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March 05, 2012


For all the attention this guy commands nationally, don't people know he's only a county sheriff?

Besides, I'm pretty sure even IF Obama were born in Kenya, his mother Sarah was an American, thus by extension, he is too.

Although I agree with Brendan that Arpaio's investigation, and the attendant publicity, will unfortunately worsen birtherism, here are two related thoughts:

1. The investigation hurts the reputation of Joe Arpaio. Arpaio is a hero to the right. He's regarded as someone who resists when the federal government wants to ignore the law on immigration. However, this investigation makes Arpaio look like a crackpot.

2. Birtherism isn't particularly important. It didn't stop Obama from being elected and it doesn't seem likely to be a factor in 2012. By comparison, there are false beliefs that changed the course of history, such as the Gulf of Tonkin incident, Iraq's supposed WMDs, the sinking of the Maine, and the belief that Hitler could be stopped without war.

IMHO the most serious false belief in this country today is the idea that government spending can keep escalating without consequences. I worry that, in a few years, inflation will deplete people's savings, and interest groups will be battling to keep their share of an over-promised government pie. Then, everyone will remember the reckless spending, but nobody will care where Obama was born.

"However, this investigation makes Arpaio look like a crackpot."

Actually, even outside the context of his ridiculous "investigation," Arpaio is a crackpot. Google "Arpaio doesn't believe in free speech" to read what he had to say about people demonstrating in front of his building and calling him names. He actually believes that such activities were violations of his civil rights!

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