Thursday, April 21, 2011

poll follies: 1/4 of americans don't believe obama is one of us

hot off the press comes word that your friends and neighbors are seriously deluded -- without much hope for redemption. it's the same cadre, it seems worth pointing out, that gave president dubya bush about a 27 percent approval rating for about the last three years of this administration.

as for the latest testimony to the childish mind-state of the union, we turn to the CBS news/NYT poll:
A quarter of all Americans incorrectly think President Obama was not born in the United States, according to a new CBS News/ New York Times poll.
Among all Republicans, 45 percent believe he was born in another country, as do 45 percent of Tea Party supporters, the poll shows.
Since the start of Mr. Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, rumors have existed that he was born outside of the United States. The 'birther' myth has steadily persisted through Mr. Obama's presidency...
we can at least be thankful for the tender mercies of CBS news, which recognizes in black and white, in the last paragraph above, the nature of birtherism: it's a myth, rather than reality-based belief. (is it any wonder that this group is heavily weighted towards the fundamentalist and evangelical communities, which seems predisposed to believe just about any old horseshit?).

let's say it one more time: there are plenty of reasons to have lost faith in the leadership of mr. obama -- if faith is your thing -- but rejecting the man because of his skin color is a throwback to the bad old days of US apartheid, when racist drivel could be voiced openly -- and would've been by the thurmonds and wallaces of today: palin, bachmann, barbour, trump....

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