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7 bizarre conspiracy theories that the GOP takes seriously
Salon ^ | May 10, 2013 | Mark Howard, Alternet

Posted on 05/10/2013 10:26:10 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Fear peddlers want elected representatives to initiate investigations and draft bills to address fake threats.

Once upon a time, the most outlandish fantasies of fringe political fabulists were confined to a narrow spectrum on the AM radio dial. They concocted delusional narratives that ranged from murderous first ladies to galactic alliances with Martians. It was an entertaining world of fiction and a guilty pleasure for some, even as the true believers were convinced of the frightening fate that was unfolding.

Today, however, the boundaries between rational political discourse and raving madness have been erased. The extremist peddlers of nightmare scenarios who were once thought to be charmingly eccentric at 1am are now advising elected representatives of the people to initiate investigations and draft bills addressing these non-existent threats. Here are just a few of the urban legends that are circulating in the halls of state and federal legislative bodies courtesy of the whack job broadcasting set.

1. The UN Arms Treaty and US Sovereignty The United Nations recently passed an initiative to address the proliferation of “illegal” arms trading amongst terrorists and rogue nations. As expected, the right-wing Chicken Little Brigade immediately began protesting that this was another attempt to dilute national sovereignty and bring about a one-world government. Of course, there is nothing in the proposal that would infringe on the rights of any nation to set their own standards for gun ownership. The actual resolution explicitly states that countries will “exclusively” maintain the right within their borders to, “regulate internal transfers of arms and national ownership, including through national constitutional protections on private ownerships.“

This perfectly reasonable attempt to disarm criminals and tyrants was opposed initially by Alex Jones and similar fringe broadcasters.....

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KEYWORDS: banglist; conspiracy; guncontrol; islam; salon; secondamendment; unitednations
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1 posted on 05/10/2013 10:26:10 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I won’t go to and give them the hits.

So just from the excerpt, I see that Salon is giving Alex Jones the role as a representative of the GOP. ‘Nuff said.

2 posted on 05/10/2013 10:31:38 AM PDT by kidd
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love these people, they think we are crazy and in fact they support a system that will shut them down if successful and have them killed. STUPID

4 posted on 05/10/2013 10:32:39 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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Mixed bag. Some are obvious problems (commies, muslims, Benghazi) to anyone with a brain, and some I’m not so sure about (UN arms treaty, the Saudi “student”, govt buying ammo).

5 posted on 05/10/2013 10:32:53 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Salon, of course. Garbage.

6 posted on 05/10/2013 10:33:28 AM PDT by darkangel82
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4. Benghazi The king of right-wing talk radio, Rush Limbaugh got the ball rolling with this one. He alleged on his program that Obama was deliberately blocking the investigation into the attack on the US facility in Libya. Limbaugh could not come up with an explanation for why Obama would want to stymie the inquiry, so the implication left hanging was that he had some connection to the attack that he wanted to cover up.

I guess this pinhead didn't watch C-SPAN3 the other day. What a tool.

7 posted on 05/10/2013 10:33:54 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: PghBaldy

That’s the trick. Mix in the bona fide scandals with the dubious ones as a way to impugn those pushing investigation of the bona fide scandals.

8 posted on 05/10/2013 10:34:47 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Nothing to see here, move along, nothing but conspiracy theories.

Oh, and ignore that man behind the curtain.......

9 posted on 05/10/2013 10:35:36 AM PDT by Lakeshark (!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess when you live on Pluto as those on the left do, Earth seems pretty far out there.

10 posted on 05/10/2013 10:35:38 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can never remember: Is it Salon or Slate which is published form inside a mental hospital?

11 posted on 05/10/2013 10:35:46 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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Salon is a liberal site dedicated to the propaganda of Liberalism; first they deny the lies of a Clinton or an Obama. Then, when science or evidence proves the truth and that Clinton or Obama are lying, they say the lie doesn’t matter. They’re like the communist in the 1930s who flipped to whatever position Stalin told them to take. Situational partisan ethics guide them. It’s all about power.

12 posted on 05/10/2013 10:39:21 AM PDT by elhombrelibre
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Mark Howard is an accomplished artist and the founder of the media analysis web site News Corpse. He is also the author of Fox Nation vs. Reality: The Fox News Community's Assault On Truth." subscribe to Mark Howard's feed

Posted on: May 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

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The frequency and outlandishness of their conspiratorial imaginations grows in sync with their desperation. With Obama ahead in the polls, let's take a look at the absurdities hatched by our conservative fearmongers.

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I rest my case.

13 posted on 05/10/2013 10:40:44 AM PDT by McGruff (You are either with us or you are with the RINOs.)
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“Salon is a political liberal and progressive news website, with content updated each day”

No further comment is needed.

14 posted on 05/10/2013 10:41:57 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The GOP is complicit in parts of that list.

But more importantly, the GOP is vastly different than 'conservatism', which has its on branches of difference.

The example of linking Rush, Glenn Beck and Alex Jones as if they are the same. They are different and have their own form of 'right'.

15 posted on 05/10/2013 10:42:20 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just part of the ongoing campaign to sully our brand so that others will be afraid to join the Tea Party because they think we’re all a bunch of kooks, nutballs, and potentially dangerous terrorists.

16 posted on 05/10/2013 10:42:57 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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Why do you give them click throughs?

17 posted on 05/10/2013 10:44:06 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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Salon forgot anout #8) Anthropogenic Global Warming is fraudulent and meant to destroy the economy and put total control in the hands of the EPA

and #9)Bears relieve themselves in sylvan settings.

18 posted on 05/10/2013 10:44:31 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE
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I have a God given right to spread the doctrines of the Bill of Rights however I want and no gol-darned funny foreign guys should be allowed to get in my way.

That particular treaty denies us those rights!

19 posted on 05/10/2013 10:45:46 AM PDT by muawiyah
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There’s also reason to be concerned about George Soros puppets.

There’s a whole lot of reason to be concerned about Agenda 21.
Voluntary, my ass.

20 posted on 05/10/2013 10:46:42 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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