July 07, 2008
Intentionally "fake but real" fuel for paranoid conspiracy claims?
I know this will sound like a paranoid conspiracy theory, but I really think the convoluted paranoid conspiracy claim about Obama not being a citizen may itself be the result of some sort of agent provocateurism originating with the Obama campaign -- the idea being to game the paranoid WND types by giving them plenty of meaningless "ammo." (A deliberately fabricated copy of an underlying valid document would be a perfect red flag to wave at unsuspecting red meat brigadistas.)
I mean, really. They're arguing about digital images as if they're supposed to be official government documents!
Utter nonsense. There are in fact real official government documents -- all of which can all be verified through public records. Whatever images are posted online are largely irrelevant. And as Glenn Reynolds notes, none of it matters anyway, because if Obama's mother was a U.S. citizen he's a citizen too.
There are plenty of ways to beat Obama, but this is not one of them. I think it (and other similar claims) will help him tremendously.
...I would suggest all seek out the original birth certificate. But, of course, if there is one, then this is all for naught. But I believe keeping the story alive does serve to expose Obamessiah as an outsider, not because he was not born here, but because he is intellectually, emotionally, philosophically, and ideologically an outsider. He is a racist, anti-American radical, who hates whites, America, Christianity, free enterprise, and just about everything else about America. He loves the Muslim call to prayer, diversity, affirmative action, taxes, Islam, terrorists old and new, abortion, illegal immigration, etc. If not born an outsider like his father, he hates America like his father does.So it might as well be true.
I'd say "Dan Rather call your office!" but this is a bit more complicated than that. There is a hard-core, gullible minority of people who believe things like Obama is a secret Muslim because they want to believe. The way some people want to cater to them reminds me of Jeremiah Wright and the AIDS conspiracy claims. Or promoting the legend that George W. Bush was responsible for dragging James Byrd to death. Or Katrina "genocide." 9/11 Trutherism.
It's as if there are two tiers of people, the suppliers of demagoguery and the gullible consumers. While the former know better, they rationalize keeping the stories alive. Because the enemy is bad.
But what if the enemy revels in these paranoid conspiracies in hope of building a better backlash?
MORE: The nonsense will not stop. There's even a web site named BirthCertificateNow.com.
Were I working for the Obama campaign, I'd be savoring this while doing absolutely nothing.
Israel Insider asks some questions which come close:
Why should the wannabe President play hide-and-seek with the prime Constitutional requirement for a US President?These questions overlook the possibility that Obama is stalling because he knows he has absolutely nothing to hide. Either that or he's not stonewalling at all because he doesn't think the document is a forgery (see Strata-Sphere's detailed analysis concluding that the Kos version isn't).
If by doing nothing Obama can engender this sort of paranoia, that's probably an excellent reason for him to continue to do nothing.
Especially if he knows he's on safe ground.
MORE: David Weigel has an answer to the question, "Why wouldn't Obama just end this quickly?"
Jeez, probably the same reason Andy McCarthy won't respond to the allegations that he kidnapped the Lindbergh baby. Seriously, what is it about Obama that induces this Flowers for Algernon IQ dip on the right and in the Hillary Clinton insurgency?
UPDATE: My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link, and for thinking of the chaff analogy. ("Overloading the radar and rendering it untrustworthy.") A warm welcome to all.
Comments appreciated, agree or disagree.
posted by Eric on 07.07.08 at 11:17 AM
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