by Andrew Walden
When researcher Trevor Loudon in a July 12 NewZeal article posted at Hawai’i Free Press brought out evidence that Neil Abercrombie has for years been a secret member of the Democratic Socialists of America, the “birthers” at World Net Daily, were quick to cover the story--thus providing Abercrombie with the handy foil Abercrombie needed to falsely dismiss Loudon’s questions as the rantings of conspiracists.
By attacking Abercrombie, the birthers are in fact doing everything in their admittedly limited power to get him elected. As everyone—including WND--knows, a birther attack on a Hawaii candidate can only boomerang to enhance his support.
In his campaign response, Abercrombie picked up the birther shield tossed his way by WND:
QUESTION: Was Neil a member of the Democratic Socialists of America or any other socialist or communist organization?
ANSWER: NO. Neil has never been part of any socialist or communist organization. These rumors are being spread by Neil’s political opponents and conspiracy theorists including those behind the so-called “birther” movement who continually claim that President Obama was not born in the U.S.
World Net Daily, in response to Abercrombie calls the statement “a clear reference to WND.” But why the interest in Abercrombie? As it turns out, Abercrombie plays a key role in the birthers’ conspiracy theory. World Net Daily explains it from a birther’s eye-view:
…Abercrombie is known for his role in the dispute over Obama's constitutional eligibility for the presidency. In 2009, the then-congressman read and posted a letter ostensibly from Obama in which the president purportedly declares his birth to have been at the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu. The White House has still not confirmed it wrote or sent that letter.
The birthers’ reasoning is obvious: if the next Hawaii Governor is Abercrombie--someone who is cast in a key role in their conspiracy theory--birthers would no longer have to explain how it is that a Republican Lingle/Aiona administration insists that Obama was born here. Abercrombie’s presence at Washington Place would simplify and amplify their conspiracy theory. The loop would be closed and Abercrombie would be portrayed as covering up for his own 50-year conspiracy to hide Obama’s “true origins”. Abercrombie lying about his membership in the Democratic Socialists of America—a group Obama has worked closely with for years—is icing on the conspiracist cake.
WND gets a head-start on this process with its headline: “Obama pal slams WND for eligibility reporting.” Suddenly questions about Abercrombie’s dishonest concealment of his socialist political affiliation from Hawaii voters become a debate between Abercrombie and the birthers -- to their mutual benefit.
Conspiracy mongering is a for-profit business and the profit margins require proper care and feeding of the conspiracy theory in order to keep up demand for books, cds, t-shirts, subscriptions, memberships and other paraphernalia—as well as a steady flow of contributions.
Long relegated to chasing UFOs, Bigfoot, Area 51, and other minor league hustles; in the years since the 9-11 attacks, conspiracists, with the help of Islamism and European Social Democracy, developed the politico-economic business model necessary to operate today’s multi-million dollar international conspiracy businesses.
When Obama replaced Bush, birtherism replaced trutherism. Without international support, birtherism is nowhere near as lucrative as trutherism was, but it is the only game in town. Many 9-11 truthers are birthers—including the two founders of the birther movement, Democrat former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania Phil Berg and California Democrat $1000 campaign donor Orly Taitz—both of whom are also Hillary Clinton supporters.
It would be absurd to believe that such people would NOT intervene in a Hawaii election to enhance their own profit margins.