Monday, November 29, 2010
Conspiracy Corner: Birthers Get Spanked Again
That's not to say that there aren't ever conspiracies, or that you are a defacto nut if you believe one. Many very bright people still think there's something more to the JFK assassination than the Warren Commission's conclusions. The 9/11 Truthers have a point when they say that "the official story" of what happened that day doesn't seem plausible. Both groups have a point, but their more wacky contingents are their undoing. It's all well and good to point at the things that don't make sense, but more often, a conspiracy theorist will take it further, drawing their own conclusions to what did happen. And some of those conclusions make the whole group look crazy.
The Obama "Birth Certificate" theory is different though. It fails on all levels. Every single element of it has been utterly debunked. Even so, it lives on, and its adherents regularly rant (It's not a Birth Certificate, it's a Certificate of Live Birth!!1!11!!!) about things that are completely disproven. My other two examples at least have gaps in the "official story" that aren't adequately explained, opening a window for the theorist to speculate. With the Birth Certificate thing, there are no gaps. It's all filled in. If you don't believe me, spend a little time here: Obama Conspiracy
Justices turn aside another challenge over Obama's citizenship
The Supreme Court has again cast aside an appeal that raised doubts about President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship, a grass-roots legal issue that has gained little legal or political footing, but continues to persist in the courts. . .
Read more at: CNN