On the Birther Issue

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” (Patrick Monahan)

I’m disappointed in the percentage of the American public whose birther attitude may highly correlates to belief in Sasquatch. Disagreeing with any president is one thing, but hiding behind this charade is another.

I’m disappointed in the media for continual coverage of the topic.

I’m disappointed in any supposed leader who uses the issue and their name to rile the populous for selfish reasons. Donald Trump is a pompous, self-centered, gasbag who is using the issue and a misinformed, reality-show-oriented public to promote himself and his TV show.

I’m disappointed in NBC for accepting this charade for the sake of ratings.

I’m disappointed in the predictable response that where printed in the Cincinnati Enquirer, let alone throughout the country.

I’m disappointed in the way elected Republicans and the Republican Party continues to use the issue by their silence. Although they say the right things when asked, their inaction is deafening, unwarranted, and self-serving.

I’m disappointed in President Obama for stooping down to their level. I imagine he did it for political reasons, which (at least to me) is worse.

Regardless of the reason for the issue, partisanship has reached a new low. Watergate was a low point for our government, but this is a more profound because it demonstrates a low point for our society. Then again, McCarthyism was not in my time.

Though not published until later, I am proud that I wrote this the day following the release of the birth certificate, thus before columnist Kathleen Parker wrote this outstanding column. It’s columnists like her (and others) that demonstrate rational sanity while keeping me grounded.

Amidst high unemployment, three military encounters, an out-of-control national debt, and numerous other issues, this is a national disgrace.  In her column, Kathleen Parker writes,

We dwell in a time when buffoons are elevated and presidents are compelled to respond to the jester. These circumstances cannot bode well for the republic.