All politics is racial

Tip O’Neil famously said that “all politics is local”. I’m beginning to wonder whether his quote needs to be updated to account for the political strategies being deployed in the Obama era.

They started during the Presidential campaign, with attempts to create racial animosity from African American Reverend Jeremiah Wright, to questioning whether Obama was a Muslim, to doubting whether he is a legitimate U.S. citizen. The “birther” movement continues in spite of clear evidence that Obama is a U.S. citizen and that it is a hoax.

The attempt to reform the healthcare system is the latest example of taking perhaps the most important issue of our time, and reducing it to a fight along racial lines encouraged by enough mainstream Republicans to keep the insanity movement going.

To believe in this movement, you would have to believe that Obama: a) is a socialist, communist, and Nazi, b) is a racist and hates white people, and c) wants the government to make all of your medical decisions for you

You would also have to believe that the health insurance companies always put your best interests first, leave medical decisions to you and your doctor, and aren’t interested in making a profit.

If these are your true beliefs, you need to a psychiatric evaluation, assuming your insurance company doesn’t reject the claim.

So what makes otherwise rationally thinking adults break up town hall meetings by spewing this nonsense?

According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, there are significant disparities in healthcare coverage by race: 14.9 of whites are uninsured, versus 19.7 of African Americans, 16.8% of Asian Americans, and 32.7% of Hispanic Americans. In listening to some of the specific concerns the protesters have raised, the common thread appears to be that those who are insured don’t want to pay for those who aren’t, even when it is estimated that we can cover everyone from waste, fraud, and abuse savings from the current system.

It is indeed curious why some Americans would rather see rising costs and excessive profits go to the insurance companies instead of their fellow Americans who are disproportionately people of color.

No other American President has faced so many direct personal, utterly baseless attacks on his character than Barack Obama. What is the root of this? It is hard to imagine that race does not play a role in this. It is hard to see this happening to George W. Bush, or even Bill Clinton.

But that is not the most disappointing part of the story. There is a small faction of the population that is racist, and thankfully it has been getting smaller and smaller over the years. What is disappointing is the active role some prominent Republicans are playing in giving the birther/deather/socialist/Nazi movements life even though they know they are born more out of racist attitudes than facts.

When given the opportunity to vote on specific legislation that would require them to take an on the record stand on Obama’s citzenship or government-run healthcare (Medicare), they prove that they don’t believe in these extremist movements. So it appears that the cornerstone of the Republican strategy for the mid-term elections and probably the next Presidential election is to foment racist extremism for political gain.

With the Republicans, all politics does appear to be racial.

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One Response to “All politics is racial”

  1. Roy28 says:

    Care and compas- sion have to be number one. ,

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