Do you know where the saying, “wild-goose chase,” originates? According to Wikipedia, it refers to a type of 16th century horse race where riders had to try to follow the erratic course of the lead horse, like wild geese have to follow their leader in formation. One of the earliest uses of the saying can be found in Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, scene 4 by the character Mercutio. These days “wild-goose chase” means a futile search, a fruitless errand; a useless and often lengthy pursuit. And we all have at one time or another been a part of one.
So, why do I bring this up?
Because, currently, there’s a small section of our conservative brethren on such a mission.
Who? The birthers, of course.
Now, before you start calling me a liberal. Or a non-constitutionalist. Or someone who drinks the MSM Kool-Aid. Hear me out.
I had almost forgotten about the entire birther movement until Sheriff Joe Arpaio decided to thrust himself into the conservation. Dang, we were SO CLOSE to this being out of the news! But, there Sheriff Joe was, holding a press conference saying his “cold case posse” found that “probable cause exists indicating that forgery and fraud may have been committed” in the release of Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate.
However, many media outlets noted Arpaio’s investigators never even requested any documents from Hawaii related to the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate. What kind of thorough investigation is that? Furthermore, Arpaio’s investigation turned up no new evidence that hadn’t been debunked before.
So, to me the entire thing looks like a wild-goose chase. We forget the Clinton Campaign first brought up the issue in 2008. And they got nowhere with it. Thus, it seems funny to me a bunch of so-called constitutionalists would pick up the torch that Hillary dropped.
But, this isn’t even really my main concern. Truthfully, there is nothing immoral, unethical, or illegal about wanting to prove where Barack Obama was born and if he is eligible to be President of the United States. The truth is that he sucks at it whether he is a citizen or not.
And I think that last sentence is really the point.
As a warrior out here who is writing, podcasting, and tweeting about the threats of liberalism, I wonder whether these birthers are more concerned about conservatism or are they more concerned about exposing an alleged conspiracy?
To use an analogy, I would compare it to D-Day. Most conservatives are storming the proverbial beaches, hoping to end the war as soon as possible. Taking media machine gun fire. Some get hit and die in the surf, others escape and establish a beachhead. All the while fighting against Obamacare, Fast & Furious and Eric Holder, Solyndra, etc., working their way toward the destruction of not just Obama but the true Hitler: Liberalism.
But, all the while, there is this other small group of conservatives who stay behind the frontlines out of the range of gunfire. Instead of picking up a gun to fight, they re-assure the rest of us they have a new, magical weapon that will win the war. It removes Obama and everything, don’t ya know! They tell us to be patient and draw the fire from liberals because some time in the future--the birthers can’t be sure when--the weapon will work perfectly.
However, there’s an election in November and there’s absolutely no way these birthers will prove the conspiracy--whether it exists or not--by that time. In fact, sometimes I get the idea they’d love for Obama to get re-elected then prove he was born in Kenya just so they could see him leave the White House disgraced in Marine One.
And I think that’s where these birthers go wrong: They forget who the enemy is. Believe it or not, Obama isn’t the enemy. He is just the most recent vessel for the enemy.
Liberalism is the enemy. And proving whether a birth certificate is real or not doesn’t stop Liberalism’s march. There’ll be someone after Obama. And then someone after that. And someone after that.
Proving Obama is not eligible to be President doesn’t defeat liberalism, period.
But, I think what has happened here is what happens so often with conspiracy theorists: Eventually, proving a point becomes more about protecting one’s ego than seeing the big picture. As proof, the birthers now have latched onto the testimony of a postman in Chicago who claims Obama told him he’d be President as early as 1989. So, it’s not enough that Obama might not be eligible to be President. Now, there’s a conspiracy that started as early as 1989 to get him elected! I ask: Where does this wild-goose chase end?
I believe if these birthers had used all these man-hours involved in this paper chase to build a stronger network to defeat liberalism, Obama--citizen or not--wouldn’t have a chance to win in November. Instead, the birthers continue to suck the credibility out of conservatism by insisting that eventually--someday, one day, in the near future--the conspiracy will be exposed.
I doubt it. And that’s why it’s called a wild-goose CHASE, not a wild-goose CAUGHT.
Edward Dentzel is an author living in Madeira Beach, FL. He is originally from Leechburg, PA and is a graduate of Grove City College. His interests include the piano, guitar, and disc golf. Govicide: Comply, the first book of his new trilogy, can be downloaded at Amazon, Smashwords, iTunes, and BarnesandNoble.com. You can find him at www.thedentzeldomain.com and on Twitter: @dentzeldomain.