For the past eight years, we have had to put up with conspiracy theorists on the loony left, bloggers who have had an incurable case of Bush Derangement Syndrome, willing to believe everything about the former president in their delusional meanderings. Now, it looks as if, for the next four years at least, we will have to put up with the conspiracy theorists on the wacky right, who are quickly catching Obama Maniacal Disorder. In a flurry of psychotic activity yesterday, right-wing bloggers were arguing that Barack Obama really wasn't the President because he, along with Chief Justice Roberts, flubbed the oath of office during the inauguration (a few are even floating the theory that the book President Obama placed his left hand on was not Lincoln's Bible, but a Quran). In an overly cautious move, President Obama took the oath of office again yesterday at the White House with the Chief Justice administering it, which will not satisfy those who have the Disorder.
I am sure that Barack Obama and John Roberts would have liked to have gotten it right the first time, but for me it was a moment of reminder that Presidents and Supreme Court Justices are human beings (I am not too sure about the members of Congress). I thought nothing of it; it amazes me that others spent their entire day yesterday focusing on it.
The outright outrageousness that the American people have to continue to witness from the loons on the extreme left and wackos on the extreme right are a sobering reminder as to what can happen to a person who turns politics into a religion, which is expressed in the jihad of hate that can in no way tolerate the heresies that question their political orthodoxy. All they know is that their politics is right and it is the standard of what is moral, to be upheld at all costs, truth be damned. Whether it is spreading the unfounded rumors that Governor Sarah Palin was covering up her daughter's pregnancy and birth by claiming that her youngest son was really her grandson, or whether it was those who actually went to court arguing the John McCain and Barack Obama were not naturalized citizens and therefore ineligible to be President, these extremists add nothing to the public discussion of politics and the common good.
I am a blogger and I enjoy it, but it does not consume my day. I have plenty of other things to do and find plenty of enjoyment and fulfillment away from my computer, and I also find plenty of other subjects to post on in addition to politics.
If I may give some advice to those bloggers on the religio-political fringe (left and right)-- Turn the computer off for a while, come up out of your parents' basement, and exchange a healthy salad for your sacramental meal of Cheetos and beer.
And... get a life.
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Cross-Posted at RedBlueChristian