Although he did not have a lot of formal education, my father was a well-read man who knew an awful lot about many things and could converse well on just about any subject. But he was also a product of his environment and his times, and more than a little bit opinionated.
A good example is that until the day he died he was convinced that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a plot. Dad truly believed that the CIA engineered the whole thing, assisted by and with the approval of Lyndon Johnson, who inherited the Presidential office.
So, did it really happen that way? There is still a lot of debate and we’ll probably never know. And even if credible proof was presented to disprove the theory, I’m sure if my dad was still alive, he wouldn’t believe it.
I’m reminded of my dad just about every morning when I open my e-mail or log onto Facebook and see all of the conspiracy theories people just know I need to be made aware of. Yeah, there are a lot of bad people in the world, and yes, I’m sure that many of them are plotting something at any given moment. But I’m pretty sure that not everything is a vast conspiracy. Sometimes things just happen. Airplanes crash, lunatics shoot up schools, and people die. It doesn’t mean there’s a conspiracy behind it.
After the tragedy in Newton, Connecticut, there were a lot of people claiming that shooter Adam Lanza was a patsy and that a government hit team actually carried out the massacre as part of a plan to abolish the Second Amendment and confiscate guns from private citizens.
I suspect that these same people are convinced that the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 were engineered by the same government. I can’t tell you how many people have sworn that the twin towers fell as part of a controlled demolition and that news footage of those airplanes flying into them was all trick photography. These same people also believe that the Pentagon was actually hit by a missile fired by the military, either on purpose or by accident. What was the supposed purpose of all that? Some claim that the Democrats did it to make President George W. Bush look bad, others say Bush himself planned it to create a world war and keep himself in office, and a dozen other reasons.
When I owned newspapers in northern Arizona, the local camouflage freaks were always wanting me to expose the New World Order that was stationing United Nations troops all across the country, ready to take over. Well, it’s been 25+ years and I still haven’t seen that happen. I bet they’re just biding their time, waiting for us to relax our guard.
Of course, not every conspiracy theory is on such a grand or tragic scale. In my RV blog Monday, I mentioned that gasoline is selling for $3.05 a gallon here in Arizona. Somebody quickly responded with a comment that “Gas is down because Obama wants it down to keep our attention diverted from everything else he is up to behind our backs.” Somebody else e-mailed me to let me know that the oil companies and Ford Motor Company are in cahoots and have lowered the price of gas to make us relax our guard and purchase big gas guzzling SUVs and 4×4 pickup trucks. Then the price of fuel will skyrocket and they both win – Ford sells a lot of big vehicles and the oil companies get richer because we have to pay their high prices to feed our new gas hungry vehicles.
I’d laugh if it weren’t for the fact that there are so many of these kind of people out there, and they both vote. And breed.
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