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Freemasons to ‘Birthers’: rise of D.C. conspiracy theories (Flop Sweat continues...)
Crhistian Science Monitor ^ | 8/4/09 | Alexandra Marks

Posted on 08/04/2009 2:13:40 PM PDT by pissant

Political conspiracy theories – like the so-called “birther” allegation that Obama is not a legitimate US citizen – are as old as the nation.

In the late 1700s, it was rumored that the Freemasons were actually a Satanic cult and George Washington was a member who was elevated to the presidency so they could control the country. Such views were generally held by a few fringe groups and were viewed by the mainstream culture as a bit nutty.

But in the past few decades, conspiracy theories have tended to become a part of mainstream political culture, say political analysts. They point to Lou Dobbs’s promotion of the “birther” controversy on CNN, and to the Research 2000 survey that found 28 percent of Republicans think Obama was not born in the US and another 30 percent “aren’t sure,” despite overwhelming evidence that he was born in Hawaii.

The rising popularity of political conspiracy theories can be tied to a variety of factors, say analysts, from the growing distrust in government since Watergate and Vietnam to the expansion of the national security apparatus to the rise of the infotainment cable news culture.

Conspiracy theories are also thriving on the Internet, where people can choose what to read and what to ignore.

“The Internet perpetuates these things because of the ease with which you can look up all of this so-called ‘evidence’ on the web - no matter how far flung the idea is - and build whatever worldview you want while ignoring other evidence,” says James LaPlant, who teaches a class on political conspiracy theories at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: allahpundit; birthers; certifigate; charlesjohnson; conspiracytheories; constitution; doublestandard; healthers; hillary; hotair; larrysinclairslover; lgf; mediabias; obama; pravdamedia; pumas; releasethebc; truthers
Yes. Big conspiracy. Can be solved with a single $10 act and a phone call.

The SRM is in a panic.

1 posted on 08/04/2009 2:13:40 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

the establishment hive is positively buzzing.


2 posted on 08/04/2009 2:14:35 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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To: pissant

My favorite saying..overwhelming evidence, overwhelming evidence...overwhelming evidence!
Ohhhhh BOY!!!


3 posted on 08/04/2009 2:15:59 PM PDT by sissyjane
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To: pissant

The Healthers are claiming that Obama quotes are being forged with regards to taped comments on Obamacare.


4 posted on 08/04/2009 2:17:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: sissyjane

we have consensus.


5 posted on 08/04/2009 2:18:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: pissant

Hey Professor Smartguy, how come we can’t get a birth certificate off this internet that you’re so fond of blaming?


6 posted on 08/04/2009 2:21:58 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: pissant

Gee.all this dribble over a lousy BC that O has caused.I don’t get it?His grandmother said he was born in Kenya and I believe her way before I would believe her communist grandson.


7 posted on 08/04/2009 2:28:06 PM PDT by taxtruth (END THE FED AND OBAMA)
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To: pissant

The conspiracy (if there really is any) is the effort of those covering for Obama to not release all pertinent documents.

Liberals and faux-cons make this a conspiracy...when it is a simple matter


8 posted on 08/04/2009 2:28:44 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Know the difference between "conservative" and "republican")
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To: pissant

In the late 1700s, it was rumored that the Freemasons were actually a Satanic cult and George Washington was a member who was elevated to the presidency so they could control the country.

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You know the level of stupidity in the msm is absolutely endless. Anyone that does even the cursory investigation of geneology research knows this was British Propaganda.
Washington with his group of Anti-Monarchist were a tight knit group. Freemasons were not the issue.
But the media is using the same smear tactics in an attempt to stop the revolution.
They are on the wrong side and they know it.


10 posted on 08/04/2009 2:32:55 PM PDT by Marty62
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To: Presley OBannon

That’s how they are trying to frame it. with the aid and comfort of the conservative afterbirthers.


11 posted on 08/04/2009 2:44:34 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

I want the data on the cash for clunkers program too. Am I a crazy conspiracy theorist for asking?


12 posted on 08/04/2009 2:51:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes.


13 posted on 08/04/2009 2:53:33 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Hmmmm... interesting correlation... Freemasons and Birth-Gate

Anyone want to take a stab at why conspiracy theories develop to begin with???

Any chance “secrecy” has anything to do with it?


14 posted on 08/04/2009 2:59:51 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: pissant
Political conspiracy theories – like the so-called “birther” allegation that Obama is not a legitimate US citizen

Right off the bat, they get it wrong. The question is not "is he a citizen", but rather is a "natural born citizen". That is the requirement for eligibility to the office President set down in the Constitution.

Certainly if he is not a legal citizen, he can't possibly be a natural born one. But he could be a citizen and not be a natural born one.

He's hiding something. Maybe lots of somethings, but is one of them his lack of eligibility?

