Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Wal-Mart will take your guns
And Obama will whistle at the white girls if we don't act now.
Conspiracies certainly occur. The assassination of Lincoln involved a conspiracy as did the American Revolution, the Russian Revolution and the Babington Plot amongst countless others. The selling of something as a conspiracy however has been refined to a formula and indeed the absence of evidence seems to make it all simpler. An observation out of context, a partially true statement or a totally untrue statement loudly asserted is all one really needs to get the theory rolling and momentum creates enthusiasm which creates more observations and assertions the preposterousness of which are enthusiastically overlooked. The Internet can produce more than enough "experts" to verify or deny anything and hide facts behind a labyrnth of web links. I remember a certain white coated "doctor" touting a diet pill that proved not only useless but ineffective and dangerous. How many people bothered to use the Information Superhighway to discover that the man in the medical costume was a Doctor of Marketing from some college you never heard of?
Of course certain observations can assist the necessary triage. Might the theory have merit or not? Should we bother to investigate or can we reject it out of hand -- or is it obviously true? One helpful process is of course, to consider the source. Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Fox News, Ted Cruz? No, that sound isn't a truck backing up, it's the bullshit alarm. So far not one of the dire predictions have come true, from the "death panels" to the "double Dip' recession to the Communist Agenda. Is doesn't seem to matter. "Change you can step in" read the bumper sticker I saw yesterday. Never mind the recovery, the market highs, the unemployment lows, Obams is a "disaster." He went over there and apologized to them and if you can't see that, you're part of the conspiracy.
Consider the "Jade Helm 15" conspiracy theory. Do we need to read all the web posts, the YouTube clips to reject it? Do we need to follow the "arguments," look at the pictures, examine the witnesses? Do seriously think Obama is going to use the military to invade the South? Is he conspiring with Wal-Mart to grab our guns, swarming up out of underground tunnels pushing Wal-Mart shopping carts? Ted Cruz seems to doubt it, but as the government is "untrustworthy," we have to give it some credence. Of course when Bush suspended Posse Comitatus and made it legal to use the Army to invade the US, we didn't hear a peep or a whimper, but that's different. It's OBAMA who is untrustworthy and we know that because Ted Cruz tells us, because the Texas Governor tells us the invasion is imminent The wolf is coming, never mind those ten thousand mistaken cries and when this passes away and nothing comes of it and when the whole thing is denied, there will be no shame and you will believe the next one.
One might consider that since this latest is so similar to the propaganda that reached a crescendo during the Clinton years and has yet to diminish, it has no more merit than the Vince Foster Murder or Clinton's plan to turn the armed forces over to the UN and furnish them with nuclear weapons stored in tunnels and bunkers under Philadelphia. I can't list them all but suffice it to say it was all hokum. Too bad we don't remember and like an old man with advanced dementia, every morning in America is a new day. You can be wrong every day for 25 years but we will believe you again and again. Every Democrat is all about inviting the foreigners to take over, to bankrupt us by supporting the "takers" and grabbing our god given guns. Have we been wading through the bullshit so long we can't smell it any more or is it just so much fun to suspend disbelief?