The Charlie Brown conspiracy

THE CHARLIE BROWN CONSPIRACY…. President Obama spoke at West Point on Tuesday, presenting the new U.S. policy in Afghanistan. Viewers turning on the TV hoping to see “A Charlie Brown Christmas Special” had to wait — the show was preempted.

Russell Wiseman (R), the mayor of Arlington, Tenn., posted an item to his Facebook page with a theory about the timing. Wiseman wrote:

Ok, so, this is total crap, we sit the kids down to watch “The Charlie Brown Christmas Special” and our muslim [sic] president is there, what a load…..try to convince me that wasn’t done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation [sic] about it….w…hen [sic] the answer should simply be “yes”

This guy seriously believes the White House could have picked any date for the speech, but officials picked Tuesday because of an animated Christmas program.

The mayor added that the United States is now a “Muslim country,” and then pined for the days of yore. “[Y]ou know, our forefathers had it written in the original Constitution that ONLY property owners could vote, if that has [sic] stayed in there, things would be different,” Wiseman wrote.

It’s rare, in the 21st century, for elected officials to look back at 18th-century voting requirements with a degree of envy. In this sense, Wiseman’s idiotic rant is rather — what’s the word I’m looking for — unique.