Why is it that otherwise intelligent people will believe any outrageous lie about President Obama without doing even a basic Google? I spent time yesterday debunking several that I received from a former friend before giving up in defeat because there is nothing I or anyone else could say to her that would change her mind. Then today I heard from another seemingly sane friend passing along an email she got from her insurance agent. It too was bogus and easily disproved. This time I did a reply all and said:
Not true, just another email lie to attack President Obama:
There are any number of them circulating, so best to do a little research before believing them.
I hope she will still be talking to me, but my patience is wearing thin.
This was today's lie:
Look clearly at the 2014 rate compared to the 2013 rate.
For those of you who are on Medicare, read the following. It's short, but
important and you probably haven't heard about it in the Mainstream News:
"The per person Medicare Insurance Premium will increase from the present
Monthly Fee of $96.40, rising to:
$104.20 in 2012
$120.20 in 2013
$247.00 in 2014."
These are Provisions incorporated in the Obama care Legislation, purposely
delayed so as not to confuse the 2012 Re-Election Campaigns. Send this to
all Seniors that you know, so they will know who's throwing them under the
bus. (bold mine)
Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
False of course:
She apparently sent out the email in her official capacity; I wonder if she knows it is a lie.
Yesterday I received a long anti Obama screed purported to be from historian David Kaiser. False again, it was a forgery.
She asked for my thoughts, so I replied:
My thoughts are that you should do some research before believing this bogus email about President Obama, one of many that the right wing has used to fool gullible folks into believing a lot of nonsense.
From David Kaiser:
“The email circulating widely attributed to me comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler is a forgery: see snopes.com/politics/soapbox/proportions.asp.”
“In April 2009, a viral email comparing Barack Obama to the rise of the Third Reich was wrongly  attributed to Kaiser. Kaiser has stated that the email is a forgery. The email does not reflect Kaiser's actual views. Snopes.com  traced the email content to an anonymous commenter on Pat Dollard's blog.”
You might also read what David Kaiser really thinks on his blog:
Or even learn some facts about President Obama instead of believing bogus internet scare mongering.
I received this mindless reply:
Even if the author isn't Kaiser, don't you believe that most of what is in the article is true? Doesn't any of it bother you? I believe it and that's what scares me. I am also alarmed at this administration's attempt to remove all signs and expression of Christian faith from anything and everything.
How can people be so stupid?
After assuring her that I did not believe what was in the bogus email (really who believes known lies?) I attempted a rational reply and was rewarded for my effort with something just as bad:
That doesn't make Obama qualified to be President. I believe in women's rights too, but those rights don't include killing babies....and especially ripping a baby's head from it's body or smashing it to kill it when the abortion fails. These are things Obama believes should be a woman's "right." I have no respect for him or his racist wife.
And after one more attempt at a rational response, this was next:
they are not lies. They are just not reported by the media. I'm sure, however, the time will come when they will be exposed. Why is it all the liberal people were so quick to believe and hate George Bush for all the lies that were reported about him during his presidency? At least he didn't pay millions of dollars to have all his records (birth, college, dissertations, etc) hidden from the public. Did you ever wonder why we can't see the records from his college where he got a full scholarship as a "foreign student?" I'm convinced something will FINALLY be uncovered that will show him to be the fake and fraud that he is. I don't think it will be needed, but I hope it happens before the election.
My final response, after which I admit defeat.
They are lies (one even an April Fools joke), but if you want to believe they are true, there is nothing more to be said.
It is depressing to know that there are any number of equally closed minded voters who will no doubt be marching to the polls to vote against President Obama. This is what we are up against. Policies do not matter. Romney does not matter. The truth does not matter. Facts do not matter. It is all about the President. I just hope there enough rational people to prevail.