertaining as Sarah Palin, and half as smart. Maybe that's no accident. Hey Orly, quit makin' things up!

Or don't. I like to be entertained.


Desdinova said...

I not only want to know her place of birth, but her GENDER at birth. She looks like drag queen.

Ian McGibboney said...

She looks like Dr. Laura raided Nancy Reagan's closet. Which I wouldn't note except that looks play a major part in right-wing narratives.

NOLA Progressive said...

Everytime I see her, I just chuckle immaturely. I can't help it. I know that it is concerning and obscene that there is even such a movement capable of gaining MSM attention but damn!