- It will “bend the Cost Curve down…” — Umm, no, it doesn’t.
- “If you like your doctor, you can KEEP your doctor…” — Unless you can’t, of course. See, there’s already a shortage of physicians, and more and more doctors are deciding to just pack it in, rather than deal with the worsening governmental nightmare. Of course, the term “doctor” may be somewhat nebulous in the future, as well.
- “If you like your Insurance Plan, you can KEEP your Insurance Plan…” — Again, that depends: do you buy your insurance yourself, rather than through your employer? Do you own a Small Business? If so, then NO, you likely can’t keep your existing plan. Sorry ’bout that…
- “Your Healthcare will be better…” — That was always laughable, since adding millions of people to the ranks of the insured doesn’t add a proportionate number of doctors (see “If You Like Your Doctor” above…). Your care can’t be better when the same number (or fewer) doctors are attempting to care for tens of millions more patients.
But the one constant which we heard throughout all of the discussions was: “if you oppose Obamacare, you’re racist“.
This accusation has been pushed by fanboys of the Affordable Healthcare for America Act’s since Day One, resulting in their loyal followers swallowing it, hook-line-and-sinker.
Actually, up until 2012, the term Obamacare itself was said to be “racist”. Democrats eventually realized that was too ludicrous, even for them. They didn’t have much choice, really: it was kinda’ hard to keep up that line of demagoguery when Obama himself started marketing the term.
Without missing a beat, the Lefties simply tossed the no-longer-useful meme
onto the trash heap into the compost bin, and once again screamed that opposition to Obamacare was inherently racist. I know, I know: what in the Wide, Wide World of Sports does race have to do with opposition to Obamacare?
HA!! That’s a question only a RACIST would ask!
(…See how that works?)
It’s simple: you only need to hurl the accusation, and instantly the target of your accusation must now disprove the negative, much like the old “when did you stop beating your wife?” cliché. Sadly (or thankfully, depending on your viewpoint), the Race Card has been played out so often and so capriciously, that it long ago lost its sting.
Yet Leftists still cling to it desperately, like a drunk with an empty bottle, trying to extract one last drop of magic from their old friend.
Pathetically, it was trotted out once again, this time by Louisiana state Senator and Democrat Party chair Karen Carter Peterson. She made the following speech from her state’s Senate floor just the other day:
While deplorable and intellectually lazy, this still doesn’t answer the bigger question: WHY? Why do Statists like state Senator Peterson continually accuse their opponents of racism, when race doesn’t begin to factor into any aspect of the conversation?
It’s because Race is the Prism through which the Left views the World.
And from that myopic worldview, we get this (extremely partial) list of items which are all, inexplicably, “racist”:
- the investigation of “Fast and Furious” (racist),
- Opposition to Susan Rice’s nomination for Secretary of State (racist),
- Illegal Immigration policy (waaaay racist),
- Public school vouchers (racist),
- Being a Conservative poll watcher on Election Day? (racist)
- Food stamps for rapists and murderers (yep, that’s somehow racist),
- Unemployment (racist),
- The entire Tea Party movement (clearly racist, plus they wear funny hats…),
- Sneakers (amazingly, yes: sneakers can be racist, too),
- And each-&-every scandal that is flowing from the Obama White House (racist, racist, racist!!).
Again, I’m only scratching the surface here. If you spend 5 minutes on Google, you can find millions of examples. Millions…
The old expression, “When all you have is a Hammer, everything looks like a Nail” is particularly applicable here, but it’s even deeper than that. The Left has institutionalized racism, pounding it incessantly through schools and media. They are now compelled to continue to propagate it, in order to hold onto the power it’s gained for them.
As long as some folks are willing to see themselves as ‘Victims of Racism’, then those same individuals will be more inclined to accept arguments which buttress that self-image, and reject out of hand those which don’t. Democrat state Senator Karen Carter Peterson is no doubt aware of this, yet she’s feeding into it for her own selfish, political gain.
In the old days, most folks would honestly and accurately label such behavior as “Racist”.
But these are no longer the old days and, as with much of the verbiage spouted by the Left, honesty and accuracy has nothing to do with it.
***UPDATE: 5-31-2013 at 1:17pm –
“I’m not stepping away from anything that I said on the floor.
I didn’t call anyone a racist. I referenced some of the conversations that I’d had with colleagues that, you know, shared with me that one of the factors, it’s not always the factor.
I didn’t say that everybody’s decision was based on that. But certainly one of the factors was politics around it and race, the issue of race. So, that has kind of stirred up some folks that are not, I guess, accustomed to having that conversation openly but I think that it’s time that we not ignore the issue.”
Allow me to translate: “All that stuff I said yesterday? Yeah, I actually didn’t say it. And if you somehow construed that I meant folks opposing Obamacare were racist, when I actually said that race is “what it comes down to,”…, well, that’s all your fault.”