December 08, 2008
Born in the USA?
Today is Obama Birth Certificate D-Day in the Supreme Court, which will most likely not vote to hear the various claims that Obama was not born in the United States (or that even if he was, that he's still not "natural born").
David Horowitz is fed up with the Birth Certificate Truthers, and expresses his thoughts in a piece titled "Obama Derangement Syndrome -- Shut up about the birth certificate."
The continuing efforts of a fringe group of conservatives to deny Obama his victory and to lay the basis for the claim that he is not a legitimate president is embarrassing and destructive. The fact that these efforts are being led by Alan Keyes, a demagogue who lost a Senate election to the then-unknown Obama by 42 points, should be a warning in itself.Horowitz doesn't think the movement is conservative so much as it is "sore loserism,"
and quite radical in its intent. Respect for election results is one of the most durable bulwarks of our unity as a nation. Conservatives need to accept the fact that we lost the election, and get over it; and get on with the important business of reviving our country's economy and defending its citizens, and -- by the way -- its Constitution.They won't, though. Conspiracy theories appeal to people who want things made easy.
At the core is emotional satisfaction. If you're unhappy or you feel screwed, it's more appealing to imagine a great plot than grapple with ordinary, often tough-to-explain realities that are sometimes little more than quirks of fate. It's like waiting in miles of congested freeway; it always helps to know that there's an accident and where it is -- not just miles of traffic. People want to find explanations, enemies, and malignant causes. (The mapping and charting instinct, perhaps?)
That's why, if Barack Obama is an alien who "stole" the election, it's much more satisfying than if he was born in Hawaii.
posted by Eric on 12.08.08 at 11:15 PM
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