Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Here We go Again: Get Out Your Tin Foil Hats Because the Birthers Are Back

It's that time of year again when I turn my radio dial away from Minnesota Public Radio (i.e. the February fund drive) and tune in the "Big Neighbor" WCCO. To any Baby Boomer born in Minnesota, WCCO radio is the 50,000 clear watt station of our parents and our yout, as nordeasterners would say. And before you judge me, let me say I am a member of the best public radio station in the country, however I am sitting out this fund drive in my personal protest of National Public Radio's handling of the Juan Williams travesty. Why punish MPR for the sins of NPR, you ask? As Bill Clinton famously stated when asked why he had the liaison with Monica Lewinsky, "..for probably the worst reason...because I could". Seriously, one of the most effective ways to get your point across in America is to vote with your dollars and I had no choice but to withhold my dollars from an intermediary to get my point across to the parent or affiliated entity.

It took me only about five minutes to regret my changing stations. My first hint that I was in for commercial radio dumb-downed drivel was the station check before the all too frequent commercial breaks announcing that I was listening to the Chad Hartman Show. The last I had heard, Sid's marginally talented son was working for the All Sports Talk Station. What was Chad's topic du jour? Debunking the Birther's big lie after a recent news article reported a survey of Republican primary voters revealed 72% of them were not sure whether the President was born in this country and 51% believed he was not.

Listening to the mental midgets who were self-identifying themselves as Republicans, I had to hit my forehead against the steering wheel several times wishing instead I was slamming their heads against a concrete wall. Anyone so lazy and/or stupid who cannot take the 3.2 seconds to draft and submit a google query and see irrefutable proof of the President's citizenship is beyond having a rational discussion with. We have serious problems facing this country and we don't have the luxury of wasting more time over this nonsense.

So get out your tin foil hats again America because the Birthers are Back!
*"...Of course, it's distantly possible that Obama's grandparents may have planted the announcement just in case their grandson needed to prove his U.S. citizenship in order to run for president someday. We suggest that those who choose to go down that path should first equip themselves with a high-quality tinfoil hat. The evidence is clear: Barack Obama was born in the U.S.A.

–by Jess Henig, with Joe Miller
United States Department of State. "Application for a U.S. Passport." Accessed 20 Aug. 2008.

State of Hawaii Department of Health. "Request for Certified Copy of Birth Record." Accessed 20 Aug. 2008.

Hollyfield, Amy. "Obama's Birth Certificate: Final Chapter." 27 Jun. 2008."


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