I won't trash Framer's parties, and I'll leave the tea party thing alone for now, but one group emerging from the dark recesses of kookville is the growing xenophobic conspiracy crowd regarding Obama's citizenship. Old news, yes, I am well aware this was resolved well before the election. Perhaps the most rigorous material online is Factcheck's thorough investigation. This should be over.
A non-trivial number of wackjobs have no interest in letting reality get in the way of their hatred of the "unamerakun arab muzlem turrest." Known as "The Birthers" (website), their numbers are growing. I kid the reader not, and ultimately this is problematic for the Republicans who want to be seen as something other than fatigue wearing hate sign waivers with swastikas in their basements. Wikipedia has more than you want about these characters, and what should be disturbing is the enabling of these dangerous elements on the part of Fox News and Talk Radio. Sean Hannity fueled the conspiracy by running a story about a soldier suing to avoid his tour of duty because Obama is not qualified to be president, but didn't bother to mention the allegation had been proven false, or that the whole thing was a scam. From the Wikipedia material:
But Hannity omitted key details that point to a scam by the soldier. ... Maj. Cook filed a request to serve the Commander-in-Chief in Afghanistan on May 8, well after Obama had assumed the presidency, but now, about two months later, is claiming that Obama is not qualified to be president. And instead of going through the administrative process to revoke his orders, which would seem to be a pro forma matter, he sued in federal court.
After the lawsuit was reported in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the newspaper reported receiving "the highest volume of traffic ever by a single story in the history of ledger-enquirer.com, including written threats against the newspaper", with nearly half a million new readers and hundreds of e-mails. The threats prompted an increase in security around the courthouse where Cook's case was heard, as well as precautions being taken to protect the author of the newspaper's reports on the case. Executive Editor Ben Holden noted: "The chatter had the feel of a righteous cause – almost a religious cause – because some people hate this president."
Assessing a soul involves high altitude terrain. Clearly, some don't know that the first prerequisite is having one.