It is hard to deny that the attacks on President Obama's right to be our President are a thinly veiled racial appeal. I didn't think my respect for Donald Trump could decline any further, but his role in this shameful episode has done the trick. As an American, to think that the President of the United States actually had to request his birth certificate and brandish it before the cameras brings embarrassment and shame. But he had no choice.
On one hand, then, this birther business is just the latest example of American folly. We don't have the market locked on silliness, but we do seem to have our share.