I have a few anti-Obama books here, Obama Nation, The Audacity of Deceit and The Case Against Barack Obama, and at last count a list of 62 anti-Obama web sites (probably the tip of the iceberg) that promote to some extent Obama Conspiracy Theories. The one thing consistent across these web sites is things that are not true. They are either factually untrue, or negative speculation, character assassination, distortions or unfair. The lawsuits–Berg, Orly, Keyes–all are stacked to the gills with demonstrably false lies about law, or Hawaiian birth certificates or what a document or a tape really says. They go further in that they attempt to immunize people from believing the truth when they hear it (warning people that everyone who speaks well of Obama is a paid O-Bot or Obama’s Gestapo).
It makes one wonder just who is behind all of this.
Barack Obama on his Fight the Smears web site makes one suggestion, a loose association of right wing activists who have been active in several campaigns. He draws a chart, and I have an article about it on this blog too. While that could be true, as far as it goes, it is not a particularly satisfying explanation and it does not ultimately explain all of what we are seeing, the venom and the hatred, turning good things like patriotism in to evil things like vigilantism, the denigration of democratic institution and the slander of the Congress and the courts. I would suggest an explanation for you to consider, and to consider seriously. Why are there so many lies? Who would try to turn hope into darkness? Who thrives on the anger of others and through the will of the mob?
(John 8:44 NRSV) You are from your father the devil, and you choose to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.