Part of growing up is learning that Santa Claus isn’t real, and accepting that the myths you held as a child aren’t true — for instance, the idea that there is a cover up that happened in the wake of Benghazi. Even after the House Intelligence Committee cleared the White House on Benghazi, it remains the idée fixe for the political right-wing. 1
As an example of this, the Huffington Post reports that there’s a new trend among the conservatives on Facebook: they’re changing their middle name to Benghazi. The idea behind the campaign is, according to the Huffington Post,
“to call attention to the terrorist attack by squishing it between the wedding photo albums and Upworthy links that populate Facebook. Every time one of the participants writes a status, makes a comment or simply “likes” something, you’re quietly reminded of Benghazi.”
Sounds like it’s bound to be a success to me. The new #Benghazi campaign should be a reminder to everyone what happens when you lack critical thinking and believe everything you hear on FOX and read on conservative websites. Like most Internet memes, it’s hard to pin down where it started, too:
Facebook, famously, has a policy requiring members to use their real names. We reached out to Facebook to comment on this political protest, and will update if we receive it.
The tactic of dummy middle names appears to have started as a lefty thing. Since at least 2010, some Facebook users have changed their middle names to “Equality” to show their support for LGBT rights. Last year, the Human Rights Campaign launched a massively successful campaign that asked people to make their profile pictures a red equality sign in support of same-sex marriage.
As with so many Internet trends, it’s hard to pin down who or what started the wave of “Benghazi” middle names. But it’s been percolating for a while. Calls for the name switcheroo have popped up on Facebook since at least the middle of last year, like this one sent out on a conservative Facebook page with about 32,000 followers.
Presenting the top 11 Facebook profiles named “Benghazi”:
A. We may have found a RWNJ who believes in Evolution! B. I TOTALLY can’t wait for the next stage according to his highly-scientific looking chart. What is that, anyway? A hippie Predator with a penchant for tie-dye?
People use the name “Benghazi” on Facebook and conservatives call it “a campaign.” People use the name “Ben Ghazi” on ReaganBook and conservatives call it trolling.
Are they for it or against it? We need to know these things; where were they at the time that this happened? Who was involved? Why was there a stand down order at ReaganBook?
Why is there a cover-up? Where are the shapeshifting lizard people and black helicopters? We should demand the truth! Wake up Sheeple!
Well, at least one person knows how to use it sarcastically.