Birther B.S.

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm
By: Doug Lund
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Well, the Trumpster has been trumped.  Big shot billionaire with the big hair and head to match, Donald Trump, has turned up a losing hand in his claims that President Barack Obama isn’t a natural born U.S. Citizen and, presumably, not legally qualified to be president.  

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But this egomaniac, who has been dipping his chubby little toes into the political waters testing to see if they’re warm enough for a swim in the presidential pool, doesn’t see his foolish fuss over the legitimacy of Obama’s citizenship ( with racial overtones) as embarrassing. On the contrary, he’s delusional enough to believe he was right.   “I feel I’ve accomplished something really really important and I’m honored by it,” Trump said at a press conference held during his pre-scheduled visit today to New Hampshire. Trump noted that people have long been requesting the document, but Trump was the only one who got the president to release it. Trump suggested Wednesday this development will boost his own potential presidential candidacy.

I have no idea why President Obama waited until now to release this “long version” of his birth certificate because the delay  has only fueled the fires of those race baiters, like Trump, looking to make political hay out of unfounded rumors and appeal to the lowest common denominator of Americans who will never accept the reality of a black man in the White House.

I may not agree with everything the President has done so far and am, in fact, disappointed about a lot of changes that were promised and have not yet materialized but it has nothing to do with the man’s name or skin color or length of birth certificate. The President is right; as he said this morning, we’ve got important stuff to deal with. “But we’re not going to be able to do it if we are distracted. We’re not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other. We’re not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts. We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”

 On another note, I recorded a promo this morning for Thursday night’s Eye On Keloland at Ten. I had a tough time getting through it because it’s the story of a child permanently disabled because of a parent’s abuse. I don’t know if this sort of thing is getting worse or we’re just hearing about it more but I do know that EVERY parent gets upset with their little ones from time to time and are about to snap. Most manage to summon up enough patience to deal with the crying or rebellion but some can’t control the rage. If you are ever in that situation please STOP IT!  Count to ten or whatever number will get you to calm down. Leave the room, think positive thoughts, pray…just PLEASE don’t hurt that child!

 Okay? Okay.

33 Comments

  1. Donn says:

    I agree with you on the birther debate being bs, but am saddened you’re playing the race card. Now that is one thing I am sick of.

  2. Jay says:

    The republican party has struggled with covering the conservative racism since Obama was elected. It is not that everyone who voted against him is racist, it is just that when you have people like Beck and Rush and the other yellow journalists on cable and radio starting sentences with “It’s not because he’s black but…” that you realize the root of their statements. Generally, if someone has to tell you they’re fair and balanced, they are not.

  3. hardass555 says:

    well, being absolutely honest and sincere here, doug….as we have all watched our political system become more and more anti- each- other and all the trivial bs that goes along wth it, i for one have a solution as do many REAL americans….it is the time in our history to start from the ground up and change this crap so that we may once again not be sickened by government but again be proud of those we send to represent US!!…here it is…..i believe we should elect people who think and feel like WE do and go to carry those directives out for us…and i hereby ask, Doug, that you consider running first for a state office in our government…though i am not in your district, please consider for a few days that what you say about most stuff is the way WE feel…you and we are the Average citizens, and it is time to send one of US to do our work…now please do not knee-jerk an answer, mister….though it does mean you will have to stay here in sd for the monthe of january….please give it some serious thought lund…..common sense is a rare attribute, it seems, anymore

  4. JD says:

    Harda555 may not recall that politics has ALWAYS been pretty rough-and-tumble. Abraham Lincoln suffered lots of media abuse, including being called an ape.

    I wonder who’s at fault for impolite political discourse. Maybe it’s US – each and every one of us who ever says something nasty about elected officials.

    We get the government we deserve. Perhaps we should do a better job of examining candidates while they’re still candidates, and vote accordingly.

  5. Michael says:

    Of course the “Birthers” are racially motivated. Does anyone honestly believe that anyone would want to see President Obama’s birth certificate if he was white? Of course not. The same goes for those “I want my country back” people. They should just be honest and say “I want a white president.”

  6. Don says:

    Mr. Douglas Lund:

    I know you are old enough to remember the stir caused by Barry Goldwater’s candidacy. Your holier than though attitude is beneath you.

  7. Lynn Parker says:

    Why did he state he was a citizen of another country when getting grants for college?

  8. jaycee says:

    It appears to me that the only ones playing the racial cards are the president and the Democrats. I don’t know who started the birth certificate debate but I do know that Obama could have stopped it right away by releasing it to the public. He didn’t do that and that is what caused this long and drawn out debate. Also, why put race into this…he is half caucasian and half african…that should put a stop to the race card for the Democrats.

  9. Paul Farmer says:

    Doug,
    I had the same feeling about working on that promo. Just to clarify…it was his mother’s boyfriend that severely beat an innocent, helpless little boy. He is serving 25 years in prison.

