“I am birther, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
’cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again
Oh yes I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am birther.”
I wrote that.
Don’t let them shame you.
Don’t let them bully you.
Don’t let others ridicule you.
Stand your ground. You are not alone.
There are MILLIONS of us.
Ich bin ein a birther !
I want to see that damn piece of paper.
And so do many others.
A new Research 2000 poll, sponsored by the site DailyKos, finds broad traction among Republican voters for the belief that President Obama was not born in the United States.
I think it is higher myself but some of us are intimidated by the blistering ridicule foisted upon us by our own team.
The survey of American adults asked, “Do you believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America or not?” It found that 77% of Americans answer affirmatively, 11% say “no,” with the balance unsure.
Those numbers means that almost 25% of the country does not believe that Barack Obama was born here or are not sure. Those are big numbers.
The poll has a margin of error of plus/minus 2%, and a larger one for the subgroups, but here’s the estimate of how broadly held the conspiracy theory, broken down by party:
Yes No Not sure
Dem 93 4 3
Rep 42 28 3
Ind 83 8 9
With nearly a third of Republicans believing the theory, you can see why Republican politicians are inclined to treat it with some respect.
Only 42% of Republicans believe he was born here. I’m no math major but last time I checked 42% was less than half.
58% of Republicans believe that Barack Obama is foreign born or are not sure.
We aren’t going to hide in the shadows or meet in dark alleys anymore.
We don’t have to secretly meet in basements.
We don’t have to feel the shame or scorn of those who lack the courage to ask “Where’s the birth certificate” anymore.
And we won’t be cowed.
Birthers are the one of the largest and fastest growing demographics in the Republican party. I estimate that if there are at least 60 million Republicans in this country then that means there are 15 to 20 million birthers. That makes us 4 to 5 times larger than the NRA. We are bigger than the AARP. We are bigger than the chinese military.
We outnumber the gays.
We outnumber the illegal aliens.
We are almost as large as the state of New York.
That’s a lot of voters.
People….listen to me.
Listen to me like you have never listened before.
It’s OK to want to see Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Ssshhh sshhh….it’s OK.
This topic is exploding on the internet. The poll was commissioned by the Daily Kos of all people.
I linked to Hot Air and to the Politico.
Hot Air likes to pretend that they consider this topic to be silly but yet they have posted at least one or two diaries a day on this topic for over a week now. Hundreds of hits each.
Either they like to tease the birthers or they are trying to build a growing insurgency from which they can command with plausible deniability.
Rush Limbaugh wants to see it.
Andrew McCarthy from National Review Online wants to see it.
11 Congressman are sponsoring legislation to make mandatory to prove citizenship for Presidential Candidates.
To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.
People can call us crazy kooks all they want but we have plenty of company.
To keep in spirit with all my other fellow birthers I will adopt the meme that we have to use now when we discuss this. (wink wink)
I do believe that Barack Hussein Obama was indeed born in the U.S. or something like that bluh bluh blah.
Sorry Erick. Don’t be mad.