The folks at MSNBC are at it again. It seems as though they can make a racial issue about just about anything. The latest charge is that the word “ObamaCare” is a racist code word. Are you kidding me?
On her weekend show, Melissa Harris-Perry said the following:
“I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and diminish his accomplishments.”
No, she's not talking about the despicable “N-word.” She goes on to say:
“President Obama has been labelled with this word by his opponents, and at first he rose above it, hoping that if he could just make a cause for what he’d achieved, his opponents would fail in making their label stick. But no matter how many successes that he had as president, he realized there were still many people for whom he’d never be anything more than that one disparaging word — a belief he knew was held not just by his political opponents, but also by a significant portion of the American electorate.
And so he decided if you can’t beat them, you’ve got to join them. So he embraced the word and made it his own, sending his opposition a message they weren’t expecting: ‘If that’s what you want me to be, I’ll be that.’
Y’all know the word that I’m talking about. ObamaCare! That’s right! I said it and I’m not ashamed, and neither is President Obama!”
So there you have it. “ObamaCare” is a “derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean.” It was “conceived of by a group of wealthy white men” to “render [Obama] inferior.” I mean, the analysis does't get any more absurd than this.
The Left has an irrational inability to believe that Americans oppose Obama because of his policies, such as his failed healthcare plan. Opposition to ObamaCare has nothing to do with Obama's skin color and everything to do with a government takeover of one-sixth of our economy and the government coming between me and my doctor, my health.
The race card is getting so old. I doubt many people even take it seriously anymore. Honestly, this is what the Left stoops to when it has run out of arguments. I suppose we've reached the point where it's difficult to defend ObamaCare on its merits, therefore we are subjected to the race card.
I think the real reason why liberals are trying so desperately to get rid of the word “ObamaCare” is because they've seen the negative polling associated with that word. Many Americans are unaware that ObamaCare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. When polled, “ObamaCare” receives less support than the “Affordable Care Act.” After this polling, I told you about the Democrats' united PR attempt to eliminate the word “ObamaCare” from their lexicon. But even that hasn't managed to change America's impression of the law. So we find ourselves here, subjected to the bottom-of-the-barrel in terms of political discourse: ObamaCare is a racial code word.