If you believe in Yin and Yang, or maybe even Sir Isaac Newtons Laws of Science, then for every force, there is an equal opposing force. Nowhere is this more evident than in the current “Birther” questions. Birthers fall into two distinct schools of thought. One is the “common sense suspicious” Birthers (QUESTIONERS) like me, who don’t think Obama has ever truly resolved the question of where he was born. Because if he was born in Kenya, then he is probably not eligible to be president. Obama did release a alleged copy of his short form birth certificate to some group who put a PICTURE of it on the Internet, but he has never released his long form birth certificate or just given a certified copy over for public inspection. The second type of Birther is the “Legal” Birther who thinks that because of Obama’s NON-American Citizen father, he is not eligible to be president, no matter where he was born. I belong to the first school, and I am a lot more interested in WHY Obama has not resolved this very simple question, than I am WHERE he was born.
Anyway, you can see that both of these schools of Birther thought are questions where answers are possible. For us QUESTIONERS, a valid long form birth certificate would work. Or a certified copy of the short form in PUBLIC. The LEGAL Birthers probably need a court decision. In my opinion, the LEGAL question has already been answered by a court case in one sentence, and if Obama was born here in America, then he is a legal president no matter who his parents were. But it was a state case, and the LEGAL Birthers are not satisfied with it.
Soooo, what this boils down to are simple questions and simple answers. There is a thing called Occam’s Razor, which I looked up last night on wiki, and what it says is “Of two equivalent theories or explanations, all other things being equal, the simpler one is to be preferred.” (Actually, there is a whole lot more to it than this, and I must have read it like three times, but the above quote is how people usually mean it.)
Occam’s Razor would indicate the simple answer to the Birther questions are simple things like a document or two, or a court decision. This view has been given a lot of credibility recently by Chris Matthews and Gov. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii (two very avid NON-Birthers) who call for the release of Obama’s birth certificate. But instead of accepting this simple answer, the Obots (anti-Birther supporters of Obama) have just dulled Occam’s Razor to where it couldn’t cut butter by making up all kinds of scientifically unnecessary reasons to explain away the Birthers.
For example, a well known Obot website ran this quote, and a story about it to boot:
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And I would say, anybody who’s promoting the birther issue has some kind of animosity towards Barack Obama’s lineage. There’s no other way you could accept it, because it’s kooky to be pushing this notion that the president is not an American and is lying about being born in Hawaii.
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans
This is where the opposing force stuff comes in. Because the opposing force to the Demonization of the Birthers is The Canonization of the Obots. This is something I think is largely responsible for the 2 1/2 year life span so far of the Birther Question. Because rather than approach this as a simple question with simple answers, Obots have looked upon this as a chance to canonize themselves. Or make themselves look like saints.
Sooo, if a Birther wants to see a Long Form Birth Certificate, there is a preference for the response of “You’re a racist!” rather than the simple “OK, here is a long form.” Because the person calling us racists, gets to be a SAINT! An anti-racist. A tolerant good individual!
If a Birther is curious why Obama hasn’t released a long form yet, the answer isn’t “OK, here is a long form.” The answer will be “You Birthers are crazy! Nothing will ever satisfy you!” Because rather than resolve the issue, the Obots are seeking external validation of their status as smart, well-informed members of society who are just oh sooo reasonable in contrast to us drooling rabid crazy Birthers who think it is silly not to cough up a document.
That is one reason why there hasn’t been a good answer in over 2 1/2 years. The problem has gotten tangled up in the egos of the Obots. Resolving the questions means an end to the Obot self-aggrandizement. Maybe if we call somebody in Rome, and get the Obots an official Saint status, we can get the simple answers. In the meantime, don’t try to spread the butter with the Obot’s Occam’s Razor. It isn’t sharp enough. I wonder if there is a Occam’s Golfclub for the Obots???