Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Opposed to ObamaCare? You must be a racist

The New York Times' Frank Rich recently stated that racism and bigotry is the true raison d'être of ObamaCare opponents.

Pat Sajak -- yes, the Pat Sajak -- has penned an excellent piece at Human Events in which he takes issue with Rich's ridiculous assertion. A sample (HT: Erick Erickson):

Welcome to post-racial America, where those who oppose a piece of legislation must defend themselves against the scurrilous charges of a man who seems much better suited to reviewing “Cats”. (He liked it, by the way.) This was a particularly shameful column, and the millions of Americans who oppose this legislation are owed an apology. Are they right? Are they wrong? Let’s discuss it. Let’s debate it. Let’s yell and scream if we want to. But would it be too much to ask that we approach the matter based on its merits and leave the psychobabble to Dr. Phil?

Kinda reminds me of something I said back in '08:

Leftists for years have been screaming racism whenever they're dealing with someone who does not share their political views. I have to give 'em credit, though, because it's been an effective rhetorical tool.

If a liberal's debating someone over the merits of, say, a flat-rate income tax, all he has to do is accuse his opponent of being a racist for supporting a flat tax. The debate immediately shifts from whether or not a flat tax makes good economic sense (which it does) to whether or not the accused is actually a racist. Caught flat-footed, the accused gets knocked off-message trying to explain that Bull Connor's not going to be revived to run the IRS if a flat tax is instituted.

The race card is not going to work when it comes to ObamaCare. Opposition has been too widespread, and across too many demographic lines, to be attributed to anger amongst white dudes in robes. As the 2010 elections heat up, and as the dirty details of ObamaCare's mandates, taxes, and stifling regulations become more clear, Obama and his supporters will be constantly defending what is, in fact, in indefensible ... and that is: ObamaCare is a long step in Obama's march toward statism. Leftists can play dirty pool and call names all they want, but their day of reckoning is barely seven months away.

Just you wait and see.

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