Major Leaguer Luke Scott is a Birther

Baltimore Oriole Luke Scott reveals in an interview that he is a birther. Let the feigned outrage and indignation begin. (Yahoo Sports felt the need to reproduce a copy of the short form birth certificate that Obama has already supplied and most everyone has already seen along with a link to a website spouting the conventional wisdom. Gee thanks for setting us all straight.) 

DB: You don’t think that Obama wasn’t born in the United States, do you?

LS: He was not born here.

DB: [Sighs].

LS: That’s my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go — within 10 minutes — to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, “See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.” The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn’t answer anything. And why? Because he’s hiding something.

You know what? People who have bad intentions, people that are deceivers or are not of honor and integrity — that’s how they act. I’ve seen it in every — it doesn’t matter what level. It can be in politics, it can be in business, it can be in sports, it can be in the construction field. Doesn’t matter. It’s all the same attitude. It’s the same thing.

People who tell the truth, they’re very easy to … their actions prove it. Something as simple providing a birth certificate. Come on. If you’re born here, there’s plenty of documents. But you know what? There’s no documentation of him. No legal documentation of him. There’s been lie after lie after lie exposed, but people put it under the carpet. Hence, the problem we have in this country.

I have never believed that Obama was born in Kenya, but have long maintained that he should release his long form birth certificate for no other reason than that people want to see it and are rightly curious as to why he hasn’t. While I don’t think Obama was born in Kenya, I think it is very possible that the long form birth certificate contains information he doesn’t want seen which is why he hasn’t authorized its release.

To be honest, Scott doesn’t represent the birther position all that well. He asserts that Obama wasn’t born here which is unwarranted based on what we do know. And he also seems to be unaware that Obama has released his short form bc and that a lot of people just weren’t satisfied with that. But the reason I went on and posted this is because Scott sums up very well I think how a lot of people feel about the issue.

If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go — within 10 minutes — to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, “See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.” The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn’t answer anything. And why? Because he’s hiding something.

It seems to me that the impulse to wag the birth certificate in your critics’ faces and shut the Luke Scotts of the world up would be overwhelming. Until he does people will continue to go hmmm…

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12 thoughts on “Major Leaguer Luke Scott is a Birther

  1. Brock Townsend

    Long form as well as all his school records, etcetera. I don’t agree with you since one doesn’t spend two million if they don’t have something big to hide, so it’s got to be that he wasn’t born here, as being illegitimate wouldn’t mean much these days, and I don’t see what else the long form would reveal that would be detrimental. So, I am a proud birther until proven wrong.

    “And Now, After Sending Our Best Young Men To Die On distant battlefields fighting Communism, we may simply vote a Marxist into our highest office.”
    23 July 2008

  2. RedPhillips Post author

    Brock, if you believe that fine, but I don’t think it should be asserted dogmatically.

    Not legally but rhetorically speaking, if birthers assert that Obama wasn’t born here in spite of the short form and the newspaper announcement, then the “burden of proof” shifts to them. They are making a positive assertion based primarily on negative evidence – he won’t produce the long form. But if you simply say he should release the long form already, then the burden of proof so to speak shifts to Obama and his defenders who then have to explain why they won’t.

    My suspicion is that the long form may identify a different father or identify the father as unknown. Who knows? That is why he should release it, because no one does.

  3. Brock Townsend

    Red, evidently I didn’t express myself well and I agree. The focus of the various lawsuits has been to allow discovery which would give us the long form and if it is valid, then end of story. As far as a different father or one unknown is concerned, that shouldn’t disqualify him and why I believe it is more serious.

  4. RedPhillips Post author

    It wouldn’t disqualify him, but it would embarrass him and prove his background to be a very carefully crafted lie, especially given his first book (which was probably ghost written anyway).

  5. Kirt Higdon

    I think it important to always consult baseball players on matters political and now, thanks to this post, I actually know the name of a baseball player I can consult. I’ve probably heard of some others but I can’t think of any current players off hand. I eagerly await Mr. Scott’s take on other issues of importance. Is he also an expert on religious matters?

  6. RedPhillips Post author

    I knew Kirt would chime in on this post with his typical snide naysaying. What Luke Scott represents is everyman.

    Here is a serious question since you seem too squeamish to address the birther issue. What is your assessment of the evidence that Obama’s first book was ghost written?

  7. Kirt Higdon

    I’m unfamiliar with the evidence. I simply take it for granted that all books by politicians are both ghost written and self-serving, which is why I don’t bother reading them. And, BTW, who elected Luke Scott to represent everyman? He represents no one but himself.

  8. RedPhillips Post author

    “who elected Luke Scott”

    I guess it was the same people who elected you to be the blog contrarian. :-)

    Ghost written books are common among politicians, but they are inherently dishonest, especially if you deny it was ghost written as Obama has. The honest thing to do would be to list a co-author. But in Obama’s case it is particularly dishonest because his first book was cited as the evidence that the guy is some kind of literary genius. To sit there and allow people to praise your writing genius when you didn’t write it is no different than Milli Vannilli (sp?) accepting a Grammy for music they didn’t sing. The samples that we have that we know Obama wrote are actually quite pedestrian.

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