I read a lot of really “less than intelligent” (my polite way to say stupid) comments from politicians. Some are general “political speak” which you’ll see from both Republicans and Democrats, a few are specific to their general system of beliefs and then some are outright ridiculous.
Anyone I encounter who perpetuates the outrageous belief known as “birtherism” (those who believe President Obama faked a birth announcement, got the Hawaii state government to go along with him, forged two forms of his birth certificate, fooled every government agency which would check the legitimacy of his citizenship and if he didn’t fool them he convinced them to go along with his lies) — I simply dismiss as some of the most egregious and insane.
Thankfully as time has gone on, most of these people have been pushed to the far fringes of the Republican party and ignored.
Oh, you might have heard of him. He’s the same lawmaker who claimed Obama is racist because “Obamacare” includes a tax on tanning beds. He assumes only white people use them, therefore the law discriminates.
Yes, he really said that.
Yesterday, while speaking with Chris Matthews about Syria and what kind of response, if any, the United States should have, Yoho went birther. Yoho didn’t directly get to the topic of Obama’s citizenship at first, however; he referred to the “scrutiny” Obama’s been under, while referencing a recent town hall meeting where he was asked by a few in attendance to discuss the president’s birth certificate.
Matthews then asked Yoho, “So you accept the fact that he’s a born American?”
To which Yoho replied—“No comment.”
Matthews pushed Yoho a little more on the issue, prompting the lawmaker to say, “I haven’t studied it enough to spend the time on it to come back with an intelligent answer, so I will not respond.”
Matthews then directly asked Yoho if he was a birther, to which Yoho once again responded with “no comment.”
It’s this kind of stuff which makes it impossible for me to take many Republicans seriously. Because the fact is if he didn’t worry that those who vote for him might turn on him for publicly saying “I recognize Obama as an American,” he probably would have just simply said that. But apparently enough Republicans in his district (and nationwide) still question Obama’s legitimacy as president.
Then again, he is probably just another right-wing ignorant birther. After all, he’s the same man who thinks Obama is a racist because “Obamacare” includes a tax on tanning beds. And speaking of ignorant, he also said during the Matthews interview that, “In World War II, we entered that war because we got attacked at Pearl Harbor, our allies Germany and France were attacked.” Normally I would just chalk this up to a meaningless gaffe, but with somebody this utterly stupid, I really have to wonder.
So I guess the real question should be, “Why the heck did Chris Matthews invite this guy to talk about a complex issue such as Syria?” Especially when Yoho still hasn’t “studied enough” facts to determine Obama’s place of birth, thinks Obamacare is a racist law, and apparently thinks Germany was part of the Allies of World War II.
So the situation in Syria might just be a bit much for him to comprehend.