Today, the White House released President Obama’s birth certificate, ostensibly to quiet the debate and steer people into focusing on issues that really, you know, matter.
It won’t make any difference.
The President’s birth certificate has been repeatedly shown — it didn’t quiet a crowd which was obsessed with believing that Barack Obama is the ultimate Other — an alien, a Muslim, a Kenyan terrorist, or the anti-Christ. Showing the certificate again accomplishes nothing but to lend energy and credibility to conspiracy addicts.
It’s the same with any other conspiracy group. Show footage of planes hitting the World Trade Center and you’ll hear claims that the images were either photoshopped or were holograms. Bounce lasers off reflector dishes of the moon to prove that mankind once set up camp on our natural satellite and you’ll encounter the claim that lasers can be intercepted. Show fossil evidence for transitional species and you’ll find Creationists who simply ignore it with sheer force of denial. Link to papers proving Andrew Wakefield falsified his anti-vaccine “research,” and you get hit with charges that you have been paid off by pharmaceutical companies.
The burden of proof was on the birthers. The White House had no business getting involved, and all we’re about to witness is the unflagging power of conspiracy addicts.