I used to think that crackpot-ism was a not ideological phenomenon—that there were just as many liberal crackpots as conservatives.
But an objective look at the current news is beginning to say otherwise. The silly nonsense——or outright lies——being spread around by conservatives regarding Barrack Obama's birth origin, and the conspiracy theories being spun about the dangers of the new health care proposals, have reached new levels of sheer idiocy.
It's not so much that there are crackpots out there shrieking this nonsense that is shocking. What's truly mind-boggling is that this extremist stuff is coming from folks who ought to be mainstream conservatives. YOu have Lou Dobbs on CNN giving credence to the folks concocting elaborate plots by Obama's mother to pave the way, 48 years ago, for her son to one day become president. YOu have members of congress (Michelle Bachmann, to be precise) spinning loony-tunes conspiracy theories over one-world-government use of US census information. Some of these pundits are convincing senior citizens that Barrack Obama wants to force them to commit suicide so that there will be more money to pay publicly for abortions.
This current batch is so unbalanced that Ann Coulter——Ann Coulter!——is now beginning to disavow them.
Used to be, these people lived on the fringe. Now, the fringe has moved to the right side of Mainstreet USA.
For those interested, some interesting and objective debunking of this stuff can be found on factcheck.org.