Social democracy is in trouble in the United States.
One of the foundational values that defines us is our willingness to work together for the common good. The preamble to the constitution enshrines that in these words, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity . . . .’
But how can we work together when 27% of the nation harbors at least doubts about whether the President we elected in 2008 is a citizen (11% are sure he is not, and 16% have strong doubts)? Only 42% strongly believe he is a citizen, while 29% say he “probably” is.
This is just plain kooky. President Obama was born in Hawaii, and the authorities in that state, from the Republican governor on down, have asserted, repeatedly, that hospital and public records validate his birth on August 4, 1961. Just in case one doubts, Hawaii was a state in 1961, and even before that was a territory “owned” by the United States. Everyone born there is a citizen.
I pray that this nonsense ends soon. We need all hands on deck to solve the nation’s woes–not squabbling over the legitimacy of our duly elected president and the government he is charged with leading.