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Saturday, August 21, 2010

 
Dazed And Confused

by digby


As you might imagine, I get on the radar of quite a few rightwingers and they love to send me their creepy email chain letters. Usually I just ignore it, but today I got one that I thought I'd share.

(Lafayette Hill, PA – 08/20/2010) - Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the first Attorney who filed suit against Barack H. Obama challenging Senator Obama’s lack of “Constitutional qualifications” to serve as President of the United States.

Berg said, “It is ‘no surprise’ that Obama/Soetoro has endorsed the fact that a Mosque should be built near ‘Ground Zero’ as Obama is a Muslim ! The school records from Indonesia that can be seen on our website obamacrimes.com indicate that Obama was adopted/acknowledged by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro, and Obama’s ‘legal’ name became ‘Barry Soetoro’; his nationality became ‘Indonesia’; and his religion was ‘Islam’ = ‘Muslim’.”

Berg continued, “Since Obama/Soetoro became President, he has catered to the Muslim community; he has travelled around the world ‘apologizing’ for the United States; he bowed down to the Saudi King, the Japanese Emperor and the leader of China.”

Berg remarked, “One of my supporters sent me the following email – ‘Let me be very clear, they can build the Mosque at Ground Zero when they give us a permit to build a church in Mecca!’ and it really speaks to the overall issue. There are two [2] separate issues: 1) the rights guaranteed to us under the 1st Amendment to ‘our’ U.S. Constitution, that includes ‘freedom of religion’; and 2) on the other hand, where to build a certain Mosque. There is no question as to the freedom of religion, but where to build involves ‘sensitivity’ to the people in the area where one wants to build. The Muslims that plan to build the Mosque do not care about the ‘feelings’ of others; they just turned down the proposal from New York Governor David Paterson to meet with them and he would find State property for them to build their Mosque in another location in Manhattan.”

Berg continued, “I have received several emails with suggestions to place pig heads, pig blood and even whole pigs on the land set aside to build the Mosque near ground zero in New York. The reason for this suggestion is due to the Muslim Religion not allowing touching anything a pig has touched. I do not agree with the building of the Mosque near ground zero; however, interfering with a Religion is considered ‘Hate’ crimes and is very serious. ‘Hate’ crimes, which I do not believe in nor will I endorse, carry severe penalties, they are felonies and can be prosecuted State or Federally. One cannot attempt to just hold up one part of the U.S. Constitution and not the other parts. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees all ‘Freedom of Religion.’ Again, we do not agree with the building of a Mosque at ground zero; however, there are legal ways to oppose the building of this particular Mosque, without breaking our State and Federal Laws.”

Berg commented further regarding Obama by saying, “I believe Obama probably prays to his Muslim religion with others that he invites into the White House, and that is his right and privilege. Obama’s twenty [20] years with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr. of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago was questionable as to the sermons given and what Obama took from them. It is unbelievable that Obama did not know the Reverend Wright as others did. Also, according to sources, the Trinity United Church had many members who were and are Muslims.”

Berg continued, “The pressure is building to force Obama/Soetoro to admit that he is an Imposter, a Fraud, a Phony and his tale is the largest ‘Hoax’ in the history of the United States, over 234 years. Actually, the pressure is building because the overwhelming evidence is that Obama/Soetoro was born in Africa and more important is the fact that Obama was adopted/acknowledged by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro, in Indonesia and Obama’s ‘legal’ name became ‘Barry Soetoro’ and there is no evidence that he has legally changed his name and therefore, every time he uses the name of ‘Barack Hussein Obama’ he has and is committing fraud.”

Berg concluded, “I am in the final days of planning for the largest March/Rally in Washington, DC in October 2010 to force Obama/Soetoro to step down from the Office of President, a position he is not Constitutionally eligible to be President as he is an ‘Usurper’ and he has led our country into a Constitutional crisis. When Obama/Soetoro steps down, all of the laws, appointments and programs including ObamaCare will end because all of them are ‘voidable’”.


Ok, that's fairly standard wingnut birther bullshit. I only included it in its entirety because it showed the idiotic Newt Gingrich line about building churches in Mecca.

