The Lunatic Fringe gets slapped again

Today, over at Native and Natural Born Citizenship Explored (recommended reading, BTW), there’s a post about an article over on RedState.com.  For those who don’t know about RedState, it’s a conservative site.  Very conservative.  It’s safe to say that there’s not much I agree with them on.   So why would I mention this?  Because, as it turns out, the owner of the site, Erick Erickson has his limits, and he’s come down on the side of reality and facts.   He has banned the birthers and truthers from his site.

Today I want to reaffirm and make it more definitive. If you think 9/11 was an inside job or you really want to debate whether or not Barack Obama is an American citizen eligible to be President, RedState is not a place for you.

For those who don’t know who those are, birthers believe that Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States, that he’s not eligible as a “natural born citizen,” and there’s been a massive cover-up of that.  “Truthers” believe that the 9/11 attacks were actually a government (specifically, George Bush) conspiracy, that the government staged the attacks, and purposely blew up the World Trade Center.  Facts, court cases, and reality are not a hallmark of these people.  The conspiracy theory they spin is often so overwhelmingly divorced from that it’s ridiculous.   RedState joins a list of sites across the political spectrum which have banned them.    Increasingly, they are being pushed into their well-deserved fringe status.   Birthers have yet to win a single case in court.  Not a single major news organization has bought into it.   Even the most conservative of the news media – Fox – and it’s conservative hosts don’t agree with them.  As they’ve repeatedly said – we looked into it, there’s nothing there.

Being reality-challenged, the birthers didn’t take this banning well.   One of them decided to squeal about it:

Erickson is evidently that kind of Republican who believes politics needs a sort of Inquisition-like approach, ever- vigilant for political “heretics,” and sees his duty as requiring him to ban them from exercising their free speech on constitutional issues.

Erickson responded:

BOLD FACT FOR THE BIRFERS: The time to raise the question was before the man got elected President and as every single court that has heard it has thrown it out, these people are insane. No federal judge would ever throw out the election of a man who was chosen by FIFTY-ONE PERCENT of the American public. Oh, and Obama was born in Hawaii.

Actually, it was 52.9%, but the point remains.    The main function  of the birthers is to provide endless entertainment as they twist around in futile contortions trying to justify themselves.  The most public of the proponents, Orly Taitz, provides a a level of hilarity with every one of her filings.  It’s not often you get to see a lawyer accuse a judge of treason, in a filing.    They do provide another function, which is what has Erickson worried – they’re overwhelmingly “conservative.”  There are a number of polls which show that many – even a majority – of Republicans buy into that.   Which makes it so much easier to paint them as out-of-touch loons.    I may think that based on other reasons, but this is just like shooting fish in a barrel.    It’ll be interesting to see if they can get their crazies under control.  Now, if the Democrats can just get theirs under control!

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4 responses to “The Lunatic Fringe gets slapped again

  1. MTR

    And for eternity you’ll see the fools that think that Bush instigated the attack on the World Trade Center. There comes a time when you see a news piece on the web or on the TV, that you just have to learn to use your left arrow button at the top of your screen or learn how to use your remote to change the station.

    But come on, you have to find both conspiracies rather amusing, right?

    • Unfortunately, you’re right about that. Conspiracy theories tend to live forever. I’d say the birthers are more amusing than the truthers, mainly because they’re so much more inept. Read any one of Orly’s “filings” and you’re hard-pressed not to burst out laughing. The rest of them seem to be more like Keystone Kops than anything serious. You’d think after 62 consecutive losses (and counting) that they’d get the message.

      I find the truthers to be just … sad. I consider Bush to be one of the worst presidents in history. I was more than happy to see the back of him. That said, I never for a minute think that he’d orchestrate something like a 9/11 conspiracy. That’s just beyond the realms of sanity.

  2. marabout40

    Credit where credit is due, Norbrook? I hate to highlight anything these morons do, even if it’s something like this where Erickson “puts down his foot” and does the right thing. Sorry, Erickson, this makes you no less a despicable human being. It won’t change the birfers’ minds and it certainly won’t make me or anyone I know on the left think any differently about you. You’ve only proven you’re not a nutbag, which, ironically enough, if I thought you were, I might have some level of tolerance for the garbage you spew into the webosphere.

  3. Yes, credit where it’s due. :) Like you, to say that I’m not fond of Erickson is an understatement. But, as someone who’s been following the birthers for a long time, and seeing all the polls that show how many Republicans (including some elected officials) have bought into this crap, it’s something when a major influential conservative site says “enough of this crap.” Sad to say, as Erickson points out, there’s a lot of 9/11 truthers in the liberal ranks, which is why Markos had to do a blanket ban on Daily Kos a few years ago.