Why the Sin of Pride is Properly Punished by Laughter

The Left tends to pride itself on being massively more intelligent than conservatives. This is the fitting doom of all who indulge this fantasy:

On the other hand, it isn’t like there aren’t a significant number of dumb people on the Right *still* clinging to the dumb Birther conspiracy.

Moral: Stupidity is an equal opportunity gig.

  • Rosemarie

    +J.M.J+

    Like back in grammar school when we walked around the schoolyard during recess asking every kid, “Are you a homo sapiens?”

  • Chris-KABA

    Why am I reminded of Justin Long’s doctor character in Idiocracy??

  • BuckeyeSailor

    “I feel like I know where you stand on Prop 19, sir.”

    “Huh huh huh, yeah, huh huh…”

    Whoa, boy.

  • Ted Seeber

    The thing that got me about the Birther Conspiracy, was that President Obama turned out to be the loudest Birther of them all when you look at his historical speeches. It’s like he knew he wanted to be President and was setting the right up for a massive conspiracy to soak up all their time. He even released a long form birth certificate that was full of anachronistic data to give them more fodder!

  • Rich Fader

    You know how I know Barack Obama is legit (or at least close enough for government work)? Because if he weren’t, Hillary’s people would have found the evidence during oppo research, she would have had the come-to-Vito-and-Luca moment with him, and he would probably be *her* Secretary of State right now.

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      True. Plus, John McCain’s campaign got wind of the fledgling Birther conspiracy before the election (it was originally started by a Democrat Hillary supporter, BTW). They investigated the charge that Obama was born in Kenya and decided there was nothing to it. If neither Hillary’s people nor McCain’s people could use it against him in 2008, that’s a strong argument right there that it’s bunk.

      • Ted Seeber

        I’m pretty sure that Senator Obama himself started the rumor a good 16 years *before* Hillary’s people ever heard of it. In 1991 his press agent described him as Kenyan born, in a blurb for a book called “Journeys in Black and White” that was never published. Even the MSM covered the story recently.

        http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/born-kenya-obamas-literary-agent-misidentified-birthplace-1991/story?id=16372566#.T9fWVrWvhOo

        • Rosemarie

          +J.M.J+

          True, he did make that claim long before the 2008 campaign. Yet the Birther movement proper began with Philip J. Berg, an attorney and Democrat who had supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign. He became disgruntled when she lost the nomination to then-candidate Obama and proceeded to challenge his eligibility with the claim that he was not a natural born citizen. He filed the first lawsuit that demanded the release of Obama’s birth certificate.

          AFAIK, he had no knowledge of the biographical blurb in question back in 2008, otherwise he would have touted that as his primary piece of evidence from the beginning. Yet I didn’t hear anything about the blurb until this year, so I don’t think it was instrumental in the beginning of Birtherism.

  • Ted Seeber

    Keyesian….OH THAT”S GREAT! I’m putting that on my facebook page, just to see how many idiots disagree.

  • http://austrolibertariancatholic.wordpress.com Martial Artist

    What matters it if he was born in Kenya. Being born outside of the United States is not, in and of itself, a disqualification from being a “natural born American,” which is what the Constitution requires for eligibility to be elected to be the President. The whole birther hysteria revolves around people who believe that to be a “natural born American” one must be born on U.S. (or U.S. Territorial) soil. Not the case.

    While I was serving in the U. S. Navy as a Submarine Sonar Technician, I read the story of a Lithuanian merchant seaman, Simas Kudirka, who defected to the U.S. by physically jumping the gap between the Russian fishing vessel, on which he served as radio operator, onto a U.S. Coast Guard cutter near Martha’s Vineyard in early 1970. The story was later popularized as a made-for-TV movie, The Defection of Simas Kudirka in 1978, starring Alan Arkin in the title role. He was initially forcibly returned to the Russian vessel with the cooperation of our government, but it was later discovered that his mother was born in Brooklyn, NY, but later returned to Lithuania. The U.S. State Department determined that Kudirka had a valid claim to U.S. citizenship. A month later he was released from the Gulag and granted permission to go to the US. He now lives in California. He is a U.S. citizen.

    Although the U.S. Constitution requires that “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States,” it nowhere defines what qualifies an individual to be a “natural born citizen of the United States.” I have seen quoted other sections of U.S. Law which delineate the requirements, and under those, both Kudirka and Obama would be considered “natural born citizens.

    So, when dealing with “birthers” one is almost necessarily dealing with people whose fundamental rationality is questionable.

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer

  • HBanan

    I don’t know whether Obama is really a Keynesian or not, but I very much want to be on the same side as Hitler-Kitty.

  • http://ecben.wordpress.com Will

    Keith: That is SOME “birthers”. Others insist that since “natural-born citizen” is used only of presidential qualifications, it MUST mean,uh, something more than “born a citizen”, and that entitles us to second-guess the framers too centuries later…. specifically that it “must” mean “having two parents who were citizens”. Never mind that President Arthur’s father was British, and nobody raised the issue until now.

    It occurred to me that if we are going to engage in second-guessing, it makes just as much sense to claim that the Constitution bars clones from the presidency. Or those born by Caesarean. We could call it the Macduff Clause.

  • Rosemarie

    +J.M.J+

    It’s even funnier when you consider that, even if the sign actually read “Obama = Kenyan,” it would be correct insofar as he is ethnically half-Kenyan on his father’s side. He may be a US citizen but he’s also part Kenyan.


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