A convention following the GOP convention is being planned in Phoenix, AZ. The website selling tickets for the event describes it as, “A Greater Phoenix Tea Party Patriots Event. Sheriff Joe and his call for Congressional investigation of fraudulent documents.” The fraudulent documents in question being, of course, Obama’s birth certificate(s). The event is scheduled for September 22, and will last about two and a half hours. Multiple speakers are supposed to be there, such as Pat Boone and the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio. They will be planning to ask Congress to investigate Obama’s birth certificate, which is allegedly forged.
Pat Boone, a well-known Tea Party member in the Beverly Hills area and famous singer of the 1950s, can be seen below ranting about Obama’s alleged Kenyan birth as captured by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Boone has also been quoted as saying that Michelle Bachmann would make a good president and that Obama is certainly a Muslim, going as far, in fact, as to say that Obama celebrates Ramadan, but no Christian holidays.
Another speaker at the event is the former Army doctor Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, who was dismissed from the military after refusing to deploy because of his belief that President Obama wasn’t qualified by birth to be President of the United States. Quite obviously, at his court-martial it was ruled that it doesn’t matter whether Obama’s birth certificate is real or not because he was ordered by senior officers that had independent legal right to order him to combat. He was also later denied a medical license by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts because his failure to deploy as ordered could put soldiers’ lives in danger.
The crowning jewel of the birther convention is, however, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He’s well-known country wide for his eccentricities and crazed obsession with Obama’s birth certificate. Talking Points Memo puts it perfectly:
For months, the sheriff has been promoting the fringe conspiracy theory of birtherism, which claims Barack Obama’s birth certificate is fake and therefore he is ineligible to be president. But Arpaio took it to a grand scale with his latest stunt, promising to reveal “shocking” information about the document.
What he and his “investigator” ultimately presented, however, was something less than shocking. They spun new webs of the conspiracy, alleging secret codes were hidden in the birth certificate and claiming they found an elderly witness who could decipher the cryptography. It was the latest tweak to a theory that has long been debunked but remains kept alive by small pockets of conservative activists and writers.
Even when Obama has released his birth birth certificates, both long and short, birthers have simply shrugged that off and said they’re fake. It’s gotten to an unhealthy–but slightly funny–point of obsession. Donald Trump has declared support for the Sheriff, but I don’t think that surprises anyone at this point. Mitt Romney has also made a joke in bad taste, saying, “Nobody has asked to see my birth certificate!”
This gives fuel to the crazy fire, as well as giving subliminal permission for the heckling of President Barack Obama to continue. While we’re at it, though…hey, Mitt! Where are your taxes?
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