by Chris Stevenson
Before I begin this essay I wish to ask my numerous white readership whether or not you feel I took your country from you? How long do you think it’s been in my possession? When do you want it back? I mean give me some kind of a time frame, please.
There must be something about Universal Health Care that blue collar White America knows about, that citizens of all other industrialized countries don’t know since I don’t hear any of their citizens complaining that they’re country was taken from them. You may think I’m trying to be funny, but it’s never funny when personalities drown out important issues. Try asking a group of so-called “angry whites” where were these townhalls during the Bush years and standby for the sounds of crickets. What is being overlooked is Obama’s biggest mistake; giving the House, Senate and Public a voice on this, when he should have ignored them as his White House predecessor did on numerous issues.
Not to be discounted is the underlining resentment among many; that a black man or someone seen as not white is bringing about this legislation. The implications are deep. If a black man who is President and previously known to announce a cap on corporate bonuses, putting the head of a well-known auto industry on the chopping block and announcing shutdowns of terror prisons and an investigation into CIA torture, if it’s a black man straightening out these problems, who can be seen as the cause of these problems? White America or more specifically the white man.
Fear of this anticipated revelation fills the paranoia of free medical care for all. In Buffalo NY for instance, two conservative radio grunts from AM 930 WBEN (The Voice of Suburban Buffalo) Tom Bauerle and Sandy Beach had weighed in against Obama by first creating a climate of anti-black furor, skillfully running an isolated statement that sounds like a black female resident of New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where she is heard sobbing how the media over-emphasized “the looters,” when she felt the looters were helping them survive. Bauerle’s voice is narrating this four-year-old segment (dug up for reasons only a sick mind understands) and makes cracks about stolen TVs during a flood. The clip is played around the clock as if it were a commercial, which makes me wonder if any advertisers are concerned about this cutting into their airtime. Beach then followed up after one airing and then attacked commenting on the evening of 9/8 that the looters saved their stolen TVs so they could watch Obama years later and be inspired by him. This is par for the course for these 2, but they are hardly ever scrutinized by their station or listeners.
Of course it was nationally known talk radio characters that started all the commotion. Out come all the euphemisms attached to African Americans starting from Reagan and going all the way back to the ’50’s; Real America, programs, set-asides. And one from the vault; Communism (nevermind that your average pizza and beer guzzling wanna-be cop has not the slightest idea what a communist or socialist is). The Nazi comparison is straight out of left field and should have been used for Bush. Over the years I have noticed a good number of whites who are preoccupied with how much money blacks receive. Any urgency from the left to insure over 40 million uninsured citizens should actually be of no concern to any insured. But I’m asking this of a people who whenever a publicized incident happens with a black military or civil servant, the first thing you read about in the press is the voiced desire to take away their pension. The perverse delight of knowing and wanting as many blacks to be left hanging so-to-speak, seems to be a dead giveaway behind townhall/tea party nut-cases.
Imagine you just purchased a new Mercedes S600. Leather seats, no option package available, all models come fully loaded, rims made in heaven. Your next-door-neighbor just won the same car in a drawing. As it goes, some would be cool with that, others however, their S600 and it’s expensive car-note would be de-valued in their eyes. That is, if you are the nosy troublesome kind, otherwise it really should be of no consequence to them. Life however doesn’t work that way for many people and that’s how the modern-day conservative party was re-formed.
Unlike the S600 Obama’s health care package does offer options, which does not include forcing people to leave their private plans, forcing them to leave their doctors and no death squads ready to enforce euthanasia. The real fear against health care has little to do with the proposals and much to do with fear of what this bill will accomplish. Years from now who is going to vote republican, fully knowing they have free health care? Hardly anyone-including more than a few republicans. Hard-line conservative candidates stand to look like they’re own Willy Hortons if they threaten to remove the bill.