Sunday, May 20, 2012

NEW VOICE COLUMN UP, about the controversy over a 1991 press booklet that described Obama as "born in Kenya," which rightbloggers have taken up as proof that Obama wanted people to think he was a foreigner.

I noticed on the pixel trail that, while nearly all the folks pumping this story insist that they, personally, believe Obama was born in Hawaii, a large percentage of their commenters talk old-fashioned birtherism (e.g., "so sick that they are going to let this illegal President stay in the white house"). But why not? The subject is a magnet for conspiracy theorists of all stripes, and as long as you're entertaining the idea that an ambitious American politician would want to portray himself as ineligible for the Presidency, you might as well also talk about Barry Soetoro's fake birth certificate and plot to firebomb the U.S. from within with Bill Ayers.

Once upon a time these guys were a fringe, of the sort that any political movement would need to lose if it were going to be taken seriously; now, they're an important part of the Republican base.

One of my favorites from the story is Rosslyn Smith of The American Thinker, who had many angles to offer, including this:
The political left has a long history of using plays, movies, and TV series to push their agenda because dramatic media showcase their agenda items to good effect. Many audience members get so wrapped up in the images, characters, and action that they don't stop to think about the huge dose of political propaganda being served on the side. This is one reason why the left talks so much of narratives. The political right, on the other hand, completely dominates the emotionally cooler medium of talk radio...
So: Leftists hypnotize the American people with Glee and Syriana while conservatives stay aloof in the cool, Apollonian heights of The Rush Limbaugh Show, talking about where Barack Obama was born. This is the most convincing evidence I have yet seen of the existence of parallel universes.

UPDATE. Among the many sterling comments to this post, wjts gets extra credit for answering the tendentious questions asked by afterbirther Roger Kimball. My favorite:
Why can’t we see a certified copy of his birth certificate?
Because there's a problem with your wireless connection.

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