  10. Steve says:

    Doug,

    I don’t believe that everything against President Obama is racially motivated. I could care less the race of our public officials as long as they are honest and do their best to represent “we the people”. Too many of them have forgotten where they are from and become married to the party instead of the people that have sent them to do a job. Their job is to represent their constituents, not stay in line with the party policies!

    Jaycee, you’re absolutely right. President Obama could have put a stop this easily and quite quickly had he simply released the birth certificate when first asked.

    And again I’d like to say something that I said to Cory Heiberger before KELO changed its blogs. Why is everyone so rude? Why not refer to our elected officials in a polite manner by calling them mr./mrs./ms or senator or whatever office they hold? Referring to people by their last name only is rude and you hear it a lot from television broadcasters and you see it in the papers. Even if you vehemently disagree with someone, be polite.

  11. Jeff says:

    Doug Our Pastor had a good point about a month ago
    when He was ministering from the pulpit. God created
    one RACE the HUMAN RACE and we are all just different
    shades of Brown ranging from caucassian to dark brown
    with a couple of other color shades “red, yellow” mixed in.
    The Human Race decided to segregate eveyone by their
    color of their skin. Let’s all get along under God’s Word.

  12. DR says:

    The point has been made that even if Pres. Obama had not been born in the U.S., his mother is/was/always has been a citizen of the U.S., and therefore, any of her offspring are automatically a citizen wherever they were born. Good thing, too, or my brother, who was born in Germany while my dad was stationed there in the 50′s, would not be a citizen–though he has no aspirations to run for President! The whole issue is ridiculousness–personified by Mr. Trump.

  13. SQUIBBY says:

    How can anyone take Trump seriously, look at him!? A billionaire who can’t afford a descent haircut.

    Funny thing, there’s planty of Trump quotes from no less than a year ago in which he states he supported universal health care and didn’t think very highly of the tea party movement. So what changed? Nothing, it’s just a sad attempt to drum up ratings for another one of his horrible tv shows.

    And here’s ignorant America eating it up. We spend way too much time with these fringe extreme conservative and liberal groups, what about the 60% of us that would rather see America prosper than our own selfish ambitions?

  14. Steve says:

    Question; What was the stir caused by Barry Goldwater? I was in hs at that time and I don’t recall anything. I do remember auh2o though.

  15. Don says:

    Goldwater was born in Phoenix Arizona, in 1909, in the area of the Gadsden Purchase before it was a part of the United States and the State of Arizona.

  16. UC Resident says:

    Hopefully the birth certificate commotion is not about race, but it looks to me like a “show-me-your-papers” moment of the 1800s when black people had to show their papers or be arrested.

    Obama released the short form of his birth certificate a long time ago. That short form is enough proof when applying for a passport or any other time a person needs proof of identity for a legal matter, and it should have been enough for the birthers.

    Will the next President also have to show his/her birth certificate?? Or is this a special requirement just for Obama??

  17. Virgil says:

    People question everything about our President because they know nothing about him -nobody knows anything about him, nobody claims to have gone to school with him, he’s never had a job of any importance other than being in government and a high percent of the time he voted presant rather than take a possition. He doesn’t seem at all trust worthy, why was his and Mecheils liecnes to practice law removed?
    I don’t believe he plays the race issue, have to give him credit for that. He must be real embarresed by those around him that do–Whoopy Golberg made a real ass of herself yesterday.
    I don’t even consider the race issue with him—he does enough stuff on his own to give me reason to hold him in contempt –the gay rights issues, the abortion issues , and the redistribution of my hard earned money to deadbeats etc.

  18. Bob B. says:

    You pretty much said it all Virgil. One more thought , where is the seal stamp on the certificate? I don’t see it do you? Any kid with a computer background could male this up any way you like.

  19. SplitTail says:

    Obama’s place of birth is listed as “Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children”. But in 1961 it was the “Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital”. In 1978, it merged with Kapiʻolani Maternity Home to become Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children. Why is this error there?

    Why did Obama release the computer generated certificate of live birth 2 years ago and swore it was the only one he had and not this one?

    Why did Obama release this LF BC after Trump sent investigators to Hawaii?

    Why couldn’t Governor Neil Ambercrombi not find this long form BC a long time ago?

    Why did Tim Adams sign a sworn affidavit under penalty of perjury, that the long form BC of Obama did not exist?

    Why did the Hawaii Department of Health announce that it would no longer release any long form BC to anyone (including the presidents)? Then they released this one the next day?

    Why is the word “African” listed for race? It should have been “Bla ck”, “Neg ro”, or “Neg roid” back in the 1960′s.

    Why is Obama’s father listed as a Kenyan student and not an American citizen? Obama said himself that natural born citizen means both parents must be citizens. See Senate resolution 511.

    Why did Kapi’olani hospital up until now refuse to officially acknowledge that BO was born in their hospital?

    Why did BO’s paternal grandmother and step sister insist that BO was born in Kenya? And they were present at his birth?

    Why did the Kenyan President claim BO was born in Kenya?

    Why is BO using a social security number reserved for residents of Connecticut?

    Maybe the birther thing is 100% bs… but there are still questions that need answers.

