Birthers vs Truthers
When Does This Stuff End?
I enter into this "birther vs truther" war with a bit of trepidation. Both are fanatical in their belief they are correct. Both are extremists to the core. Both can't believe others don't see what they view as the truth. It's difficult to know where to begin to address both viewpoints of each respective "controversy." I guess I should give a brief synopsis of what each purportedly believe.
Let's start with the birthers. Birthers believe that President Obama does not have a valid birth certificate. The prevailing sentiment among birthers is that Obama was not born in Hawaii. Instead, he was born in Kenya. Some birthers allege that Obama is actually a citizen of Indonesia. What seems to have fueled the birthers even more is the governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, said he would release more information to dispel the rumors that President Obama wasn't born in Hawaii. After making this statement, Governor Abercrombie stated earlier this year he was "unable to provide information disclosing a person's birth documentation without that person's consent." Truthers believe that the attacks on September 11, 2001 were an "inside job by the federal government." They further allege that the news media assisted the federal government in covering up this plan. Truthers say the reason for this government inside job was so the U.S. could initiate wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They have several notable people who believe this version of 911, including former White House Aide Van Jones.and BYU professor Steven Jones.
It is often said if you straddle the fence on a heated issue, you'll be attacked by both sides. I'm not straddling the fence on either issue. I'm agnostic on both the birther and truther conspiracy theories. Insofar as the birther issue; People, don't we have other issues to attack President Obama with until 2012? This birther movement makes those on the right appear as loony as those on the Left (and some on the Right as well) truther movement. Now, assuming all you believe is true, that President Obama was indeed born in Kenya, than he is an illegal president and maybe is even a Muslim. Do you realize what this would do to this country if this were to be discovered? It would not just be the biggest scandal in U.S. history. It most likely would be the biggest scandal in world history as well. In order for this to work, hundreds, if not thousands, of people would have to participate in covering this fact up from the American people. Do you also believe people at the FBI, Secret Service, CIA and all the other national security apparatus would remain mum on this issue? Do you honestly believe something like this could be kept secret for long in a place like Washington D.C.? Please. Think about that for a moment.
Sure, President Obama could end this by producing his original birth certificate. But, you know what? if that is the case, I can't prove I am a U.S. citizen either. I lost my original birth certificate many years ago as a child. Yet, I was accepted into the U.S. Navy and obtained a Top Secret security clearance. What really is exacerbating this issue lately is Donald Trump. Mr. Trump has some good ideas with which I agree. But, bringing up this birth certificate controversy makes him appear a flake and quite possibly a fringe candidate for U.S. President some day. There are things on this controversy that I find strange such as President Obama's draft registration with the Selective Service. But, until someone can provide beyond a shadow of a doubt the President of the United States is an illegal alien, I will consider this on the same level of the JFK conspiratorial group.
I commented on the truther movement in a hub about a month ago. I read the hub by this 911 truther and found myself in disbelief that someone could believe the nonsense he was spouting. I asked him a pointed question; What would be the motivation of the U.S. Government to either plan or ignore attacks on the World Trade Center, and The Pentagon that caused, in excess, the deaths of over 3,000 people? The answer is one I've already mentioned; so we could have the excuse to go into Iraq and Afghanistan, plus to put a curb on civil liberties. Seriously, the federal government would kill 3,000 innocent people to carry out a plan so they could enter into a war with Afghanistan and Iraq? Where have I heard this kind of theory before? Oh, yes, now I remember. It was about the Vietnam War. President John F. Kennedy had drawn up plans to downsize American troops in Vietnam. But, the big defense contractors and oil companies weren't going to let that happen. So, by a combination of the Mafia, Cuba, Russia and the CIA, they had the President of the United States whacked. Now, President Kennedy is out of the way. These oil companies and defense contractors get their war. You know, the theories are always the same. The only things that really change are the dates and names. Everything else is standard as it goes from one generation to the next. The JFK and 911 Truther Conspiracies have at least one thing in common; someone in the government gave the "Ok to proceed."
There are people in this world who just fall in love with the idea of a conspiracy. It doesn't matter how far in right or left field it may be. Are both the birther and truther issues interesting? Of course they are. But, therein lies the impetus for these movements to continue. This sort of thing holds interest with a certain type of individual. Logic and reason are manipulated to fit the respective movement beliefs. No matter how many engineers prove that jet fuel can melt steel of a building, the truthers will remain committed to their idea that September 11, 2001 was an inside job by the U.S. government or was given covert approval for it to proceed. The motivation is nonsense. Since when does the President need a reason to go to war. Ask President Obama about that if you disagree. Birthers need to get a grip also. The Secret Service has to be complicit in this birth certificate flap, as well as the FBI. Again, do you believe a secret like this could remain a secret in a town like Washington D.C.? It's nothing but speculation until someone can prove Obama is a Kenyan. Evidence somewhere would have shown up by now. Most likely it would have shown up while Obama was a Democratic nominee for President. I just don't see the motivation by the law enforcement organizations to remain mum on this issue if they had evidence otherwise. Somebody, somewhere would break this birth certificate controversy wide open if they could prove Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia.
In summary, both the birthers and truthers need to focus on other aspects of life that are not speculative, like your family, your career or participating in the political process to bring about change. It seems since September 11, 2001, this entire country has had a nervous breakdown. We believe things that people a generation ago would have laughed at for being silly. We believe than any ill-timed spoken word or event has some sort of conspiratorial nature behind it. We all need to focus on the future and leave the fantasy world to children.
Birthers vs Truthers
- Birthers vs Truthers
I enter into this "birther vs truther" war with a bit of trepidation. Both are fanatical in their belief they are correct. Both are extremists to the core. Both can't believe others don't see what they view...