October 16, 2012

Drudge Throws Alex Jones a Link

We had a Drudge link once -- once -- and it nearly shut the server down. So, I'm happy when Drudge throws the bottom feeders like us a link. But to give Alex Jones' and the conspiracy nuts over at Infowars a link? Come on Matt, you're better than that.

I'm also going to use this as a post to review the movie "Dreams from my REAL father" which I watched on Netflix yesterday since I got the idea from an advertisement at Drudge promoting the film.

Here's the review: that's 90 minutes of my life I'll never get back. It takes birtherism to whole new levels of silliness. The main thesis of the movie being that Obama's radicalism can't be explained by his mother's communist sympathies, or to his fascination with the biological father he never really knew (Barack Obama, Sr.) who also had communist sympathies and was rabidly anti-colonialist (the main point in D'Souza's 2016: Obama's America).

Instead, the filmmaker constructs an elaborate cover up in which Ann Dunham (Obama's mother) gets knocked up by Communist organizer Frank Marshal Davis and then Grandpa Dunham arranges a sham marriage with Barack Sr. so that she won't have to bear the shame of illegitimacy.

It's not enough that Frank Marshal Davis was a mentor to Obama (a point made at length in D'Souza's movie) -- he had to be Obama's real biological father.

Biology now apparently becoming the source of ideology from one generation to another.

The movie was so preposterously silly that, to be honest, about an hour into it I turned it off. So, it's only an hour of my life that I want back and not the full 90 minutes.

As you know, I have a love/hate relationship with conspiracy theories. I'm fascinated by them, but have spent countless hours of my life debunking them.

For the latest example, see my debunking of the Obama "Muslim" ring here.

I especially hate it when people on the right fall for conspiracy theories because, frankly, it makes us look bad.

Glenn Beck made a good point this morning on his show when he said something to the affect that there are a lot of disillusioned Obama voters who are hesitating to support Romney because they don't want to be associated with nutty conspiracy theorists. Whether it's Truthers like Alex Jones or Birthers like the crew at WND, we have our fair share of conspiracy theorists on the Right.

We need to admit that they are there, distance, and renounce ourselves from them.

Of course it isn't fair the way the media treats us. There are just as many -- if not more -- wacky conspiracy theorists on the Left. 9/11 Truthers, for instance, are far more likely to be on the Left these days than on the Right. The paranoia often found in minority communities are also an example of a conspiracy theory not often covered in the disdainful way that it so deserves by the media.

But complaining about unfair media treatment gets us nowhere. It's there and for the time being we're going to have to live with it.

What we don't have to live with is being lumped in with a bunch of nuts simply because we are on the Right and some random nut is also no the Right.

Barack Obama is bad enough on his own merits. We don't need yet another conspiracy theory to explain why he is the worst President in the past 100 years. The facts speak for themselves.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:57 AM | Comments |