ALE BAL Insignia II

I’ve never been able to figure out why people who make their living based upon physical assets have a need to foist their opinions upon the rest of us. Usually, the most egregious offenders live in Tinseltown, have spent most of their adolescent and adult years either in a gym, on the beach, or in front of a camera. Yeah, I really care about what these individuals think about politics or public policies, they must know a lot about the world. Otherwise, why would they be on television or in movie theatres? They must believe that most policy analysts are located within the entourage that surrounds them.

But, recently, some athletes have decided that they too have important attitudes about issues in the news that they just have to share with the rest of us. I’m going to discuss two of these brainiacs today who have been in the news lately.

First comes Luke Scott. You probably have never heard of him, since he’s a retread designated hitter currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles. He’s 32 years old, about the time baseball skills begin to decline, and has amassed nearly 600 hits already in his first 6 years in the major leagues. Scott attended Oklahoma State University for at least a year, and may have actually been required to take a class during his time there.

Well, it turns out that his political acumen matches with his baseball prowess. He has long fancied himself an expert on the whole Obama birth certificate controversy, and has had no problem evincing his views to any sports reporter who has written down every word Scott has had to say, as if the reporter were actually interviewing Abe Lincoln. So, naturally, a reporter went to see Big Luke after the full version of the birth certificate was released last week. Scott’s comments were interesting, to say the least.

When speaking to Sam Mellinger, a reporter from the Kansas City Star, Scott stated: “(President Obama’s) birth certificate has yet to be validated…If they can counterfeit $100 bills, I think it’s a million times easier to counterfeit a birth certificate, if you ask me. So, all it is, let’s just see if it’s real. Anybody can produce a document, so let’s check it out.”

Scott, who is apparently a forensic investigator when he’s not riding the pine on the Orioles bench, may have gleaned his knowledge of counterfeiting Benjamins from a recent episode of American Chopper. I’m wondering who Scott would accept as a ‘validator’. The last that I heard, Donald Trump, the latest political actor who made a case for the birthers and sent a crack team of private investigators to Oahu to get to the heart of the matter, accepted that the document was real. There must be someone left whose decision-making on this matter will be acceptable to Scott. Please let us know, Lukie. A breathless nation awaits.