Jeff Duncan’s Ill-Timed “Birther Buzz”
U.S. President Barack Obama is reeling from the feeling, people. Fresh polling data shows his administration is on its heels due to a rash of recent scandals – most notably the massive domestic spying program run by his National Security Agency (NSA) and the targeting of limited government advocates by his Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
But there are other big scandals – like the ongoing journalistic surveillance being conducted by Obama’s Justice Department and the all-but-forgotten Benghazi scandal, which resulted in four Americans being left to die at a diplomatic outpost in Libya while the truth about the attack that killed them was covered up in Washington, D.C.
Serious stuff, huh?
Naturally in light of all these swirling scandals, some Republicans want to bring the debate back to … birtherism?
Wait … birtherism?
That’s right … the issue which was literally laughed off of the stage during the 2012 election is once again making headlines, courtesy of U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.).
During a radio interview with host Rick Wiles of TruNews, Duncan was asked whether he would support an investigation into Obama’s “phony identification papers,” referring to this as the president’s “original scandal.”
Duncan initially fought off the question, but Wiles wouldn’t let up.
“If we know they’re lying about all these other things, why not go back and say, ‘well maybe the first scandal was a lie, too?'” he said.
That’s when Duncan took the bait …
“There you go. I’m all with you,” he said. “Let’s go back and revisit some of these things because Americans have questions about not only the IRS scandal but also about the president’s validity.”
As we’ve said on numerous previous occasions, we think the whole buzz over birtherism is ridiculous. So what if Obama is a Kenyan Muslim. We don’t care. We oppose him because he’s a fascist who is hellbent on destroying our freedoms and the free market which sustains our livelihoods.
Seriously … if a Kenyan Muslim was running on Austrian economics and Jeffersonian liberty, then this website would be kissing their ass on a daily basis.
Was Obama elected president illegally? On the basis of “phony identification papers?” Maybe, but it’s never been proven – and we’re now coming up on five years after the fact, which means it’s simply no longer relevant. And while we believe the evidence should have its day in court, this case was long ago settled in the court of public opinion.
Duncan’s comments were immediately picked up by liberal websites like Think Progress – and then left-leaning mainstream media outlets like The Huffington Post. All, of course, noted Duncan’s position as chairman of the U.S. House’s Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee and rehashed some earlier off-kilter things he has said.
Duncan has been a reliably fiscal conservative voice in Washington, D.C. – one of the few. In fact he and U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) have been two of the strongest (and only) fiscal conservatives in either chamber. That’s why Duncan’s incredibly ill-timed foray into birtherism is so disappointing.
Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War that one’s enemy should never be interrupted when he is making a mistake …
Well, Obama is making mistakes left and right … meaning those who consistently oppose his policies would be wise to refrain from interrupting him.
Duncan is ideally positioned to be a credible Obama critic. And while he hails from the brain-dead third congressional district of South Carolina (home to a disproportionate number of tin foil hat wearers), his bona fides on individual liberty and free markets mean he doesn’t need to pander to this constituency.