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April 27, 2011

Obama Releases Long Form Birth Certificate, Thereby Ending Controversy

I'll write a lot about this in a second. But here it is, in all is glory.

Of course I'm being snarky about the "ending all controversy." This will change some minds, but, as I was just saying, those who have invested emotionally in a conspiracy theory tend to have non-rational reasons for believing in the conspiracy theory in the first place. And, as they say, you cannot reason a man out of a belief he was never reasoned into in the first place.

Over on Free Republic -- not to knock that site, it's just where this is from -- many are proving that, just as suspected, while they were posturing as people who wanted "evidence," in fact evidence was wholly irrelevant to them; they had a conclusion that was untouchable by evidence as it was never founded upon evidence in the first place.

Blow to Trump? Its blow to Obongo. The WH jackass is running scared. Corsis book is #1 on Amazon and wont be released for 3 weeks.

The "Corsi's book" referred to is the huckster Jerome Corsi's book about Obama's lack of a birth certificate. Apparently Corsi's book will make terrific arguments about Obama's lack of a birth certificate, so strong that they will overcome the fact that Obama does actually have birth certificate.

Never say die, I guess.

In Fairness: I'm not sure that particular commenter is making the point I want him to make. He might just be saying that Obama is weak politically and his long-refused release of the birth certificate is evidence of his weaknesss-- what he had previously sneered at as beneath him, he now agrees to do. Apologies to that commenter if that's all he meant.

But omeone earlier wrote:

there are now two things wrong with line 20

the font of the A on line 13 appears different from the A in the date on line 20.

To which another Freeper, this one a bit less consumed by the power of a conspiracy theory, replies simply:

Yes, line 13 is by a typewriter. Line 20 is by a stamp.

Ah, but that's what they want you to believe.

I hope this madness is now over but I doubt it is.

Further Thoughts: So the birth certificate exists and furthermore didn't even have any embarrassing data on it, which might have provided a reason for Obama to refuse to release it. I began to think maybe there was something embarrassing, because the other possibilities...

1) He finds the entire matter an affront to his dignity and a pseudo-racist attack on his person, so he will not give in to such racism/affrontery.

2) He generally wants to give the right the finger and will not be bullied by their demands.

3) He actually wants the right to embarrass itself by talking about this and committing to it, consistent with the general belief held by almost all of the media that this whole issue badly damages the right by exposing us as crazy and/or racist.

...just didn't seem strong enough to continue this crap of not simply releasing a simple, standard, impersonal record. But I was wrong, as it turns out-- these were strong enough reasons for him to refuse to release it, as they're the only possibilities still alive.

So why release it now? The obvious reasons:

1) Because the conspiracy theory has become mainstreamed and viral, and yet Obama's poll numbers continue to fall and Donald Trump, Mainstreamer in Chief, is not suffering politically. Ergo, that whole idea the media had that this was devastating to the right isn't true -- so if the refusal to release it was based on that, well, that theory has been proven inoperative.

2) Because he wants to run against Donald Trump and doing this elevates Trump to "the guy who finally got Obama to release his birth certificate." This shouldn't hurt Trump too much -- many will give his hucksterism a more skeptical look going forward, but they were probably already skeptical of his hucksterish pitches -- and on the up side it makes Trump sort of an equal to Obama, in that at least he bullied him into doing something he could have and should have done two years ago. So, maybe this is Obama's way of elevating Trump and choosing his own opponent (63% of voters say they will definitely not vote for Trump, while only 46% say they will definitely vote against Obama -- obviously, this strongly favors Obama).

But I doubt that. It's too "movie-plot crafty." I never like these "four dimensional chess" reasons, where the actor in question is postulated to have the ability to think seven moves ahead in a real-world, flesh-and-blood chess match, perfectly calculating his opponent's next move and the one after that and the one after that.

3) The most obvious reason-- Obama is in fact politically vulnerable, his polls are dropping, and the birth certificate conspiracy theory is not, as the media and liberals kept insisting, somehow helping him by painting the right as insane.

Ergo, with many things going against him, he decided there was one thing under his control that didn't have to go against him, and so finally did the right, obvious thing.

4) My own dark horse suggestion: Trump whiffed completely on the birth certificate but scored a stand-up double with Obama's grades, and Obama doesn't want that subject being examined, so he decimates Trump Theory Number One to spray Trump Theory Number Two with shrapnel.

I hope that we keep on on that front -- I have the fervor of a recent convert about that particular religion (Testify, brothers!) -- but I suspect that most will not, and the media has an even stronger hand now in dismissing such questions ("The same people were pushing the birth certificate thing," which isn't true, but that's what they'll say).

Birtherism Is Dead; Long Live Transcriptism! Average Joe dubs the suspicion that Obama's grades aren't all that good "Transcriptism."

I like that term.

I am a newly-converted Transcripter.

Obama Shouldn't Be All High And Mighty About Jerking People Around: willow makes a good point.

Okay, Colonel Lakin was possessed of a false conspiracy theory. So... the response is to let the court martial proceed rather than simply releasing the document that would clear all this up?

What the hell?

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posted by Ace at 10:36 AM

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