But we do take pride in being familiar with, and connected to, verifiable facts and some broadly agreed upon version of reality, which means we usually find private, secret realities highly unlikely.
That's one of the problem over at Tulsa Today, a local blog that has been offering secret Obama conspiracies in recent days. Contrary to actual facts since the election, Tulsa Today keeps beating the "Obama is an illegitimate candidate and secret traitor" story as thought there was something real and important about such fantasies.
Sadly for right-wing conspiracy nuts, no. There's only smoke and mirrors here, folks, and the repetition of rumors and lies does nothing to help the common good.
Here's a portion of some recent nonsense posted on Tulsa Today, claims so shallow as to be meaningless, as indeed they are.
“The most noticeable characteristic of Obama,” says Dr. Kate, in a chilling article entitled The Trojan Candidate, ”is his profound lack of respect for America as shown with his behavior on the flag pin, the failure to observe decorum regarding the national anthem, the fake presidential seal, the printed announcement of his speech in Germany, the upside down flag on the tickets and behind Biden at the Convention, his airplane with painted-over American flag, and his detached and callous appearance at Ground Zero. By this behavior, Obama is mocking America, cheapening its decorum and symbols.”Well, no. Some of this is wrong, the rest is exaggerated. Example: A quick Internet search can turn up dozens of photos of Obama wearing the flag pin and honoring his nation in ways that everyone can see and understand—unless, of course, these are all Photoshopped fakes!
Political dissent and criticism can be a good thing in a democracy. But as this example makes clear, there's nothing remotely substantive about this criticism. Moreover, the criticism ignores a slew of actions and announcements by Obama and his team since the election that contradict this Trojan Horse argument.
Then, again, in the warped world of the conspiracy believers, no amount of actual facts is likely to mean anything. Secret realities rule!