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Tea Partying with a Birther British Lord

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It's unbelievable, isn't it? A movement named after the Tea Party rebellion against the British aristocracy has joined forces with a British aristocrat.

Lord Christopher Monckton, the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, spoke at a Freedomworks Tea Party event on Thursday in DC. But as David Weigel reports, he wasn't exactly on message, first making a birther "joke," then confirming he's a birther:

"I have no idea where he was born," said Monckton, who was working the crowd and signing autographs. "What I do find strange is that the public records of his Hawaiian birth have been sealed, and can not be obtained by the public. His lawyers have spent a lot of money trying to seal the records of his public life. All of those records should be open to the public, as they always were for previous presidents."

I pointed out to Monckton that the state of Hawaii released Obama's certification of live birth nearly two years and ago, and that the persistent challenges to his citizenship have inspired some members of the military to refuse to serve under Obama. "The effective classification of all of these documents of his early life is surely contrary to the spirit of freedom and openness in the Democratic west," said Monckton. "It's bound to raise questions in some peoples' minds. However! I have no idea where he's born, but it made a nice joke."

Monckton has made a career out of denying climate science, going so far as to call American youth climate activists "Hitler Youth." At the event, Monckton also reiterated his stance that all people with HIV should be quarantined.

Republicans try to paint birthers as being on the fringe of conservatism. But when a birther/quarantiner/denier is invited to speak at an event organized by Freedomworks, chaired by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, the lines between the GOP & the Crazy get increasingly blurry.

Dick Armey: Tea Pot “Historian”

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Former Rep. Dick Armey (R-TX) left Congress when he no longer could run things as majority leader in the House of Representatives. (That sexual harassment charge was before he went to Congress.) Then, he became a highly-paid lobbyist in Washington until he was asked to leave because his firm was lobbying for health care reform at the same time that Armey, through his right-wing group FreedomWorks, was helping organize last August's "spontaneous" yelling matches against reform at those so-called "town hall meetings."

Armey is always off the wall, but he is beyond absurd when he re-writes American history to fit his preconceived, right-wing notions. Recently, Armey contended that the people who settled Jamestown in 1607 were socialists and that their ideology almost doomed them.

"Jamestown colony, when it was first founded as a socialist venture, dang near failed with everybody dead and dying in the snow," he said in a speech on March 15 at the National Press Club.

No, the settlement of Jamestown was pure capitalism in action.