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The Race Card, Again

Are persons necessarily racist if (a) white and (b) opposed to expansion of the welfare state — that is, merely for opposing such expansion?

In the New York Times, journalism professor Thomas Edsall, echoing a now-familiar charge, implies as though it were self-evident that many who oppose Obamacare-ized medicine do so because of the race(s) of the recipients:

“Those who think that a critical mass of white voters has moved past its resistance to programs shifting tax dollars and other resources from the middle class to poorer minorities merely need to look at the election of 2010. . . . [Obamacare] forced such issues to the fore, and Republicans swept the House and state houses across the country.”

Poor(er) people can come in all shapes, sizes and colors. But for the sake of Edsall’s freighted non-argument, let’s stipulate that the poorest Obama-subsidy recipients are slightly or much more likely to be minorities than not. Why must this fact motivate an individual’s opposition to seeing more and more of his hard-earned income coercively transferred to  anybody?

Change the context to a street mugging. If a mugger is non-white, does the victim’s dislike of being mugged necessarily hinge on the race of the mugger?

Of course, any victim of crime may be a racist. But you wouldn’t simply assume it.

Gratuitous charges of racism are one sign of desperation by friends of Obamacare — a program the color-blind horrors of which will only grow more evident over time.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.


By: Redactor


  1. 2WarAbnVet says:

    For decades our fellow citizens of color had been moving up from slavery, and improving their status in society. Then government stepped in to “help” them. We are now reaping the benefits of Johnson’s “Great Society” that is largely responsible for destroying the black family and filling the streets with fatherless thugs..

  2. Drik says:

    One trick pony.

    How do they rationalize that Americans were just as opposed to centralized government control when it came under the aegis of Hillarycare?

  3. David says:

    this is the critical argument against liberalism.
    “is it any more moral for mugger to mug you an take your wallet or for the government to take it and give what you have earned to someone who has not earned it” Either way something that you earned is taken from you by force and given to someone that has not earned it.

  4. Karen says:

    Your analogy to a mugging is once again, just common sense brilliant. To call someone a racist over opposition to a lousy law & even lousier health care is just a cheap,uneducated shot. The depth of ignorance & refusal to look at something logically & intelligently is pitiful. No wonder the uber wealthy are fleeing the country

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