now nobody’s gonna drink out of that punch bowl
The title of this article comes from talk show host Alex Jones, and I must say it’s pretty ironic.
Jones, a man at war with the New World Order, the secretive cabal that he believes pulls the strings, starts the wars, controls the famines and even choses the President, is quoted by Jon Ronson in his 2002 book THEM: Adventures with Extremists as calling fellow conspiracy theorist David Icke “a turd in the punch bowl.” You see Icke popularizes the same New World Order conspiracy theories as Jones; he just adds that the conspirators are 12-foot lizard people. Icke turns the truth into a joke and folks won’t drink from Jones’ punch bowl because Icke crapped in it. Jones even speculates that Icke could be an agent provocateur from the NWO.
I say this is ironic because Alex Jones is a birther, and has embraced the “birth certificate is a fake” story. Jones and his fellow birthers have crapped in the punch bowl of legitimate criticism of President Obama by espousing crazy theories that no sensible person would take seriously. So perhaps the birthers are really the ones working for Obama, discrediting his opponents and insuring his re-election.. Who knew?
This came powerfully to mind the past couple of days with the presence here of a reformed birther critic of Obama, and an email exchange I’ve had with a hard-core birther. What I have seen in myself is that once I see the stupid birther nonsense start flowing, I’m going to summarily dismiss anything else that person might say about Obama’s policies; the person is discredited in my eyes. I don’t listen to crackpots, and once someone proves themselves a crackpot by being a birther, I’m going to put my attention somewhere else.