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Tennessee Democrat: State Based Legal Challenges To ObamaCare Are Racist

by @ 6:04 pm on March 22, 2010. Filed under Barack Obama, Politicos & Pundits, Politics


[A]t a news conference, House Democratic caucus leader Mike Turner criticized the Ramsey-backed Tennessee Health Freedom Act as political grandstanding. Turner suggested President Obama’s conservative critics have racist motivations.

Asked his view on the Health Freedom Act, which orders Attorney General Bob Cooper to sue to overturn any federal mandate to buy insurance, Turner said: “I have one thing to say about that: Appomattox.”

“We’ve got a lot of bills on states’ rights here, state sovereignty and all that,” he added. “We went through that fight once before. All of a sudden, we have a black man elected president and everybody wants to start acting like something’s wrong with our country. I didn’t agree with a lot of things George Bush did, but I wasn’t ready to secede from the union.”

Asked to elaborate afterward, Turner said, “I think some of the people who are against Obama are just against Obama because he’s African-American.”

Like I said on Saturday, so much for post-racial politics.

H/T: David Weigel

3 Responses to “Tennessee Democrat: State Based Legal Challenges To ObamaCare Are Racist”

  1. James Young says:

    Virginia Republican: House Democrat caucus leader Mike Turner is a horse’s ass.

  2. tfr says:

    Well we knew this was coming…

  3. Jon Potter says:

    I am not an attorney, nor a constitutional law expert. I do not believe that using racist comparisons/examples answers the 10th amendment conflict I foresee.

    Perhaps our TN Attorney Geneneral will be so kind as to explain why he sees no undue influence? Please also address how Congress can make a law(s) that applies to all citizens except themselves? How can Congress and the President exempt themselves, their staff, etc, from the very healthcare they order us/the citizens to have?

    Why is our Constitution so misunderstood and so convenient for liberls to tamper with ? Yes, we tried socialism in the early colonies.It failed miserably as the able bodied did little to nothing.

    Obamacare is clearly taxation without representation. Special interest groups are not the citizens of the USA and the states. We demand this Healthcare Bill be ruled unconstitutional.

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