That is the inscription above the entrance to Hell in Dante’s Inferno. It might be an apt subtitle for every birther web site, based on what I read from an expert on conspiracy theories, writing in Salon.com. Jonathan Kay spent two years interviewing 9/11 truthers, but has also studied birthers and other conspiracy theorists. He said something scary in his article on How conspiracy theorists think. When asked “Did you ever have success disabusing anyone of their conspiracy theory?” he replied, “Not once.”
Kay makes some good points about why the number of birthers in polls is inflated and folks who might answer a poll one way but not be committed to the idea. However, for the members of the birther cult:
Once people go down the rabbit hole, it’s very, very difficult to get them back up, and you can’t really do it with facts. They have invested so much psychological energy in this, they can’t just throw up their hands and say, “Oh, I was wrong.”
That’s really sad. I get no joy in laughing at the birthers (well, besides Donald Trump) and there’s no way to help them. The best any of us can do is to immunize folks against the disease. Now that all of this information is all over the media, perhaps that immunization is done. I hope so.