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The Mother of the Birthers: Did Hillary Really Create the Birther Movement?

September 16, 2016 Leave a comment

Donald Trump made news this morning for stating plainly that he believed Barack Obama was born in the USA. He didn’t stop at that. If the New York Times‘ command of facts is correct, he has also started a new and false theory: Hillary Clinton started the original birther controversy in 2008.

The Times quotes Mr. Trump as saying “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy, I finished it.”

Let’s look at news stories of the 2008 campaign.

The Los Angeles Times on August 13, 2008 ran a story headlined “Top aide urged Clinton to paint Obama as foreign” in which it quoted Clinton strategist Mark Penn suggesting that Clinton call out candidate Obama for his “lack of American roots”. Notably, he urged “I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and his values.” The Clinton campaign chose not to employ that strategy, not in its entirety anyway, but rather to “explicitly own ‘American’ in our programs, the speeches and the values”. That’s right, she chose to identify herself as the American in the Democratic primary season of 2008.

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In a pre-emptive defense of Michelle Obama against the attacks of the Hillary 2008 campaign, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd feared that the “lack of American roots” argument would be used to portray the Obama’s as being less American than Hillary in their values. That was in June 11, 2008–well before Donald Trump ostensibly fathered the so-called birther movement.

It turns out that the Los Angeles Times writers do not read their own newspaper. Despite critiquing substantial portions of the Penn memo of 2008, today’s story on the LA Times website attempts to exonerate both Clinton and her 2008 campaign team. “No evidence exists that Clinton or her 2008 campaign team, when she ran against Obama in a prolonged fight for the Democratic nomination, did so.”

Don’t expect the Clinton camp to man up any time soon for ever wanting to denounce Barack Obama as a person “who is not at his center fundamentally American.”

It’s a strategy that did not pay off for Clinton’s 2008 campaign, but there is evidence that she continues to employ Saul Alinsky’s rulebook. In this case it was Rule #3, which says:
“Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

Clinton or her campaign did not explicitly say that Obama was born outside of the USA, but they did suggest that she was the American in the race. Bad enough, we say.

The real father of the birther movement, Birther #0, if you like, was Barack Obama himself. The notion of him having being born in Kenya was promoted by his literary agency Acton & Dystel in 1991. In a promotional booklet they described a young Barack Obama as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” That, the source of birther theories, also passes the Snopes test.


Sources:

Trump Drops False ‘Birther’ Theory, but Floats a New One: Clinton Started It

Top aide urged Clinton to paint Obama as foreign
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/aug/13/nation/na-clinton13

Donald Trump finally concedes that President Obama was born in the U.S. after years of promoting conspiracy theory
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-obama-birth-20160916-snap-story.html

Mincing Up Michelle

Penn Strategy Memo 03-19-07
http://dailycaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/4097983-Penn-Strategy-Memo-3-19-07.pdf

Best of Beck – Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals
http://www.bestofbeck.com/wp/activism/saul-alinskys-12-rules-for-radicals

The Vetting – Exclusive – Obama’s Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: ‘Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii’
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2012/05/17/the-vetting-barack-obama-literary-agent-1991-born-in-kenya-raised-indonesia-hawaii/

Book Mark
http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/booklet.asp

Pres. Obama Declares June “Romans 1 Month”. Sort of.

In a proclamation from the White House four days ago, President Obama declared the month of June 2016 as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month”. He called upon all Americans to “celebrate the great diversity of the American people”.

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While he celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision last year to grant homosexual couples the right to marriage equality, he inadvertently highlighted the consequences of the homosexual lifestyle—not so much as a warning to the homosexual community, but rather to chide others into affirming and enabling such conduct:

“We remain committed to addressing health disparities in the LGBT community—gay and bisexual men and transgender women of color are at a particularly high risk for HIV, and we have worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.”

Notice that the higher prevalence of HIV in the homosexual community is merely one of the “disparities” that America needs to work with in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen.

The book of Romans addressed several of these behaviors, and predicted consequences. In Romans 1, we’re told
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The “unnatural relations” of Romans is being celebrated, yes, celebrated as diversity this month and every month. And the “penalty” in the same passage is diminished to the level of a disparity.