The election is a little more than three weeks old. Yesterday, the last of the congressional seats was decided. The democrats won. The republicans lost. Most of us have been involved in politics for a long enough time to know that for both sides, the post election period is an opportunity for the parties to spin the results and re-organize where necessary. We see that in the posturing over the budget and debt ceiling crisis. If there was any doubt as to who won the election, all one had to do was look at the president's opening salvo at fort republican with a plan whose parameters were so skewed to the democratic side that the republicans had their breath taken away by it's audacity.
That, my friends, is politics. This battle will be fought with the president holding the stronger hand based on the election. The republicans know this and are scrambling to find a deflection strategy to make their concessions politically appear less stinging. So what do we see the republicans doing? We begin to hear the recitation of new conspiracy theories to deflect the American citizen from following the truly important issues of the day.
The concept of conspiracy theories have been part of presidential politics for many years. We all heard about John F. Kennedy wanting to turn the White House over to the Vatican, Ronald Reagan having his presidency run through his wife Nancy as he battled Alzheimer Disease, Bill and Hillary Clinton having committed the "murder" of Vince Foster, or George Bush having been complicit in the 9/11 bombings. The reality of these theories were that, although there were those who fostered the theory, the people who accepted them were considered either far right or far left loons who were ignored by the vast majority of the electorate.
But we live in a different time. The conspiracy theory has become part of the political landscape. President Obama doesn't have to cope with one or two conspiracy theories, the list expands into the dozens. They come at him from the insane, the mainstream, and occasionally the politician. They are promoted on talk radio and on supposed legitimate conservative magazines. They engage in hit and run conspiracies. Attack on page one today and file a withdrawal on the bottom of page 31 in two weeks. Just enough to keep you out of court.
It didn't take very much research to identify many of the conspiracies that have been attributed to President Obama. This is a list of of what has been said about the president that has been rebuffed. The list is not at all complete:
- President Obama is secretly Muslim.
- President Obama is an atheist.
- The president insisted on using the Q'uran for his swearing in ceremony.
- President Obama is an active member of the Muslim Brotherhood.
- The president wears a ring with the Koranic verses.
- The president is not a citizen./ He was born in Kenya.
- The president's birth certificate is faked.
- He belonged to the Black Panther Party.
- His parents both belonged to the Communist Party.
- The president's real father was Malcolm X.
- The president has the government setting up re-education camps to brainwash our youth.
- The president has had the U.S. flag removed from Air Force One.
- He refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance.
- President Obama has a plan to confiscate all of the gold and guns from American citizens during his second term.
- He has manipulated the job figures to insure his re-election.
- He has an assassination squad killing his enemies including Andrew Breitbart.
- President Obama caused the BP Oil Spill and the Aurora shootings to deflect interest from his poor job preformance.
- He faked Bin Laden's death.
- He has written extensive anti-semitic literature.
- His presidential campaigns were funded by drug money.
- Obama has been using a mind control technique called Delphi to get people to accept his plan for a communist dictatorship.
- President Obama is spurring gun sales so that he can later confiscate those weapons after the occasions of civil strife or armed rebellion.
- Health care mandates include death panels.
- President Obama is going to change the law and run for a third term.
- President Obama's academic records at Columbia and Harvard have been carefully altered to hide the fact that he was a mediocre student.
- Obama stole the election by suppressing the republican vote.
These might seem like a list of total absurdities to most of us, but all one has to do is look at the names of some of the conspiracy theorists and magazines that either openly or implicitly encourage this insanity:
- Monica Crowley----Fox News
- Dinesh D'Souza----Author
- Glenn Beck-----Author, Columnist, The Blaze
- Peter Stansbury----Author
- Louie Goehmert----U.S. Congressman
- Alex Jones----Radio Personality
- Sean Hannitty---Fox News
- Michael Savage-----Radio Personality, Author
- Michelle Bachmann---U.S. Congresswoman
- Laura Ingraham----Radio Personality
- Michelle Malkin----Radio Personality
- Rush Limbaugh---Radio Personality, Author
- World Net Daily
- American Thinker
- National Review Online
As I said earlier, every president suffers from the arrows being slung by the fringes. But generally, these people are quickly dismissed and become part of jokes and humorous references. This is different. This is a political strategy by a political party that has little to offer by way of programs. To keep throwing out unfounded theories, diminishes any credibility that the republican party may have. It's time to negotiate, not time to identify yourselves as wing-nut conspiracy theorists.