Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Tin Foil Hat Alert

I like a good conspiracy theory. There is something about the scope and scale of these theories that get the old adrenaline running in the What-IF? gland of the brain. I even have a subscription to Coast-to-Coast AM so I can download their recent radio program to my iPod and listen anytime I want. Fake moon landing? Roswell cover-up? New World Order? All of it makes for some real good entertainment.

Conspiracy theories have been around since forever. Caveman Grog once thought that the tree on the outskirts of his village was conspiring to take away his fire by waving its branches and creating wind to blow the fire out.

In more recent times, theories have become ingrained in our culture and nearly accepted as fact by many people. Did you know that 25 percent of young adults aged 18 -29 do not believe that we landed on the moon? (I’d like to see who they voted for in the last election…) It’s hard today to find someone who believes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Conspiracies are fun; just look at the X-Files, or the Da Vinci Code.

But some can be down outright annoying, like Global Warming.

During the Bush Administration, the wacky left floated the idea that 9/11 was an inside job, a false flag operation conducted by a shadow government controlled by Dick Cheney and the BigOil companies. Concrete and steel can not be melted and destroyed by massive amounts of fuel. (See here for a smaller version of what can happen when fuel, concrete and metal combine in a fireball).

Now under the Obama Administration, there is another conspiracy theory floating around, gaining ground with every day that passes. Birthers, people who don’t believe that President Obama is a U.S. Citizen, have emerged from the right of the political spectrum as the heir apparent to the 9/11 Truthers. They have compiled lists of data and coincidences that they say is proof that President Obama was not born in Hawaii, but actually in Kenya.

I can’t say it’s not intriguing. How can it not be? Conspiracy theories are fun because should they happen to BE TRUE, the consequences are always so earth shattering that it would cause an upheaval in society that it would literally change everyone's lives, even if only for a short period of time. A government that would kill 3,000 of its own citizens? The hding of Space Aliens in Area 51? The Walrus was NOT Paul? Earth shattering indeed.

While conspiracy theories surrounding President Obama's birth are amusing, they are distracting. We have an administration that is on the verge of passing one of the largest government social programs in the history of this country. We have a government that is so out of control in spending that future generations will need to be socialists just to write off the debt. We have a minority party that can't live up to moral standards it set for itself. We have a Congress that is rushing massive bills to vote without properly reading them. We have two political parties that live so outside the bubble of everyday life, they continue to alienate their very own constituencies to the point where voters are rising up and openly calling out their elected representatives. And we have a fawning media that tingles with excitement at the President’s every word.

I am not saying that upholding the citizenship clause of the Constitution is not important, but let’s keep focused here. Not even a quarter of the stimulas money has been spent, yet the administration is already taking credit for "saving the economy". We all know, only Government can save us. We can't do this on our own. /sarcasm

All the President has to do is show the original copy of his birth certificate, the same one being held under lock and key in a vault in Hawaii and the matter is over and done with. The Birthers will be humiliated, the GOP will further sink into disarray and the Democrats will lock-up a victory in the mid-term elections.

Unless there IS something to this whole birth certificate thing….then all bets are off and hang on.

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