Tempo Gain wrote: Dragonbones wrote: Wookiee wrote:
Fox wrote:If Obama wasn't black there would be no birther issue.
Why is it so easy for non-Americans to get this!
A lot of intelligent (as opposed to Fox-brainwashed Republican) Americans get this.
Just for the record, some reasonably intelligent I hope, utterly un-Fox-brainwashed (the only Fox I've ever seen is the one here on the Flob actually) and 100% un-republican Americans, think otherwise.
I think its a shame that all of the so-called birthers
are being tagged as racist bigots. I have no doubt that a portion of those who suspected Obomber of being ineligible to serve a POTUS are racist bigots. But, I think it is quite unfair to accuse everyone who held the suspicion that Obomber is not a natural-born US citizen of being a racist bigot.
The claim that there would not have been an issue if Obomber was white is false. In fact, in 2008, several liberal bloggers raised the issue by questioning whether John McCain, who is quite white, was qualified under the Constitution to serve as POTUS. Litigation was filed in California with respect to this matter and McCain (and later Pennsylvania would likewise dismiss a suit brought against Obomber where the same claim was raised). Prior to 2008, the issue of natural-born citizen eligibility was raised in the presidential campaigns of Barry Goldwater, who was born in Arizona territory rather than the US, and George Romney, who was born in Mexico. Both Goldwater and Romney were very white. There are even people who claim that the 21st POTUS, Chester Arthur, who was also quite white, purposely and knowingly concealed the fact that he was not a natural-born US citizen...
Its been an issue in the past, and its always been a political issue rather than a racial issue.
I'd go so far as to say that even among those so-called birthers
who are racist bigots, the primary reason for their suspicion that Obomber is not eligible to serve as POTUS is more a political than it is a racial matter. It is well known that many conservatives are happy to support black candidates who hold conservative ideas. It was the Democrats and liberals who ridiculed Condoleeza rice, and who caricatured her as a bird with enormous lips... were those Democrats and liberals racist bigots? Or were they politically rather than racially motivated in their criticism?
And let's not forget who it was that originally raised the issue of whether Obomber was legally eligible to serve as POTUS... it wasn't the Tea Party or other Republican/conservatives, or even Fox News. The issue of Obomber's eligibility was raised during the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential primaries, when anonymous e-mails from supporters of Hillary Clinton
came to the front and questioned whether Obomber was a natural-born US citizen. Were those Democrats supporting Hillary Clinton racist bigots?
C'mon folks. Racist bigotry is horrible and ugly. Let's not dilute its horribleness and ugliness by accusing anyone we disagree with of being a racist bigot when a more obvious answer or explanation exists. In every case where a candidate's eligibility has been questioned, the motive has been political. Obomber is half black and half white (yes, I know about the one drop idea)... when Hillary's supporters raised the issue of Obomber's eligibility, it was done out of political motivation. Is it so difficult to give the benefit of the doubt to the so called birthers
and and accept that the motivation behind their suspicion was also political rather than racial? If you cannot imagine this, then ask yourself, why did the conservatives never question the eligibilty to serve as POTUS of Jesse Jackson, a black man, who ran for POTUS in 1984 and 1988?
Let's not always think the worst about others, eh?