I recently saw some photos from Health Care protests here in Arizona over at talkingpointsmemo.com/gallery/meet the mob. Not all the photos are from Arizona, but many are. And the theme remains constant throughout: The Vanilla Mob Cometh.
Notice it’s white people waving those signs around. There is a very real undercurrent to racism in all of this health care talk in Arizona. The “citizens”, the while folks, they don’t want to pay for the “illegals”. Even though these same people will pay the same illegals to mow their lawns, clean their homes and trim their palm trees. The Phoenix economy is fueled in part by cheap immigrant labor. (See phoenix.bizjournals.com. See also knowledge.wpcarey.asu.edu, u.arizona.edu, democraticdiva.com.)These whitebread clowns fuel the immigrant labor workforce by hiring illegals. Every week of the year.
Just don’t ask ’em to provide health care too, I guess. That is drawing a line with these folks. I can hear it now, because, trust me, I’ve heard it before in person. It goes a little bit like this, “Sure, I’ll throw a guy a couple of twenties for trimming out my date palm out front and dragging the fronds down to the dump. But I’ll be damned if I’m gonna git him health care too! He can pay for his own doctor!”
I feel a lot of love in this room.
Is it all about the angry white guy? Is it that simple? Lord help us. The next few years are going to be ugly in this country.
You can click through another gallery at tpm: Meet the Mob, Round 2: More From The Health Care Battlefield. In this one, you may notice other flavors aside from aforementioned vanilla. But we are still painfully mired in the dairy section of the American population.by