Saturday, July 25, 2009

Matthews Draws Out The Logical Absurdities Of Liddy's "Birther" Claims

Chris Matthews did an excellent job in taking on "birther" G. Gordon Liddy. Matthews presented Liddy with a Certificate of Live Birth stating that Obama was born in Honolulu at 7:24 PM on August 4, 1961, and also stated that Hawaiian officials, including the Republican governor, have verified the existence of the original birth certificate (Matthews said that the state does not hand out copies of the that document). In addition, Matthews displayed the birth announcement in a Honolulu paper. 

None of it is enough, though, for the right-wing conspiracy theorists whose goal is to delegitimize the President and detract from health care reform and other parts of his agenda. If Obama were to comment on this issue, he would be giving it credence–and his political enemies know that.

The fun part of the interview, however, came when Matthews drew out the logical extensions of the claim made by Liddy and other wingnuts that Obama was not born in the United States. An unusually subdued Liddy could not respond to the implications of his charge: If Obama was neither born nor naturalized here, is he an illegal alien who should be picked up? Matthews also wondered who was in on the conspiracy going back to 1961: two generations of the Obama family, educators at Columbia and Harvard Law, Hawaiian officials, the Obama administration, those who produced the birth certificate? Watch:


Davin said...

Consider the following. It comes out during World War II that through a wholly unlikely concatenation of events the erroneous belief was developed in F.D.R.'s family and accepted in the country at large that our president was born in the United States. No deception was involved.
A wholly unlikely error, through innocence, occurred.

Would we then can F.D.R.? I doubt it. In fact, I'm sure we would not. We would say that the needs of a country at war come first, and legal geniuses would be mobilized to find how wherever F.D.R. was born, that was validly regarded as providing F.D.R. with true American roots.

The doubters of Obama's citizenship are motivated by a "nothing should stand in our way"
attitude toward undermining the president.

I both agree with Obama and disagree with him, depending on the issue.

But doubting his American citizenship is an absurdity, and worse, an immorality, which, thank God, makes the doubters look absurd.

Jeff Tone said...

Davin: You're absolutely right. There's nothing behind this but a determination to undermine Obama. I believe that the vast majority of the American people will see right through this.