There's just nothing you can do but tip your cap to Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump on this one:
A plurality of surveyed Republicans said they thought Obama was born on foreign soil and is constitutionally ineligible to hold his office. A majority across all parties said he was born in the U.S.
This type of ignorance isn't surprising, given that there are only a few outlets for genuine news reporting left in the country. The situation is especially bad for Republicans because their political leaders regularly encourage them to disregard news reporting as liberal propaganda. Hence, reports that state the simple fact that Obama was born in the U.S. are disregarded as political opinion, instead of political reporting.
What's more sinister than the blatantly false assertions made by birthers are the ethnically-charged innuendos that pols like Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich have been peddling on the cable news and talk radio circuit. Both of them have found it relevant to point out that Obama's African heritage may lead him to believe that British colonialism is not a good thing, as if a sense of American heritage would not also lead one to believe the same thing (who did we fight in the Revolutionary War again? The communists?).
The bizarre debate over British Colonial policy in Africa serves only one goal: To make clear that Obama sides with blacks over whites. It's pathetic that such a tactic would work in America, considering that the U.S. is supposed to be a nation based on ideals (opposition to colonialism, for instance), and not ethnic or racial identity. And yet, the message from the GOP has been unequivocal: Obama is not one of us.
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