National Review – long one of the most respected publications of modern American conservativism – has weighed in with support for President Barack Obama in regard to allegations that he is not legally a United States citizen. The questions have generated a certain amount of controversy in the past and have resurfaced in recent weeks.
The Obama presidential campaign responded to the allegations during last year’s election and now the Obama White House has also spoken on the matter, ridiculing claims of the so-called “birthers.”
From time to time it is necessary for the esteemed institutions of political movements to police their own ranks, swatting down unseemly sentiments, puzzling pursuits and inane ideas. That is a role NR has conscientiously assumed over the years (though I have taken issue with some of their treatment of Ayn Rand’s work), and is now exercising that responsibility in this case. It is to their credit.
I don’t like the fact that Barack Obama won the last presidential election. Yet to deny reality or lend credence to conspiracies would be to become as ill-willed and irrational as those who drove around with “He’s NOT my president” bumper stickers over the last eight years. We can do better than that.