I’ve been spending a little more time over at the Obama Release Your Records site as a result of the article there about the box labels on INS records at the National Archives. What struck me is the detachment from reality that I saw in comments on that article. Folks there say all sorts of things, declaring them facts, without any sources whatever. It’s almost like they were taking some hallucinogenic drug that made them see things that aren’t there. Further, they accept such things uncritically from others.
One must wonder how and why these fantasies are so easily spun from straw into gold and how they believe that anybody and everybody is a participant in the conspiracy that stretches from this blog to the highest positions in the US Government. One commenter (“Natural-born citizen”) made up this story about us:
Knowing you bow before Obama and pray nightly to him precludes you from being non-bias (sic). Every story you have is in favor of Barry. Not one thing Barry is accused of and proven, do you agree with. It’s almost as if you are being paid to spew.
You claim to know so much… problem is, none of what you preach to the drones is correct.
No specifics because there are simply so many… Knowing that if Barry were to descend before you and admit he was the foreigner that he is… you would call him a liar too.
YOUR AGENDA PRECLUDES YOU FROM BEING ABLE TO RECOGNIZE OR DISSEMINATE THE TRUTH. It is simply against what you want to believe and that the Conservatives are evil, Liberals are gods. Story after story after story…’those conservatives are wrong’ That is why you are simply another Jim Jones. Your followers are the low information voters formally called MORONS. You may have them fooled but anyone with an education can see you motives.
Don’t you have somewhere else to be where they believe the shit you shovel?
That remark, it appears to me, reflects a political prejudice against liberals in general. There’s also that phrase “low information voters” that could be a code word for something unstated (since black voters overwhelmingly voted for Obama). Of course, at least among the commenters here, I find high information folks (not all voters). Rather than being a site where people are “fed” a line of information, commenters here in the main are contributors and equal participants.
We need not invoke code words, however, to interpret this further comment (turn off irony meters) from “not easily fooled” at ORYR. It is plain unvarnished racism:
Lets look at this from God’s perspective. Well-meaning whites have been trying to lift up their brown brothers from the middle of the 19th century until now, pretending that the average brown man is capable of the same achievement as the average white man.
This has all been BLASTED TO SMITHEREENS – THE EMPEROR TRULY HAS NO CLOTHES! Sorry, facts and events from the past few years have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are not our equals, and can only bring us down if we continue to pretend that they are our equals.
Facts: Widespread cheating on academic tests at minority-dominated schools. The "No Child Left Behind Act" sought to identify and punish supposedly underperforming schools and teachers who were holding back black and brown achievement. The only thing that NCLB proved was that the black and brown children were holding back their well-meaning teachers! If their teachers were teaching at white schools they wouldn’t be suspect. The unlucky teachers assigned to minority schools were blamed for black and brown under-achievement. The teachers knew this and engaged in widespread cheating to hide under-achievement!
Now we have the spectacle of whites being unable to bring themselves to admit that the president is a fraud from top to bottom. Revealing his records etc (sic) would show the whole affirmative action enterprise has been a waste of time. It is so bad that whites are asked to look past ignorant efforts at evidence tampering! How stupid do you have to be to think that you can get away with, e.g., whiting out a date, or cutting a date stamp in half, and that it wouldn’t be evident exactly what was done?
None of this is meant to mean that there aren’t black and brown men who are equally as apt as smart white men. There just aren’t as many of them, and it seems that the current system only promotes the relatively unqualified to the top.
In fact, it is the birthers who are the low-information voters, and it only takes a minute reading comments at ORYR to pick out rumors and misinformation masquerading as fact. Here’s a good example of that:
I remember a blog last year having info regarding arrivals in the US from Kenya in the last 6 months of 1961 in that there was only one child that entered the US from Kenya between July and December 1961.
Barrack Obama Sr. had 2 sons born in Kenya (his only sons at the time) prior to Kenyan independence in 1963 and then several more born after 1963. His 2nd son was born in 1961 in Kenya. Barry is his 2nd son. This info was gleaned from the Kenyan Archives in London where Barry’s BC was on public display until 2009 when Hillary had the files sealed on her first trip to London as SoS.
The regulars took that as fact and ran with it, even though most of it is untrue. (The INS report showed one person entering the US from Kenya, but it did not say it was a child, nor that it was in August, thereby precluding Obama and his son from both traveling. No US citizens entered in that period, precluding Obama’s mother. The birth certificate claim is a complete fabrication.)