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In the loony world of conspiracy theory nutcases, anything is possible and the most ludicrous of claims too often get passed off as fact.
Case in point: The incredibly stupid debate over President Barack Obama’s citizenship.
Started by the right wing in a failed effort to prevent America from electing its first African-American President, the so-called "birthers" movement — fueled by hatemongers, racists, bigots and the incurably stupid — continues to spread discredited lies that Obama was born in Kenya or some other non-American locale.
Our current President was born in Hawaii, an American territory that became our 50th state. Hawaii confirmed it and, for normal people with a working brain, that should have closed the case.
But conspiracy nuts don’t have functioning brains. They have out-of-control fantasies, fed by terminal insanity, driven by inane beliefs that anything that involves the government is a dark, X-Files conspiracy to destroy us all.
I recently ordered a certified copy of my birth certificate from the state of Florida. They sent me a computer generated document that looks a lot like the one produced by Hawaii to confirm Obama’s birth. I took that document to my local Social Security office and asked if that provides proof of birth and citizenship.
Yes, they said. It does.
But proof of birth will not satisfy the lunatic fringe when it comes to supporting the conspiracy du jour. They need to feed their lurid fantasies that Obama is a puppet of Saudi Arabia, a pawn of the mythical New World Order (otherwise known as NWO) or part of some Zionist conspiracy cooked up by anti-Semites to support their hate and bigotry.
Sadly, the Internet — which could function as a medium for spreading real, fact-based information — is a hotbed for half-baked conspiracy theories, hate, racism and outright lies. Those who question Obama’s birthrate will claim they are not racist, but many of them are. You find misinformation about his birth certificate on many white supremacy web sites but you will not find one credible shred of evidence that supports the birther movement on a site devoted to hard, cold facts.
As an American, I have serious problems with some of Obama’s policies. I feel he is pushing the country that I love too far to the left and spending this nation into irreversible debt.
But I do not, for one second, doubt his birthright.
He’s an American.
Anyone who buys into the claims of the birthers is a gullible fool.