The Four Main Classes Of People Who Buy Into Conspiracy Theories

I understand that as a politician, you don’t want to offend anyone if you can help it — especially people who may conceivably be voting for you. Yet and still, sometimes you have to take a stand and when you do, some people are going to be upset by it.

That brings us to the birthers.

Some Republicans on the Hill seem scared to admit the obvious: that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii — and it is obvious. In fact, the director of the Hawaii State Department of Health has once again confirmed that without a doubt, Barack Obama was born in Hawaii,

“I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai’i State Department of Health verifying Barrack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago….”

95% of the birther nonsense is just recycled speculation and lies that are repeated over and over without any factual basis behind them. It’s really not that different from the whole North American Union Conspiracy (How’d that work out?) and unsurprisingly, many of the same people who promoted that laughable conspiracy theory are in the middle of the birther silliness, too.

Although I wouldn’t call this birth certificate imbroglio a conspiracy theory per se (Being born in the U.S. is a constitutional requirement and wondering if Obama met that standard doesn’t make you a kook), it has a lot of the trappings of a conspiracy theory, including the same four classes of people:

The profiteers: Conspiracy theories mean eyeballs, traffic, and dollar signs. There are plenty of people who take advantage of that fact whether they believe in the silliness they’re talking about or not. I would put Lou Dobbs, Alex Jones, Jerome Corsi, and Joseph Farah in that category. Could they all just be really gullible? Sure, but they strike me as a little too intelligent to buy into some of the crap they’re foisting on the general public — but of course, they can’t admit that. These are the sort of people who end up popularizing loony conspiracy theories.

The Conspiracists: There is a class of people who buy into just about every conspiracy theory that comes down the pike, whether it’s Bush blowing up the WTC, the Jews running the world, or Obama being a manchurian candidate from Kenya sent to control America. Even if you were so inclined to pander to these people on an issue, it would be useless because tomorrow they’d be demanding that you agree that Michelle Obama is a lizardoid and they’d consider you to be a sell-out if you disagree.

The loud mouths: With every conspiracy theory comes a subset of the Conspiracists I of loud mouths. They’re dumb, big mouthed clowns who scream at everyone who disagrees with them. Maybe it’s because they’ve become alienated because people think they’re crazy. In any case, these people are loud, boisterous and on the internet, where a few hundred people can make an impact — they can make themselves appear much more powerful than they are. Long story short: A very small, loud, group of people.

The maybes: This is the biggest group of believers in any conspiracy theory. As a general rule, it’s made up of people who usually don’t have a particularly strong opinion (although there are exceptions), but believe it’s more likely the conspiracy theory is true than false. These are people who’ve seen just enough evidence to convince them that the conspiracy is real, but they’re not diehards about it. They do understand that they could be wrong; so although they lean towards believing the conspiracy, they’re lukewarm about the whole thing.

The worst thing that’s going to happen to a politician who runs afoul of conspiracy theorists is that the wild eyed loudmouths may deluge his office with email or show up at a townhall meeting and make jackasses of themselves. At the ballot box, these people are no threat, not only because most people don’t believe them, but because the “true believers” who get emotional about it are inevitably very small in number.

Also see,

3 Reasons To Stop Obsessing Over Obama’s Birth Certificate
From The Birthers, With Love!
Love Letters From Birthers, Part 2: The Mormon Conspiracy
The Four Groups Of Conspiracy Theorists
The Questions Conspiracy Theorists Need To Ask Themselves

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