When the history of the 2012 presidential election campaign is written, last week may or may not rank as the most significant -- but it will certainly be viewed as a major inflection point in the race.
Make no mistake, the birther issue is grounded deeply in racism. Fear, ignorance and hatred are deeply imbedded within it. Those who say differently are either in abject denial or truly blind to the reasoning they lack.
The future vitality of the U.S. democratic system of government and quality of our public policies should be based on broadening the array of ideas presidential candidates from both parties and the public can evaluate, debate, and ultimately base their political decisions.
Negative campaigning prevents many good candidates from entering politics and leaves us with candidates who are comfortable with conflict. Government becomes populated with people who are primed for conflict, which causes deadlocks and paralysis.
Sadly, wisdom and fairness are hardly central to contemporary American political campaigns. If they were, the far more scurrilous Swift-boating of John Kerry in 2004 would have resulted in George W. Bush's defeat.
The most effective campaign posters of every era leave as much as possible to the voter's imagination. They are like Japanese manga: the less detailed the image, the more easily we can identify with the candidate, the more space for projecting our dreams.
"Are these people too far removed from normal Americans to be in the White House?" It is a most ridiculous question. Even if they are not, the second they relocate to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they have moved into an entirely different class altogether.
Don't ferret the truth -- because there is no truth. There are only positions and opinions and feelings and beliefs. One opinion is just as valid as the other in the rudderless sea and the clowns have tied down the anchor.
My great hope is that this film calls attention to the fatal flaw in our political system where we focus on horse races and winning at any cost all the while ignoring the problems that beg to be addressed.
Right now many states are attempting to put new voting restrictions in place that parallel all the old tricks and turn back the clock on civil rights to the days when voting was used as a tool for political control and exclusion.