The War on Legitimate DissentPosted: April 26, 2011
I wasn’t even going to dignify this Fox News/Drudge-generated distraction, but then I read the following snippet from Salon’s Alex Pareene — White House war on Easter: Party, but no proclamation?
From the link:
Sure, the White House had its annual “egg roll” on the lawn, with tens of thousands of children and a giant rabbit and general Easterness, but without a White House proclamation how could anyone have known yesterday was Easter? As Fox Nation commenter “jfitz” writes: “He gives his flock a happy Ramadanadingdong, but shows little regard for Easter. Why give his slight a second thought. After all, he is not of our culture.”
Then there’s this, via CNN:
“Well I’ve been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday. “I’ve been told that it’s not there or it doesn’t exist. And if that’s the case it’s a big problem.”
And this, via Politico:
“I heard he was a terrible student, terrible,” Trump told the Associated Press in an interview, a claim he’s made in the past but one he doubled down on by suggesting he’s probing that area of the president’s life.
“How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records,” he said, without providing backup for his claim.
Trump added, “I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can’t get into Harvard.”
“We don’t know a thing about this guy,” Trump said. “There are a lot of questions that are unanswered about our president.”
The lengths these idiots will go to “discredit” Obama on such xenophobic, puerile, and irrelevant grounds is apparently endless. The assorted nitwits that make up the “secret Muslim”/birther contingent are not discrediting Obama.
They are fueling his re-election campaign and helping to bring disgruntled Dem voters back into the Dem column for 2012.
I cannot in good conscience vote for Obama after he’s normalized GOP/Bush policies and made them par for the course, but I can certainly understand why people feel tempted to vote for him out of spite or sympathy after watching these phony baloney attacks on his citizenship, religion, and culture.
On the other hand… inane though his birther rhetoric is, Trump hits on a kernel of truth when he says we don’t really know much about this president. Obama was never properly vetted in any meaningful or substantive way. Americans were sold change. No more Bush Clinton Bush Clinton. Obama was the antidote to the inevitability of a Clinton third term.
What Americans got instead of a return to the dreadful peace and prosperity of the nineties was the third Bush-Cheney term.
Given that Trump has a history of donating to Democrats (as the Center for Responsive Politics report at the link illustrates), the only conspiracy theory here that seems remotely worth considering is whether or not David Axelrod and Donald Trump are ultimately working for the same team.
The symbiotic relationship between the birthers and the corporate media keeps the irrelevant questions about Obama’s background front and center while legitimate scrutiny of the president goes largely unanswered and unaddressed. This works to the oligarchy’s advantage. Instead of asking the critical questions–for instance, why is President Obama, the much ballyhooed “expert” in constitutional law, presuming Bradley Manning to have “broken the law” before proven guilty–the WH press Corps gives us this:Vodpod videos no longer available.