Rather than seek cover, though, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is seeking to grab the spotlight in the same unorthodox fashion that has helped boost his career as a nationally known lawman…. At a news conference, Arpaio said the probe revealed that there was probable cause to believe Obama’s long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April is a computer-generated forgery. He also said the selective service card completed by Obama in 1980 in Hawaii also was most likely a forgery…. “We don’t know who the perpetrators are of these documents,” Arpaio said, although he said he doesn’t think the president forged the documents.
We have real, challenging, intractable problems in this country: recession, terrorism, rising gas prices, health care, education…and the (evidently continuing) uncertainty over the validity of the President’s birth certificate.
Yes, in the midst of what should be a compelling discussion and debate about how to move this country forward, Arpaio, a member of a lunatic fringe that can’t stomach the idea of a black man in the White House, is now claiming he has proof that the President’s birth certificate is a forgery. Not that he’s actually provided that proof, mind you; to him the mere insinuation is enough to indict the President and turn the spotlight where it belongs- on Joe Arpaio.
The birth certificate “issue” remains that only to those addled racists who believe a black man has no business or place in the White House. Arpaio, like the rest of the motley crew of birthers, has nothing positive or truthful to add to the public discourse. Continuing to cast doubt on the President’s birth certificate is seems to be their way of ensuring that the media is still paying attention to them.
When you have nothing positive or constructive to add, I suppose all that’s really left is to try to tear down and destroy someone whom you shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as. Joe Arpaio couldn’t carry Barack Obama’s jock…not that anyone could claim to be surprised by that.
IF Arpaio had anything positive and/or constructive to add to the public discourse, I’d be willing to listen. The reality, of course, is that he’s got nothing to offer but hatred and racism…and at this point in time, his ineffectual bleating has become just so much white noise.