AMA Delegate In Obama Witch Doctor Flap

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bad Decisions, Barack, Conservatives, Obama

Anti-reform advocates are the gift that just keeps on giving. Take the case of David McKalip, who sent the above image out to his email list.

Does he genuinely not understand the implications of distributing trash like this? Because not only is it guaranteed to get out to the broader media, it also seriously undermines any arguments be brings to the table. And for a member of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates to do this? Does he seriously have this little common sense?

Here’s more about Mr. McKalip:

He’s the chair of the Florida Taxpayers Union, the founder of Doctors For Patient Freedom, and anti-health-care-reform group, the president of the Florida Neurological Society, and an all-around anti-government activist who has appeared at events with GOP members of Congress and whose op-eds opposing reform have appeared in the St. Petersburg Times.

He’s also a member of the American Medical Association who has been quoted by reporters for the Associated Press, Business Week, the Palm Beach Post, the Tampa Tribune, and the Florida Sun-Sentinel opposing health care reform and taxes.

Listen, I’m a pretty reasonable person, but I’m starting to have a hard time believing that a fair amount of these anti-government folks aren’t closet racists. I obviously hate to paint with the broad brush, but as more and more of these stories pop up and you see all of those posters at the Tea Party rallies…ugh. Trust me, I want to think better of those folks, but they keep giving me reasons to not.

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6 Responses to “AMA Delegate In Obama Witch Doctor Flap”

  1. michael reynolds Says:

    … I’m starting to have a hard time believing that a fair amount of these anti-government folks aren’t closet racists.

    You’re not really surprised, are you?

  2. gerryf Says:

    I’m just wondering what the guy thought the recipients and those to whom this would be passed on to would think on seeing it.

    It’s not funny. It’s not pointed. It doesn’t really convey anything.

    We’ve got a hammer and sickle in the ObamaCare, which I get and if you are trying to say ObamaCare is socialized or communist medicine, that’s ok, I get that, and it’s pretty clever.

    But the ceremonial African dress? I dunno. Maybe a witch doctor if I think about it for a little bit, but gad, you’d have to be a moron to think this is going to convince anyone of anything.

    You instantly lose any credibility as a reasonable proponant of an argument with crap like this.

    What a tool.

    Even if you are

  3. Justin Gardner Says:


    I mean, yes and no. I’ve seen it before, but as more and more high profile politicians and members of these groups reveal themselves to be closet racists, it just makes me wonder how much actual real racism out there. Color me naive, but I thought we were getting beyond that.

    But to the broader point, racism sucks, but the whole “socialist/communist” thing is just out to lunch. Do these people not understand how the relationship between government and free enterprise works? Or how the government shouldn’t necessarily be as “efficient” as corporations since they’re building the foundations that businesses operate on? And that’s ignoring the fact that 90% of all businesses fail within their first year, so who knows what “efficiency” really means anyway. Moreover, do they not get the oligarchy that is the modern corporate system and how deregulation has actually led to less competition, not more?

    Excuse me, I have to punch a few more holes in my wall.

  4. Tully Says:

    Point of trivia: The underlying image looks SE Asian or perhaps Amazonian to me.

    You instantly lose any credibility as a reasonable proponant of an argument with crap like this.

    With the general public, yes. And yes, I think it’s somewhat racist. But the underlying non-racist part of the message — that the proposed health care “reforms” will lower the quality of medical care — is effective. But that point could have been made just as effectively (and has been, in many places) without such imagery.

    makes me wonder how much actual real racism out there. Color me naive, but I thought we were getting beyond that.

    We are as far as it’s humanly possible, but that’s a big gap considering the human tendency to hate the Other. Racism tends to be ascribed to only one side of the political spectrum, though it truly knows no such bounds. As Ted Rall and Jane Hamsher have ably demonstrated.

  5. Justin Timberwolf Says:

    I think it’s indicative of who is actually driving this debate and where their priorities lie. Here’s a guy who’s become rich under the current health care system, like most members of the AMA have, and he doesn’t want his slice of the pie to be diminished. That’s understandable to me, even if I disagree with the largeness of the slice that he already has.

    The question for these interests is how to get a broader section of the population to get on board, which will naturally require getting those who would actually benefit from rocking the boat at the AMA and insurance lobby’s expense. The answer lies in this kind of stuff, which excites the vocal, no-nothing fringe/hardcore base, just as the Bush-as-Hitler stuff riled up the Democratic base in 2004. This, obviously, is more provocative since it adds a racial element, which has ALWAYS been a reliable fear-mongering tool in this country.

    Most Americans realized that we were horribly off-track last November, but getting them to see that “change” is more than a campaign slogan, that it requires ACTUAL change, is a harder sale for the Dems. Meanwhile, all the opposition party has to do is play the role of active resistance, exploiting that fear of policies we haven’t really tried. It’s working, and like any good propaganda, subtlety is not part of the equation.

    I think the good news is that if the Dems can actually hammer out some effective policy, this stuff will become more and more obviously the work of the interest groups and the paranoid fringe. But nuance is tough.

  6. lifediva Says:

    Of course they’re racists! None of us whites are perfect regarding racial attitudes, because we didn’t grow up in a world of perfect race relations and have baggage from the past. But I have a lot of conservative “friends” and acquaintances and am just blown away sometimes by the racist comments that they are willing to voice in polite society, apparently in complete ignorance that those beliefs are not mainstream or socially acceptable anymore.

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