The show will go on
It has been a matter of hours since President Obama made available the birth certificate from Hawaii that establishes, to no surprise, that he is a native-born citizen of the United States.
I haven’t trolled the Net yet, but I am confident that there are already multiple postings “exposing” the birth certificate as a clumsy forgery—or perhaps, giving the president some credit, a clever forgery.
There are two classes of people who will continue with the birther nonsense: the dim and the mendacious. The dim, because they think what they prefer to think and are impervious to rational argument. (After all, as someone commented on Twitter, he’s still black.*) The mendacious, because manipulating the dim is easy, amusing, and profitable.
And the reason that these two classes will likely continue to keep this non-issue alive is that American politics shies away from anything serious. The election of 1840, in which the Whigs landed the aging and ill-fated William Henry Harrison in the White House for a month with the nonsensical log cabin and hard cider campaign, typified what has come since. Two words: Donald Trump.
We, as a people, prefer the sideshow. Resistance to the phenomenon tends not to accomplish anything, so I join with H.L. Mencken in recommending sardonic amusement instead.
*If you try to insist that there is no racism behind birtherism, please remember that I am less credulous than birthers.