Birthers Are Like Goonies; They Never Say Die

Obama should have know that an actual long-form birth certificate wasn't going to quell the mobs. Meet your new conspiracy theorists.

Before you ask, yes, this guy's serious, and there's a lot more where this comment came from. You sort of had to expect this type of thing, which again raises the question of whether Obama should have even put forth his birth certificate.

Conspiracy theorists are conspiracy theorists, and, like a dog chasing its tail, they can entertain themselves for hours with ever new ways to approach a problem. On top of that, some of the birthers are racists, and because being a racist is no longer socially acceptable, they'll forever question Obama's status as an American as a way of marginalizing him without directly attacking his blackness.

Starting today (and about three years too late) you can be pretty sure that the people focusing on the president's birthplace instead of his policies are either new-world-order fearmongers or straight-up bigots. Either way, ignore them.

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The poll, which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, also found that in addition to the millions who have launched crowdfunding efforts for themselves or a member of their household, at least 12 million more Americans have started crowdfunding efforts for someone else.

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In the months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to move Japanese-Americans into internment camps to defend the West Coast from spies.

From 1942 to 1946, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, of which a vast majority were second- and third-generation citizens, were taken from their homes and forced to live in camps surrounded by armed military and barbed wire.

After the war, the decision was seen as a cruel act of racist paranoia by the American government against its own citizens.

The internment caused most of the Japanese-Americans to lose their money and homes.

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