It’s a thought raised by conservative talk show host host Michael Medved, complaining that the birther movement and allied “crazy nutburgers” were making the conservatives appear “weird and crazy”.
That from a new editorial in the Bangor Daily News (Maine) that also talks about how the Internet makes spreading such outlandish rumors easier. Perhaps some comfort can be found in the fact that:
Belief in obscure, outlandish theories is nothing new. A recent survey found that 34 percent of the American public believes in UFOs and 24 percent believes in witches….
The solution is good, straight thinking in an era of hard times, cultural upheavals and terrorist threats. No need to get paranoid about paranoia in others. We’ve been through such things before, and we will again.