“It’s just a distraction. It’s time to put this behind us. The nation has work to do. I have work to do”

That’s what Barack Obama said when he released his phony, fraudulent, fake birth certificate a year ago in response to mounting pressure from what was, at the time, the No. 1 bestselling book in the country, Jerome Corsi’s “Where’s the Birth Certificate?”

Obama and his inner circle of acolytes had been stonewalling release of the document at that point for three years. Donald Trump was making news for questioning his eligibility. And the late-night standup comics were having a field day with his secrecy.

But Obama has hardly been the only politician or pundit to use that “it’s-just-a-distraction” line.

Conservatives and Republicans had been saying it, too. They only wanted to challenge Obama on “important policy disagreements.” Something as trivial as a constitutional requirement of eligibility didn’t interest them.

And now some of those same conservatives and Republicans are endorsing Sen. Marco Rubio as the vice presidential running mate in 2012 – despite his own constitutional ineligibility because, at the time of his birth, his parents were not U.S. citizens.

“It’s just a distraction.”

That’s right. It is a distraction – just the kind of distraction the nation needs to refocus us on the things that really matter: like the rule of law, constitutional integrity, moral character in our leaders, honesty, fair elections, equal protection under the law, accountability of leaders to the people and the nation’s guiding principles.

It got me to thinking about all the subjects politicians and the media dwell on that truly are nothing but distractions:

  • Much of the 2012 campaign this year has been consumed with discussion and debate about a policy suggestion that no one ever made – depriving women of birth control. If that wasn’t a contrived distraction, I don’t know the meaning of the term. It was a political setup from day one – with former Clinton official turned faux newsman George Stephanopolous, grilling Republican candidates on the subject in a debate from totally out in left field. Only a few weeks later did we figure out why: It was a trial balloon for an upcoming policy change by the Obama administration to force employers, even those with personal moral, conscientious objections against abortifacients and sterilizations to provide them to employees for free.

  • And how about Obama aide Hillary Rosen’s quip that Ann Romney, a stay-at-home mom, is ill-equipped to discuss politics in America on behalf of her husband, Mitt, because she never had a job in her life. Was that a distraction? Would Rosen have made such a comment about a stay-at-home dad, I wonder? But more to the point, what kind of a job has her boss ever had off the public trough? Nada. Nothing. Zippo. What qualified him to be spending trillions of dollars the nation doesn’t have when he obviously had never even had to make a payroll in his life. And what about Rosen? How does she make her living? Selling votes. Distraction, distraction, distraction.

Whenever they use that word, it means don’t look there – we have something to hide. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. You know the routine.

Why do you need to know something as insignificant as the actual identity of the man in the White House. That’s just silly stuff, trivial, inconsequential.

The real issues are the incredibly high cost of birth control, not gas prices.

The real issues are the incredibly high cost of ATM fees, not joblessness and a crumbling economy.

The real issue is racism in Sanford, Florida, not the senseless violence that grips the heart of nearly every metro area governed by Democrats.

It’s time to recognize the real distractions from the real issues.

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