August 15, 2009
The leaders behind the ‘birther’ movement
The Internet has been the site of a group that would like to throw the current president of the United States out of office for not being born in the USA. The group has been dubbed the ‘birthers.’ But who are they and why are they spreading lies?
The ‘birthers’ are a few men that are intent on using the Internet as a means of spreading lies about President Obama’s birth. While his birth certificate has been approved and the fact that security clearance would be required in a bid for the highest office in the land these people are trying to create discord in the nation. Anthony Martin of Chicago was the first to head to court demanding to see the original birth certificate in Hawaii. He was denied. Perhaps had he been allowed the ‘birthers’ would have faded away with their tails between their legs. Instead the movement grew. Anthony not only went on the rampage over Obama’s nation of birth but tossed out to the media that Obama’s religion background was Muslim. The Kansas City Star
“I would like to claim the role of ringmaster in this birth certificate circus,” Martin said last week on his Web site. “From the first day I began writing about Barack Obama’s secret life five years ago, Obama has obstructed access to the truth about himself. Obama’s sycophants in the media and government have tried to protect him from the truth and the facts of his life.”
While Martin admits that he has doubts about the claims to a Kenyan birth he has not stopped his online campaign. Martin is also known for his anti-Sematic comments.
“I am able to understand how the Holocaust took place, and with every passing day feel less and less sorry that it did.”
Ms. Orly Taitz is another on the “birthers’ wagon. She is a lawyer and dentist out of Orange County, Califorina. She has the means to not only file lawsuits but to travel around the nation spouting her claims that Obama is not a citizen. She also asks for people to fund her accounts on PayPal. She is behind the lawsuit where an officer in the Army Reserve wanted to not serve in Afghanistan because of the birthers claims. The Army excused the man saying he could back out because he was a volunteer. Taitz claims she has proof of a Kenya birth but won’t show it. The Kansas City Star quotes her:
“I don’t need to prove anything,” she said. “He’s the one that needs to provide proper evidence that he is qualified to be president.”
Another lawsuit filer is Philip Berg of Pennsylvania. He’s known for his conspiracy theories, including a lawsuits against every male Bush for two generations for the government’s alleged involvement of the 2001 attacks (9/11). He is also against Taitz saying that she should be disbarred. Jerome Corsi fights as a birther with the pen. He’s a writer at WorldNetDaily. There is now a ‘breaking news’ story on a Kenyan birth certificate.
“It’s a fake document,” he said on Fox News. “I’m convinced it’s a forgery,” he said on Blogtalkradio.com.
Corsi was one of the authors of “Unfit for Command
.” The book attacks John Kerry, one of the 2004 Democratic presidential nominees. He doesn’t just give it to the Democrats though, targeting Bush for allegedly surrendering U.S. sovereignty to the new North American Union. The union would put the three nations of North America into one governing body. These people though could not have spread their views without help. The movement also shows the power of the Internet when it comes to gathering like minded people in smear campaigns. Not only is the Internet pushing the ideas onto the public. CNN has been known to host the leaders. Rush Limbaugh has joked about the questions over where Obama was born. This movement doesn’t appear to be going away soon. Those behind it are known for filing lawsuit after lawsuit. The question is will they make a huge difference in the general population.