Pop the popcorn, kids, it’s wingnut-on-wingnut crime time again. Jonathan Tobin of Commentary magazine is taking Joseph Farah of the Worldnutdaily to task for claiming that Sen. Marco Rubio could not be president because, while he was born in the United States, his parents weren’t both citizens. This is the exchange that Farah recently had with Sean Hannity:
“[Sen. Marco] Rubio’s not eligible,” Farah said.
“What do you mean?” host Sean Hannity asked.
“You’re going to lose 10% of the Republican vote because he is not a natural born citizen. We’ve been through this with Obama now for four years,” Farah explained.
“I don’t believe that. I don’t think that’s going to work,” Hannity said.
Of course, Tobin manages to say some dumb things even while blasting Farah:
Hannity is, of course, right. This bizarre attack on Rubio won’t work because Rubio was born in Miami and therefore is a natural born citizen of the United States and ten percent of Republican voters aren’t nuts. But this exchange illustrates just how deep-seated the virus of conspiracy mongering is in our political culture. After eight years of crackpot lies about George W. Bush and 9/11 that was followed by three plus years of Obama birth certificate lunacy, we have now arrived at a point where “birtherism” is a bipartisan form of insanity.
Well, no. Birtherism is not bipartisan, it’s almost entirely confined to the wingnut spectrum of things. There are a few people who are both birthers and 911 truthers, like Phillip Berg, but they are very rare. 911 trutherism can be found on both the extreme right and left, but birtherism is pretty much exclusive to the extreme right. But yes, Farah is utterly full of shit about Rubio.
Farah ought to know. He’s spent much of the last few years promoting myths about Barack Obama not being an American citizen though there was never any rational reason to doubt he was born in Hawaii. Even after the Obama birth certificate was produced, Farah stuck to his wacko guns and predictably claimed it was a forgery.But though Farah is a conservative of a sort, his “birtherism” is bipartisan as he is now backing the notion that both Rubio and fellow Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal are not eligible for the presidency or vice presidency.
The fact that a nut like Farah is willing to apply his birtherism in a bipartisan manner doesn’t make that insanity bipartisan in nature. Being a consistent lunatic doesn’t mean his lunacy is shared by lots of others on both sides of the left/right divide.
Farah, naturally, responds to this by accusing them of wanting to censor him:
What’s the magazine’s solution for people like me – who disagree?
Ban them from the airwaves.
“Farah’s attempt to cast doubt on Rubio ought to be a warning to responsible media figures to be wary of inviting him or any other birther onto their shows,” the article suggests. “Along with the 9/11 truthers, the birthers need to be quarantined and confined to the fever swamps of political insanity, where they belong.”
I guess there are just some things Americans can’t talk about openly and honestly any more in America – without getting viciously attacked from the right, the left and the center.
It’s the exact same strategy used by every internet troll who ever got banned from a forum or blog — “You’re just so afraid of my Eternal Truth that you want to censor me!” But the reality remains, in both cases, that the First Amendment doesn’t mean others have to give you a platform to express your idiocy, it only requires that the government doesn’t prevent you from expressing it.