State Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) has repeatedly asked for President Obama to produce his long-form birth certificate, either by directly asking for it or indirectly, by introducing a bill that says, in his words, “If you are running for president or vice president, you’ve got to show here in Texas that you were born in the United States and the birth certificate is your proof.” (It makes more sense if you add “and are black and have a funny name” after vice president.) Anyway, as you can see from that video above, produced by the Texas Tribune, even after Obama complied with his wishes, Berman still isn’t happy. Why? Because he never wanted the birth certificate.
God bless — let’s jump.
What Berman — who has previously called President Obama “God’s punishment on us today” — wanted was impeachment. Then he wanted President Obama arrested and convicted of treason in a show trial that both defeated and humiliated him. Then he wanted to be the lead plaintiff in a class action suit against President Obama where, we, the people, sued him for $100 trillion. He didn’t want a birth certificate. He wanted the last two years to go away.
Because he is an insanely cranky old man who, though by all accounts had an honorable career in the military, is spending his twilight years on this earth trafficking in scare mongering and racial politics. (Better writing on that topic by David Remnick here.) I’m not saying that because he’s a Republican. I mean, there is an “R” by his name, but he’s even to the right of Governor Rick Perry. This has nothing to do with party politics. Berman is an embarrassment to the state, because he is nothing more than the grandparent or uncle that many of us have who sends out e-mails that have subject lines like, “FW: FW: RE: FW: FW: FW: RE: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: FW: RE: FW: proof that Barack HUSSEIN o-bomb-us is a muslim.” (This, obviously, is not the first time Berman has refused to believe anything regarding this issue, even in the face of facts.)
Berman could be awakened tonight by the Ghost of Presidential Births Past and be whisked away, in his nightshirt and cap, to a hospital in Honolulu and look over the doctor’s shoulder as President Obama was born, and he still wouldn’t be happy.