An Open Letter To The Tea Party About Birthers

By Guest Columnist Rob Mark

They say it all started with Philip J. Berg. Well, Mr. Berg may indeed have been the first lawyer to bring the Obama birth certificate conspiracy theory to trial, but he was not the first Obama Birther – not by a long shot.

That dubious distinction falls on “Judah Benjamin”, which was the online pseudonym of the person who started it all. Benjamin originally contributed two articles to the 2008 election year Hillary Clinton support blog, the “TexasDarlin”, where he outlined the original theory that, regardless of Obama’s place of birth, he is not a natural born citizen, as his father is Kenyan, and therefore Obama is a subject of Queen Elizabeth and at best a dual citizen.

Mr. Berg first ran with it in the courts, followed closely and eventually overtaken by the rightwing “Birther Queen” Orly Taitz, who submitted forged Kenyan birth documents to the courts, which were first published on the WND site. The site itself eventually backed away from and denounced this theory, but the site’s owner and founder, Joey Farah still carries the torch proudly and high, as evidenced by his stirring speech extolling the virtues of Birtherism at the recent Nashville Tea Party convention, where he received a standing ovation for it.

A. Standing. Ovation.

Now for some “ancient” history – the borrowed pseudonym Judah P. Benjamin was originally the name of a member of Jefferson Davis’ Confederate Cabinet, who held three different seats and strongly opposed the 14th and 15th amendments, which is proof positive that the Birther movement is firmly rooted in racism – there can be no other possible reason for selecting that particular pseudonym. The message behind that choice is painfully and disgustingly clear to anyone not deluding themselves.

It matters not who started it – what matters is who is still perpetuating it, and it ain’t Democrats, pal. They washed their hands in disgust and scorn of Berg and Benjamin and their racist Birtherism, which is more than can be said about the Tea and Republican parties, who actively embrace it.

The moral of that story is that racism does not recognize party lines. Birtherism is racism, period. Democrats have denounced it for what it is – why don’t the rightwing and their media pundits?


9 Responses to An Open Letter To The Tea Party About Birthers

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
    July 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Birthers are insane.

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  3. Vote -1 Vote +1FrankofOCCentral
    July 15, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Okay, I can buy the British-national aspect of B. Obama, Sr. If BHO was born in HI, he’s in.

    But BHO, Jr, hisself: Is there ANY rational reason for him to be excused from supplying his long form CERTIFICATE?

    ie: It WON’T show anything that he hasn’t already claimed, right? No huge state secrets will be divulged. The only added info in the black and white certifiCATE will be the hospital, Dr. in attendance, etc. Right? SO WHY NOT SHOW IT? (It DOES exist, right?)

    When it finally does come to light, and it will, all these things WILL be known; if it doesn’t say an Hawaiian hospital and an Hawaiian Dr., well then, that WILL be a different kettle of rotting fish. The longer his refusal, the worse the reaction when it surfaces. (Nothing he’s signed is valid, no USSC appointees are valid, LOTS of things go down the shooter.)

    It WILL come out; and as bad as it COULD be, better earlier than (any) later.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      July 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      The CLB is readily available online at many sources. It has been examined and verified many times over. The long form is irrelevant. Also, a quick scan of the local newspaper shows the birth announcement. “BHO” as you call him (most ultraconservatives use this term to accentuate their birther suspicions btw), is a citizen. There has never been a shred of evidence to the contrary.

      • -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Duke Taylor
        July 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm

        “The long form is irrelevant”
        Lol – did you really say that? Hah!
        Are you Obi Wan Kenobi?
        Nothing to see here

        BTW I’m a super-ultra-mega-shiny-conservative and you don’t speak for me. Only I can do that.

        • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
          July 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm

          but are you a super-DUPER ultra?

          The fact is you cannot refute the truth, that the CLB is a valid birth certificate for Hawaii. And for the record, show me some examples that non-ultra conservatives use BHO if you are going to deny it.

  4. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Darryl
    July 16, 2010 at 7:05 am

    A website devoted to the nonsense and addressing each and every one.

    • +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ole Ole Olson
      July 16, 2010 at 6:52 pm

      Love that site. Thanks for the link.

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Conspiracy
      July 17, 2010 at 7:51 pm

      Hey, thanks for the recommendation. I try really hard to keep the site interesting. I read a super article from the 1968 Maryland Law review about Presidential eligibility, and said a few words about that today.

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