Cross posted from Mario Piperni Dot Com
MAY 17, 2012 BY
Republican Rep. Mike Coffman at a Saturday afternoon fundraiser in Colorado.
I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American
A few hours later, after video and a transcript of his words appeared online, Coffman pulls back and issues a statement.
I misspoke and I apologize,” the statement began. “I have confidence in President Obama’s citizenship and legitimacy as President of the United States
Ah yes, I just love those fake apologies…especially when they come packaged with qualifiers.
I don’t believe the president shares my belief in American Exceptionalism. His policies reflect a philosophy that America is but one nation among many equals. As a Marine, I believe America is unique and based on a core set of principles that make it superior to other nations.
Two things. First of all, yes, America is unique…but so is Canada, Ireland and Madagascar with each having a role to play in the league of nations. Americans can definitely claim superiority in specific areas and endeavors but to claim a general superiority over all nations is a dangerous game. It gives a false sense of moral justification to do what they please on the world stage. It can lead, for example, to actions like invading other countries on trumped up charges and making the claim it was done for the betterment of mankind.
History has shown that claims of superiority over all others is a fool’s game. Romans and the Roman body politic thought itself to be a superior people with superior ideals long before the collapse of the empire.
Secondly, Coffman obviously did not misspeak in bringing up the President’s birthplace. The guy is an idiotic birther who was told to walk back his birther claims or risk coming off as a kook. Too late, damage is done.