Please notice that i said BIRTHERS
and not opponents of Obama. I, myself, disagree with many, many things that Obama has said and done, and
personally will not vote for him in 2012 unless he makes some monumental changes between now and then.
So - please - don't confuse the two. Though im sure there will be some who will.
What i'm talking about are BIRTHERS. The people who claim Obama is not a US born citizen. No doubt there are several threads on both sides of this
aisle that are doing nothing but throwing the same arguments, ad nauseum. But i figure what the heck, whats one more?
The title of my thread may make a few people wonder if im being facetious or not - and i assure you - i am not.
Birthers are a group all to their own - proof in the fact that a term had to be invented to describe them. Now, it'll not be kept secret that i have
a deep loathing for these individuals...not because i support Obama (because i do not) but because i have a deep seeded hatred for down right
deliberately insane acts of stupidity. Birthers, in my opinion, embody that.
So lets evaluate the diagnosis and see if "birthers" fit the bill:
well...i guess this term is in the eye of the beholder. We'll come back to this
a fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact
and fittingly so, i'd say birthers fit this to a T.
There have been mounds of evidence to back up the fact
that Obama is, indeed, a natural born, full blooded American citizen. There are state
officials that confirm it, documents that prove it, and newspapers that printed it on the day he was born.
Not to mention the "common sense" approach to this argument that would suggest it is impossible for Obama to have been an Illinois senator, and the
POTUS, without anyone in opposition fighting him on the front. instead, this argument was birthed on the internet. A place of anonymity where any
coward with a blog can post things that he or she has no concept of, under the guise of some idiot screen name...and we all know about the infinite
nature of human stupidity and how unbearably contagious it can be...in other words, the birther movement could ONLY have been started on the internet,
because nobody else would have had the guts to claim credit for having started such an idiotic claim.
So what makes them "delusionary
"? The mounds of evidence that proves wrong that the fixed belief that birthers vehemently subscribe to that
says Obama is not a citizen.
a severe mental disorder characterized by some, but not necessarily all, of the following features: emotional blunting, intellectual
deterioration, social isolation, disorganized speech and behavior, delusions, and hallucinations.
they certainly fit the disorganized speech and delusions part, and since it must comprise of "sum but not all" characteristics, i'd say this is a
open and shut case.
schizophrenia - CHECK
involuntary narcissistic rage
When the narcissist's grandiose sense of self-worth is perceivably being attacked by another person (typically in the form of criticism), the
narcissist's natural reaction is to rage and pull down the self-worth of others (to make the narcissist feel superior to them). It is an attempt by
the narcissist to soothe their internal pain and hostility, while at the same time rebuilding their own self-worth.
This one, in my opinion, describes a birther more than any other. From the birther movement, we've seen racial smears on Obama in the form of
Cartoons...pictorial depictions of Obama as a black hitler, heard him characterized as a "Kenyan" as if being a Kenyan were evil and shameful...i
mean the list really goes on and on.
When confronted with facts, 9 times out of 10, birthers will start with the name calling and juvenile retort.
narcissistic rage - CHECK
But is it involuntary? Well, again, thats all in the eye of the beholder. I choose to believe that it is involuntary, because i cannot fathom how
someone can so openly support such an idea in opposition of so much evidence.
And to top it off, i find it rather ironic that the same people who believe the earth was created 7000 years ago and that Noah crammed billions of
pairs of animals onto a boat to survive a flood are all coming out and telling us that they have "proof" that Obama is not a citizen...
It really does take a form of mental illness to truly believe this stuff. And it takes someone far worse to help spread it.
[edit on 2-2-2010 by Snarf]