Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Conspiracy Club

Honestly, when I read the recent opinion column of Richard Larsen in the Idaho State Journal, I thought his theory that climate change directly affects American sovereignty was outlandish and completely disconnected from mainstream thought. It may be disconnected from national mainstream conservatism, but it is certainly not disconnected from mainstream conservatism in Idaho.

A gem of a letter to the editor of the Twin Falls Times-News appeared yesterday by a respected community member. Ken Kuhlman of Burley's First Baptist Church is on the climate change legislation equals the undoing of the United States Constitution bandwagon and has much to say about everything the Democrats are doing wrong. Here's a snippet:
"[T]he climate crisis is purely political poppycock fabricated to alarm the public. By telling everyone they can solve crises, “they” curry political favor to buy their reelection. Climatic variations are the norm. Those in power control what the public hears, and ultimately public opinion. One thing we ought to know by now is we can not trust most of the present elected officials. If we cannot trust our elected officials in Washington — how can we trust unelected officials in one-world government."
Kuhlman's use of "they" refers specifically to the President and the Democrats in Congress (Democrats he also refers to as progressives and Socialists). Though arguing logic with this man, like any other conspiracy theorist, would do no good, his assessment that the current state of our country, economic and otherwise, being due to the current executive and legislative branches "destroying the balance of power" is laughable. Need we be reminded that the rule of law was ignored and the Constitution trampled while the Republicans controlled the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives from 2001 through 2006?

This letter reflects Ken Kuhlman's fear of world government, the "one world order" scare that is so often associated with conspiracy theories as was pointed out in the Sunday Idaho State Journal op-ed that I mentioned. The letter also represents the growing fears, many outlandish, deeply embedded in the minds of some Idahoans, even Idahoans most of us would consider mainstream. Certainly these newly minted members of the conspiracy club represent a minority of Idahoans.


Dr. Michael Blankenship said...

This article appears at salon.com - http://motherjones.com/politics/2009/12/gun-activists-take-aim-obamacare I hate to play oneupsmanship, but I believe this conspiracy tops yours!

Tara A. Rowe said...

Oh yes, I've seen this one. Bizarre.