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White Hot: The Health Care and Immigration Debacle

Rev. David L. Ostendorf • Aug 12, 2009

While not as crude as the raucous Rushian rabble with their swastika placards at town hall actions, serious white nationalists are unfolding their three-for-one strategy to derail health care and immigration reform, and the Obama Administration itself. In light of the tepid response of Administration and Congressional reformists to the health care debacle, the possibility of more setbacks on all fronts grows by the day: to wit, the President’s announcement this week that immigration reform will see action “when we come back next year.”

When Members of the U.S. House of Representatives lamely cut and run in the face of “angry crowds” screaming about the alleged repeal of Medicare, forced euthanasia of the elderly, and free health care for “illegal immigrants,” it’s clear that Congressional backbone replacement should be the health reform order of the day. One can scarcely imagine what the Members will do when the anti-immigrant crowds are cranked up and come out in force.

Emboldened by the town hall upheaval, even Patrick Buchanan is laying the white nationalist cards on the table. In a recent posting on the white nationalist V-Dare website, he affirmed the strategic link between race, health care, and immigration in clear, concise tones. In short, he declared that (white) men are increasingly losing jobs while Hispanics are steadily gaining employment during this era of economic upheaval; tellingly, he cited Hispanics, not immigrants in this regard, affirming the racial connotations of his musings. The principal beneficiaries of “Obamacare,” he reiterates, will be “African-Americans, Hispanics and immigrants,” while the health care reform losers will be “seniors and the elderly sick,” who are “over eight percent white.” With a written smirk, he alludes without comment to those citing racism as the motivating force behind the town-hallers, and concludes his “Angry White Men” by declaring that “We are headed for interesting times.”

We are indeed. Buchanan has always been adept at shaping white nationalist ideas and ideals into Main Street—and Wall Street—acceptability via his TV commentaries and his prolific pen. His 1992 Presidential campaign built off the unexpected success of David Duke’s political rise at the time, and cast the Louisiana Klansman’s racism into the political mainstream. When Buchanan weighs in with his racial analysis of the town hall meetings, count on real trouble ahead. Serious trouble. Not coincidentally, the National Policy Institute this week re-posted Edwin Rubenstein’s 2005 economic analysis allegedly proving that the costs of deporting all “illegal immigrants” would be considerably less than the costs of not doing so. Rubenstein also writes for V-Dare (and the Wall Street Journal) and is a principal source for Buchanan’s “Angry White Men.” New calls and mounting political pressure for sweeping deportation undoubtedly lie ahead—a tidy, white nationalist “solution” for health care, immigration, and “American” unemployment problems, all at the same time. The mass deportations of “Mexicans” in the 1930s provide a contemporary game plan, while “back to Africa” refrains quietly play in the background as “next steps” are pondered.

Meanwhile, the counter-response to the town-hallers has been consternation and late arrivals. Today’s New York Times notes that supportive union members attending Senator Specter’s health care meeting in Lebanon, Pennsylvania arrived too late to get one of the thirty cards allotted to speakers in the one-thousand+ crowd, all of whom ripped the health care proposals and flamed their white hot anger into tirades about immigration and a host of other “issues.” “This isn’t just about health care,” said Carolyn Doric of Harrisburg, “it’s about political power and a means to regain political power.”

This is most certainly about white political power and how to regain it. White nationalists understand that. Savvy politicos understand that. The Administration, reformist Members of Congress, and supporters of health care, immigration, and economic reform seem not to, at the peril of the nation. Capitulation and late arrivals will not stem white nationalism, or quell the white hot anger it is stoking.

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