Sunday, October 5, 2008

Conspiracy Theories Abound

I couldn't help but laugh at this article by editor of the Twin Falls Times-News, James Wright. Why? There is the initial claim by one Magic Valley man that Barack Obama is not an American citizen therefore ineligible to be President of the United States. But it gets better when Wright takes on the very problem with conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists for that matter:
The beauty in any and all conspiracy theories is that it's almost impossible to prove that something did not happen, and any evidence that punches holes in the theory is easily dismissed as part of a coverup promoted by an ever-growing circle of conspirators.
He's right, the answer to all logic is that whatever the information or intelligence it must be part of the coverup. Having met my fair share of conspiracy theorists I have to agree with the frustrations of Mr. Wright. I also laughed uncontrollably at this:
Some time ago I had a call from a perfectly sincere woman who wanted to pass on her theory that the CIA and NASA conspired to fake the deaths of Marilyn Monroe (a known Mossad agent code-named Norma Jean) and JFK so they could secretly live out the rest of their days on a desert island where Marilyn gave birth to their love child, thus sparing the nation the embarrassment of learning about the president's philandering.

Interesting theory, I said, but you have to acknowledge that there's not a shred of evidence to support it.

"Yes," she responded emphatically, "isn't it suspicious that there's no proof?"
Yes, these people really exist. Yes, they really believe it. No, I'm not one of them. This entire notion of Obama not being an American has been floating about for awhile. I suppose if there is any truth to the skepticism surrounding his birthplace there is probably an equal amount surrounding the birthplace of Senator McCain. Level the playing field, of course at the Constitution's expense, but really this isn't about who is and isn't eligible to be President, it's about the fear people like this man in Magic Valley harbor at the prospect of either of these candidates leading the free world.

Maybe that's what all conspiracy theories are--the manifestation of fear.

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