I have been privately wondering exactly why the smearbots have been clamoring for a copy of Obama’s long form birth certificate. Any reasonable person expects that it will be 100% consistent with the birth certificate we have all grown to know and love. The obvious logic says that once this document comes out, their case falls apart, so why destroy themselves?
The answer popped into my mailbox this morning, and it is highly instructive on how the smear campaign works. The answer comes from another document, Barack Obama’s Selective Service registration. Some unnamed “former federal agent” through a Freedom of Information Act request obtained the form where Barack Obama, fulfilling his legal obligation, registered for the draft. Wow, somebody got the document and the document says what is supposed to say! But…
The forensic flyspeck examiners are all over this thing, claiming irregular postal stamps, funny signatures, date errors, document filing number inconsistencies, and who knows what else. You can see the whole thing on Debbie Schlussel’s site.
The point here is that hardly any of us knows squat about selective service law, postal regulations or federal document locator numbers. (Just like most folks won’t know how to read the Hawaii long form birth record when it comes out.) All sorts of “claims of irregularities” are made about the selective service document by anonymous persons (but anonymous persons with anonymously claimed expertise), including (you guessed it) a federal conspiracy. Ignorance is the playground of the smearbots: whether ignorance of document use, international law, constitutional law, immigration law, vital records policy, postal regulations, selective service law, federal document handling procedures or Hawaiian law, the smearbots can say almost anything and only the hardiest Fact Checkers could begin to hope to track it all down.
But I say, when you’ve caught the smearbots a dozen times in their lies, does it make sense to even listen to them any more. In the fable, the little boy only got to cry “wolf” two times.