Another curious episode in the history of the democratic party comes to a close today as Barack Obama released a photograph of the long form official vault copy of his birth certificate. Signed by all the responsible parties needed in Hawaii to verify an official live birth of a US citizen, this should seal the presidential deal for all but the kookiest of the kooks who have pursued this silly angle for years. Although it is odd to me that it took so long to release this innocuous copy, I now assume the team was strategically holding back in the hopes of derailing some candidates, collecting foolish quotes about Obama’s legitimacy, etc. One would have expected them to wait a bit longer but the issue had gained so much traction perhaps they felt more harm was coming than they’d expected.
In any case, here it is:
Only the pathetically gullible and/or irrational will dispute this any longer. Unfortunately that includes …. more of us than anybody would like to admit. Tribal thinking rules now across the USA and across the globe. People believe what they are told to believe by fellow tribe members without bothering to think for themselves. Conclusions define the facts for them. It’s become unusual – even among many in the science commmunity – to apply the scientific and rational approach where facts define the conclusion. Advocacy and activism have almost completely replaced reason, and things are not going to change anytime soon.
I blame the 60s.