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Truther Punksmacks of the Day: Nixon and Cults

October 7, 2009

This guy couldn't even manage G. Gordon Liddy and a team of burglars breaking into an office. You really think George W. Bush could keep secret a government plot to blow up the twin towers? How dumb are you?

There’s been plenty of great discussion as a result of my Crackpot Chronicles series. As was to be expected Truthers continue to show up to spout their offensive, infantile garbage and our commenters make quick work of them and point out other ways of understanding the intellectual virus of conspiracism.

Two comments from Crackpot Chronicles Part IV that seemed particularly worthy of highlighting:

2009 October 7
David, you are showing what real frauds these people are, and that’s great.

But you have to hammer one thing, the one undeniable thing that will slit the throat of the 9/11 Truth Movement: Watergate.

If Nixon’s quasi-dictatorship (by that I mean his attempts to control the media, threatening of individuals with the power of the president, and covering up the authorization of a federal crime) shortly after the revelation of Watergate couldn’t cover up the break in of a building, what makes anyone with a brain think the government of 2001 could cover up the deaths of over 3000 people, and the destruction of two major buildings of global significance?

If you could, David, please tell him this, I would enjoy watching his response (or maybe more accurately dribble)

This really ties in with my point that conspiracists do not have a conservative’s view of the limits of humans ability to change the world. Men and women just are not capable of doing what the conspiracist crackpots think they are.

Another commenter offered a suggestion for how the Truther phenomenon should be classified. It’s not a movement, it’s a cult:

2009 October 7

Every conspiracy theorist I know seems to have a cult-like mindset that’s impervious to reason. They all claim to have similar credentials–an ability to “see” the real truth of which the rest of us are unaware. And they can get quite evangelical about it. I think these people simply get off on the notion that they possess special, arcane knowledge that makes them wiser in their own minds. I suggest that the 911 Truther Movement would be more aptly labeled the 911 Truther Cult.

  1. FelixPrismus permalink
    October 7, 2009 7:06 pm

    Thanks so much David, you don’t know how much this means to somebody like me.

    • October 7, 2009 7:21 pm

      You’re welcome. Keep up the good comments. I try and highlight at least one, sometimes more, per day.

      • Jack Hampton permalink
        October 8, 2009 4:34 am

        You did not include my Shriner confession how can I take this seriously now? It is another conspiracy.Where is that crack pot when I need him?

  2. theblanque permalink
    October 7, 2009 7:22 pm

    They all claim to have similar credentials–an ability to “see” the real truth of which the rest of us are unaware.

    Which is what truly makes them like the character of Rorschach–over-whelming pride in their own intellectual capability.

  3. Swemson permalink
    October 7, 2009 7:33 pm

    Like Tar and Feathers, I’ve always questioned the terminology…

    These loons are not involved in conspiracies themselves, they’re just loons, who see conspiracies everywhere they look, as part of some psychotic effort to find reasons for their own failures rather than taking responsibility themselves….

    The loons who say the CIA & NSA have them under surveillance all the time are just nuts for the most part.

    The loons who say they were abducted by space aliens are another good example… but they’re probably just seeking attention..

    Part of their motivation is simply to find a group of others who will accept them, because nobody else will….

    And sometimes their objective is to use the lies to tear others down… Van Jones comes to mind…

    They are indeed cult like.

    The environmental extremists & global warming loons are the perfect example…. “The consensus is in, the debate is over” They’re unwilling to look at evidence no matter how obvious it is…. In this past summer of record cold temperatures, the NY Times actually said that the cool temperatures were caused by Global Warming !

    On July 21’s 2009, the record low temperature in Al Gore’s home town, set in 1877, was shattered by 2 degrees… and the cold temperatures lasted for several days…. I’d have loved to be a fly on the wall when Gore heard that news…

    It’s sad, that so many people INSIST on believing absurd myths and lies, despite the evidence of the real world around them….


    • Jack Hampton permalink
      October 8, 2009 4:36 am

      Just confess you will feel better.

  4. Julie Trevor permalink
    October 8, 2009 3:42 am

    “They all claim to have similar credentials–an ability to “see” the real truth of which the rest of us are unaware. And they can get quite evangelical about it.”

    Doesn’t this describe the Left?

  5. FelixPrismus permalink
    October 8, 2009 5:13 am

    Although I did make a very minor miscalculation: Only 2995 people died on 9/11, my original comment was “over 3000”

  6. "gunner" permalink
    October 8, 2009 6:33 am

    to help our “truthers” i recommend this site:

  7. ElanaSe permalink
    October 8, 2009 6:39 pm

    Cult is limited in the number of the participants. Unfortunately left fits to the “religion” description 😉

    • ElanaSe permalink
      October 8, 2009 6:40 pm

      It was my reply to Julie’s comment above.

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