Ken Connor

There's an old adage popular among lawyers: If your case is weak on the law, pound the facts. If it's weak on the facts, pound the law. If your case is weak on the facts and the law, pound the table.

Democrats—frustrated by the public's resistance to their grand scheme to federalize health care and desperate to discredit legitimate opposition by changing the terms of the debate—are pounding the table, invoking allegations of racism as the motivation for the opposition.

Arguing with Idiots By Glenn Beck

The notion that a subversive racist element is behind the growing disapproval of President Obama's domestic policy agenda is absurd. Of course, there are bigots—on the left and the right—but the growing opposition to Obamacare is rooted in policy, not prejudice. Having seen how the policies of Barney Frank and Chris Dodd impacted the financial and housing markets, Americans are skeptical about what might happen if those same federal bureaucrats take control of healthcare. The anger on display at town halls and tea parties has nothing to do with the color of President Obama's skin and everything to do with fear for the political, economic, and social future of the United States.

Candidate Obama garnered support during the campaign from a broad array of Americans inspired by his message of hope and change. Democrats, Independents, and even some Republicans disillusioned by President Bush's brand of conservatism were eager for a fresh face and a new tone in Washington. On Election Day, the entire nation enjoyed a historic moment of bipartisan solidarity as we celebrated the inauguration of our first African American president. It didn't take long, however, for President Obama's carefully crafted facade of moderation and bipartisanship to crack, and many are disappointed at what they've found beneath the surface.


Ken Connor

Ken Connor is Chairman of the Center for a Just Society in Washington, DC.