Monday, March 29, 2010

Tempest in a Tea Pot

Frank Rich says what many of us have been saying all along: the rage has nothing to do with health care:

If Obama’s first legislative priority had been immigration or financial reform or climate change, we would have seen the same trajectory. The conjunction of a black president and a female speaker of the House -- topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay Congressional committee chairman -- would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play. It’s not happenstance that [Barney] Frank, [John] Lewis and [Emanuel] Cleaver -- none of them major Democratic players in the health care push -- received a major share of last weekend’s abuse. When you hear demonstrators chant the slogan “Take our country back!,” these are the people they want to take the country back from.

1 comment:

Late said...

Basically, the US decided to date a black guy for 4 years, and a bunch of people just can't deal. I actually like to think that God is testing us--testing our humanity, our ability to transcend our base and selfish behaviors, move past unreasonable prejudices, manifest a true United States--and we're failing really bad.