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  •  One puzzle has been.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ....how much of the hatred for Obama has been racially motivated.

    On the one hand, the racism of the Tea Party and Republicans in general is blatant and undeniable.

    On the other, does anyone seriously think that if Obama had been a white man, these two groups would have fallen in love with him?

    I think we have to remember the concept of overdetermination. Sometimes things happen for several reasons, each one of which would be powerful enough to cause the effect on its own. The Reich wing is always going to loathe a Democratic president as a threat to their way of life. This is in itself a sufficient reason for them to hate him or her. They will then, naturally, call on all the other sources of hate that come naturally to them: racism in the case of Obama, but it would have been sexism if it had been Hillary, antisemitism if the nominee had been Jewish, and so on and so forth. The racist/sexist/-ist hatred is real and violent, but if it were magically taken away, this type of person will still hate simply because the candidate is a Democrat.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:57:02 PM PST

    •  It's all from the same source, I think (2+ / 0-)
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      Patrick Egan, Fiona West

      Fear and hatred of the other. And Republicans have stoked this fear to encourage people to vote against their economic interests.

      •  Exactly. Fear is the core emotion of (0+ / 0-)

        an authoritarian follower, which many of the right wing are.  And the Republicans have stoked their fear for decades, to maintain a fired-up base who will keep them in power and serve the interests of the banksters who fund and dominate the GOP.

        Fear of scary brown people, fear of tradition-destroying gay people, fear of Muslims -- it's all useful.  But racism has an especially deep hold on America, and only yields an inch at a time, and slowly.  

        Nonetheless, I do feel that it's grip is lessening.  Those still clinging to their fear and bigotry may be getting shriller in the T-Party and the yahoo comment sections, but they're slipping when they reach for more substantive power -- even with all the SuperPACS lining up behind them.

        We have a lot of work to do in eroding racism; but I do believe that's the path we're on.

        --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

        by Fiona West on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:37:51 PM PST

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