November 13, 2012 by Cole Cleburne
After stating that the petitions weren’t just posted/signed by people in red states, he tries first to minimize the efforts by stating:
….If you could cross-check the two groups, I suspect there would be a lot of overlap between the petition signers and birthers….
It’s clear his ire is directed at the southern red states. Say what you wish about the birth certificate theories, the general perception promulgated in the media, is that those who do not believe, or want legitimate proof of Obama’s citizenship are crazy crackpots of the right. Drawing this comparison tries to paint the signers in the same light.
Wingfield finishes the piece by saying,
…..But it does not help them do that when there are people signing petitions that confirm the worst stereotypes the left can dredge up about the right. Let’s face it: In light of the need to appeal to a wider swath of the electorate, comparisons to the Civil War do not aid the cause…….So, please: Find another outlet for whatever energy you’re expending on this kind of junk.
I cannot comment on other writings by Wingfield but I believe his is wrong with this piece. Perhaps some of the signers, don’t want to reform the Republican Party either. The implication drawn at the end is clear. The south was wrong when they asserted their self-determination. All the southerners who died defending their homes were wrong, and petitioning the government for a redress of grievances is also wrong. I wonder if his opinion would have been different, had he lived in Atlanta nearly 150 years ago when the Yankees “liberators” burnt it to the ground.