Today the Army will conclude its part of the sentencing phase of the LTC Terry Lakin court-martial. Lakin, now found guilty on multiple offenses, faces up to 3 and a half years in prison.
Some argue for the maximum penalty to send a message to any other military personnel who might try a similar stunt. Some argue for leniency, citing Lakin’s remorse and his value as an Army doctor.
As we say in South Carolina, I have no dog in that fight. Sentencing is the Army’s problem. What I am interested in is the consequences of birtherism. For me, Obama conspiracy theories are an amusement, an avocation. The problems come when folks take these stories and myths and take them seriously, and act on them–something that has ruined Terry Lakin and injured others. In his statement yesterday, Lakin made false statements of fact — such as a statement that John McCain had released a birth certificate, and the Obama Kenyan relatives say he was born there.
No one can make good choices based on bad information. Lakin admits that he had bad legal information, but still carries the delusion of bad information on Obama conspiracy theories. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but some opinions are dangerous to those who hold them or to others.