I had a conversation with an absolute supporter of the Left and the healthcare legislation two weeks ago. As I described the legislation’s potential risks to our company and the probabilities of unintended consequences and the near certainty that the mandate is unconstitutional and the provable fact that the cost spiral really started when Medicare and Medicaid were enacted I was met first with silence and then the statement: All those Republicans are racist. I assume she felt that I was not a tobacco chewing, wife-beating, war-mongering, insensitive, uneducated Republican. I leave it to you to guess my politics.
I should not have been surprised, but the words uttered from a rational person with whom I have had a long relationship were startling. In other words, if you oppose anything the President does, you are a racist. I suppose if you picked Duke to win the 2010 NCAA basketball tournament, you are a racist. If you do not like the White Sox, read the previous sentence. I expected this from Jesse, and Al, and Eleanor Clift, and Keith Olbermann. That is politics (race baiting, but politics). But, from an average citizen? And that is why we got here.
Perhaps in this there is some hope. The left, so apparently devoid of originality, has devolved to schoolyard arguments to defend obviously awful policy. I especially like their argument in favor of healthcare. Other countries nationalized healthcare, so we should too!! And if you do not agree, you are a Klansperson. Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah… Nyah. That appears to be the best the Left has left, now that we are getting to know the bill.
How much longer will the citizenry swallow this infantile logic before retiring the current ruling elite, now in power since 1932? Tragically, it appears we have been willing to swallow an ocean full of it. In previous generations our own petty socialists appeared to be adults, and their false veneer of dogoodisms seemed marginally more sincere. But now that the Left’s rhetorical argument in support of their agenda is reduced to calling everyone who disagree a bigot, perhaps the socialist tide can be pushed back. More to the point, it, and they, deserve to be.
Here’s hoping for some real change this time around.
© Edward Hunter and Thanks for the Laughs, 2010