Marilyn Davenport: Politically Incorrect Politician

18 Apr

Since President Barack Obama had begun his election campaign rumors had begun to swirl that he wasn’t an American citizen.

Conspiracy theorists enjoyed coming up with ideas from the plausible (citizenship laws for immigrants like his father) to the ridiculous (“he just doesn’t LOOK American“) in order to sway the ignorant and easy to convince Americans who are unable to distinguish a credible source from an individual with an agenda (i.e. someone who may want Obama’s popularity to decline).

In either sense, President Barack Obama IS an American citizen. His birth certificate shows he was born in Hawaii.

Obama's Birth Certificate

However, despite evidence of his birth certificate– rumors of poor taste continue to spread amongst citizens and politicians alike. Interestingly, one of the biggest arguments was that the State of Hawaii was suppressing evidence by only releasing the short form of the document rather than the original long form. They aren’t. Seriously, they even found the birth announcement from the local newspaper.

It was assumed that this issue had finally been put to rest– however, with election season coming up around the corner again, the remarks have started up again, resulting in controversy, anger and accusation.

Last week, Marilyn Davenport, an elected member of the party central committee sent a derogatory and racist e-mail to other members of the committee with this image attached with the following description:

"Now you know why - No birth certificate!"

Some members of the GOP have been absolutely horrified by her actions asking her to resign and petitioning for her to be ousted for her racist remarks.

GOP Chairman Scott Baugh believes the issue should be forwarded to the GOP Ethics Review Committee.

Former California Republican Party Chairman Michael Schroeder believes if she doesn’t resign, she should be forced to leave. “My jaw dropped.”

Ms. Davenport however does not feel that she is in the wrong and rather than apologizing, she originally asked the “coward” who leaked the information to the  press to come forward.

“I’m sorry if my email offended anyone, I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth,” she wrote. “In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race. We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like, yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them.”

It’s shocking to read that Marilyn Davenport had never considered that President Barack Obama was half black when she wrote that e-mail asserting her colorblindness.

Davenport failed to realize how President Barack Obama has been affected by his race and how remarks relating him to a monkey could be considered in the utmost sense of racism. The common racist relation of African Americans to monkeys, apes or other primates makes the assumption that African Americans are less evolved as humans in Darwin’s theory therefore White Americans or Caucasians were superior as they were the fully evolved species.

Darwin's Theory of Evolution

Despite being a “bad joke” we have to consciously reconsider what we assume is a credible source of information. We know that politicians will always have an agenda for their words and their actions but should we accept a smear campaign as an agenda or should we reevaluate what we allow people to say in a political manner?

Ms. Marilyn Davenport represents the 72nd Assembly District in Orange County on the Central Committee; representing Brea, Fullerton, Placentia in campaigning, fundraising and debating policy for the Republican Party.

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