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What's Behind Hatred of Obama?

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 7:29 AM
"It's fine to beat up on conspiracy theorists..." Wait just a moment. A suspicion of conspiracy arises because sinister actions, driven by low but common motives and timed in a fashion that suggests coordination, become too obvious to ignore. It is not unreasonable to imagine that the coordination is real, or that the motives are less than wholesome. The major problem with "conspiracy" is that the word's connotations are unfortunate. It suggests men whispering in a dark room around a guttering candle. But compare what's forbidden by the Sherman Act -- "combinations in restraint of trade" -- to an UNCONCEALED conspiracy. All that's missing is the darkened room and the guttering candle. So let's be less dismissive about it.

What drives Barack Obama's "doubters and haters"?

So asks Obama biographer David Maraniss in a recent op-ed article for the Washington Post. By doubters and haters he means the people who think Obama wasn't born in the U.S., that he's a secret Muslim or that he's a closet socialist.

He has an answer: "Some of it can be attributed to the give-and-take of today's harsh ideological divide. Some of it can be explained by the way misinformation spreads virally to millions of like-minded people, reinforcing preconceptions. And some of it, I believe, arises out of fears of demographic changes in this...