Thursday, April 28, 2011
One of my friends said something profound yesterday, regarding the birthers: “Remember, Tim, 50% of the people who live in the United States are below average IQ." True dat.
There is no birth certificate that will show Barack Obama is white, so perhaps Herr Trump and his ilk should decide to get over it, and move on to such topics as whether or not we really landed on the moon. But, of course, they won’t. Get over it, that is.
Trump will next lead his followers down the path of pretending to “examine” the birth certificate; then, move on to what the hair-man trumpeted to the NY Post, an examination of Obama’s academic records. Who knows? Maybe Obama never really went to college.
I have ranted many times that today, facts are no longer facts. They’re merely assertions, to be disproved by continual assault and deliberately disingenuous questions, repeated endlessly. Because so many people have lost – or never had – the ability of critical thinking, they’re easily led down an intellectually vacant path by people like Donald Trump, Glenn Boeck, and scores of others.
To attempt discourse with these shallow thinkers is a fool’s errand. But don’t assume that the leaders and followers of such groups as the birthers are cut from the same cloth. Trump is a calculating man, better described as clever than smart. He knows exactly what he’s doing with this birther crap, and knows damn well Obama was born in Hawaii. Glen Boeck is…was…a master at playing a role, but his inability to reinvent himself, as Limbaugh has done so many times, has put a huge dent in his career as a national talk-show host.
People like Trump and Boeck see opportunities where many others don’t, and have a unique ability to exploit these opportunities. Boeck is more often close to bat-shit crazy than clever, an emotional cripple whose professional life the last few months has been like watching a slow-motion train wreck.
And Trump? Too bad he doesn’t have a Board of Directors that would tell him to drink a big, tall glass of STFU and get back to running his real estate and TV empire.
Posted by Tim Morrissey at 2:31 PM