Last week, a U.S. Army major named Stefan Frederick Cook made news when he refused deployment to Afghanistan on the grounds that President Barack Obama might not be a natural-born citizen and therefore is constitutionally ineligible to give orders as commander in chief. Now Cookâ€™s lawyer says she has 170 more soldiers willing to file similar protests against the president.
Welcome to the world of the â€œBirthersâ€â€”right-wing conspiracy theorists committed to undoing the 2008 presidential election by trying to prove that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. The movement is evidence that Obama Derangement Syndrome is going viral from the far right, proliferating beyond fringe-festival Internet sites. Itâ€™s in danger of a quiet mainstreaming along partisan linesâ€”reaching into talk radio, cable news, the armed services, and even the halls of Congress.
… Anchor Kitty Pilgrim then went through a thorough 3-1/2 minute dismantling of the Birther arguments, including the long-ago issuance of Obamaâ€™s August 1961 certificate of live birth, its validation by Hawaiiâ€™s Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, and two birth announcements published in Honolulu papers. (Both FactCheck.org and Snopes have published detailed investigations and refutations of the non-scandal.)
Asked what more he needed to be convinced, Keyesâ€™ response was an instant classic in the clueless overconfidence of conspiracy theorists:
Taitz claims both parents have to be American citizens in order for the child to be a citizen. She is not only insane; she’s stupid.
Daily Beast: John Avlon