ONTD Political


10:13 am - 12/07/2009
Any video emailed to you with the words "oh christ" as the only context with which to view it is worth a look. This did not disappoint. Via Andrew Sullivan, presenting the worst issue-ad I've seen in a long time.

This is the worst thing telling me what's racist and what isn't since Crash. It's that bad:

A few thoughts come to mind:

1. No, you're racist because you fear/hate/assume/stereotype/pigeonhole [insert various ethnicity]. Also, because you're an ignoramus.

2. Really? People think the people opposed to Obama's health care plan are racists? No. If they're opposed to Obama because they're racist, that's one thing. Those people exist! And they're probably opposed to all of his policies, not just health care. People are most likely opposed to Obama's health care plan because there's some provision in it they disagree with, or because it trends in a direction they don't feel like having our government go.


5. Forgetting the fact that the first guy looks curious like George W. Bush, or that whole "I guess I'm a racist" thing. The lede is buried, or as Andrew Sullivan puts it, the ad is most effective by sneaking the real propaganda at the end:

Conflating wider worries about the intensity of vaguely articulated loathing of Obama as racially tinged with specific worries about health insurance reform is, however, a useful piece of sophism. But really: a total government take-over of the healthcare system? For a reform where almost every newly insured person will get coverage under a private insurance company and get prescription drugs from private drug companies and get treated in non-government-run hospitals? Sigh.

Lying liars are not only liars about what racists they are, but about what they're racist about, too. People suck. Or as I emailed back: for fuck's sake.

wanndaling 8th-Dec-2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'd like to know who the fuck is opposed to his health care plan.
I'm English, and from what I can tell he's just proposing doing something siliar to our NHS, oui? I can't see how anyone thinks this is a bad idea. The NHS has it's flaws, but at least everyone, no matter how poor, gets health care provided and doesn't have to worry about insurance (or lack thereof) and having to pay for any hospital care.

Also: "This is the worst thing telling me what's racist and what isn't since Crash"

Lol forever. Crash has got to be the worst movie ever made. Without question.
mylaptopisevil 8th-Dec-2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
The way opponents of reform here paint NHS, you apparently have people waiting months upon months for basic needs and hordes of people dying in the streets.
wanndaling 8th-Dec-2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
There can be quite a long wait sometimes for non-essential care, but it's FREE. I think the whole 'people dying in the streets' thing is actually how we over here view American health care, it seems insane to me that people can be refused life-saving treatments etc just because they can't afford to pay for it. That doesn't happen here.
schonste 8th-Dec-2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
No, what Obama is proposing is nothing like the NHS; it's just another insurance plan that is government run. It's not free (as far as I know) and it's not all-covering. And it wouldn't even really go into effect until 2013.

wanndaling 8th-Dec-2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh right. I haven't really looked in to it much, the bits and bobs I've heard just made it sound a lot like the NHS.
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