When I started this blog in December of 2008, I never thought I would find myself writing the 1,000th article, but that is what this is. Originally I thought I would look at a few conspiracy theories, collect the facts, draw some logical conclusions, write them up, and be a general resource for anyone wanting to fact check a claim about Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president. The prototype for what I intended was the article: Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate Doesn’t Really Say He Was Born in Hawaii from December of 2008.
What I did not anticipate was that two years later, the proponents of these conspiracy theories would still be aggressively pushing them, that a measurable portion of the population would get sucked in, and that the scope of the conspiracies themselves would continue to grow. Birthers proved immune to logic and evidence–their movement, the monster that would not die.
Some small compensation for my failure to convince anyone (that I know of) was something else that I didn’t foresee, a thriving online community of intelligent and articulate folks. This is what makes all the labor worthwhile.