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Democrats face a tough election this November. Voters' focus will undoubtedly be on jobs with other issues playing a lesser role. But their decisions on all of these will be influenced by the publics' opinion of President Obama. Unfortunately, polls show that a majority of Americans are now dissatisfied with the President. Most of this is based on genuine disagreement with his policies. But not all; a good percentage of the negativity has been artificially generated by the Tea Party and Conservative media. Racism is behind much of this and it is time to get it on the table.

Tea Baggers have been attacking the President like packs of geriatric Hells Angels almost from the day he was sworn in. What they did triggered a virtual racist uprising that targets the man more than his policies. Gang members are white, middle to upper class and all of them are Conservatives.

It is disingenuous to say that race plays no part in this. Conservatives disagree, "This is what Liberals always do; use racism as an excuse for failed policies." They should look at the evidence: an African American President is elected; an organization dedicated to his downfall is formed; millions of members are almost exclusively white; false rumors based on racial stereotyping are spread; millions more choose to accept the rumors as true; virtually all are white. "If it looks like a duck well you get the idea."

"Change we can believe in." was not what people afraid of change wanted to hear. A reaction of this intensity is usually based on fear and hatred. Both come from racial stereotyping holding that blacks represent a threat to whites. Since they could not talk about their fear and hatred, they looked for something more subtle. Rumor mongering fit the bill.

The Tea Party and Conservative media have been dating from day one. Rumor mongering has been one of their favorite pastimes with Rush Limbaugh coming along as their creativity coach. A rumor that President Obama is a Moslem masquerading as a Christian who was born in Kenya and is living in the United States as an illegal alien is their best work so far with "death panels" a close second.

The rumors they spread act as proxies for their fear and distrust of black people. They can shout them out loud if they want to. And they do. Incredibly millions believe them, no questions asked. Things like where they came from, some evidence or why they were not discovered during the campaign; are just not important to them.

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