Is the “Birther” Issue Everyone’s Boogie Man? What’s Up?
Is it crippling our decision making, our individual ability to manifest, and create?
I can only imagine that Donald Trump’s P.R. company has seized an issue that will get plenty of political mileage, but will finish well short of the mark. Or not. Perhaps it is all about horse trading a pledge of supporters at the end of the day for political capital to be be used as he wishes.
However, the real issue seems to be what exactly is the fear that the birther issue masks. Why is it really such a hot button ?
The country was essentially made up of immigrants from all over the world, coming to America to get a chance their origins denied them. The idea was that here in this land people could rise beyond their birthplace to become all that they could aspire to. It is the only country in the world that allows such a fast track to the top.
Maybe the real issue is that we have easily lost site of this fact. What has made America great is that we have been for the last couple of hundred years the cutting edge of the planet’s DNA. America has attracted the best,brightest, and most determined, those denied a chance in another country. Out of this melting pot has emerged this remarkable assemblage of talent and expression.
Yet, has that fundamental essence been diluted? It would seem like we would like to have the best, brightest and determined regardless of where they have come from, working to make the country great.
If one looks at really well-run international companies, they seek the most able from anywhere to keep them healthy and prosperous on the global stage.
Because we are bombarded with so much bad news ( hype to sell media and get ratings up which means more money), it allows the fear of loss to permeate and become a potent political weapon. Perhaps it is time to stop and take notice.
In a Hufington post blog by Marcy Cole Phd. refers to the idea that children should not be told how proud you are of them, but to remind them of how proud they should be of themselves. She points the reader in the direction of Mary Anne Williamson’s famous quote
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?…….”
So perhaps the birther issue is striking a respondent chord in many that it is not where anyone has come from but that everyone’s potential is unlimited and when we foster that, there is no need to fear the future or crave any kind of exclusionary policies.
While many think the birther issue is but a ruse that keeps the hard issues from being examined, perhaps the birther issue is much more important as a wake up call to our personal power and why origin of birth is such an empty vessel.
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