Here it is: The birthers raving at congressional hearings and elsewhere remind me of the blue-shirted Aryan Nations morons who staged white supremacy marches on American streets.
The person tumbling from a cliff will grasp for any outcrop, branch or twig. Only the crazy will also keep processing pet conspiracy theories all the way down. While America faces many major problems, the “birthers” seem to care only about the crib location of the guy whose job is to try to break our fall.
The ridiculous distraction fomented by the “birthers” would be merely irritating and pathetic, if not for the dark associations underlined by their words and deeds. I’m talking about the xenophobic, racist, paranoid mindset that never dies in some crevices of our society.
Their cries of defending the Constitution for “real Americans” have no practical standing, for starters. Barack Obama is president, and their efforts to get him ousted as a “false” American will fail. They don’t really even care where the president was born. The underlying truth is, they hate what Obama represents: Multiculturalism, biracialism, diversity, liberalism and the Democratic Party. They’re clutching the desparate twig of a supposed birthplace coverup conspiracy as they help pull sane conservatives with them to the bottom.
Their rhetoric reminds me of the spoutings of the Aryan Nations, the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi skinheads. Today’s anti-immigrant hysteria has helped fuel a resurgence of such groups and provides a nesting place for the birthers’ ravings. They detest Obama’s parentage of a black African Muslim father and give no credence to the reality that his white Christian mother and grandmother raised him. To them, he’s “not one of us,” not of white Christian identity, and therefore he is “one of them.”
Note this phrase proselytized by David Lane, one of the murderous leaders of The Order, an infamous neo-Nazi scourge in the 1980s: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
The Anti-Defamation League tracks various neo-Nazi and extremist groups that remain active or are even resurging. The ADL highlights the “white survivalism” views of the Aryan Nations: “God’s creation of Adam marked … the placing of the White Race upon this earth. Not all races descend from Adam. Adam is the father of the White Race only … We believe that the true, literal children of the Bible are the twelve tribes of Israel, now scattered throughout the world and now known as the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Teutonic, Scandinavian, Celtic peoples.” The Aryan Nations also declared that non-Aryans are not merely inferior but must be destroyed: “We believe that there are literal children of Satan in the world today. These children are the descendants of Cain, who was a result of Eve’s original sin, her physical seduction by Satan. We know that because of this sin there is a battle and a natural enmity between the children of Satan and the children of The Most High God. … This is attested by Scripture and all secular history.”
The birthers have only as much traction as masters of fear, intolerance and ignorance can provide.