The lie that never dies is still out there - "Barack Obama isn't an American citizen." But where does this lie stem from? Is it because he is African American, or because his father was a Muslim? Or maybe it's because he carries the same name as a former tyrant we destroyed? Even if all of these statements culminate into the rationale behind delegitimizing this president, it doesn't correlate. Even if all those statements concluded that he himself was a Muslim - that doesn't put an answer to the birthplace in question. Hawaii is a state; it had been a decade before the President's inception. His birth-certificate is all over the internet, and the original is even available for public showing in Hawaii! So is this pure racism? And are Republicans really so desperate to feed on this in 2012 primaries? I wouldn't doubt it.
I was listening to Joe Scarborough (former FL congressman, host of Morning Joe) talk to Chris Matthews (host of Hardball) earlier about Republican frontrunner's inability to face this issue. They either embrace it or they somehow slither their way out of answering the question. A recent poll showed that 51% of Republicans affirmatively believe that President Obama was not born in the United States of America. These staggering numbers will surely will impact the tone of the Republican primaries and the public respect they have for their rival. Ironically, one of the most radical, far-right commentator Glenn Beck defended the President's birthplace and religious beliefs. So I hope Republicans will shine some truth on this situation and possibly condemn the loons. But with even Speaker Bohner walking back the question by saying that people 'have the right to believe what they want', there doesn't seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel.