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Has Sen. Richard Shelby Lost His Mind?

Yesterday, US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) joined the group of curious thinkers, led by the likes of Barbara Simpson, Jerome Corsi and Alan Keyes, who obsessively question the citizenship of President Obama.  In response to a question asked at a public meeting in Cullman County, Alabama, Sen Shelby said:

“Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate. You have to be born in America to be president.”

Of course, it is well established that President Obama was born in America, as  The Cullman Times noted:

According to the Associated Press, state officials in Hawaii checked health department records during the campaign and determined there was no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii.

The nonpartisan Web site Factcheck.org examined the original document and said it does have a raised seal and the usual evidence of a genuine document. In addition, Factcheck.org reproduced an announcement of Obama’s birth, including his parents’ address in Honolulu, that was published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Aug. 13, 1961.

Moreover, the notion President Obama was born outside the US has been repudiated even by the folks who are the most responsible for having started the rumor: The staff at WorldNutDaily.  So, it seems quite curious that Senator Shelby is raising this issue all over again.

It seems to me Senator Shelby in his own small way made a contribution to the continual dumbing down of the national discourse yesterday by giving a bit of credence to one of the ridiculous claims of the Fantasy Based Community in this country.

10 thoughts on “Has Sen. Richard Shelby Lost His Mind?”

  1. Funny thing: I actually read a post by a conservative somewhere bemoaning the fact that liberals are now feeling patriotic ‘because of their own is in charge’ or something to that effect. A man who is befuddled by dealing with people so partisan that they can only be patriotic if their own politics are favored. And yet, sadly, I see posts elsewhere on the intertoobs, where Republicans are predicting an Obama-induced apocalypse, and whose every word smacks of “the end is nigh, and it serves you people right!”. The same people who would have shouted you down for legitimate questions about a President in power, I am sure…

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  2. I suppose it is only a makeweight argument to point out that in the seemingly interminable presidential campaign, when dirt is routinely dug and slung (or made up and slung), that none of these genuine protectors of the Constitution, during those two or three years or so, managed to find evidence that Mr. Obama is unqualified to be president.

    As I say as often as I get a chance, in its modern usage and sense in the USA, the term “conservative” means “hypocrite.”

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  3. As I wrote on my blog a while back, there’s something hilariously implausible about the right’s theory on Obama’s origins, when you put the pieces together (or it would be hilarious if not for the power wielded by some of the adherents):

    “a large conspiracy which included socialists, Muslim extremists, both of Obama’s parents, and communist spies in the state government of Hawaii prepared false birth registration documents so that, forty-five years later, they could make Obama the president. (Afterwards, Obama was taken abroad to be indoctrinated into Islam and communism, and was subsequently raised as a secret Muslim socialist dedicated to the forceful conversion of America into a godless secular society.) This conspiracy, we must presume, was skillful enough to arrange forged government documents and prescient enough to see five decades into the future, but not sufficiently well-versed in basic reproductive biology to make sure that his mother, Ann Dunham, wasn’t in the right place to give birth at the right time; or even sufficiently up-to-date on government document-handling methods to propertly forge a birth certificate.”

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  4. @ Twoblueday: It disturbing Shelby seems neither to have the decency nor the brains to let the notion that Obama is NOT an American citizen die a natural death but wants to resurrect it like some kind of Frankenstein.

    @ Rev Dave: Very well said!

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  5. And let us not forget the racist bugbear. Some righties do not accept that black people, African-Americans, are real humans and citizens of the USA.

    Yes, they still exist.

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