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lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2019/01/bettin… In the early days of the Obama administration, when the Tea Party rose up, I regularly said on my blog that they were not actually “small government conservatives”, but racists.
My argument was simple: Conservatives were hyper-focused on the possibility that Obamacare was going to make health care access easier for people of color to get. And they were freaked out about the idea that hospitals and their doctor’s office might become racially integrated.
These are folks, I argued, that will cut off their nose to spite their face. They would live in a mud pile so long as they felt people of color were living in a shit pile. They would give up affordable health care just to make sure people of color didn’t get it.
I got so much pushback, y’all. I was told I was paranoid and reading too much into, say, anti-ACA ads that threatened long lines at ERs with photos of racially diverse crowds waiting in lines.
But I was basing my argument on growing up hearing white people constantly bitch about how many “Mexicans” were using the hospital or government services. Which wasn’t out of proportion, since, you know, most of the city was Latino.
Well, I was right, y’all. And since my new year resolution, inspired by AOC, is to shuck off the false humility expected of women, I’m going to go ahead and say it. I warned everyone! Oh well.
One other thought: As a general rule, a lot of incoherent right wing arguments make way more sense if you consider that the person making it may be a racist, and they’re trying to argue against sharing public resources with people of color without coming out and saying so.
On its surface, for instance, it makes no goddamn sense to say that it’s somehow going to hurt Medicare to let the rest of the country buy into Medicare.
But what they’re actually saying is, “I don’t want a service I believe mostly benefits old white people to be extended to younger people, who are more racially diverse. Because then you might be sitting in my doctor’s waiting room and that scares me.”
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