Today, President Obama released the long-form of his birth certificate which, under Hawaii law, they ordinarily don’t even provide to to people.  Apparently, last Monday, the President hired a personal attorney to beg the Hawaii Department of Health to release his long-form birth certificate simply to put it to rest.

And as Wonkette pointed out, the heart of birtherism-World Net Daily-didn’t miss a beat, and declared that the certificate validated their view that Obama was ineligible to be President because the certificate says his dad was not an United States citizen—which nobody has ever claimed otherwise.

Donald Trump has already moved onto to his next crusade—demanding that Obama release his college records, for some reason.  Of course, only after he first declared victory for the birthers while at the same time demanding the media stop hounding him with questions about a topic he intentionally jumped on to ride his way to the head of the ’12 GOP Presidential pack:

And that’s what the political media and the White House doesn’t get.  Facts and rational thinking have no place in the birther debate.  You’re talking about a mass political psychosis, a delusion, as if a massive section of the country just up and decided that the President was an alien imposter from Mars.  Even if the President allowed doctors to dissect him live on national television, there’d be those who’d be convinced it was all a Spielberg/Lucas special effects sham.  There is no convincing these people they are wrong.

Birtherism isn’t a movement that seeks to reveal the truth.  Birtherism is a celebration of irrationality and ignorance.   Its goal was never designed to document whether the President was, in fact, born in Hawaii to his American citizen mother.  Its goal was to give Obama’s most hate-filled partisan opponents something to cling to in order to have some basis to support their desired viewpoint that somehow Barack Obama really wasn’t the President of the United States of America.

There is a segment in society that still, some two and half years later, cannot accept the fact that an African-American named Barack Hussein Obama could possible hold the highest office in the land.  So when they see images of him on the news appearing as the President, their mind starts searching ways to dismiss that evidence to avoid concluding that he is, in fact, the President.  Enter birtherism where you can dismiss these images by believing that he has the office, but is somehow a usurper who has “duped” the system in a massive fraud, and therefore, not really the President legitimately.

Go to any conservative website or Fox News, and you’ll already find people trying to find ways to argue that this document, too, must be a forgery.  You can’t reason with them because they don’t want to listen to reason.  They want to believe in birtherism to such a degree they may be incapable of accepting the truth.  Present new evidence they hadn’t considered that to a rational person would disprove their thesis, and watch as their mind reshapes the evidence and refines the argument to instead validate their deep suspicions about a conspiracy.  That’s what paranoid schizophrenics, people with persecutorial complexes, and other mental illness do.

What’s sad is that there are people like Donald Trump who so crave the limelight, so addicted to fame and power, that he would cynically prey on these folks mass delusion.  It’s like a guy running for President who tells a crowd of mentally ill people he will turn off the CIA’s thought control devices if they elect him.  Trump is exploiting what is, in essence, a form of mental illness.

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  • Well there goes another News Cycle wasted on this idiotic topic and it’s lunatic fringe followers. I can’t believe the amount of bandwidth, trees and energy that has been wasted talking about something so stupid.

    There are a ton of other issues that this country needs to deal with instead we are talking about a 2 year old debunked conspiracy theory that has been further debunked.

    Keep moving, nothing to see here.

  • Well there goes another News Cycle wasted on this idiotic topic and it’s lunatic fringe followers. I can’t believe the amount of bandwidth, trees and energy that has been wasted talking about something so stupid.

    There are a ton of other issues that this country needs to deal with instead we are talking about a 2 year old debunked conspiracy theory that has been further debunked.

    Keep moving, nothing to see here.

  • Anonymous

    I think the fact that Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School eliminates the need to release any school records. Maybe Trump should release his.

  • Shameless Agitator

    Pray/Prey. Interesting duality there!

  • Anonymous

    An unintended typo, I assure you.

  • Anonymous

    An unintended typo, I assure you.

  • Anonymous

    Great. Now maybe this jackwipe will actually get around to doing what he said he would, like ending the wars (instead of starting new ones), closing Gitmo, and reducing the deficit.

    As of right now, the only serious anti-war candidate in the running for 2012 is a Republican.

  • Shameless Agitator

    I liked the nuance with the typo!

  • Vel

    I have to admit that I am kinda bummed. I loved the whole birtherism thing. Goofing on them was fun. Branding all wingnuts as birthers was enjoyable, and easy to do, since, obviously, most of them were bithers. I will miss it. There will be some dead-enders, I’m sure. I guess I’ll just have to be entertained by them. But it won’t be the same. Sigh…………

  • Vel

    I have to admit that I am kinda bummed. I loved the whole birtherism thing. Goofing on them was fun. Branding all wingnuts as birthers was enjoyable, and easy to do, since, obviously, most of them were bithers. I will miss it. There will be some dead-enders, I’m sure. I guess I’ll just have to be entertained by them. But it won’t be the same. Sigh…………

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    ?????? What ? anti war? If I remember correctly Iraq was start by a republican.
    in Fact I recall Bush wanting to be known in history as the war president.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    So when Trump runs — will he pick Gary Busey as a mate ……
    Will Star Jones be speaker of the house….
    Do you think he will stay in Trump Towers instead of the White House ( take his cue from Kasich on a place to live )
    Will doofus-ism become the new word?
    Stay tuned for —
    Who are his parents? where was he born? How many schools did he attend? Did he have that hair when he was born or did someone scare him?
    Will the next new term be –doofus-ism? ( sorry I got carried away )

  • Anonymous

    He’s talking about Ron Paul who voted against the Iraq War.

