Some people just don’t get it

This morning I heard nonagenarian Daniel Schorr, hands-down NPR’s least informed, most annoying commentator, explaining away the protests against ObamaCare as a pre-packaged protest organized by the insurance industry. says the same thing. Former Enron adviser Paul Krugman pays lip service to that conspiracy theory in his latest NYT column but goes one better: it’s really all about angry white Americans who can’t stand the sight of a black man as our president.

[C] ynical political operators are exploiting that anxiety to further the economic interests of their backers.

Does this sound familiar? It should: it’s a strategy that has played a central role in American politics ever since Richard Nixon realized that he could advance Republican fortunes by appealing to the racial fears of working-class whites.

Many people hoped that last year’s election would mark the end of the “angry white voter” era in America.

I’m charged with racism by commentators here, too – apparently one can’t oppose Obama without being a racist because he’s uh, black, dude. Yes he is, and a majority of Americans voted for that black man so he’s now our president – every American’s president. I protest against him for the very reason I voted against him last November: I don’t like his policies. For some reason, Krugman, Schorr et als can’t understand that, even though they have no difficulty disagreeing with Justice Clarence Thomas. In their world, to disagree with a liberal black man is racist; a conservative black? Hey, dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

I think that this type of left think is blind, and I think that, by dismissing opponents of Obama as tools of the insurance companies and white racists, these people are missing what’s going on out in the amber waves of grain. You’d expect politicians to be more tuned in than that, but it’s so easy, and comfortable to ignore those who disagree with them that they sometimes get blindsided. “What’s the matter with Kansas?” They don’t like socialism. Period.


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8 responses to “Some people just don’t get it

  1. Helsa Poppin

    When I read the NYTimes’ shameful piece about the protests at the various town halls, it took me a minute to realize that this is good for our side. If they reported citizens’ dissent respectfully, the protests would probably go nowhere. The more that the poohbahs in the government and the media reveal their contemptuous disdain for ordinary Americans and their deeply held beliefs, the stronger the protests will become. I’m there!!!

  2. Krazy Kat

    When you have lost the argument on the merits, you attack the other side on personal grounds. Lawyers have done it for decades: when the evidence is against them they attack the witness or the manner in which the evidence was collected.

    What galls me is the manner in which the WH, Dems and Media have gone after those opposing Obamacare. We have the community organizer in chief naysaying the public having their say. The hypocracy is overwhelming given community organizers’ only role and strength is to organize people in order to affect politicies, etc.

    The most amusing aspect is the Sweeney has called out his union goons to help “keep the peace” at various town hall meetings. Imagine the images we might see: union thugs pushing around grandma or Joe the Plumber who are only looking to get their say with their elected representatives.

    This feels like the rise of the Brown Shirts again.

  3. kidding really?

    If Obama looked like his mom – would he be President?

    Just saying

  4. maxxman

    Big Media’s dishonesty in this particular case may prove to be “good for our side”, but truly truly truly the country would be far better off in general if the companies whose job is to provide us with news (facts) would do just that and nothing more.

  5. Rachelle

    Everyone of us should do everything we can to speed the demise of the NYT. If a $2 price tag isn’t enough to tumble it into the grave, let’s all give it a push. I have stopped even checking its obits on line to see which miserable leftist has left us (we all know that per column inch the left gets more space in the NYT, even in the obits) and that was the hardest thing to give up. All ideas — in addition to mailing back its solicitations with weighty inserts — cheerfully accepted and acted upon. On the otherside (literally and figuratively), support for the American Thinker and Lucianne should help with our mood and ability to respond to the deep “feelers” amongst us.

  6. Ted Ford

    I heard Schorr’s annoying commentary as well. He is so long past his prime it is ridiculous, and he was nothing that great during his CBS hey-day either. NPR should dump him. There are many younger fresher comentators with real insight who could be on-air. National radio time is precious. It in unfortunate that NPR has chosen to waste so much of it on Schorr. He is a weekly reminder of why people should retire before they become an embarrassment.

  7. South of Village

    Thanks CF for reminding everyone that our President is self-serving, deceitful, and an egomaniac.

    I also find it silly how people cite international approval ratings of Obama. That’s like the jealous colleague at work who consoles you and says your presentation was great, when in fact it was terrible. He has a vested interest in your path to mediocrity. As do the approval ratings from Western Europe who want to see America become mediocre like all of them.