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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Birthers, Mexicans, and Gays, OH MY!

We are led to believe that America is number one in everything, would that include being insensible witless ignoramuses?

Republican conspiracy theories about the citizenship of Barack Obama reject the legitimacy of the United States citizenship of President Barack Obama or his eligibility to be President of the United States. Some of these conspiracy theories allege that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, or that his birth certificate is a forgery. Others allege that Obama is a citizen of Indonesia, or that because he had dual citizenship at birth (British and American), he is not a natural born citizen of the United States, which is a requirement to be President of the United States.

These claims are promoted by a number of fringe theorists and political opponents, some of whom filed lawsuits that sought to disqualify Obama from running for, or being confirmed as, President, or to obtain additional proof that he is qualified. All of the cases have been rejected in lower courts. Three suits were filed with and dismissed by the Supreme Court of the United States. Although Obama was confirmed as president-elect by Congress on January 8, 2009, and sworn in as President on January 20, litigation continued into his presidency. Those promoting these conspiracy theories are frequently called "birthers", paralleling "truthers" for adherents of 9/11 conspiracy theories.

In 2008 the Obama campaign released his birth certificate, certified by the Hawaii Department of Health, and posted a scanned image of it online. (See Certificate below).

Really readers, are we really this incoherent or ignorant to believe that our current President is not an American?


Egged on by more illegal immigrant protests, the cantankerous debate about immigration policy continues to play out in Washington.

Republicans are, indeed, nearing a civil war -- not a North-versus-South type in which one is expected to triumph over the other after a scrap, but a Beirut-style multi-faction imbroglio.

Republicans are racists who oppose non-white immigration. There are at least four identifiable factions within the GOP. They are, in the order of permissiveness to immigration:

1. Limousine (Liberal) Republicans

These barely-Republicans want to open the borders. They care little for sovereignty or popular culture, but believe in the triumph of economic efficiency, and thus advocate completely free mobility of both capital and labor. Socially liberal, internationalist in outlook, they are a vestige of the pre-Goldwater party elites. A dying breed, they are marginalized among party activists, but somehow have managed to hang on longer among the elites. For them, amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the country is just a start.

2. Karl Rove Republicans (Pragmatists)

Simply put, these party loyalists want to forge a permanent Republican majority at almost any cost. They subscribe to Karl Rove-style "triangulation." They recognize that the party's current Southern white male base may not be sufficient to win national elections in the future. Thus, they see the key to that permanent majority in Hispanics, who account for most of the illegal immigrants today.

Led by President Bush and the business-wing of the party, they claim to oppose amnesty, but support it by other names (e.g. "earned citizenship" and "guest worker program"), and are willing to sign on for border security in return for the "compassionate" legalization of illegal's.

3. "Dirty Harry" (Law and Order) Republicans

Republicans who make up this group are primarily motivated by the allegiance to the rule of law as the wellspring of all that is good in America. They see the massive illegal immigration creating a parallel shadow society, undermining the rule of law. Many are not opposed to immigration per se. Some are even willing to expand legal immigration while cracking down hard on illegal immigrants and their complicit American employers.

These Republicans are horrified by any amnesty proposal, because it would unfairly reward illicit behavior and discourage abiding the laws of the country. Many legal immigrants-turned-citizens actually subscribe to this view. Their motto is "Remember the 1986 'just this once' amnesty?"

4. "Anglo-Saxon" Culture Warriors

This bloc is often called the "extreme right" by NFTOS. They see and battle "multiculturalism" everywhere. Two of their most articulate spokesmen on immigration are Mark Krikorian, himself a scion of Armenian immigrants, and Sharon Angle once tea bag candidate for senate in Nevada.

For these cultural conservatives, the issue is about race and skin color. Not only do they oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, they also seek to curtail legal immigration, except perhaps from those societies considered more culturally compatible.

These internal fault lines within the GOP stem from core beliefs that make up the party. Combined with other contentious issues now dividing the country, such as taxes, spending (earmarks) and "Obamacare", that immigration threatens to embroil the country in a bitter internecine conflict.

What, then, is America to do?

The Beirut metaphor used above offers a lesson -- after all, it took the Syrian domination to bring most of the warring Lebanese factions together to demand the restoration of their sovereignty. Perhaps what the righties needs to do is unite again in the bitter taste of defeat.


Republicans and gays are like oil and water, and this has never been more prevalent that with the current policy on DADT (Don't ask Don't Tell). Righties would love for America to be running like it was 1957, where hillbillies roamed the land with bib overalls, snuff tobacco in-between their cheek and gums, and running moonshine from the plethora of stills entrenched on grandmas plantations, which are encased with southern style Spanish moss.

If it was up to the righties, gays would be shipped to Africa like the blacks, where then the Redneck could be done with both republican eyesores, in essence " killing two birds with one stone".

Nullification and succession are key words we have heard from republicans since the civil war, and now they are echoed through our hollowed congressional halls on a daily basis.

The stance of the right wing nut job is clear, and Americans hear your position with a resounding thump!

For gays in America to move forward they are going to have to vote out any and all righties in 2012.

A very small amount of Americans are actually pro gay, the LCR (Log Cabin Republicans) are advocates on equal rights for all Americans, including gays and lesbians in the United States. This minute militia will certainly struggle at best to sway the hard core righties.

Tea bags have only one distinct position on gays. They feel gay sex is selfish hedonism and gay behavior should be a criminal offense. They feel gay marriage destroys fundamental moral institutions and gays should have no protections such as hate crime laws, job protection, discrimination protection in housing.

Is it any wonder why America has the issues it does.?

How is it that our mentality has become so depressed and suppressed with convoluted understandings and beliefs?

Republicans must be taught that the principles of democracy are not just words tossed or thrown around while roosting on the plantation. The clearest, most succinct, and yes, most painful way to demonstrate to the tea bags that the American people don't take too kindly to them subverting us with their own unbalanced and demented positions, is to vote them out of office.

The republican mentality says "so what" and the belief is that in America, white supremacy rules, and the righties creed is a total disregard for any and all universal human compassion and rights, weather your gay, POTUS or Mexican, its irrelevant.

Birth certificates, Mexicans, and gays........indeed OH MY!