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?