whereupon I get a bee in my bonnet.
Conspiracy theories are helping George W. Bush. They assault the idea that there is a truth*. When George pits his words against the facts, anyone who denys or even suggests that there cannot be facts is on George’s side.
A more detailed statement of this argument.
And, as we all know, if you’re not on George’s side, then you’re with the terrorists, and you approve of slaughtering children, stamping on kittens and being rude to old ladies.
*As do postmodernists, moral relativists, revisionist historians and frankly, quite a few people these days. And it may well be true if you’re talking about interpreting literary texts, but try this fun experiment with postmodernists. Punch them in the face. And when they claim that you punched them in the face, say you didn’t, and that their claims are merely subjective metanarratives and thus no more valid than your own claims that you didn’t punch them in the face.