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Will Progressives Respond To The Attempt to Overthrow The President?

By Danny Schechter, author, PLUNDER

The tide of public opinion may be turning against the President. Pollsters report growing skepticism about health care reform, and more active hostility on racial matters, thanks to that "uncalibrated" expression of opinion on the arrest of Professor Gates in his own home. That remark turned him, in the eyes of some, from a small b black President into a militant Black Panther, or at least someone who can stereotyped as such.

These are the new controversial issues with no one right answer, and a noisy debate everywhere, but something else is also going on.

With Democrats fussing among themselves, with Obamacrats forced to rely on corporate media, the right-wing TV and radio stations close ranks behind the most self-righteously-correct ranters having a field day poking , prodding, pummeling, and peeing into cups of their own resentment, hate and venom.

There is no smear that is beneath them, no inference or insult out of bounds. Lou Dobbs blesses the birthers while that Elmer Gantry of demagoguery, Glenn Beck, meditates on his mountain and pronounces Obama a racist. An Israeli settler refers to our President as "that Arab," and worse.

These are the nattering nabobs of negativity of our times, to resurrect an old canard once aimed at the left. The Yes We Can advocates seem to be taking refuge in the No We Won't center. The next thing you know, the type of removal of a democratically elected President that worked in Honduras might be attempted here at home. Don't say it can't happen here. Tell that to the family of that slain guard at the Holocaust Museum!

Some of us are still humming "We Shall Overcome" when our adversaries are chanting "We Shall Overthrow."

If questions about Barack's legitimacy as a citizen won't bring him down, his actions---moderate if not reactionary as they are--- will continue to unite the crazies against him and drive them even more beserk. The contentious Congressman who vowed to "break him," should be taken seriously. His followers do, and many of them are armed.

This relentless riposte is having an effect on a demoralized and economically challenged population that is not well informed in the first place""except perhaps about Michael Jackson's dubious doctor who may have done the dirty deed.

Sensing possible victory -- whatever that means --- the Angeroid microfactions that lost the election are now seeking to polarize the public to topple the Administration with an electronic coup d'media or worse. It is all that serious.

Only Jon Stewart seems to be calling them on their game, while at the same time despairing about the obvious missteps and mistakes that the White House is making.

There may be a garden outside the Oval Office but there is a minefield inside it.

At the same time, another more powerful enemy is mounting a counterattack, perhaps in a more stealth manner, not with what it says, but by what it does. The banks are deploying regiments of lobbyists and PR firms to defeat proposed new financial rules and an agency to protect consumers.

They are escalating the gouging of the public.

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at See

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