Greatkim raised an interesting issue at The Fogbow:
Birthers. They would not be possible without the internet. In our virtual community of liars and lawyers one thing emerges clearly: the more you debunk the more they gain traction, momentum. So let me state the reason for which, as time passed, I have changed my status from active blogger to curious lurker. The ringleaders are absolutely not interested in the eventual outcome of the “challenges”, nor are they interested in diminishing the President. They are interested in something more lasting: building and legitimizing a community of right wing extremists. Fascism does not need a thinking community, nor does it need a debate, fascism needs a community resentful of established powerhouses and profoundly anti-intellectual (we are seen as such). Obotism is seen as manifestation of the most hated characteristic: intellectualism. Fascism needs strong leaders and Arpaio, far more than Taitz, represents the fascist ideal of the DUX. So beware of Arpaio, he is IMHO by far the most dangerous of them all.
Greatkim was answered by Tolland:
At one time, Arpaio might have once been dangerous. I believe him now to be a bumbling old man who is about to be tried for criminal activities that resemble what we saw in the Third Reich. He may lose his re-election bid IF the citizens of Phoenix turn out to vote. Richard Mack or Michael Badnarik might conceive of themselves as being the needed strong man. However, the strong man of fascism need not arise from law enforcement.
So who this person might be depends upon finding the “ringleaders” of Birferism for whom Birferism is only a tool on their way to shaping a fascist state. I think that Taitz is outside this conspiracy; she has her own twisted agenda based on hatreds and fears.
What I see as the danger is Christian fascism. It bears a resemblance to Italian fascism and a little less resemblance to Nazi ideology.