Birth and transfiguration
Finally, the President has done the simple thing that statesmen like Donald Trump, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann have long been urging: he released his long-form birth certificate. We have these three great patriots to thank for steering the country away from the precipice of an immense constitutional crisis. And it took a cross-section, a veritable rainbow coalition (although they were all white, but still). One a guy who went to the “best school in the country” and was a good student—an Eastern elite that nobody should trust according to mainstream Republican thinking. Another, a woman who went to … how many colleges? (but who’s counting) … and didn’t do particularly well or learn very much. And the third a former tax attorney who knows next to nothing about American history or the US Constitution and whose only talent is drawing publicity to herself by delivering, without the least shame, rock-stupid incitements. In short, a cross-section of today’s Republican Party.
And Donald Trump was first out of the box to note that he was proud of his role in this controversy. The controversy is still not over. It’s still necessary to prove to Trump’s satisfaction that the certificate is legitimate. Nevertheless, he took credit for spending inordinate amounts of time and diverting public attention so that not a whit of new information about anything relevant was uncovered. I suppose the President was afraid of those detectives he had sent to Hawaii—detectives, Trump told Meredith Vieira, who “cannot believe what they’re finding.” I want to be the first to call on Trump to release what they found. If we can’t have transparency from Trump—who would be on television 24/7 if they let him—who can we have it from?
I hope now the President can move on to the real issue—revealing his vaccination records.
You would think that all of this would end at least that aspect of the attack on our first Muslim Socialist President who was born and raised in Kenya. But no. The Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, issued the Party’s position on this matter. Mr. (or Ms., I’ve never heard that name in any Western language) Reince Priebus said that providing the certificate–an act that numerous members of his party and their most violent adherents have been panting for to the exclusion of almost all other issues—was an act of cynical politics. On the part of the President. “The president ought to spend his time getting serious about repairing our economy,” Priebus said. “Unfortunately his campaign politics and talk about birth certificates is distracting him from our number one priority—our economy.”
Yes, we have old people and sick people who need to be kicked to the curb. And we have rich people whose taxes have to be cut. We don’t have time to respond to irresponsible accusations by Republican politicians. We should ignore what they say in order to get to the business of the agenda of their wealthy puppet-masters.
By the way, didn’t Trump agree that when the President released his birth certificate, he would release his financial statements? I guess we’ll be in for a treat real soon. Because, after all, Trump is a man of his word. But still, as long as there are bankruptcy laws in this country, you might want to get a little collateral for any promise made by Trump.