Birth(er) of a Nation

OK, here we go again. There are those Americans who seem to have an infinity for nonsensical thought. Now, nonsensical thought doesn’t necessarily make a person mean or evil. Generally, nonsensical thought makes a person, well, nonsensical. But the idiocy associated with the so-called birther movement is not only mean and evil…in my opinion it’s driven by racism.

I’m an African-American who can safely say I’ve never considered anyone, be it man or woman, a racist. I believe any person of color who slings the term racism around, without providing necessary proof, is using their perceived notions to conceal something about themselves. Of course I believe racism exists, albeit more covert than say thirty or thirty five years ago. And basically, in 2011, it’s of little consequence. Any one in America can achieve anything with proper education; focus; and a strong commitment. I believe this wholeheartedly, and raised my children with that credo.

But after some long, and diligent thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that those individuals who either whisper—or scream at the top of their lungs about our first African-American President being in actuality a foreigner just fakin’ the funk, are racist. These people are racist in their thought process, and racist in their actions. Now I don’t have enough of a fan base to illicit tons of hate mail for these remarks, but I’m sure many birthers or birther wannabes will undoubtedly blow up my phone line or emails illustrating their disgust with my observation. And I welcome them to communicate with me and explain how their running around spitting poison on the President of the United States is just peachy keen.

Governor Jan Brewer vetoed arguably two of the most lame brain bills on the Arizona docket. One, nicknamed the ‘birther’ bill would have required any and every candidate running for president in the rocky mountain state, to produce a long form birth certificate. Of course if a long form birth certificate is not available, they would be permitted to produce their baptismal, or circumcision certificate. How dimwitted is that?
The other, I nickname the ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ firearm bill, would have allowed AZ citizens to pack gats, concealed or not, in of all places, college campuses. I’ll admit, the Governor did use some lame excuses to put the veto pen to paper…but hey, she proved without a shadow of a doubt that ignorance can realistically be blissed.

I read about or listen to Donald Trump smugly claim Barack Hussein Obama was born on the continent of Africa, thus he is not a U.S. citizen…therefore not entitled to be president. I don’t think the Donald is racist. He’s undoubtedly trying his best to solicit votes from the clinically insane wing of the Republican party. Songwriter John Legend thinks differently however. So does comedian-extraordinaire Bill Cosby. I suppose these gentlemen feel “if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…”. Well, I think you know the rest. Again, I prefer to give a person the benefit of the doubt. In which case, Mr. Trump is quickly using up his benefit quotient.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was more measured in his assertion of the seemingly unflappable ‘birthers’. When asked if he thought there was a racist element to the mindset of these folk, he said “there well might be”. I, like Smokey Robinson states in one of my favorite songs “second that emotion”. Patrick worked diligently for Senator Obama during the 2008 primaries, and general election. He is a bit more diplomatic . As were I, until the nonsense just kept going, and going, like the energizer bunny.

I’m proud that Governor Brewer came to her senses to veto these two bills. And I’m equally sure she didn’t make the tea party segment of her party very happy. The tea party people mimic Janet Jackson, as their support and
votes arise from “what have you done for me lately”. Be that as it may, the Republican party needs to exorcise itself from this obviously racist segment of their electorate. Republicans I grew to know and love were not this juvenile when it came to writing key legislation. In 1988, I voted for George Herbert Walker Bush for President over Michael Dukakis. Also In 1988 I supported John Danforth, a Missouri Republican for Senator.

As an independent voter, I would like to think I could support another GOP candidate—but not if they prescribe to such foolish nonsense as a ‘birther’ agenda.