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Yeah, so far most of the posts seem to be saying similar things. Yours seemed toencapsulate most of the Ideas expressed, including some other valid ones, so I figured I respond to yours, hopefully not offending anyone else who wrote the same basic Ideas in the process. I agree with what most have been saying. I wanted to comment on your Idea that whether people see conspiracy 'nuts' as being Right Wing or Left Wing is somewhat dependent on what side is currently in power. I agree with this, still to me it seems (and I admit that I may be wrong about this) that the whole notion of the Right Wing conspiracy 'nut' is being hammered home much more strongly than it ever has been in the past, or for that matter more strongly than I have ever seen any association of Left Wingers as being conspiracy 'nuts'. Now perhaps I am missing the point in actually feeling slighted that they are not including us Left Wingers in their belittling of Conspiracy buffs, but I think the end result of this attitude has a pretty broad effect.
One effect, of course, is to lump 'Right Wingers' with Conspiracy belief....suggestingthat the two are one in the same, and somewhat delusional. Not only does this belittle the Right WIng (something which is not too shocking, since both sides belittle each other as much as possible), but it also works to cause Left Wingers to avoid such Conspiracy Theories, because association with them is now considered a Right Wing activity. Now take a moment to consider just how many Right Wingers VS Left Wingers there are in the U.S. If we are to believe the polls then the country is divided right down the middle. If we were suddenly to lose all Left Wing support then it would be like cutting the numbers of us researching conspiracies in half. This could drastically devalue the tiny bit of credibility that many of us have fought for, in our various theories. (For instance, some Conspiracy Theories, such as the JFK assasination has actually gotten to the point where most American's find it credible, even if they cannot agree on the details)
Basically not to ramble on (which I seem to be doing) I can simply suggest that theMedia's attempt to categorize all Conspiracy Buffs as Right Wingers could be extremely damaging to the cause of Conspiracy Research in general, whether you are a Right Winger, or a Left Winger.....or some Hybrid of the two.