But just in case you think this is all about 9/11 and religious intolerance, think again. This email chain continued:

What Price Should Obama Pay If He Is Ineligible?

IF OBAMA WAS NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HE SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE IN HAND CUFFS, TRIED FORTREASON AND THROWN IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR 50 YEARS.......HIS PRISON TIME EXPENSES WILL BE PAID FOR BY HIS OWN WEALTH.

HIS ENTIRE FAMILY IS EVICTED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WITH NO LIFE TIME SECRET SERVICE, NO MEDICAL INSURANCE OR NO PENSION FOR MICHELE OBAMA OR HER FAMILY.

ALL LAWS THAT OBAMA PASSED MUST BE REVERSED. ALL MUSLIMS THAT OBAMA PLACED IN THE PENTAGON AND HOMELAND SECURITY WILL BE REMOVED! ALL DEMOCRATS THAT KNEW OBAMA WAS NOT ELIGIBLE, GO TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR 25 YEARS, SAME DEAL, THEY PAY FOR THEIR OWN STAY.

THE BLACK PANTHERS ARE INDICTED FOR BREAKING VOTING LAWS IN PHILADELPHIA, WHICH OBAMA AND HOLDER HAVE REFUSED TO DO. ALL CONTRACTS AND FUNDS TO ACORN ARE STOPPED AND REFUNDED. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS CANCELLED AFTER 50 YEARS.


What the Black Panthers, ACORN and affirmative action have to do with his "foreign birth" is unknown, but I think we're all getting the drift.

But here's the kicker. The person who sent this to me (and a whole bunch of apparent right wing organizations) put this at the top:

CHRISTIAN AMERICA MUST VOTE OUT ALL "NON" BELIEVERS!


ANYONE WHO QUESTIONS JEWS ARE ANTI-SEMITIC!..........BULL!!!

Subject: Re: Berg says it's "no surprise" Obama was the Mosque at Ground Zero as Obama is a Muslim !

The Jew attorney Philip Berg is a deceiver who has failed the 9-11 truth movement in several court actions.

His characterization of Obama as muslim overlooks the core of power affiliations Obama has with Jews. Most of Obama's cabinet, czars, half the Supreme Court and 30% of the Congress are Jews. The Federal Reserve and Treasury department are controlled by Jews. Obama's first appointment to the White House was his chief of staff Rham Emanuel who served in the Israeli army.

The canard that Obama is deferential to muslims is a key element of deception to mislead people.

I agree that the evidence shows Obama not to be a natural born citizen. White people elected Obama because they figured out he is not black. He is also not muslim.

Commie? Yes. So were the Jews who promoted the Bolshevik revolution in Russia also commies.

Jews run everything--especially the propaganda machines (media) that keep us confused and fighting one another.



Uh ... can we all agree that the right has lost the thread? They're so confused and overwrought that they are starting to argue with one another over who to hate.

As I wrote yesterday, it's a mistake to overthink this. This crapola is about bigotry, racism, intolerance and hate. The euphemism "liberal" isn't enough to contain the emotion anymore so they have reverted to primitive bigotry. obviously this email is only representative of a minority, but the various strings of racism and xenophobia and religious intolerance that are binding the right together are all tied up so neatly that I thought it was worth sharing. It illustrates well the primitive impulses that characterize the far right in the Obama era.

Because of modern communication, this bile is readily accessible to millions of people and because they tend to live in a bubble of conservative media and like minded folks it very quickly gets absorbed into their discourse and starts to feel as if its acceptable and normal. This is where you can see that the years of listening to bombastic hatemongers like Limbaugh and conspiracy theorists like Beck prepared the ground for this braindead know-nothingism. If you listen to Rush, over time you must develop total contempt for everyone who isn't like you. If you listen to Beck, you train your mind to believe anything, no matter how absurd. And then one day you open an email like this and it makes sense.

Beck's Triumph of the Wingnut "I Have A Nightmare" rally should be very interesting in this respect. They obviously cannot let these freak flags fly on national television so they will undoubtedly couch it in standard 9/11 victimhood and the flag. But underneath it all is this writhing fear and hatred of the other. Even each other.


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