A Republican lawmaker questioned President Obama’s birthplace on Tuesday, joining the ranks of conservative “birthers” who have raised doubts about the validity of the president’s birth certificate.
During an appearance on Michael Patrick Shiels’ radio show, Michigan state Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) was asked if he believed that the president was born in the United States.
“Don’t know,” Casperson replied, in a clip recorded by progressive watchdog group Progress Michigan.
Casperson said that he thought it was “strange” that the mainstream media has not explored the issue.
“Based on everything everybody’s saying, I don’t know because it seems like that issue was dropped immediately as far as major media went,” he said. “My gut tells me if had been a different president, like say George W. Bush, they’d have been digging into that like there was no tomorrow and trying to get to the bottom of it, which they really never did try to get to the bottom of, so it became a conspiracy theory and no big deal.”
He continued, “I think it’s strange, again, that it’s not being looked at by certain groups that normally would.”
Although the president was born in Hawaii, his birthplace has long been a topic of debate among some conservative conspiracy theorists. In 2011, the White House responded by releasing Obama’s long-form birth certificate, but the move did little to quiet the most fervent birthers.
Earlier this year, former Secretary of State Colin Powell blasted the movement and advised Republicans to reject birther arguments.
“Republicans have to stop buying into things that demonize the president,” Powell said on ABC News. “I mean, why aren’t Republican leaders shouting out about all this birther nonsense and all these other things? They should speak out.”
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Obama Is Not An American Citizen
One of the most popular Obama conspiracy theories (aka the Birther Movement), endorsed (or not denied) by the likes of a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/_263532.html”Tom Delay/a, a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/_251393.htmlLou Dobbs/a, a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/_250891.html”Chuck Norris/a and a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/_242555.html”Liz Cheney/a, it claims that Obama is not an American citizen, thus rendering his presidency illegitimate, or something. The theory hinges on the false claim that his birth certificate is fake. Birther queen Orly Taitz (a lawyer and dentist from California) continues to lead the march, despite her lawsuit getting a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/29/orly-taitz-lawsuit-thrown_n_338870.html”thrown out/a and a a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/13/orly-taitz-slapped-with-2_n_318546.html”$20,000 fine/a.
Obama Wants “Re-Education Camps For Young People
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), a proponent of many bizarre and outlandish critiques of President Obama, declared in April that the White House was trying to install a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/06/bachmann-obama-wants-re-e_n_183552.html”youth re-education camps/a.
“It’s under the guise of — quote — volunteerism. But it’s not volunteers at all. It’s paying people to do work on behalf of government,” said the Minnesota Republican. “I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.”
Larry Sinclair’s Rabbit Hole Of Insanity
This one is a doozy. Larry Sinclair, a href=”http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0608/11164.html”a petty criminal specializing in forgery/a, spread wild accusations via YouTube involving a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/18/obama-accuser-larry-sincl_n_107900.html”gay sex, drugs and possible murder committed by Barack Obama/a. At one point reporters apparently took Sinclair seriously enough to attend a press conference he gave, most remarkable for his lawyer’s appearance in a kilt, which he explained was intended to secure comfort for his unusually large sexual organs: “Those at the other end of the spectrum find [pants] quite confining.”
The Case Of The Fake Thesis
In which a group of right-wingers get taken in by a satiric blog post on Barack Obama’s college thesis, written ages ago, and frantically presented as real. The post, which was tagged as SATIRE, described how emTime/em Magazine’s Joe Klein had obtained ten pages of a thesis written by Barack Obama, in which he wrote about how the Constitution was “inherently flawed.” Then Rush Limbaugh and Michael Ledeen presented this story as a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/23/fake-obama-thesis-story-g_n_332255.html”fact/a.
Bill Ayers Wrote ‘Dreams From My Father”
A popular theory on right-wing websites like a href=”http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2101151/posts”The Free Republic/a, a href=”http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/who_wrote_dreams_from_my_fathe_1.html”American Thinker/a and a href=”http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=110784″WorldNetDaily/a, claiming that educator (and former radical) Bill Ayers helped Obama write “Dreams Of My Father.” There is a href=”http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/category/books/”no evidence/a supporting this claim.
Obama As Antichrist
Is Obama the Antichrist? a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDB5BFoSQLsfeature=player_embedded”These/a a href=”http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/antichrist.asp”folks/a think maybe so. McCain also verged on endorsing this theory during the campaign season with an attack ad called “a href=”http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1830590,00.html”The One./a”
Obama As Muslim
A theory that began circulating during the campaign season and has been kept alive by Tea Partiers, and other ultra-conservatives. It’s taken different forms over the year (a href=”http://www.scribd.com/doc/6516016/Will-Obama-Swearin-on-the-Holy-Koran-or-the-Holy-Bible-After-Attacking-Jesus-Sermon-on-the-Mount”Will Obama be sworn into office on Qur’an??/a, asks one website.) Most recently Tea Party leader Mark Williams had a meltdown on CNN, and a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/15/tea-party-leader-melts-do_n_286933.html”claimed/a that Obama was an “Indonesian Muslim” and a “welfare thug.” According to Obama and those who know him, this is not so.
Tells America In His Acceptance Speech To “Serve Satan”
Ever listened to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” backwards? How about Obama’s presidential acceptance speech? This video suggests that the speech, like the Zeppelin song, contains a Satanic message when played in reverse. Go ahead – take a bong hit, try it and tell us what you hear.
Hugo Chavez Funded The Obama Campaign
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Michelle Banished Barack’s Girlfriend To The Caribbean
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Obama Is Malcolm X’s Son
Initiated by the author of the a href=”http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/10/how-could-stanl.html”Atlas Shrugged/a blog and claiming that Obama is actually Malcolm X’s son. As Ezra Klein a href=”http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=10year=2008base_name=obama_x”pointed out/a at the time: “Honestly, who wouldn’t give Malcolm props for that one?”
Klein continued: “And think there’s anyway we can fit Tupac into the bloodline? Or maybe Obama actually is Tupac? You know that whole shooting was some bullshit, right? Incidentally, I see no reason to stop with Malcolm. History is full of great Xs for Barack Obama to be related to. Professor X, which would explain why millions of white people lose their minds in his presence. Weapon X, which would explain the adamantium grafted onto his skeleton. XML, which would explain why it’s so easy to structure his data. I’m sure there are others.”