Mitt Romney Is A Unicorn
New campaign mocks birthers, takes shot at conspiracy theories.
Web2Carz Senior Writer
Published: June 4th, 2012
"I feel like we've tried logic with the birthers for too long, now it's time to take their arguments to the logical extreme to show how absurd they are." — Left Action founder John Hlinko
itt Romney is a unicorn. Can you prove that he’s not? That’s the challenge made by liberal activist group Left Action. Absurd you say? No more absurd than birtherism, they say. And they’re right. Birtherism—the conspiracy theory that says that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S.A. and that his birth certificate is a forgery—is again in the news after the world’s most famous birther, Donald Trump's high-profile meeting with Mitt Romney.
Conspiracy theories are more widely believed now than ever. People love them because they confirm their various prejudices and hang-ups. If you have a deep distrust of the government, 9/11 conspiracies sound plausible. If you dislike the pharmaceutical industry you may believe that vaccines cause autism. The problem with conspiracy theories is that they’re not really theories, at least not in the scientific sense. That’s because they’re based on fantasy, not evidence, and they can’t be disproved.
"I feel like we've tried logic with the birthers for too long," said Left Action founder John Hlinko. "Now it's time to take their arguments to the logical extreme to show how absurd they are."
The "Romney Is a Unicorn" campaign was inspired by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s statement that he would not put Obama on the ballot for the November presidential election due to doubts over his citizenship.
Left Action’s website has a petition targeted at Bennett.
Tell the AZ Sec of State: "Mitt Romney may be a unicorn! Investigate!"
"I understand you considered kicking President Obama off the ballot because some people continued to raise questions about his birth. Well, I believe it cannot be proven conclusively that Mitt Romney is *not* a unicorn. A unicorn would not be qualified to be president. Thus, I hope you will apply the same standard to Romney, and investigate the unicorn question."
Bennett has since reversed his position on the Obama ballot issue and has apologized, but as Left Action’s web site says, “He still hasn’t answered the questions re: ‘unicorn-gate,’ and other birthers are constantly emerging.”
So what is Left Action demanding as proof?
“There has never been a conclusive DNA test proving that Mitt Romney is not a unicorn. We have never seen him without his hair—hair that could be covering up a horn.”
And as Left Action points out, if Mitt Romney is, in fact, a unicorn, he is not constitutionally qualified for the presidency.
It’s a brilliant bit of satire, as it gets to the very heart of birtherism, and other conspiracy theories: coming up with a hair-brained “theory” that cannot be disproved. And should anyone attempt to disprove the “theory,” conspiracy theorists will just claim the evidence is tainted or fraudulent.
To support Left Action’s campaign, go to http://www.MittRomneyIsAUnicorn.com.