The trouble with assessing a racist intent to political opposition is that such an assessment sweeps away any merit that lies within the arguments. It is completely valid to oppose legislation on the grounds of fiscal solvency, a desire to adhere to Constitutional Law, or a suspicion of corruption in the powers that be. It is a rotten reason to oppose legislation because you don’t want dark-skinned persons to be able to afford the doctor.
Yes, there are racists out there, and I’m sure that many voted for John McCain. That doesn’t make white conservatives racist any more than it makes black liberals racist when they voted for Obama because the Black Panthers supported Obama.
Thanks for the link to MacDonald’s pieces. He’s an odd choice - at first I thought you were referencing the Charlotte Observer which is a well-respected paper. But the Occidental Observer is a website that focuses on “white identity” and as such I’d be suspect that anything that comes out of there has to do with race. Throughout the articles, he conflates race with other factors For example, he thinks the fear that whites have comes largely from:
"what health care would be like if the progressive wing of the Democratic Party got its way. These middle class Whites envision themselves standing in line with Blacks, Latinos, legal and illegal immigrants, and everyone else. And they realize that in general the taxes of people like themselves are being used to support services for people quite a bit unlike themselves — people who pay proportionately far less of the tax burden "
Yes, I fear this, too, but what I fear is:
- Having to stand in line to receive health care when I get it on demand now with my employer-subsidized (though still not cheap) insurance
- Having to support services for those who pay less for the same services
- Having the progressive wing of the Democratic Party manage things. The same wing that champions throwing more money at half-broken systems (Medicare, Social Security, V.A.) rather than do the hard things that need to be done in order to fix them.
I wouldn’t mind #2 as much if someone competent were running the show. We need more business managers and economists in D.C. and fewer lawyers, but I suppose that’s an indict of Congress in general. I don’t oppose altruism, but I do oppose having someone else tell me (under force of law) how to be generous with my own money.
Where I strongly disagree with MacDonald is that I’ve no problem if there are blacks and latinos in my doctor’s waiting room. Good for them, he’s a good doctor and he takes good care of his patients. I only have trouble if my bill includes line items for patients (regardless of race) who can’t pay.