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AS OBAMA'S SUPPORT ERODES,THE RIGHT IS RESURGENT

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AS OBAMA'S SUPPORT ERODES, THE RIGHT IS RESURGENT

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!

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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 Amazon.com. See Newsdisssector.org/store.htm.
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