New Hawaii Gov. Vows to Knock Some Sense Into Birthers
December 27, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Newly-elected Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) thinks he can reason with lunatics. The fringe group of birthers aided by right-wing lawmakers, who believe in the wacky, thoroughly debunked conspiracy theory that President Obama is an illegal alien, are not about to stand down after the release of additional state birth records. Birthers at their core are fueled by racism and xenophobia. They will never accept the legitimacy of our first black president, named Barack Hussein Obama. But Abercrombie, who knew President Obama’s parents, says the birther conspiracy theory is vile and disrespectful and should be finally put to rest once and for all. The governor’s heart is in the right place, but good luck with trying to convince the tinfoil hat crowd.
Hawaii’s state laws forbids the release of confidential birth records. Still, after the birther controversy arose during Obama’s presidential election, he placed a copy of his Certificate of Live Birth embossed with an official state seal, online. And published birth announcements placed in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser have also been made available. But birthers have rejected them as fake.
So many crazed birthers have swamped Honolulu officials with requests for Obama’s birth records that the state passed a special law permitting state officials to ignore repeat nuisance requests.
Abercrombie plans to change state laws to allow the release of confidential birth records, “to take care” of the pesky birthers.
“It’s an insult to his mother and to his father, and I knew his mother and father; they were my friends, and I have an emotional interest in that,” Abercrombie told the Times. “It’s an emotional insult. It is disrespectful to the president; it is disrespectful to the office.”
“Abercombie was quoted by the Chicago Tribune as saying, “What bothers me is that some people who should know better are trying to use this for political reasons,” he said. “Maybe I’m the only one in the country that could look you right in the eye right now and tell you, ‘I was here when that baby was born.’”
Rational people will certainly find no fault with Abercombie’s sentiments. But try reasoning with a group of people who stubbornly cling to birtherism to legitimize their pathological racist hate for President Obama.