As the sentient world well recalls, on the morning of September 11, 2001, “agents of the al Qaeda terrorist organization hijacked commercial airplanes and attacked the World Trade Center in New York City and the national headquarters of the Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia.” Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557, 567-68 (2006).Thus reads part of an opinion from the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, on the Ms April Gallop suit, decided 27 April 2011.
Kad Barma and I have been conducting a discussion on whether Birthers are racist, pure and simple. Here is, I think, the Kad Barma argument.
African Americans attest that it's race-based. White Americans sympathetic to birthers' other politics deny the possibility. I have to believe one of two things:The argument put forward by Kad Barma is a strong one. It is rooted in what some call "America's Original Sin".
Either almost half of republicans aren't fit to vote based on their inability to understand the primary source evidence, or birthers are racists. you pick. I'm ok with either one.
My problem with it is that racism doesn't seem to explain the thinking behind the above mentioned April Gallop suit claiming the US Government decided to stage the 9/11 event (Crash of American Airlines Flight 77) at the Pentagon that resulted in the death of many US citizens. Nor does it explain all those other "Truthers" out there.
Then there is the "Trig-o-nometry" problem. Just this month Wonkette had a piece disparaging Sarah Palin and her Downs-Syndrome son, Trig. (The post was later taken down and this replaced it). Several years ago The Virginian put it down to anti-Christian bigotry.
OK, so maybe it is just bigotry, which comes in many forms, but that doesn't seem to explain the "Truthers".
Nor does it explain why people continue to insist on saying that President Obama is the first President to face this kind of accusation, when President Chester A Arthur went through the whole thing from his time as a candidate for Vice President through becoming President and to the end.
Maybe it really is the Paranoid Style in American Politics, as Professor Richard Hofstadter put it, back in 1963 (Full Harper's Article here).
Regards — Cliff