I haven’t written anything since the election so I thought I would put together some random thoughts on the coming end of President Obama’s second term, the Trump administration, and what this all means as far as the Birther movement.
First, I don’t think any conspiracy movement ever completely ends. We still have 911 truthers, various Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorists, and moon landing hoaxers pushing their crazy theories. There is good reason to think that a few hard core Birthers will still be around in 20 or 30 years. Mike Zullo will be 80 and still promising to release universe shattering evidence any day now. There will still be Birthers who will believe that once the “facts” are out there everything President Obama did way back in the early 2000’s will be undone. But for practical purposes the Birther movement died with the reelection of President Obama in 2012.
What can one really say about the election of the idiot Donald Trump? I am deeply ashamed of the minority of my fellow Americans who somehow took leave of their senses and elected this pathetic, immature, petulant and dangerous person to office. Anyone who believes this was a normal election is delusional. James Comey elected Trump. Without the jackass FBI Director Comey sticking his nose in where it never belonged not once but twice Trump would have been trounced. One of my great disappointments with President Obama is that he didn’t do what he should have done and fired Comey. What Comey did was unethical, unprecedented, and cause for termination.
I think Trump’s election reveals there is a sickness in this country. I think it was primarily a backlash by middle class white people who see the country changing in ways they don’t like. They don’t like seeing power go to minorities as the demographics of the country change. Trump, assisted by his fellow Republicans tapped in to this fear and racism. They made them feel that it was OK to be sexist and racist again.
Edit: I ran across this video today. I think every Trump supporter needs to watch it.
Joe Arpaio decided to take one last long drink from the well of Birtherism before leaving office. On December 15th he and Cold Case Posse lead Mike Zullo held a final “press conference”to present the latest nonsense theory that someone forged Barack Obama’s long form certificate. The event was not an official MCSO event. It wasn’t listed on the MCSO web site or Facebook page. While the press was invited they were not allowed to ask any questions apparently because the press had asked hard questions like why did you spend taxpayer money on this when you said you weren’t? Some supporters like Miki Booth attended just to give the event the proper festive touch. It was not reported whether the turkey accompanied Miki on the trip.
Finally, I want to explain why I pulled an article written by Brian Reilly that was his response to a hit piece published by Sharon Rondeau at the Post & Email. First, it had already been published at Obama Conspiracy Theories so publishing it here would be redundant. Second, I found some issues with Mr. Reilly’s response.
A couple of things bothered me about Mr. Reilly’s response. First, he failed to address the allegation that he was fired as a volunteer posse member when he lived in Washington State. From what Kevin Davidson had posted in a comment it was merely that the new police chief or sheriff decided to cut the number of posse members after assuming office. If that was the case then why did Mr. Reilly not address this allegation in his response?
Mr. Reilly in my opinion doesn’t adequately address when and why he had an epiphany on his Birtherism. Sharon Rondeau posted a copy of an email that Brian Reilly sent to unknown persons on May 23, 2012 the day after Arizona Secretary of State Bennett released the verification letter received from the State of Hawaii. In the email Mr. Reilly expressed that he was upset and disappointed with Bennett. He suggested Bennett needed remove President Obama from the Arizona presidential election ballot instead. That idea was just plain stupid. Can you imagine SoS Bennett removing the President’s name from the ballot based on the findings of a bunch of volunteer idiots? I don’t use that term flippantly. The CCP was demonstrably a bunch of idiots.
Mr. Reilly doesn’t address this email at all in his response. Instead he attacked Mike Zullo for trying to keep the investigation going beyond the 2012 election. What happened between May 23, 2012 and late June when Brian Reilly left the CCP? I don’t think we really know.
I think there were many inaccuracies in Sharon Rondeau’s article and her non interview interview with Mike Zullo. However, I wish Mr. Reilly would have been more forthcoming in a few areas.
I appreciate that Mr. Reilly now repudiates the work of the Cold Case Posse. I think he should apologize to President Obama and his supporters for his prior Birtherism and what it spawned however.