Last week I published a long and bizarre screed from a guy named “Randy.”
He had sent me an email detailing the president’s so-called terrorist ties, questioning whether Obama was born in this country, lambasting Michelle Obama for taking vacation and moving her mother into the White House, and calling Obama “a criminal” who was intent on forcing socialism upon an unwilling electorate.
Over the weekend I got a bunch more emails from Randy.
One was a forwarded “letter,” purportedly from an Israeli psychologist, a leading expert in narcissism. It analyzes Obama as the ultimate narcissist.
Three seconds searching online disclosed that the “doctor,” who exists, actually holds a Phd in philosophy from an unaccredited online university, and that he didn’t write the ‘analysis.’ It was written by an anti-Muslim extremist, with a different name, who lives in Canada and has no background in psychology.
“I knew when I sent the email that it was not written by whom it was ascribed to be written by but yes that concerned me. What mattered to me the most is that the description fits Obama. Obama is a total narcissist. Every article written by a medical professional says the same thing, that Obama is a pure unadulterated narcissist.”
Next, Randy sent me ANOTHER chain email that alleged that:
- Obama’s brother-in-law was in danger of losing his basketball coaching job at Oregon State;
- In response, the White House dispatched a Department of Education undersecretary to the school with a $16 million stimulus check; and
- In this way, Obama “saved” the coach’s job.
“Explain this one to me while you are at coming up with an explanation to my other email,” Randy wrote.
Easy. It takes a few stray fact and builds an urban legend around them that’s totally untrue.
Next Randy sent me this You Tube video of a New York City preacher who essentially alleges that Obama is a Saudi (and Muslim) plant, a la the Manchurian Candidate, whose job it is to lead us into becoming a Muslim nation or something like that.
The video is real. The preacher actually says that stuff, more or less — without one iota of substantiating information. It’s all, “we understand” this and “we understand” that. It’s pure garbage, but Randy believes the guy is actually speaking the truth.
And the preacher? He’s a kook. Did I mention that his resume includes prison time for burglary and robbery?
This stuff barely scratches the surface of the amount of whacked-out craziness that’s out there, especially regarding the president. And hard-line haters such as Randy just don’t care if it’s not true or not.
They won’t even bother to spend 3 seconds ascertaining whether it MIGHT be false.And they simply don’t want to hear any evidence to the contrary. Because they want to believe it so badly.
There’s probably a million or more Randys out there, spreading incredible garbage and unbelievable lies, to tens of millions of others every day. Randy himself is evidence that some of it’s sticking.
And we haven’t even gotten into the far more clever distortions and half-truths Republicans are slinging, or the hundreds of millions in unaccounted-for money they’ve amassed to spread those falsehoods.
These seems unprecedented in presidential politics. And it’s actually kind of depressing.