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Radley Balko writes at The Agitator,
I’ve made it clear that I’m no fan of Wayne Allyn Root, the Las Vegas sports handicapper running for chair of the Libertarian Party. Root has also indicated that he plans to run for president in 2012 under the LP banner. I criticized Root last year for boasting about his appearances on Michael Savage’s syndicated radio show. Savage is a bigot, a warmonger, and a culture warrior. Not really the sort of platform libertarians should be seeking out. To put it mildly.
Now, Root has gone off the deep end. Or at least further off the deep end. Here’s a snapshot from his Facebook page:
With thousands of spectators expecting to attend, Dr. James Manning’s ‘trial of the century’ of Barack Obama on charges of treason, fraud, and sedition begins tomorrow morning at 9 AM in New York City.
Co-defendants in the trial are Columbia University and the CIA.
In the last days of the run-up to the trial, Manning revealed that he has sources in government that will testify against Obama, Columbia, and the CIA. He also reported explosive information that Barack Obama has used upwards of 20 different Social Security numbers during his life.
Witnesses are expected to testify at the trial that Barack Obama was never a student at Columbia University, although he received a degree from the school…
Other witnesses are expected to testify that Obama fails the Constitutional test for Presidential eligibility due to the fact that his father was a British subject at the time of his birth and his mother was not old enough to confer citizenship when he was born.
A dramatic new revelation, however, may serve to re-emphasize the importance of the trial. The state of Hawaii, according to sources, did NOT accept his birth registration that was filed, despite issuing a ’statement of live birth.’
This could mean that although the state issued a certification of live birth (which is NOT a ‘birth certificate’), the process for filing for an official birth certificate in 1961 was never completed and was thus not accepted by state officials…
Oh, but it gets better. According to a flier for the event, Obama . . .
. . . was a C.I.A. operative who used Columbia University as a cover to go to Pakistan in 1981 when the C.I.A. and the Mujahideen worked together against the Soviet invasion. Obama supplied arms, logistics, and money using his Muslim background.
Root indicates in prior Facebook entries that he doesn’t believe Obama actually attended Columbia University.
I never knew him…never met him…never saw him…never heard of Obama. Neither has anyone [sic] of my classmates. No one I know from Columbia University has ever met or heard of a classmate named Barack Obama or Barry Sotero. Strange, huh?
Root made a similar accusation in an interview with Reason. He was appropriately mocked for it. That Root wouldn’t have run in the same circles as Obama in a school with thousands of undergrads isn’t particularly strange at all.
Look, I’m not a member of the Libertarian Party, though I’ve spoken to several state conventions over the last couple years. I have my problems with the party, but I’d like to see it do well, in part because for better or worse the LP has a significant impact on how people view libertarianism.
So let’s be clear about this: If Wayne Allyn Root becomes the face of the LP, it will be an unmitigated disaster for the party. It will also likely do quite a bit of damage to the public perception of libertarianism as a philosophy.
This is batshit crazy, off-the-charts conspiratorial hogwash. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to criticize Barack Obama. Root has chosen to dip into angry-white-guy, “Obama’s a secret Muslim” absolute and utter lunacy.
Libertarians: The man is a nut. Associate with him at your peril.
And at East Metro Atlanta LP, Jason Pye writes
Wayne Root joins The Crazy
This is a guy that said that the next chair of the LP doesn’t need to promote 9/11 conspiracy theories, and I completely agree. But it is apparently fine to promote these insane conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama.
I’ll be a delegate at national, which is in St. Louis in two weeks. I had committed to voting for Wayne Allyn Root, but after reading this, I’m not so sure.
Here’s a video of Rev. Manning talking about his Birther ‘trial’:
Finally, at Libertarian Peacenik, Thomas Sipos writes
Some two years ago, Wayne Allyn Root insinuated that Obama never went to Columbia, simply because Root never met Obama at Columbia, and didn’t know anyone who did.
In October, 2009, an email went viral on the internet, spreading that theory while citing Root.
I’ve now learned that in February 2010, Snopes.com addressed Root’s insinuation. The famous debunking site not only cites people who knew Obama at Columbia, it also cites Root as a source for the rumor.
Of course, Root is also described as the Libertarian Party’s 2008 presidential candidate. I guess Root’s supporters should praise Root for getting the LP brand out there, however embarrassing the context.
“Most expressions of this rumor feed off the statement (referenced in a Wall Street Journal editorial) that ‘Fox News contacted some 400 of [Obama’s] classmates and found no one who remembered him’ and a statement made by Wayne Allyn Root (the Libertarian Party’s 2008 vice presidential nominee who also attended Columbia at the same time as Barack Obama) that ‘I don’t know a single person at Columbia that knows him, and they all know me. I don’t have a classmate who ever knew Barack Obama at Columbia.’
“…it isn’t true that ‘no one ever came forward from Obama’s past saying they knew him, attended school with him, was his friend, etc.’ Those who have attested to having daily personal experience with him during his time at that school include:
“Friend and roommate Sohale Siddiqi, whom the Associated Press located and interviewed in May 2008.
“Roommate Phil Boerner, who provided his recollections of sharing a New York City apartment with classmate Barack Obama to the Columbia College Today alumni publication and the New York Times in early 2009.
“Michael L. Baron, who taught the year-long honors seminar in American Foreign Policy that Barack Obama took during his senior year at Columbia and recalled in an NBC interview Obama’s “easily acing” the class and receiving an A for his senior paper on the topic of nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union.
“…other external evidence documents Barack Obama’s presence at Columbia from 1981-83, including:
“An article by Barack Obama published in the 10 March 1983 edition of Columbia’s Sundial school magazine.
“A January 2005 Columbia College Today profile of Barack Obama as a Columbia alumnus.
“A Columbia College press release from November 2008 identifying him as “the first College alumnus to be elected President of the United States.
“Finally, the fatal flaw in the ‘Obama didn’t go to Columbia’ theory is that he couldn’t have been admitted to Harvard Law School in 1988 without having received an undergraduate degree. … yet his time between the end of his Columbia days in 1983 and his entering Harvard Law in 1988 is accounted for … and no other school claims him as an alumnus, nor does anyone purport to have encountered him as a classmate or student at any other college or university during that period.”
Read the Snopes article.
But I guess the important thing is that Root is getting on Fox News. Who cares if Root’s claims are ridiculous or not? Certainly not the Fox News audience.
Unfortunately, some Libertarians think the LP should likewise sink to that level if it will help the LP “get votes.”