I regularly check a site called Snopes.com, which specializes in debunking urban myths. It has been amazing to me what a high percentage of the myths scurrying around the Net relate to Barack Obama. Even more amazing is that they show not just an alternative way of interpreting the man or his work but more commonly lies, ridiculous lies.
One of the latest is that Obama has signed over 900 Executive Orders in his term, when (according to the myth) 30 is about average. Snopes makes clear that he has signed a little more than a hundred, which is slightly more conservative than G. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
The piece circulating on the Net gives 14 examples of Obamas orders, most dealing with government controls during emergencies. Snopes points out that none of the 14 was issued by Obama but by earlier presidents.
Since the piece gave a reference, I decided to check it out. It is the website of someone named Dr. Laurie Roth, who appears to be a professional blogger and sometime radio/tv talk show host. Roaming a site such as this is a sickening experience: The utterly blatant disregard for truth is dizzying.
I often find myself wondering why conservatives tend to be so gullible. I suppose it is because, being always in an essentially defensive mode, they tend to feel perpetually threatened. Every vague shadow of threat had better be believed — and passed on quickly! — because, who knows?, one of these might turn out to be true.
That the Republican Party has been unable to stand up to the Tea Party folk is a grave discredit to the history of Abraham Lincoln’s party. I’m not much more pleased with the Democrats — since neither party seems to have noticed that their time is past and the Enlightenment is dead — but at least they are trying to stand up for human values. The Republicans are subservient to wealth on one hand and right wing ignorance on the other. I have lost all respect for them.