While we are on the topic of ridiculous ideas that are a waste of energy, pixels, and hot air:
Here’s a headline from the web:…not from 2009, but from today:
“Could Barack Obama Be Deported Over Using a Fraudulent Birth Certificate? Yes, Says Former DOJ Attorney”
This is of a piece with such headlines as…
“Can World Hunger Be Solved with Edible Cotton? Yes, An Expert Believes”
“Was George Washington a Martian? It’s Possible, Historian Claims”
‘”I Am Marie Of Rumania!’ Virginia Ethicist Declares After Latest Judicial Watch Effort Causes His Head To Explode, Killing Three”
What is the matter with Larry Klayman? The former head of Judicial Watch, the conservative public interest law firm that has occasionally broken through partisan government stonewalling, has jumped the shark for all time by filing what he calls a “deportation petition” against President Barack Obama, asking authorities to begin the process of removing Obama from the country.
This is the equivalent of wearing an “I am a loony!” sign around one’s neck. It undermines the credibility of Judicial Watch (with which he is still associated in the public mind—indeed until reader Ric Anderson corrected me, I still thought he was), and anyone who has ever cited the organization as authority for anything. It could well undermine objective judicial determinations of unrelated cases in the future. It embarrasses him, his former organization, conservatives, his family, and people named “Larry.”
The birther phenomenon is itself an embarrassment, and like failed predictions of Doomsday, becomes more ridiculous with the passing of time. Even if Obama wasn’t really born here, as a contemporary birth announcement that I’m pretty sure he didn’t forge in the womb asserts, he’s not getting deported. No court or agency will order that he be deported. That train was never in the station, and yet it left long ago. The man has been President of the United States for six years! He’s been elected twice! At this point, it wouldn’t matter if he announced that his real name was Sinclair Blodget, that he was once female, has some lizard DNA, and grew up in a circus. So what? If he had been a terrific leader, nobody would care. He hasn’t, and such an announcement would still leave him with 95% support from African Americans.
Klayman’s grandstanding nonsense looks desperate, silly, racist and unserious, and it just hands ammunition to the President’s allies to use against more prudent, legitimate and realistic critics not comparing rentals on rubber rooms. Whatever the President has done or not done, he has earned the minimal respect not to be subjected to Mickey Mouse tactics like this.
Plus it made my head explode, and I was wearing a new shirt.
* “The Kaboom! is a special category reserved for cases that should require no ethics commentary from me, since the ethical breach is beyond obvious, but where the individual’s ethics alarms have proven so spectacularly useless that attention must be paid. The name of the award derives from the sound my head made as I read the story, because I don’t know how to spell the sound my brains made when they hit hit the ceiling and then slowly fell to the floor” ( November 14, 2013)