Thursday, January 29, 2009

Friday Poll

I admit it, I'm a suspicious person.

Oh, I'm not suspicious of people I actually know, but I am certainly wary of institutions and businesses.

And let's just say that when I hear stories about how people in positions of power are corrupt and do unethical things, I tend to believe them unless proved otherwise.

For example, I didn't immediately dismiss the idea that Republicans worked in 2000 to steal the presidential election, especially in Florida. In fact, I still haven't dismissed it.

What about you, do you consider yourself a conspiracy theorist?


dgm said...

If we're talking about people in power, I have no trouble believing stories of corruption and depravity. Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely, and all that. But I'm not sure I believe that the military has made contact with alien beings or that NASA faked the moon landing. I'm still a holdout on those propositions.

Awesome Mom said...

I agree with dgm I have no problem believing that many of the corruption stories are true, but aliens ect just don't seem all that plausible as much as I would like them to be.

Anvilcloud said...

I swallow some theories more easily than others. I too have my prejudices.

gmcountrymama said...

Absolutely. Whenever I feel suspicious about someone or something, I try to figure out what their motivation is. Like if someone is overly nice, what do they want. Okay, a little paranoid.

J at said...

I believe the republicans were up to no good in Florida. I believe that there is monkey business on both sides in most elections, actually.

I don't believe that the US Govt orchestrated 9/11, or that the moon walk was faked.

I don't believe malicious gossip about my friends, until it's absolutely proven to me.

Liz said...

I think I assume corruption in most international stories. In my own life, I think I am a good judge of character and I've been proven right that there are certain people who can't be trusted. My creep meter goes haywire around certain people.

dr sardonicus said...

A lot of the corruption in government exists simply because the people involved see it as just doing what it takes to get by. Remember, it isn't illegal unless you get caught. And as a wise political observer once said, it isn't what's illegal that's hurting the American people, it's what's legal.

Since it's virtually impossible to get 40 people working in a water treatment plant on the same page, I tend to be skeptical of conspiracy theories requiring thousands of people in dozens of locations to coordinate their efforts.

But the 2000 election was stolen. Except this had more to do with the governor of the state involved being the brother of the winning candidate than anything.

Patois said...

Finally! A Friday poll to which I'm only one day late.

Nope, not a conspiracy theorist at all.

Nance said...

Sigh. I don't want to be suspicious and believe a lot of the stuff I've been forced to believe. But after Watergate--and I was pretty young then--well, let's just say the scales fell off my eyes pretty quickly.

Some people do believe that they are above the law. They operate under that principle, and they make things happen. Sad, but true.