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous. First, don’t assume because I criticized Obama I’m a Republican. I’m not. And you remember that the criminal Bush Gang started it (and the Dems failed to impeach him or put him and his cronies on trial when they had the chance), but you’re blind to the fact that The Boughten One, like so many other Democrats, is simply a neocon in sandals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhwn1isdv0c

    Whatever happened to the Anti-War crowd? Where are they? Where did they go?

    The new leader of the anti-war movement can’t be found amongst the Dems. Looks like Ron Paul is the only 2012 candidate with the guts to call it like it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUtOovfYuTA

    Sure, sure. Go ahead and laugh. Might want to consider that there’s plenty for a liberal to like about Paul, and he’s got the voting record to prove it:

    – End the wars, bring the troops home.
    – Abolish the Patriot Act, restore the 4th amendment.
    – Stop the TSA from looking at you naked, grabbing your crotch, feeling your boobs, and molesting your kids.
    – End the federal war on drugs, pardon all non-violent drug offenders, legalize hemp production.
    – Audit the secretive Federal Reserve.
    – End torture, stop the indefinite detention, restore habeus corpus.
    – NEVER support bailouts.
    – Never go to war without a declaratio­n of war from Congress.
    – Support election reform so that 3rd parties are not shut out from the political process.

  • Anonymous

    …and makes Obama look like a piker when it comes to resisting the Empire. Sure, maybe you don’t like all his positions, but, like Kucinich, at least you know where he stands.

    I don’t know how you guys can keep quiet about how Obama has broken so many campaign promises. He’s a complete tool and he has totally sold you out. Hell, you EXPECT a guy like Bush to keep the war machine going. But in all honesty, I’m of the opinion that Obama is the same type of turd as Bush, only with a different candy coating, and I’m no longer going to be surprise at what he does.

    Meet the new boss – same as the old boss.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I didnt assume what party you choose to back —
    and I really think Ron Paul calls himself a libertarian( one who believes in lberty–well most of us do ) and the impeachment stuff — well didnt he say he wanted Bush investigated for lying– known fact– they all lie and its hard to prove in politics.( I bet even he has lied in his time ) not that I approve of lies– you cant stop people from lying.
    and I am not blind and Obama is not a jackwipe.
    and last time I voted for President there were lots of parties represented on the ballot.
    If you think hes the guy — put sweat into it — campaign for him.
    The steady conservative had a article on Paul also– one I am sure you will find fault with.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I hope he feels better after all that — its just anti war and republican didnt go together in the context he used but it is afterall American and we can freely choose and comment ( I didnt care much for the neocon comment but its an opinion )

  • Anonymous

    Fair enough. I’ll be the first to admit that as a very committed, but now reformed, neocon, my passion for the libertarian viewpoint is quite, uh, passionate.

    Like you said, all politicians lie, some more than others. I happen to think Paul lies much, much less than most, if at all.

    The Republican Party hates Ron Paul. He doesn’t kowtow to their insane positions and is a clear threat to the status quo and their entrenched special interest base. It’s typical for his most vocal opposition to come from within his own party.

    Try a thought experiment. Consider Obama’s campaign promises and what he’s actually done, then look at what Ron Paul’s viewpoints and voting record has been over the past forty years. Now imagine Paul gets the Republican nomination (which I admit is a long shot), and the two are in a presidential debate. It’s clear that on many important issues, Obama would have to argue from a position that is far to the right of Paul.

    A Ron Paul nomination would be a nightmare for both parties, but especially the Dems. Paul would pick off the anti-war, anti-bailout, civil liberties crowd, and the rank and file conservatives would support him (they certainly wouldn’t vote for Obama!) also, even though they disagree with his position on social and military issues, because of his staunch fiscal conservative stance. Hell, I bet Kucinich and Sanders would openly support Paul. Who would be left for Obama? Probably those whose number one priority is government health care, those who would simply never vote against a Democrat, and I can’t think of what other group. Can you? (Although I can see some diehard warmongers voting for Obama. He’s been a dream for them. Even Dick Cheney is giving him props.)

    It would be the most screwed up race you’d ever see.

  • Soon to be ex-Ohioan

    The irony overlooked by ALL the media is that every one of these nutjobs voted for McCain… who was born in Panama.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    exactly — wheres his proof of birth

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    you are talking Sanders ? bernie ? if thats the guy — I like him lots !
    Just a heads up for you — I believe Paul is scheduled for the Dianne Rheme show on NPR Tuesday — shes on from 10 to 12 on most local Npr stations.
    Well you know at sometime one of the other parties will get a good run at the White House. Have you ever thought it just may straighten up the parties?

  • Anonymous

    Yes. Paul is well respected by many Democrats because of his long-held principled positions on civil liberties and foreign policy.

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