A Forged Birth Certificate And The Conservative Alternate Reality

It is one thing to have two parties with opposing opinions, but increasingly we face not a choice between different opinions but a choice between reality based views versus viewed based upon delusions. Some conservatives continue to believe that Iraq had WMD at the onset of the war or that Saddam was working with al Qaeda. Some conservatives believe the pseudo-science on creationism from the Discovery Institute along with the similarly bogus science of global warming deniers. The health care debate is increasingly being argued over fallacious claims of the right as to what is even being proposed. Perhaps the most absurd claims from the right, which even many conservatives are distancing themselves from, regard the conspiracy theories over Barack Obama’s citizenship.

Many Republicans are accepting the Birther conspiracy theories. For example a new poll shows that only 32 percent of Virginia Republicans believe Obama is a citizen. This leaves Republicans open to falling for hoaxes, such as a fake Kenyan birth certificate which has been spread around the internet the last couple of days. While right wing sources such as WorldNet Daily and many bloggers took the latest forgery seriously, even Karl Rove thought it was a forgery. The forgery has as many holes in it as there are in the right wing claims that health reform means a government take over of health care or the pseudo-science of the Discovery Institute.  This again shows that the fundamental problem with the current conservative movement is not merely that the values of so many of they are warped or that they are incompetent when in government, but that so many of them are living in an alternative reality.

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    Mr. Jeffersonian says:

    The only good thing I see from this obnoxious “Birther” movement is that it made these idiot fringe groups forget all about the “New World Order” and government behind 9/11 conspiracies.  It’s just astounding how much deeper the GOP can dig itself by embracing this garbage. Where are all the true Conservatives and moderates? How much more do we have to endure before they finally put their foot down?

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    Ron Chusid says:

    The “true conservatives and moderates” are being ostracized by what is left of the conservative movement. Some conservatives have tried to put their foot down but are no longer listened to. Others no longer call themselves conservatives–reminiscent of how Barry Goldwater called himself a liberal in his later days in response to the growing influence of the religious right on the conservative movement.

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    Andy says:

    BE CAREFUL OBAMA!!
    The last time Chuck Norris denied reality, it temporarily ceased to exist.  Chuck Norris is after Obama….(seriously!). I’ve had nightmares this day would come…
    http://quearrozconmango.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/be-carefull-obama-the-last-time-chuck-norris-denied-reality-it-temporarily-ceased-to-exist/

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    VA is a kissin’ cousin of TN, so I’m not really surprised at what goes on there. The people who refuse to believe there were no WMD come from the same cloth as those who claim there was no Holocaust.

    I have to confess that I’m more than a little concerned with the well orchestrated hate mongering and the unwillingness of centrist conservatives and Democrats to actively speak out against them. Historically, this could prove to be incredibly unhealthy for our country.

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    Eclectic Radical says:

    “I have to confess that I’m more than a little concerned with the well orchestrated hate mongering and the unwillingness of centrist conservatives and Democrats to actively speak out against them. Historically, this could prove to be incredibly unhealthy for our country.”
     
    Let’s not forget the massive weight of op-eds and blogs from the right calling the Democrats the hate-mongers. Whether it’s Larry Elder denying the existence of racism today, except among Democrats of course, or the Tammy Bruce crowd accusing Democrats of being misogynist fascists, one of the chief means of hate mongering against the left is to falsely accuse the left of hate-mongering.
     

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