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.
It’s official: Barack Obama is a native-born American. He has a vote of Congress to prove it.
Language in a resolution celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hawaii becoming the 50th state declares that the 44th president of the United States was born there. It passed the House unanimously with 158 Republicans voting for the measure — even Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who briefly sought to block or delay it.
Here in Hate City, where the Potomac flows silently past an ever-babbling riverbank, the healthcare reform debate has degenerated into partisan sound-bite salvos. So far, all that is certain is that money is scarce and truth is scarcer.
Elephants and donkeys and blue-dogs are chasing each other’s tales. And the news media’s idea of balanced coverage is balancing each shovelful of distortion from the Right with a shovelful of distortion from the Left.
Then-Vice President Dick Cheney promised that the Bush administration’s war on terrorism would be fought on "the dark side." We are still finding out how dark that was.
On Oct. 23, 2001, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, the source of so much bad advice during those years, produced a memo arguing that the president could ignore the Constitution, the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act barring the military from being used for law enforcement, and precedent going back to the Civil War to deploy the military against U.S. citizens on American soil.
America’s most entertaining and polarizing politician is leaving electoral politics. Since Sarah Palin also seems to be one of our most impulsive politicians perhaps her departure is only momentary.
Palin stunned the world of conventional politics earlier this month by announcing that she was quitting the Alaska governor’s office with 18 months remaining in her term. Mysteriously, she told Alaskans she was giving up the state’s top job so "I will be able to fight even harder for you." She, also mysteriously, warned Alaskans to "be wary of accepting government largesse," an odd thing to say in a state that annually ranks number one in federal dollars received per capita.