What’s Your Favorite Conspiracy Theory?
Did Booth shoot Lincoln? Did Oswald shoot Kennedy? Are there really seven families that control the Federal Reserve? Did American’s really land on the Moon? Was 9/11 an inside job?
As you can see there is no shortage of those who sincerely believe that, as Paul Harvey so eloquently stated, “And now for the rest of the story.” History is filled with amazing historical events that seem logical on the surface but attract a host of disbelievers who are desperately searching for the rest of the story.
That one little tidbit of salacious info that will shine the light on back room politics, big business manipulations, rouge groups, or foreign governments trying to take down the good old U.S. of A.
Conspiracy Web Sites
Name your pet conspiracy and there are a host of web sites where you can hobnob with other devotes all bringing their “indisputable proof” to the table. Secret files, disgruntled employees, undercover recordings, video, audio, all make their way to willing believers and are quickly accepted and repeated without question. Every proof that main stream media just can't seem to locate.
The great thing about conspiracies is that it’s really hard to disprove them. One example, the twin towers were painted with exploding paint before 9/11. How can you disprove that? Not much paint left and the added benefit is — that it EXPLODED?
Universities, newspapers, magazines and others do extensive investigations presenting convincing evidence that the most logical reasons are what actually happened.
Conspiracy theorists have no problem discounting any conflicting account because the people providing the faulty evidence are obviously “in on it.”
The IRS, and AP
In the past few days it’s come to light that the IRS targeted specific groups applying for non-profit status. It’s been going on since 2010. Who knew? Well someone did and it leaked. No amount of government power could keep it from coming out. No threats, no dead bodies, its front-page news. Someone talked.
The same with the government looking into reporters phone records from the Associated Press. Surly that could be kept quiet? Nope, no such luck. Someone talked.
Some Final Thoughts
I have never been a big believer in conspiracy theories. It’s not that they’re not possible. I suppose they are. Watergate turned out to be pretty true.
But the biggies, like not landing on the moon, or 9/11 beg for a lot more faithful, pie in the sky belief than I have. Mostly because it just takes too many people to pull off bringing down the towers. Too many people would have to stay quiet about not landing on the moon or their paint job at the twin towers.
So as for me, I will probably continue to take the majority of conspiracies with naive innocence. But as the old saying goes, “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.”
What’s your favorite conspiracy theory??