birthers must be stopped

United States
August 2, 2009 8:27pm CST
Opinion 'Birthers' must be stopped No matter how dumb, the people who are questioning whether Obama was born in the U.S. could eventually cause real problems. By Bill Maher July 31, 2009 Never underestimate the ability of a tiny fringe group of losers to ruin everything. For the last couple of weeks, we've all been laughing heartily at the wacky antics of the "birthers" -- the far-right goofballs who claim Barack Obama wasn't really born in Hawaii and therefore the job of president goes to the runner-up, former Miss California Carrie Prejean. * Discuss Bill Maher's 'birther' Op-Ed Discuss Bill Maher's 'birther' Op-Ed Also, when Obama was sworn in as president, he forgot to give his answer in the form of a question. And yet, every week, the chorus of conservatives demanding to see his birth certificate grows. It's like they're the Cambridge police, Obama's in his house -- the White House -- and they need to see some ID. And there's nothing anyone can do to convince these folks. You could hand them, in person, the original birth certificate and have a video of Obama emerging from the womb with Don Ho singing in the background ... and they still wouldn't believe it. Your Vote Should the birthers’ claim be taken seriously, even if it’s not true? Yes, it could cause trouble down the road. No, it shouldn’t be given more publicity. Which raises the question: Why, in this country, is it always the religious right that won't take anything on faith? So far, the reaction from Democrats is to laugh this off, and I understand why. If you seriously believe that President Obama is an African sleeper spy, get out of your chat room and have your house tested for lead. But we live in America, and in America, if you don't immediately kill arrant nonsense, no matter how ridiculous, it can grow and thrive and eventually take over, like crab grass or reality shows about fat people. This flap might be a deluded right-wing obsession that is a total waste of time, but so was Whitewater, and look where that ended up. A handful of Republican operatives, enraged at Bill Clinton's unprecedented economic growth and budget surpluses, found a woman named Paula Jones, which led to a woman named Monica Lewinsky, which gave me enough material to eventually be able to buy a big house in Bel-Air. Which I'm still conflicted about. More recently we had the Swift Boat allegations against John Kerry, in which Kerry was accused of volunteering to serve in Vietnam so he could jump in front of a bullet so he could get a medal and then throw it away to satisfy his urge to insult real Americans. This was so stupid that Kerry refused to even discuss it. And we all know how well that worked out. And once these stories get out there, they're hard to stamp out because our media do such a lousy job of speaking truth to stupid. Vietnam, Iraq and the Spanish-American War were all sold on lies that were unchallenged or even abetted by the media. Clinton got impeached and Kerry got destroyed in large part because the media didn't have the guts to say, "This is nonsense." Lou Dobbs has been saying recently that people are asking a lot of questions about the birth certificate. Yes, the same people who want to know where the sun goes at night. And Lou, you're their new king. That's why it's so important that we the few, the proud, the reality-based attack this stuff before it has a chance to fester and spread. This isn't a case of Democrats versus Republicans. It's sentient beings versus the lizard people, and it is to them I offer this deal: I'll show you Obama's birth certificate when you show me Sarah Palin's high school diploma.
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@phildozer (284)
• United States
3 Aug 09
I read this article the other day too, I think its funny and makes a good point I really like bill maher, I think he calls it as he sees it
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
3 Aug 09
Yes, he makes a great point that free speech and dissenting opinions are only valid if he shares them. If he doesn't like what some are saying than their rights to free speech are moot and they need to be stopped. It's pretty typical of the left in the entertainment industry.
• United States
3 Aug 09
Yes, every American take note: don't respond or argue against or try to stop anyone no matter what they say, no matter how paranoid or silly it seems. It's their right to claim what they want, so just go with it. If you speak up against it you're just a freedom of speech hating liberal. How's Trig Palin's real mother coming along by the way?
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
4 Aug 09
If you're trying to compare the birthers to the people who attacked Sarah Palin's children and made up lies, you're comparing apples and footballs. The birthers aren't liars. They're not dishonest. They are simply people who want proof that that their employee fulfills the legal requirements to hold his job. They aren't making up stories about him or his children. The only thing they are doing is asking for one simple document. If you can't tell the difference between that and running a smear campaign against an infant, then you have serious issues.
@irishidid (8563)
• United States
3 Aug 09
In other words, Maher only wants free speech when he agrees with what is being said.
• United States
3 Aug 09
i guess . so if he don't like it then it's not free speach so i wonder if he don't like what we say how much is he going to charge us to say it.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
3 Aug 09
I saw his show the other night when he said those things and I don't take it as him wanting to take away anyone's free speech but that the left shouldn't hesitate to exercise THEIR right to free speech by saying they think it's "nonsense" as he put it. Up until recently the mainstream media has been ignoring the story, which I imagine was because they didn't want to dignify it with a response, but it's gone too far for too long and I think it's time for them to tell it as they see it. Annie
@irishidid (8563)
• United States
3 Aug 09
I hold Obama in fault for it continuing. I'm not a birther, but I wish it would go away and the only way that's going to happen is for Obama to show the darn thing!
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
3 Aug 09
I saw Bill Maher's show the other night and heard him say this and I thought "About time!!". I don't mean because he "took shots" at Sgt. Crowley or Sarah Palin but because he told it as he sees it about the "birther" movement. Those of us who have thought it was "nonsense" since the beginning and have laughed it off as something a few people on the fringe were spreading have to realize that tactic hasn't worked out so well! He was so right about the "Swift Boaters" and what they did to John Kerry. Kerry thought he was staying above the fray by not acknowledging their accusations and look where that got him! I don't think Bill wants to take away the free speech rights of those he disagrees with but that he's saying those of us who disagree with people like the "birthers" need to be equally loud. What started out being a group of only a few "right wing extremists" has now spread out to some "reasonable" people, such as CNN's Lou Dobbs. I'd never call Rush Limbaugh "reasonable" but he DOES have listeners who believe his every word so he's given the movement a dangerous kind of credibility. It's not just Alan Keyes and others like that attorney/dentist/real estate agent Orly whatever and Major Cook, FreeRepublic blogger. Annie
@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
3 Aug 09
Bill Maher ceased to be funny when he began to do political comedy. The reason is mainly because liberals can't make a joke without being insulting or calling other people ignorant. He also avoids the truth like a plague. "It's like they're the Cambridge police, Obama's in his house -- the White House -- and they need to see some ID." Bill Maher then feels that Sgt Crowley acted improperly in the Gates arrest, something that even Obama doesn't claim anymore. "If you don't immediately kill arrant nonsense, no matter how ridiculous, it can grow and thrive and eventually take over, like crab grass or reality shows about fat people." Bill hates fat people? Is that only politically correct these days because they keep telling us that the majority of people in the US are overweight? Hey, maybe that's why they instituted that BMI thing, so they could label more people overweight thereby making them a majority rather than a minority - because liberals could never make fun of a minority. Bill's parting shot references Sarah Palin. The liberals can't get over her, they are obsessed and fascinated by her. Bill probably dreams about her. Well, regardless of whether Obama was born in the US, Kenya or the Planet Krypton, it's clear that he's hiding his personal history. We are told he is the most intelligent president we've ever had, but his educational records are sealed so we can't actually prove that. For all I know, there may be 57 states. Maybe there's a language called "Austrian". Obama said it, so I had better believe it or Bill Maher will call me dumb.