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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, who once wore tampon earrings on-air to demonstrate solidarity with supporters of late-term abortion, referenced a “controversial word” Sunday that has been “with us for years.”
Yeah, I know, the suspense is killing you, but I purposely left out the “controversial word” to demonstrate the obscene ridiculousness of Harris-Perry’s comments. Here we go:
“I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean.
The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and diminish his accomplishments.
President Obama has been labeled with this word by his opponents, and at first he rose above it, hoping that if he could just make a cause for what he’d achieved, his opponents would fail in making their label stick.
Harris-Perry then claimed Obama “embraced the word and made it his own, sending his opposition a message they weren’t expecting: ‘If that’s what you want me to be, I’ll be that.’”
“Y’all know the word that I’m talking about: ObamaCare!”
“That’s right!” she continued, with laughter: “I said it and I’m not ashamed, and neither is President Obama!”
Whoa, wait a minute. Setting aside the fact that Harris-Perry teased her presumably like-minded audience by suggesting she was referencing a well-known (and disgusting) racial epithet, let’s “nitpick” a few of her observations.
What evidence does she have to prove that “wealthy white men” either coined the term “ObamaCare” or promoted its use – let alone sought to do so to “put themselves above and apart from the black man”?
What “accomplishments” – specifically – is she talking about? Increasing the National Debt by more than 60% in five years? Presiding over a government that a majority of Americans believe – the largest majority in 40 years – has diminished the role of America in the world? Creating – through incessant class-warfare rhetoric – arguably the most division in America since the Civil War?
As for Harris-Perry’s reference to Obama saying, in essence, “If that’s what you want me to be, I’ll be that,” here’s what he has actually said – on numerous occasions:
“I actually like the name. Because I do care – that’s why we fought so hard to make it happen.”
And by the way, Democrats in general have embraced “ObamaCare” as well. Here’s Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer in 2012:
“We describe health reform in many ways but we certainly don’t run from the term ‘ObamaCare.’ It’s an accomplishment the president’s proud of and talks about in nearly every speech.”
Even now, the Democratic National Committee is giving away “I Love (Heart) ObamaCare” bumper stickers on its 2014 midterm elections websites. (There is evidence the White House has backed away from the term somewhat.)
So what’s Melissa’s sudden problem with “ObamaCare”? Now that the disastrous rollout has happened; now that Obama’s promise of “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it” has proved to be false and now that millions of Americans have learned that premiums and deductibles are increasing under the “Affordable” Care Act, Democrats – including Obama himself – no longer embrace the term. In fact, they run from it at every opportunity.
As for even suggesting a comparison with a very ugly word in America’s history – then laughing about doing so, as if she were proud of herself for setting up her audience – shame on her.