By Jay Hansen
Damn it! Why couldn’t I have waited one more day to write my last piece?
I just received an e-mail today from Dr. Tom Guild, Lankford’s Democratic opponent. In it, he wrote about a message he received from someone who attended the recent Lankford town hall I mentioned in my previous article for the campaign. Apparently, during the town hall Lankford was asked by a woman about Obama being “outed” as “illegitimate to run for office,” strongly implying the outlandish claim that Obama wasn’t born in America, and therefore, doesn’t qualify to be President. Lankford’s response, to quote the message, was;
“Lankford looked down and walked away from the lady but said, ‘In time the truth will come out.’ Not surprisingly, there was applause.”
Looks like I may have my answer to my closing question from my last article; is Lankford an idiot, or a liar? Only a massive, massive buffoon of epic proportions actually believes the “birther” nonsense. For those of you that don’t know, Obama was in fact born in America. He disproved even the slightest doubt of this when he released his birth certificate a little over a year ago. A Hawaiian newspaper article announced his birth back in 1961. Here is an actual copy of the birth certificate, which I found here.
Despite the fact that… despite this FACT, there still is a tragically high number of people who don’t believe… who refuse to believe that Obama was born in America. FOX News fuels the fire with its usual propaganda, such as by publishing a story under the headline “White House Releases What It Says Is President Obama’s Long Form Birth Certificate,” obviously using language tricks as I’ve pointed out in the past to manipulate and mislead people; the exact opposite of what a real news station is supposed to do. Donald Trump is the king and leader of these buffoons, however, and worse, is a huge funder and supporter of the Romney campaign. Birtherism is so ridiculous that over 17,000 people are now petitioning the Arizona Secretary of State, a prominent supporter of birtherism, to investigate if Mitt Romney is actually a Unicorn, because such a demand is just as fair and justified as an investigation into whether or not Obama was born in America.
Keep in mind that Romney himself also recently came out saying he wants to pass a constitutional amendment that would make it law for only business owners and those on the side of management or employment to run for President (disqualifying several of our greatest Presidents like Eisenhower, T. Roosevelt, and possibly even Ronald Regan). Apparently, the “safe bet” Romney was supposed to be when opposed to the insanity of Bachmann, Gingrich, Perry, Santorum, or dozens of other possible nominees, turned out to be false, because Romney’s got his own brand of batshit he’s starting to dish out now that’ the nomination is secure.
But I digress. When Lankford said “in time, the truth will come out,” just what is he implying? Is he actually a birther? I wouldn’t put it past him, but there was something in the e-mail that caught my eye. At first, Lankford apparently looked down and walked away, indicating hesitance. Obviously, from my last article, that is to be expected of Lankford when he’s asked any question at a public forum, but to his defense (if you could call it defense), that hesitance, in this case, could imply plain and simple dishonesty rather than ignorance. He knows that the birther issue is one that really heats up a lot of his base, and to douse that flame could cost him politically by demoralizing some of his followers. Of course, even Lankford must know that the only people who believe the birther nonsense would never vote for a Democrat anyway, so he doesn’t have to worry about losing votes if he came out against birtherism, not to mention he’d just be doing the ethically right thing.
Then again, our own President seems incapable of understanding this political logic sometimes when it comes to disenfranchising a voter base…
Whether Lankford’s ignorant or a liar, whether he believes the actual words coming out of his mouth or not, it doesn’t really matter; Lankford is now tacitly saying that he is a birther and that he believes Obama was not born in America, when such a claim is inarguably untrue. My closing question from my last piece may not be answered, but Lankford is definitely digging himself deeper and deeper into this quagmire of petty politics and lies.
I had to write Congressman Lankford again after hearing about this, just to see what his office would say. Below is the letter I sent him.
Full Text (of message to Congressman Lankford)
Dear Congressman Lankford,
Thank you for reading my e-mail. I know you’re busy so I’ll be extremely brief in this letter. At a recent town hall, you were asked about the legitimacy of Obama’s Presidency given the massive controversy regarding the location of his birth. In response, you said “in time the truth will come out.” Might I ask of what truth you spoke? Do you believe that Obama was born in the United States? Do you believe him to be a legitimate candidate for President?
Thank you for your time.
- Jay Hansen