Oh, dear. The Right-wing crazies are at it again. I guess the birthers needed another angle to work, and seeing as that lawsuit claiming President Obama can’t be the Commander-in-Chief because he’s a “mulatto” is laughable at best, these loons apparently need something else to harp on.

If you had any doubts that 2012 will be an ugly election season (wait, you had doubts?), this latest conspiracy theory should confirm it for you.

According to Bettina Viviano (who claims she used to work with Steven Spielberg), President Obama’s 2008 campaign team threatened to kill Chelsea Clinton in order to keep her parents quiet about then-Senator Obama’s Kenyan birth.

Umm….ok.

An article aptly titled “Did Barack Obama Campaign Threaten Life of Chelsea Clinton to Keep Parents Silent on Obama’s Ineligibility?” explains:

In 2008, Viviano was asked to produce a documentary about voter fraud within the Democratic Party. At the time, she says she was not a Democrat or a Republican and in fact had never voted in an election. She went into the project with the sole purpose of producing the best and most accurate documentary possible.

During the documentary process, Viviano says that she quickly became aware of just how dangerous and insidious the Obama campaign was. A number of the Democrats she interviewed refused to appear on camera and told her that their lives and property had been threatened by people working with the Obama campaign.

Scared yet?

If not, the article also claims the President’s campaign team was responsible for the murder of Bill Gwatney, friend of the Clintons and former head of the Arkansas Democratic Party, because he was going to “prove” Obama wasn’t American. (The article doesn’t explain that if this is true, how Donald Trump, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other prominent birthers are still alive).

While it’s easy to brush these crazies off as just that, crazy, there are many people buying into this foolishness. A look at the comment section of any of these websites is an eye-opening and frightening proposition.

With many on the Right ratcheting up the “Obama is un-American” rhetoric, it makes for a dangerous atmosphere not just for the President, but for those of us who don’t buy into their far-fetched ideas.

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  1. Leo the Yardie Chick

    One thing I don’t get with the Birthers is this: McCain. The man’s a war veteran, who was also a POW. I have no doubts that he has military connections, who can sniff out any and all kinds of dirt on opponents, yet he somehow missed that Obama was not a U.S. citizen?

    *blink blink*

    Orly Tait and ‘em sniffed that out, but McCain and his camp never did? *side-eye* Uh-huh. Ok.

    I thought 2008 was a circus, but this is shaping up to a a flipping Vegas extravaganza!

    • McCain was in no position to challenge the issue. He was born on a military base overseas. Still a U.S. citizen because his parents both were… but does not meet the presidential “natural born” citizen requirements by the constitution… Obama and Mccain were both sponsors of a bill in the senate years ago that would loosen the requirement, however it never passed. … I have no problem with people arguing that the requirement should be changed .. but to act like everyone that questions Obamas eligibility is a nut job is wrong and a form of censorship… theres plenty of evidence thats hard to ignore… Although Sheriff Arpaio has been smeared lately, his investigators put together a pretty damning presentation of evidence.. Agree or Disagree it is at least worthy of discussion and debate. I think it is a mistake to blindy support a candidate because of loyalty to a political party. Bush was a horrible President, Obama is a horrible President, Romney is a god awful candidate as well as the majority of Congress, until we put party loyalty aside and demand politicians repect the constitution and our freedoms, we will continue to suffer. Meanwhile people get worked up about birth control and gay marriage (non-issues given the circumstances).

    • @anon

      i do think people who question birth are nutcases and let me tell you why.

      i’m often astounded that people act like running for president is like applying for a job at their local burger king where there may be no background checks or where the checks are simple and straightforward – a credit report, police record, etc.

      obama, and his predecessors had to go through unbelievable checks.

      what people are saying is that the cia, fbi, basically the pentagon and the entire us government is so incompetent that it can’t even do something as simple as establish the birthplace of the president of the united states, the most powerful individual on planet earth.

      not only that. they are saying that he somehow slipped through the background checks of the state of illinois and of the federal government when he became a u.s. senate. so, in all of these years, they’ve found nothing but evidence of a legitimate birthplace.

      on top of this, i know for a fact that a background check for an agent in the fbi is very extensive – calling people’s neighbors and what not. i can only imagine the type of questions that were asked and information that needed to be provided to secure the presidency.

      so yep, folks who question his birthplace are nutcases for realz. that and they have absolutely no respect for the work that people do to keep this country safe.

      and no, arpaio has not smeared. he’s a showboating moron. i lived in arizona. he’s horrible.

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