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A two-part Esquire piece on the wingnut fringe has author John Richardson asking two questions: "When Did Americans Turn into a Bunch of Raving Lunatics?" and "What Really Happens When You Demand the President Produce His Birth Certificate?"

Early this spring, I spent two very long days traveling around Kentucky with Orly Taitz, one of the leading "birthers" in a nation full of them. So I can tell you with confidence [...] that this is much, much crazier than most people imagine -- and alarmingly in sync with the "tea parties" and wild accusations of socialism that seem to define the current "conservative" opposition.

Obama's opposition, as Richardson observes, lies at the intersection of multiple strains of conservative conspiracy-mongering: a wingnut wonderland of secessionists, survivalists, gun nuts, militia members, birthers, deathers, and teabaggers. He mentions all sorts of Chicken-Little conservatives who are worried about all sorts of non-existent threats: an American KGB, FEMA re-education camps, martial law, "microstamping on shell casings," "terrorist training camps spread across the US," foreign ownership of US voting-machine software, and "train cars with shackles" ready to transport "patriots" to secret cemeteries.

Richardson refers to Orly Taitz--an easy target, to be sure--as the "queen of the 'birthers,' who brings outrageous thinking to a whole new level." Taitz is "extremely concerned about Obama" because "he is extremely dangerous:"

I believe he is the most dangerous thing one can imagine, in that he represents radical communism and radical Islam.

As Richardson wrote of the wingnuts in general, "they were willing to believe anything bad that anybody said about Obama, no matter how or implausible or unfair. It was pus exploding from a wound." It's an unappealing analogy, but not an inaccurate one; their ridiculous and desperate animus toward Obama indicates more about them than they would like to admit.

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