Additionally, the “birther” theories have proven to be politically unviable. Barack Obama ran for the presidency against three very powerful and well-connected individuals – former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton (make no mistake, both Bill and Hillary were running against Barack), and Senator and Republican presidential nominee John McCain. All three of these people had plenty of personal incentive to “bring down Obama,” and yet apparently none of the three could “prove” that he was born outside the U.S.
Oh, and let me also note that the “birther” conspiracies have been rejected thus far in every court and in every state in which they have been raised. I know that judicial activism is a real and serious problem, but there is no reason to believe that, suddenly, all of America’s sitting judges have decided to cooperate with each other.
And guess what? Some of the most high-profile personalities in the world of “conservative media” dismissed the “birther” conspiracies long ago. Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Glenn Beck, Hugh Hewitt, and Bill O’Reilly (just to name a few) have all, in their unique and individual ways, declared the “birther” thing to be a non-issue.
So why do President Obama’s political allies continue to talk about it, when so many of his political foes do not? I suspect that they’d prefer to have Americans talking about a non -issue, instead of high unemployment, or nuclear proliferation in Iraq, or the rising price of healthcare despite the “Obamacare” legislation, or the President circumventing the Congress and forcing cap-and-trade policies via the F.D.A., or the dangerous national debt level, or the President’s effort to control the internet, or the volatility of the American dollar.
As for Governor Abercrombie – he may have created more trouble than he alleviated. Noting that he was friends with Barack Obama’s mother and father, Mr. Abercrombie stated that “there’s no reason on earth to have the memory of his parents insulted by people whose motivation is solely political…” His statements remind us that when one spends their lifetime running for and holding elective office, one can begin to assume that the acquisition of more political power is the only thing that ever motivates people. The notion that some folks may be legitimately concerned with the preservation of the U.S. Constitution apparently isn’t a consideration for the Governor – and Americans, generally, are fed-up with politicians of this sort.
I am “done” with politicians like this, and I’m “done” talking about President Obama’s birth certificate. But I suspect that the President’s “friends” are not.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.