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Feb. 6th, 2012 | 01:54 pm
mood: amusedamused

From the "surely-you-can't-be-serious department"... it's probably a well-known fact that birthers are batshit insane, but even I didn't expect them to be THIS insane:

On Friday, February 3, 2012 the death knell of America the Beautiful tolled across the fifty states and around the world. An administrative judge in the state of Georgia rewrote the Constitution and ruled in favor of putative president Barack Hussein Obama declaring him a Natural Born Citizen and eligible to be on their state ballot. Our rule of law is no more. Our Constitution is no more. Obama, Soros, state media, activist judges and all the ‘powers that be’ of a New World Order sealed our fate. The United States is a land of liberty no more.

You'd think that this whiny, hand-wringing concoction of quacking fruitloopery and turgid pomp is the work of an exaggerating parodist, perhaps a writer for The Onion, that nobody could REALLY write this in earnest — but you'd be wrong.

They're serious. And don't call them Shirley.

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from: mikazo
date: Feb. 6th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)

The unfortunate side to it is that, provided Obama is in fact a US citizen, there is no way he can conclusively prove it and put the issue to rest because anyone can claim the birth certificate is a digitally altered forgery. For this reason it is equally impossible to prove or disprove anything else. Those photos I took of those UFOs are not "proof" because I could have photoshopped them. Thus the birther debate is going to continue as long as he is in office.

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from: schnee
date: Feb. 6th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)

It certainly is going to, yes — and even if it weren't for the possibility of digital alteration, I'm sure there'd always be someone who'd make the claim that any document or any piece of evidence, no matter what, was forged.

Of course, that's ignoring the standards of proof, though. Concepts such as "beyond all reasonable doubt" exist for a reason; but OTOH, conspiracy theorists of this sort tend to realize that the evidence is compelling, anyway, and then invoke grand and elaborate conspiracies to explain why it can't be trusted precisely *because* they know this. And anyone who tries to convince them that they're wrong either drank the Kool-Aid or is themselves part of the conspiracy.

The end result is that no actual argument and no evidence of any kind matters: these people aren't trying to deduce the facts, they already know The Truth™.

It's the same principles that drive cults, too.

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