I know that the smart thing to do would be the ignore them. That we are merely legitimizing them or giving them more power and attention by having Lou Dobbs talk about them on CNN and by having journalists ask Robert Gibbs about it. But I find myself coming back to this story again and again. And it’s not just because the Birthers are conspiracy theorists, or crazy, or stupid, or even racist.
It’s because of George Tiller.
Tiller, you might recall, was the abortion doctor in Wichita who was gunned down in his church. As I’ve said before, it could have been predicted. When you have one side that is sure that Tiller is a baby murderer who runs an infanticide death mill, but that the law protects him, then you can see killing him as a logical and justified conclusion of your world view.
The problem with the Birthers is that we have more and more people who are convinced that Obama is a foreign agent who has infiltrated the country and usurped Presidential power, possibly on behalf of dangerous African/Muslim international forces. And if no one else is willing to do anything about it, then what is the logical and justified conclusion…?
Like I said, they scare me.