Over the past few weeks we’ve seen two groups relentlessly duking it out over the future of US healthcare. One side is made up mostly of concerned Americans, republicans, the elderly, and folks who feel disenfranchised with our political system and the politicians they elected. The other side is made up of the Obama administration, liberal elitists, and your average run of the mill, entitlement minded, healthcare is a right, utopia loving democrats.
Obama originally wanted a vote to take place before the August Congressional recess on the massive 1000 page proposal. Luckily that didn’t take place, and as more facts, worries, information, and misinformation have been discussed, the tide has been turning away from the Obama public option plan. As the tide has been turning, so have the tactics used by the Obama administration to win support for the bill.
Initially there were a number of democratic leaders and talkers trying desperately to liken the health care protesters to ignorant partisans, anti-government radicals, and uninformed organizers beholden to special interest groups and insurance companies. In an unprecedented example of hypocrisy, these previously protest loving, anti-war zealots decided that disagreeing with Obama’s healthcare vision somehow rendered them anti-American and against any reform at all, and even against the benevolent government that they believe is there to take care of them. Well, the folks didn’t like that one bit. So the winds shifted just a bit, and through this shining example of our democratic system at work, a new tactic emerged. A tactic that is universally employed by the left……….the use of RACISM….
In a previous blog entitled “Tumultuous Behavior” I stated that we do not live in a post racial America now, nor will we ever until we reverse our liberal thinking and our out-of-date sense of victimhood. With that being said I wanted to provide some examples of high profile liberals in essence playing the race card against ANYONE who disagrees with them regarding the healthcare overhaul and their lack of support for it.
Here are just a few of the individuals on the left that think this debate against a government health insurance option is driven by racism: MSNBC commentator Ed Shultz. Pulitzer Prize winning editor Cynthia Tucker. Congressman from my home state John Dingell. The always opinionated Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman. Finally here’s a gem from MSNBC primetime commentator Keith Olbermann, when referring to the town hall protesters he said it is, “Blatant Racism no longer even hidden behind euphemisms.” Wow.
Now I might be just an average American, but where exactly does all this so-called racial antipathy come from? Even if it was real, what does it have to do with a debate on healthcare? What does it have to do with the likelihood of an incredible expansion of government? Do liberals honestly believe that you cannot differ with someone of a different race unless you are a racist? Do they really think that Craig Miller and the rest of the worried Americans at Arlen Specter’s recent townhall are scared of Obama the man, or are they scared of his policies? Or do they just choose to see everything through a racial prism that clouds the reality that most Americans are not racist but simply looking out for their own best interests.
I have lived in both small and large cities, and travelled enough to get the gist of what people care about. And it definitely is not what color skin our elected leaders have. That may actually be the last thing on their minds. People care about their pocket books, their safety, their families, their freedom, and their future. It is as though liberals believe our country is paralyzed by racial divisions that render it impossible to move forward. The sad truth in it all is that we have made unbelievable strides to break down racial barriers that have scarred our country and our people. The country we live in today is one that was unfathomable a mere 50 years ago. It’s as though liberals were actually born yesterday.
The latest tactic employed by the Obama administration amidst falling public support for his reform is targeted at the groups taking the largest and loudest stands against it. The elderly and the religious. Only time will tell whether or not they will be able to change the hearts and minds of these Americans, and be able to salvage support for the dying initiative.
In summary, I believe the prospect that the Democrats will push through this massive legislation without Republican or public support is very improbable. That is, unless the Obama administration has another tactic up their sleeve that wins Americans over in droves that works better than calling them anti-American, racists, or saying that it is their moral obligation…..