Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bill Posey: Central Florida's Latest Embarrassment

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I am so glad with the huge financial crisis here in Florida, not to mention the record foreclosures and the near collapse of our educational system, that our new freshman Congressman, Bill Posey, decided that his first bill should tackle an entirely made-up issue to please the limbaugh nuts:

Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Posey is pushing for a bill, which surprisingly has NO sponsors--even among the wingnuts in Congress, requiring that all potential candidates for the President of the United States show their Birth Certificate in order to run.

Problem is that Obama already produced a Birth Certificate from Hawaii, which by the way, IS a US state. Hawaii has already declared it valid. There is no issue. Yet Posey wants to pass a law to make Obama do what he has already done.

The GOP, not even able to grasp at straws at this point, made up absurd allegations MONTHS ago that Obama was not a natural born citizen.

Even after Obama has actually produced a copy of his Hawaii birth certificate, and even after it was certified by the state of Hawaii, and even after this issue was dismissed by the courts numerous times, the limbaugh wingnuts continued--this time arguing that the certificate was a forgery. Nice.

That's bi-partisanship for ya.

The nonpartisan even weighed in: staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.

I learned a long time ago in a statistics class that you can't disprove something--it's called "Enquirer Logic". If someone insists the Loch Ness Monster is real, the burden of proof is on that person to prove it. Even if we were able to somehow drain the Loch in Scotland and send thousands of teams to comb the area, we would be told that Nessie just went into hiding.

It's like arguing with an insane person, which is actually exactly what it is.

I guess since releasing his real birth certificate isn't good enough, the only logical conclusion is for all the governments of every nation to release every birth certficate to prove that Obama wasn't born somewhere else. That'll learn 'em.

But our "honorable" representative, someone who is really old enough to know better, is entertaining these continued calls for the President to produce his so-called "real" certificate. Posey and the GOP are doing this in a desperate attempt to appeal to bigoted and shrinking followers of the right-wing to undermine Obama's legitimate and legal right to serve as our president.

As the Orlando Weekly pointed out, does anyone really believe that this type of attack would occur with a typical caucasian president? Is this the latest iteration of the Southern Strategy--to try to get the hicks to believe he is some foreign-born Muslim bred in the exotic nation of Hawaii with the intent to tranform us into one of them-there Muslim countries?

It's a joke. These people are a joke. And what gets me is that even if their efforts to undermine Obama on this issue somehow worked, like if somehow we had enough Clarence Thomas extremists on the courts, then wouldn't that have undermined their own candidate for president in 2008? McCain was born in the Canal Zone which isn't, and never was, part of the US. It had the same status as Guantanamo. Yet Democrats didn't even think to try to attack someone's legitimacy with this ridiculous nonsense. No, that would be too----republican.

Florida hasn't come too far from being the laughingstock of the nation in 2000. If we keep electing idiots like Posey, then I think I might just move to a foreign nation far, far away.

Maybe Alaska....

PS: If you think Posey should focus on real issues for Florida, and not working for right-wing radio nuts, please drop him a line:

1 comment :

  1. he should not be anywhere in politics