Just wanted to say that I think Professor Williams did a superb job of identifying and dissecting the various irrational emotions and apparently unconscious drives behind the opposition to Obama's drive to drastically--i.e., what's needed--change the American healthcare system. (At least I hope he's not going to retreat from that)
Her article read like an eye-witness description of what I saw as I recently watched an almost two-hour "meeting" on CNN between Sen. Mark Warner and a rude, raucous and stunningly uninformed crowd (with a mere handful of exceptions). I was particularly struck by the unspoken but palpable racism-- to what extent conscious or unconscious, I'm not sure.
I also think she got the right balance between the larger minority that has been relentlessly ginned up by hate radio for years so that they've lost all connection with their own rational interests on this issue, and the smaller minorities who have legitimate or at least coherent worries, even if those are not shared by the great majority.
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Sep 7 2009 - 5:01pm