Jerome “Deputy Jerry” Corsi, Ph.D is not just sinking to personal lows in his latest attacks on Obama, but is now violating the very spirit of the U.S. Constitution he proclaims so much to love. And common decency to boot. Corsi is busily playing the Frank Marshall Davis (FMD) card over to the World Net Daily Gossip Magazine:
New research by Joel Gilbert into Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis’ seedy history in Hawaii has bolstered the filmmaker’s theory that Davis was the biological father of Barack Obama.
In a compilation of Davis poems published in the book “Black Moods,” compiled by his biographer, University of Kansas English Professor John Edgar Tidwell, are 37 “portraits” grouped in a section subtitled “Horizontal Cameos.” Each poem is dedicated to a different woman identified by her first name only. The second of these is dedicated to “Anne,” reading as follows:
In the gangling hours Thin, adolescent hours Before night runs softly Away into the west Anne rises wearily From her tired bed And sleeps Sitting in a chair.
“If ‘Flo’ was based on Margaret Burroughs,” Gilbert argues, “then I consider it very possible the character of ‘Anne’ is based on Ann Dunham.”
Here is a link to the garbage, and the above excerpt is relatively mild compared to some of the other smears there:
It isn’t just the logical stretches you have to perform to get from those few lines to the conclusion that FMD is Obama’s father. It’s the whole rationale for why anyone would care outside of some gossipy old women. Legally, whoever or whatever Frank Marshall Davis may have been, our Constitution specifically forbids holding the sins of a father against the children. Our Founding Fathers thought it wrong to punish children for the acts of their parents. Here it is in Article 3, Section 3, Clause 2:
Article III – The Judicial Branch
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
Now, what is Corruption of Blood??? As a legal matter, Wiki explains it simply:
In English criminal law, attainder or attinctura is the metaphorical “stain” or “corruption of blood” which arises from being condemned for a serious capital crime ( felony or treason). It entails losing not only one’s property and hereditary titles, but typically also the right to pass them on to one’s heirs. Both men and women condemned of capital crimes could be attainted.
Section 9 of Article One of the United States Constitution provides that no bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed by Congress. Article One, Section 10 forbids states from passing them.
Now this covers the legal aspects of corruption of blood, and Jerome Corsi as an individual has no power to breach any of this. But what about the moral aspects. Here, Corsi violates the spirit of the law by implying Obama is in some way tainted by the acts of his ancestors. You can be sure that this is his intent, because if the Frank Marshall Davis gossip/smear is true, then the Birthers are kaput.
IF, Davis is Obama’s father, then he has two citizen parents, and the Vattel Birthers can go pound sand. Even if Obama was born in Kenya, he would still be a natural born citizen by statute, so the Birth Certificate Birthers can hit the unemployment line. So, there is no eligibility angle here, except to pop a double-tap into Birtherism.
This only leaves Corsi two non-monetary excuses for printing this sort of crap.
1. The prurient interest of the gossipy;
2. The desire to smear Obama in any vile way possible.
Neither of those are decent excuses. Either one would send a normal person off to take a good hot shower with plenty of anti-bacterial soap. But Corsi doesn’t care. He is simply trying to imply that because Obama’s father was a communist, that somehow makes Obama a communist, too. And, to make it worse, Corsi is doing this without any real evidence of parentage. I guess because Ronald Reagan’s father was a drunk, Corsi would find that a relevant story to run during election season. NOT.
But even it were true that Davis was Obama’s father, most human beings nowadays no longer impute the sins of the father to the children. As a species, we grew out of this nonsense centuries ago. Why is Corsi trying to bring this horrible belief system back to life??? What’s next, slavery? Public hangings?
When you look at it that way, isn’t Jerome Corsi , and the whole bunch who are engaged in this smear, pretty gross and disgusting???
Note 1. the Image. This is from the 1922 German film, Nosferatu. The vampire is played by Max Shreck, which explains the Easter Egg. Meanwhile, Shrek is the Ogre from the animated 2001 film, and sequels.
August 21st, 2012 at 5:54 pm
Loved the Easter Egg, image and their associated explanations!
More importantly, loved the article and the points you made.
Kudos on pointing out a key truth here that we haven’t addressed enough yet, in our examinations of the Birther mindset: the fallacy of “Corruption of Blood”. Birthers and their ilk seem to be obsessively locked into an ideology based on such “Corruption of Blood myths”.
Let’s take David Fararr, a regular Birther poster here as a textbook example of this in action. His whole ludicrous notions of “ruling class” and fantasies of mythical fealty pledges being inherited via birth are simply variations of that fallacious “Corruption of Blood” concept.
So a further kudos to you for so pointedly spelling out that our very Constituion expressly forbids such concepts. Further in-their-face proof that the Birthers understand very little of the very Constitution they profess to support.
It is becoming even more clear to me that the ideology behind Birtherism and similar movements is actually Anti-American, or at least Anti-Constitutional. It seems to be more based on antiquated monarchical concepts of the world, which the great American experiment was expressly designed to reject and replace.
August 21st, 2012 at 8:42 pm
And here I was thinking that was a picture of Rudy Giuliani up there.
August 21st, 2012 at 10:37 pm
Woah…now that you mention it…Rudy does resemble Nosferatu a bit…! Freaky…
August 22nd, 2012 at 12:56 am
E. Elias Merhige’s biopic of Giuliani, “Shadow of the Vampire”, was on IFC tonight. Love that movie. Cracks me up when Giuliani says “I don’t think we’re going to need the writer any more”.
August 22nd, 2012 at 11:47 pm
Excellent! Jerome Corsi is just one of the cabal of propagandists spreading the disinformation campaign against the Obama-Davis relationship (see http://kaleokualoha2878577.newsvine.com/_news/2011/01/22/5896467-disinformation-against-the-obama-davis-relationship-10-april-2011 ).
August 23rd, 2012 at 3:23 pm
Thank you for providing this link. I am going to do an Internet Article to bring your piece to more people’s attention. I am sorry it took so long to get your comments posted, but the software here automatically moderates the first comments.
August 22nd, 2012 at 11:50 pm
Excellent! Corsi is just one of the propagandists working the disinformation campaign against the Obama-Davis relationship.
“Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.” – Abraham Lincoln