FEMA is one “usual suspect” in conspiracy theories about evil government plots. In my book Racial Paranoia, I discuss similar theories from the 1950s and 60s about secret concentration camps being built for troublesome Americans. In that earlier version of things, those on the Left were prime candidates for such ideologically driven gulags. Today, far Right conservatives are the ones imaginings themselves most vulnerable to the possibility of political imprisonment. And pundits such as Lou Dobbs (for his straight-faced coverage of the “birthers”) and the aforementioned Glenn Beck have been consistently criticized for fomenting such outlandishness.
Of course, Beck already didn’t like Obama. “This president has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep-seated hatred for white people,” Beck claimed (on another FOX News program). “This guy is, I believe, a racist.” (Some of Beck’s show’s advertisers have dropped his program as a function of such statements.)
But Beck isn’t alone in this game of high-profile Obama-bashing. Michelle Malkin’s bestselling book Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies is a manifesto of Obamaphobia.