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Saturday, 29 October 2011


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O's supporters spent many months claiming that (i) there was no certificate more detailed than the rubbish they had already produced, or (ii) that there was, but that the State of Hawaii was forbidden to produce it. Then, lo, O's birth certificate miraculously appeared, but the critical scrutiny that I'd have expected scarcely happened. Eventually I realised why: lots of Americans were content to assume that their President was hiding something, but were not happy to consider that he was telling them a straight-out fundamental lie. They pay a heavy price in the US for treating their senior elected politician as if he were a constitutional monarch.

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