While I can greet conspiracy theories with bemusement, and find interest in the psychological underpinning for believing impossible things, there is one part of the birther movement that troubles me deeply, and that is the moral depravity exhibited by some of the birthers.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The 8th Amendment to the US Constitution
Compare that to our “patriots” commenting at ObamaReleaseYourRecords:
Ron: id like a front row seat at his hanging. i want to be close enough to hear his neck pop when it breaks and close enough to see him shit his pants and piss all over his self. id get it on my phone cam as a reminder and post it on youtube over and over. Pelosi should be next right after him for her part in this crime. they can do a group hanging for all the treasonous democommies in our government. we the people need to demand this and all you judges who lied and dropped the cases about his criminal actions you all need to spend life behind bars with only a TV channel that plays Obama speeches 24/7 365 days a year that cant be turned off. you all need to live a life of constant Obama running his yap telling lies.
and the reply:
ThomasThePaine: This POS does not deserve a merciful trapdoor… He should be hoisted slowly without any neck snapping.
Let me hasten to say that the first of those two comments has been deleted by the ORYR moderator after a complaint was filed. The second, which exhibits sadistic cruelty, is still there as of this writing.
On my way to church this morning, I saw this car:
Note the character urinating on the word “Obama.”
Moral depravity and sadism among the birthers disturbs me as a moral person, but also it makes me afraid, not for myself or for President Obama, but for some innocent third party who might become a target for the frustrated evil of people like these. In this country one can legally own weapons capable of killing dozens of people in minutes, even in hardened locations like police stations and military bases.
Now, with the Internet, deviants can meet and reinforce their own kind. When I remarked at ORYR about the first comment above, saying “That’s truly a vile comment,” I was greeted by the remarkable reply: “Who are you to judge? What are your credentials?” I’m a human being; what else does one need to express moral outrage? Maybe the verbal masturbation of these folks on the Internet satisfies their need for violence. I hope so. I’m just thankful none of them live next door.