RRD:The casual slander of millions becomes boring after awhile.So I say to Mr.Freeman et-al;can you prove that the majority of Teapartiers are racist?Note that I do not say;can you prove that any Teapartiers are racist,because racists exist in every organization(including the Democratic Party*),but can you present objective,factual evidence that the majority of the Teapartiers are motivated by racism. At this point let me define the word racism: ….”Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage—the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors. Racism claims that the content of a man’s mind (not his cognitive apparatus, but its content) is inherited; that a man’s convictions, values and character are determined before he is born, by physical factors beyond his control. This is the caveman’s version of the doctrine of innate ideas—or of inherited knowledge—which has been thoroughly refuted by philosophy and science. Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism, appropriate to a mentality that differentiates between various breeds of animals, but not between animals and men. Like every form of determinism, racism invalidates the specific attribute which distinguishes man from all other living species: his rational faculty. Racism negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predestination.” Ayn Rand “Racism” from the Virtue of Selfishness. RRD:It is not racist to oppose someone because of their political beliefs.Nor is it racist to oppose the welfare state(so long as you oppose it for whites as well as for blacks).It is not even racist to seek to disqualify someone for public office by claiming that they are not a American citizen(see the claims against John Mccain).Do those who make this casual slander actually believe,and do they actually expect us to believe,that a white Democrat seeking to enact the policies Obama has enacted,(and sought to enact)would garner the support of those who oppose such policies?Do they actually expect us to blank out of our minds the entire history of politics in this country?Are we seriously to believe that Rush Limbaugh would support a Democratic President if he was white?The answer is no;we are not expected to believe it.Those who make these accusations themselves do not believe this nonsense(except for some delusional fools on the Left,and on the Right,who don’t understand how the game is played).What we are expected to do is to take time away from our attacks on Obama to try to prove a negative.These accusations of racism are no more sincere than are the “coughs”,grimaces & “spontaneous” outbursts of laughter of a skilled sophist during a debate.When arbitrary accusations are leveled we should not waste time arguing with these people,we should simply say “prove it”,and move on. *I wonder if those who argue that if a minority of the Teaparty were racist,that that would tell us something about the whole movement,also believe that FDR must have been a racist because southern Democrats were racist.And I wonder if this leads them to conclude that Social Security is “racist”.