Governments Rot When Their Citizens Let Them (Part II)

Who knows. The case was made to the Republican leadership here that

if you continue to shield Barack Hussein Obama, knowing that he is ineligible for the presidency and has possibly committed fraud and felony conspiracy, then, you are welcome to him for a second term. I will not stand with you.

In my opinion, many Republicans have violated their oaths of office to support and defend the Constitution. Because of their cowardice or complicity in hiding the truth from the American people, there was a major failure to uphold the law. For that reason, they have forfeited their privilege to represent me.

Is this issue so crucial to the future of the country that it should trump the matter of Obama's consistency with the Constitution in all of its manifold aspects? Or the harm President Obama has done, and is likely to continue to do, regardless of his constitutional qualifications? If I had the misfortune to be President Obama, having finally released my "long form" birth certificate, I would continue to prance away from substance and pump the "natural born citizen" issue for all it's worth. I might as well say, "if those right-wing nuts aren't satisfied with the tardy release of my real birth certificate, they are really beneath contempt." And many would accept this. It can be a great decoy to divert attention from all else -- and push him over the top in 2012. As suggested here:

It’s tempting to speculate that Obama used today’s release to make the birth certificate a bigger story, to distract from the story that the press has spent 39% of its time covering: Namely, the economy.

And here is an article suggesting that continued "birtherism" is just just barely disguised racism. Nonsense? Sure. But that won't make the suggestion any less effective in diverting attention from more important issues facing the country and getting President Obama reelected.

Abortion. I agree with the view, held by many other conservatives, that in many circumstances abortion is bad. There appears to be no national consensus that any federal funding for any abortions at any time or of any type is essential to the national defense or to anything else beyond the fulfillment of a desire to give some people medical care at the expense of others. That might be a rather more altruistic and praiseworthy motivation were those demanding it to donate their own funds, generously, to deal with the problem they perceive. Instead, they demand that others who disagree with them -- fat cats all! -- pay.