It’s been an interesting time. I started over at PoliticalCrossfire.com1 under the name Botox where I first realized that the Obama citizenship denial phenomenon was a conspiracy theory. I participated in a 500-message thread under the title: Why the SCOTUS wants to look at Leo Donofrios lawsuit Dec 5 and there learned the basic facts behind the stories. And there it remains today, a testament to my inability to “let it go”. Let’s call that my “undergraduate degree”. Then I started the blog here, doing my graduate work on Obama conspiracy theories, culminating in my awarding myself 2 honorary degrees in Obama conspiracy theory.
Once the votes were counted, there was never any doubt as to the outcome. The lawsuits were all garbage. All anybody had to do was read them (few did) and it was pretty obvious. They didn’t deserve any more judicial review than a newspaper fact checker.
So today Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. This is a major relief to me, because I was getting tired of typing “president elect” never knowing when to capitalize it or when to hyphenate it. And I can say President Obama, and not have to explain whether I’m talking about father or son Barack.
The conspiracy theories will continue (such never die) but most of the interest will die. Donofrio went home a month ago (knew when to fold ’em). Berg and Orly will run out of plaintiffs and crank ideas for new lawsuits. The existing lawsuits will wend their way to the ocean where they will be lost forever. The Barack Obama Citizenship Conspiracy Theories Wikipedia article will get deleted. This web site will become irrelevant. It’s ephemeral, like most of the things we obsess overs.
It was interesting to watch nObama web sites spring up, exhibiting a kind food chain. Linda Starr copied by Roving Patrol copied by The Betrayal and The Betrayal acting like an extension loudspeaker for Dr. Orly. I guess some folks thought they were being patriotic by spreading unsourced rumors and fake information. Nobody bothered to check anything. Obama material was taking over my personal blog, and so sprang up Obama Conspiracy Theories, one of those domain ideas that pop into my head driving to work. The site has grown to well over 100 feature articles and 1800 comments, with a daily visitor count (unique IP) peaking at 570 today and over 1600 pages viewed yesterday.
So what have I learned?
- If you treat people with respect, you will have no regrets.
- You can fool some of the people all of the time
- Any fool can start a blog
1That web site is no longer in operation.