On 2 August 2008, I posted my first article on what was then called the "Cult of the COLB" and later were known as "Birthers".
As I said a year later, I should have run screaming when I had the chance. And if you needed proof that I'm not funded by George Soros, the White House, the Gnomes of Zurich, or the Bavarian Illuminati, the fact that I've made just enough from this blog to take my family out to dinner once or twice in those four years, should be a tip off.
If George Soros wants to give me a freaking vacation and overdue hazardous duty pay, he can fly right on at it. Because I bloody well NEED one. I've gazed into the abyss so often I'm getting worried about what may be looking back at me.
When I first started debunking these twitwaffles, I thought for sure it was a cute little campaign smear, easily debunked and refuted.
Well, I got the easily debunked and refuted part right. What I didn't expect was the sheer level of bile and hatred. I didn't expect people like Dr. Orly to go on with it like a meth-crazed energizer bunny. I didn't expect Joseph Farah to buy a sheriff's office to give a thin veneer of respectability to it. I didn't expect an entire cadre of people who's obsession with President Obama's birth certificate may be due to the fact their birth certificates are letters of apology from the condom factory.
I didn't expect that after almost 150 lawsuits ALL ENDING IN CASE DISMISSED OR DENIED, that they would STILL be at it.
Okay, I still had some faith in humanity, what can I say?
Four years ago I didn't know about "sovereign citizens". Militia groups were something I read out in the news. My legal knowledge was thankfully limited. I avoided racist blogs and websites out of sheer disgust. I never once got a death threat. I thought that State bars actually gave a rats ass about enforcing ethics rules against attorneys.
Four years ago I didn't think I would ever see the level of open disrespect I've seen shown the President of the United States. I didn't think I would see an entire political party abandon even the pretense of non-partisanship. I didn't think I would ever see political discourse in this country poisoned to the level it has become.
I'm four years older now and a lot more cynical and disgusted. The birthers and their kin have shown a dark and fetid part of the American soul, and I refuse to let them destroy the country, the Constitution, and everything we're supposed to stand for, simply because they can't get over their paranoid terror and blind hatred towards the President.
In four years, there's been a lot of sewage and toxic waste spewed from the birtherstani. I've seen fake "grand juries", fake trials, fake "citizens arrests" and altogether too many people just slobbering over the chance to see the President of the United States (and his family) in front of a firing squad or hanging from a tree.
There's a handful of people who have spent that time showing the sewage for what it is. To that handful, I give thanks. I've met some amazing people among my fellow debunkers.
To the birthers, as you sow, so shall you reap. May your reward be exactly what your actions deserve.