Birthers' Poster Boy Lt. Colonel Lakin Taking One For The Team
I haven't paid much attention to those who claim President Obama is not illegible to serve as the POTUS because he wasn't born in the United States, because I just assumed they were tinfoiled hat zealots looking for something to complain about, that was until the story of Lt. Colonel Terrence Lakin became news.
Lakin is a 'birther,' which is a term used by the media to describe those, who in the face of overwhelming evidence, still remain skeptical about Obama's birth place. Nevermind that his birth certificate has been legally verified by Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, or that there were birth announcements in two Honolulu, Hawaii papers in 1961 when Obama was born — these people (a quarter of Americans according to the CNN report) remain steadfast in their idiocy.
But sadly, none are as committed to this idiocy at Lt. Colonel Terrence Lakin, an army surgeon, who is set to face a court martial for: three charges of disobeying a lawful order, one count of missing movement (not deploying with his unit) and one count of dereliction of duty. Why? Because, as he claims, President Obama doesn't have the "authority" to send him to Afghanistan.
Really? I mean really?
I understand a vast number of people in this country aren't fans of President Obama for a number of reasons, some legitimate, some not. However, the "birther" bullsh*t is just STUPID. Do we have such little faith in our system that we can't accept that Barack Obama is as eligible to be president as any other legally born resident of the U.S.? This continued and baseless accusation of the President's legal status as a native U.S. citizen is pernicious, and at its core, racist. And when I say racist, I refer simply to people's visceral response to his name, its exotic connotations and the implication that because President Obama has a foreign and Muslim sounding name, that he shouldn't be afforded the same rights as any other native citizen.Continued on the next page