    —— Mr Lund, I am absolutely disgusted with your assertion that so-called birthers are racist. Can we possibly dislike Obama, or distrust him because of his actions or his words, ideals and agenda? Why must it be about race? Shame on you.

  20. SplitTail says:

    Michael says:
    April 28, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Of course the “Birthers” are racially motivated. Does anyone honestly believe that anyone would want to see President Obama’s birth certificate if he was white? Of course not. The same goes for those “I want my country back” people. They should just be honest and say “I want a white president.”
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    I know of no other President who held dual citizenship (Indonesia) and attended a madrasa under an alternate name as a boy. There has never been a reason to question a President’s citizenship like there is now. The birthers question his citizenship partially because of his time spent in Jakarta, and partly because Obama himself has hidden so much of his history from us… without the facts clearly presented, people speculate. It has NOTHING to do with his pigmentation.

  21. Tracy Akins says:

    Dear Doug Lund, If you think Trump came up a loser then you are full of BS. Trump did not come up a loser at all! In fact we, the American people, came up the winners thanks to pressure from Mr. Trump forcing Obozo to finally release his birth certificate. If I have to produce my birth certificate to get a driver’s license then Obozo damn well better produce his in order to live in the White House.

  22. Brian says:

    Came go either way, depends on what one believes….either Trump got Trumped or Obama got Trumped…doesn’t matter to me. However, I think there is too much we don’t know about our president, right or wrong.

  23. Brian says:

    I meant it can go either way.

  24. Milt says:

    Those of you who don’t believe race is an issue should ask yourselves some questions such as: 1. Did anyone ever see any birth certificates of any previous presidents? 2. Can you name anyone who went to school with the Bushes? 3. Do you really believe that Trump actually investigated this issue? 4. Will we ever see the results of his investigation?…..I could go on and on. The point is that people like Trump are asking questions of Obama that I’ve never heard asked before. Listen to Trump sometime. He starts his innuendos with phrases like, “The word is…” or “I heard…” without a challenge from anyone for documentation. Where is his proof? I don’t know if it’s race or the fact that he’s a democrat, but President Obama is certainly being held to different standards by the “birthers.”

  25. sletten says:

    Steve is right about respect. The national news doesn’t even show the president the proper respect of refering to him as president Obama. Maybe they need to stop taking short cuts like using Mr. instead of President.

    They do have the tool of spell check if they are spelling challenged!

  26. Donn says:

    Do all the comment’s here claiming racism, for saying anything negative about President Obama, also mean anyone who ever said anything negative about any previous president, is also a racist? Just wondering.

  27. SAS says:

    Milt – - Mr. Goldwater, Mr. McCain, and President Chester A. Arthur. All of them white and all of them questioned about their legal citizenship.

  28. SAS says:

    And since 90% of black people vote Democrat can we assume they are racist?

  29. Doug and Milt are making a lot of sense. If we applied Virgil and Bob B’s standards of “evidence” to our daily lives, no one would believe in Jesus. We’d also never be able to get driver’s licenses, as the examiners could keep throwing the documents back in our faces and shouting “Still fake!”

  30. Milt says:

    SAS—Did we see their birth certificates after harrassing them for two and a half years? Were they the long forms? Did each have a seal on it? How were their grades in college? That’s the way the President has been treated.

  31. Jerry Bloemendaal says:

    If you won’t run for office Mr. Lund I would like to take a shot at it.Any pointers?

  32. Michael says:

    SPLITTAIL: So many of your “facts” are wrong, it is clear that you are reading from the Birther Handbook.

    First of all, if EITHER of your parents are American Citizens you are automatically an American citizen. My parents are from Woonsocket and Alcester, but if one of them would have been from China or Chile or ANYWHERE, I would still be an American citizen.

    The fact that Obama spent a few years living in Indonesia had nothing to do with his father. His parents split when he was two years old and his father was out of the picture from then on (except for one brief visit to Hawaii when Obama was 10 years old). Obama lived in Indonesia because his mother, Ann Dunham Ph.D, was an anthropologist who worked for the US Government’s Agency for International Development.

    She then went to work in Jakarta for the Ford Foundation (the philanthropic and humanitarian organization started by Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company). His mother was an early creator of microfinancing, which is the practice of giving small loans to people in third world countries so they can start small businesses and improve their financial situations. Obama attended public school in Indonesia. He NEVER attended a madrassa.

    When Obama was 10 years old, he returned to Hawaii and lived with his grandparents. Obama was an excellent basketball player and his high school team (Punahou High School) reached the state finals. If you haven’t seen the photo of Obama with his high school teammates at the state finals, you must live under a rock.

    I suppose in your tiny little world it seems strange that someone would spend some time living abroad as a youngster. I’ve known several people who did, including a college friend who grew up in various parts of the globe, traveling with his father, a geologist for an oil company.

    Obama’s past only seems mysterious to people with room temperature I.Q.s.

  33. blueeyes says:

    All presidental candidates should be required to show their birth certificate because nothing should be “assumed”. Plain & simple to me.

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