Turns out Obama was a cross-dressing teenager who turned gay tricks for coke! This one must be true. Why? Because I read it on the interwebs!
Man, I wasted far too much time today responding to comments from people who still comment about what a shame it is that the government provided "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to a murdered two-bit drug-dealing father-of-many married-to-none black man, Larmondo "Flair" Allen. This single post got 4,000 hits yesterday (and all from google searches, which is the tough way to find something. Usually massive spikes are due to some prominent site posting a link). That's about 3,500 more than an average day.
The problem, of course, is it's not true. I mean the looser "Flair" existed, but he wasn't living large sucking the government's tit.
Call me crazy, but if people believe an email that says some loser with nine kids gets $13,500 per month in free government cash (the real figure is closer to $550), how much of a lie does something have to be before idiots might reconsider something that goes against their world view?
And how many people need to believe a lie before these people dictate social policy based on that lie?
[For a more a real conception of who receives welfare, read this.]
In many comments (and tens of thousands of page views) regarding "Flair," not one person -- not one -- said, "Gosh, I guess since my facts were wrong, I've got to reconsider what I believe." Not one. Turns out for some, the facts don't matter. As a professor who enjoys a good political debate, I find that very frustrating.
To hate something based on truth is one thing. But to hate based on lies? It's the foundation of fascism.