Why Birthers Won’t Quit

Because they live in a state of denial.


As I flipped channels last night, I came across an kind of birther infomercial disguised as televangelism. It was filled with the all same stupid, crazy nonsense we’ve come to expect from birthers, backed by scary imagery, dramatic music, and suggestive titles. Birtherism is classical Orwellian conditioning:

In accordance with the principles of double-think it does not matter if the war is not real. For when it is, victory is not possible. The war is not meant to be won, but it is meant to be continuous.

Birthers may scream about constitutionality, but in fact they are engaged in Kulturkampf — politics as war. Moreover, the “war” they fight is neverending. No matter how conclusively Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate is proven genuine, no matter how utterly each judge repudiates Orly Taitz, no matter how many forged Kenyan birth certificates show up, the birthers simply will. Not. Stop.

And why should they? After all, birtherism is perfect for a continuous Kulturkampf, as it is impossible to disprove this wild theory to their full satisfaction. The rallying cry why doesn’t he just produce his long-form birth certificate? has been adequately answered:

The Health Department says the “Certification of Live Birth” is Hawaii’s version of a birth certificate. Calling it by other names — Certificate of Live Birth, Certification of Live Birth — is just semantics. WorldNetDaily may be right that the original birth certificate wasn’t posted, but if Hawaii says the the document Obama posted can rightly be called Obama’s birth certificate, how is Gibbs lying? We harbor no delusions that anything we say here will slow the persistent drumbeat of the birthers, but we rule this statement False.

…yet the birthers can always invent a new reason for doubt, and can repeat debunked theories without factual evidence until the end of time. And that is the point. As long as they continue to stoke the controversy, it doesn’t go away, and they can continue in a state of denial.

H/t Political Carnival

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  • Anonymous

    There is no "birther" controversy if you just ignore the issue. Honestly, I don't understand why the left is so obsessed and concerned and can't stop complaining about this and calling names. If there is nothing to be found, then why worry? If we find something, we'll be sure to let you know.

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