15 posted on 08/04/2009 3:03:27 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Marty62
Washington with his group of Anti-Monarchist were a tight knit group. Freemasons were not the issue.

But Washington was indeed a Mason, as were Ben Franklin and John Hancock and other signers of the Declaration of Independence and/or the Constitution. Franklin was Grand Master of Pennsylvania, and is often termed "the First American".

16 posted on 08/04/2009 3:09:01 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: taxtruth
It is amazing how much public attention we are getting lately, from FOX to the Senate floor all the way over to the White House last couple weeks, hmmm???

Where there is smoke there is also fire. It gets hotter and hotter for every day!!!

17 posted on 08/04/2009 3:09:16 PM PDT by danamco
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To: pissant
Not only are these MSM critics needlessly vitriolic, many of them are unfamiliar with large portions of the English language and simple logic.

For instance, their use of the word "conspiracy": in this case, we are asking Obama to simply produce documentation. However, to conspire means to act together, usually for an illegal purpose; it comes from two Latin roots literally meaning to "breathe" and "together." To label our request as an emanation of a "conspiracy" theorist is absurd.

We are saying "please produce your documentation" --- do these critics shout "conspiracy theory" when a passport control officer calmly asks to see their passports? Or when a school administrator asks for a copy of a child's birth certificate?

Then why are they shouting "kook!" and "conspiracy theorist!" when we ask the same exact question? It is not an unreasonable request to have him demonstrate this eligibility in full and comprehensive manner, considering the far more serious implications of the great responsibilities of the office he occupies.

18 posted on 08/04/2009 3:09:35 PM PDT by snowsislander (NRA -- join today! 1-877-NRA-2000)
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To: El Gato

it is interesting how these morons use buzz words such as
‘anti-monarchist’ or occultists, or satanic cults to influence uneducated morons who dont now crap about freemasonry.....last time i went to a meeting i recall that we did not discuss Obama, or the take over the country....infact the freemasons are a supporter and friend to the constitution of the United States.....not to Obama


19 posted on 08/04/2009 3:15:25 PM PDT by Bullfrogg
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To: a fool in paradise

Oh good grief.

And they think we’re nuts?


20 posted on 08/04/2009 3:22:10 PM PDT by Califreak (My word calibrator's in the shop)
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To: pissant
"like the so-called “birther” allegation that Obama is not a legitimate US citizen"

Mike gallagher radio pundit came out with this BS crap today too.

LET ME REPEAT, the " bither" message THAT EVERYONE IS MISSING ! ! !

in 1961 anyone could fly into Hawaii with an already born baby and get a birth certificate saying the baby was born there ,in order to get their little basterd black sex mistake US citizenship, the practice was stopped later

that is the birther message ! that he is NOT eligible by not being "natural born"

IT is NOT ABOUT the CITIZENSHIP OF OBAMA, IT IS ABOUT MEETING THE CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR POTUS !

gallagher is an idiot and so are these masons

21 posted on 08/04/2009 3:36:12 PM PDT by KTM rider ( ..........tell me this really isn't happening ! !)
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To: KTM rider

Mike Gallagher is a mental midget.


22 posted on 08/04/2009 3:54:02 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: El Gato

Yes but the Freemason smears were an attempt to SCARE people into not following them into the revolution against the British.
Luckily the people were not stupid enough to stop fighting for their Freedom. I’m sure the Nazi tactic of having people REPORT anyone that doesn’t agree with the Zero to the WH, is a threat that many will not be able to stand up against. Face it, the majority of Americans will disappear into the woodwork at the first threat from the Zero.


23 posted on 08/04/2009 4:17:25 PM PDT by Marty62
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To: pissant
But in the past few decades, conspiracy theories have tended to become a part of mainstream political culture, say political analysts. They point to Lou Dobbs’s promotion of the “birther” controversy on CNN, and to the Research 2000 survey that found 28 percent of Republicans think Obama was not born in the US and another 30 percent “aren’t sure,” despite overwhelming evidence that he was born in Hawaii.

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The big difference between this Obama birth certificate issue and so-called conspiracies is this: The voting booth that voters will enter in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

My point is this: If Obama continues to stonewall and frustrate the public by refusing to release his 1961 Hawaii birth certificate and his Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard college records, then birthers will enter the voting booth---in the upcoming 2010 and 2012 elections---and loudly express their anger/frustration by voting against any Senator or Representative who defends Obama by saying that Obama does not have to release his Hawaii long form birth certificate and his college records if he does not feel like it.

24 posted on 08/04/2009 6:10:37 PM PDT by john mirse
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To: pissant

Somewhere over the rainbow.....


25 posted on 08/05/2009 5:30:58 AM PDT by Seruzawa (Obamalama lied, the republic died.)
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