I really have no problem when people have legitimate objections to health care reform, but I have had the definite impression it is more about defeating Obama than anything else. DeMint’s comment makes me think I wasn’t too far off the mark. I think DeMint just said what a lot of people are demonstrating while hiding behind the boogeyman of socialism.
Until Obama was elected I really didn’t realize just how racist this country still is. I’ve made posts before about Free Republic and the racist comments on that board but it goes way beyond anonymous posters on message boards. Audra Shay the vice chairman of the Young Republicans has made headlines with her LOL to a racist comment:
On Wednesday, Shay—a 38-year-old Army veteran, mother, and event planner from Louisiana who has been endorsed by her governor, Bobby Jindal—was holding court on her Facebook page, initiating a political conversation by posting that “WalMart just signed a death warrant” by “endorsing Obama’s healthcare plan.” At 1:52, a friend named listed as Eric S. Piker, but whose personal page says his actual name is Eric Pike, wrote “It’s the government making us commies… can’t even smoke in my damn car… whats next they going to issue toilet paper once a month… tell us how to wipe our asses…”
Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.”
Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.” SOURCE
How about Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose who at least had the good grace to resign after sending an email with a photo depicting the White House law as a watermelon patch.
Or more recently Atwater City Councilman Gary Frago sent e-mails to city staff and other prominent community members with racist “jokes” like “nigger rigs” should now be called “presidential solutions.” One email said: “Breaking News Playboy just offered Sarah Palin $1 million to pose nude in the January issue. Michelle Obama got the same offer from National Geographic.” SOURCE
Of course the racism isn’t just directed at Obama, Sonya Sotomayor got more than her fair share of it flung in her direction. She was accused of being a reverse racist, a term that really is just so ridiculous as to be laughable. How dare she think a Latino woman may have more in common with most Americans than rich old white men? Last I checked Latino women haven’t had their foot on the necks of white men for decades.
There are lots more examples but I think the reader gets the picture and I hate even giving them exposure by posting them for comment.
Yes, indeed, Senator DeMint may be right…..health care reform may just be Obama’s waterloo, but I’m betting the Republican’s racism will be theirs.
July 17, 2009
Health reform foes plan Obama’s ‘Waterloo’
Conservative leaders will push delay any vote on health care reform until after the August recess to capitalize on what they say is a growing tide of opposition to reform measures, they said on a conference call with “tea party” participants today.
“I can almost guarantee you this thing won’t pass before August, and if we can hold it back until we go home for a month’s break in August,” members of Congress will hear from “outraged” constituents, South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said on the call, which was organized by the group Conservatives for Patients Rights.
“Senators and Congressmen will come back in September afraid to vote against the American people,” DeMint predicted, adding that “this health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America.”
“If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,” he said.