One thing that irritates me about the birthers (people who, despite objective proof to the contrary, insist that President Obama is somehow not a U.S. citizen) is they don’t understand the responsibilities that accompany their 1st amendment right of free speech. It’s not terribly surprising that the same people who scream at liberals for not accepting responsibility for their actions are in fact guilty of what they’re accusing others of – it’s a hallmark of hypocrisy.
What’s disturbing is the level of racism and underlying hatred and fear of everything with which the right-wing doesn’t identify. Today’s unfortunate example: Wolf Automotive, a Colorado car dealership, has donated space on a billboard they regularly pay for in Wheatridge, CO (a small suburb of Denver) for a poster questioning whether Barack Obama was a legitimate President or part of a jihad.
While people have the freedom of speech, this purposeful display of hatred clearly steps over bounds of civility. Remember, these are the same people that demanded every American pay constant tribute to George Bush, who wasn’t elected in 2000, but instead selected by 5 Supreme Court members to his position. Anybody who didn’t agree with Bush was instantly and then constantly derided as traitors by the faux patriots that cropped up around the country. Now they’re trying to delegitimize Barack Obama’s position as President – a position that he cleanly and clearly won by a huge margin (a bigger margin than Bush ever enjoyed).
This billboard is a local result of the racist radio shock-jock Peter Boyles. Peter could be the poster-child of the birther movement. He’s an older, white, angry male who makes his living pushing hatred and fear. It wouldn’t matter if President Obama went to Peter’s studio or house with his birth certificate, Peter would still stoke ignorant peoples’ fears. Someday, somewhere, a birther will lash out and hurt or kill someone. When that happens, Peter and everybody else like him will hide behind the 1st Amendment rights they so callously abuse today.