Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh joked that President Obama might be a deity because “God does not have a birth certificate, either.” Joseph Farah, the editor of WorldNetDaily.com — the site that’s been buying up billboards asking for Obama’s birth certificate — couldn’t contain his excitement, so he tweeted about it.
Does that mean that the rest of the world sees us as gullible dopes? YES.
Do we like to be viewed as a nation of morons? NO.
What can we do about it? Unfortunately, NOTHING.
Of course, we could seriously confront people like "Birthers," but we are, alas, a country that does not exile people for stupidity. Birthers, televangelists, politicians (as apposed to statesmen), school boards, faux media, TV sitcoms, and Glenn Beck . All have succeeded in making the U.S. a laughing stock for other countries. But the really terrible fact is that many Americans don't have a clue that the rest of the world thinks we're morons.
Me? I became aware of this after watching the second episode of The Beverly Hillbillies. And, yes, I am as stupid as many people: when I trip over a piece of furniture in the dark I yell at it for simply being there - where I put it. So I am guilty of being stupid, which is why I can point out REALLY stupid people: I know whereof I speak. The things that scares me about REALLY stupid people (having occasion to be stupid many more times than I have) is that they are stupid about all the mean, petty and (blatantly) wrong things.
Take "Birthers". Who TF cares if Obama hasn't proven his citizenship to a small group of ... stupid people? Instead of spending time, energy, and what little brain power they have on important issues like the economy or civil rights, Birthers scream (all too loudly) that the elected President of the United States is in a sinister conspiracy to defraud the country regarding his citizenship.
Theirs is not the reasoning of intelligent people: they are not merely questioning Obama's citizenship. Nor are they questioning his transparency. They are convinced of a conspiracy because of the lack of a piece of paper. And their guns are cocked and loaded in the event that the conspirators will somehow win and dispossess them from their single-wides.
With a S.W.A.T. team.
And where do Birthers get their totally stupid theories from?
Just a thought.