Friday, April 18, 2014
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B-Rock O’Beezy and the O-word

As a kid, I tried to imagine how Rip Van Winkle felt when he awoke after 20 years of sleep to find a world that had so completely changed. How disturbing and disorienting it must have been. Recent developments surrounding Obamacare created a Rip Van Winkle awakening for me.

First was the assertion by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry that the O-word (Obamacare) was “A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived 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.”

I seem to remember a time in the recent past when our president wore that word as a badge of accomplishment and honor. And now, it has become mean and racially charged. I don’t seem to remember people hollering “sexism” about Hillarycare, or “Mormon-bashing” with regard to Romneycare (although I doubt anyone would stand up for the Mormons in any situation).

And, just when I thought things couldn’t get any crazier, I saw the new B-Rock O’Beezy video, a promotion for Obamacare by Covered California. It was disturbing on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to start. Well, let’s start with the opening of the video where “the president” is tagging with a stencil and spray can some bastardization of the American flag. Although I really don’t consider myself a patriot (more of just a humanist), this type of treatment of a symbol that many, thousands of whom died defending our way of life, consider very sacred, is beyond tasteless. The rap itself is cheesy and demeaning to the office of the president.

Without knowing the source, one might think this was a “Saturday Night Live” video. Do people who support the president really want him shown in that light? Obama has done enough himself to blur the lines between campaigning and entertaining, between celebrity and public service. And finally, the scariest part is that people with enough money and influence to get this video out there believe it could be effective. Have we really fallen that far?

Greg Johnson
Davis

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  • December 27, 2013 - 6:41 am

    Obama is a failure on so many fronts. He called it 'Obamacare' himself but if you hear him now he's calling it Affordable Healthcare as he runs away from Obamacare. Can you blame him for not wanting to be associated with his disaster?

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  • Jim LeonardDecember 27, 2013 - 9:02 am

    Are you a member of the propaganda wolf pack? Gang up, whether it makes sense or not or has even a trace of virtue. I'd much rather have single payer national health care and am critical of the ACA's giveaway to the insurance industry BUT I arrived at these thoughts on my own. I think you only echo thoughts, regard them as your own, feel less lonely being part of a crowd, and do not have any independent thought--hopeful void only on this issue.

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  • ontDecember 27, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    "propaganda wolf pack"... or just the cow pie crew. They head on over to fox news to load up then come back here to sling it.

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  • greg johnsonDecember 27, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    Hey Jim, I hope you don't sprain your shoulder patting yourself on the back for your "original" thought. Don't know if you've noticed but Wall st. has bid up healthcare stocks over the past few years in anticipation of Obamacare, so I guess you're not quite the sage you imagined you were. Also, if I wanted to "be less lonely" (which I'm not, I have a wonderful family and good friends) and "be part of the crowd" I would be like other Davisites who blindly support this president because he wears the D and not open my eyes and look for myself what's happening to the country. People on the left love to think of themselves as underdogs, fighting, against overwhelming odds, to right the wrongs. If you like being an underdog, try being a conservative (even just a fiscal conservative as I am) in this town.

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  • ontDecember 28, 2013 - 12:33 am

    yeah you’re the Rosa Parks of corporate America and bitter old guys.

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  • December 28, 2013 - 8:57 am

    You seem very unhappy here in Davis. You may find happiness living somewhere else.

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  • ontDecember 27, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    Rip Van Winkle’s an apt comparison. A few decades after the fact an old guy suddenly becomes aware that the kids have invented this disturbing music known as the rap or hop hip or rap hop. Must be “disorienting.” Especially when it’s broadcast across the intertubes in a send-up video to inform those youngsters about health insurance. Scary stuff to think they might buy health insurance and find out the right-wing propaganda is just that.

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  • Greg JohnsonDecember 27, 2013 - 6:06 pm

    It is disturbing what has happened to the stature of the office of the President in the past 5 years. If this video were made by a right wing group, it would be considered a great insult to the president. This is where our tax dollars are spent? Take another bong hit ONT!!

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  • ontDecember 28, 2013 - 12:31 am

    This outrage of the minute needs a little work. Go back to fox and see if they’ve come up with anything new. Failing that link the video to abortion or the war on christmas. Hey maybe the rap hop artist is muslim or least that can always just be insinuated. Or he could have a relative that was in the Bay Area in one of the decades near the time the black panthers were active. Good right wing rage buttons all.

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  • greg johnsonDecember 28, 2013 - 8:47 am

    From now on, when you respond with some unintelligible drivel, I will put NWR for "not worth a response". That will be our code just so you know I saw what you wrote, OK ONT?

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  • December 28, 2013 - 9:01 am

    ont has you pegged Jim! Again, you might be happiest living elsewhere. I know Davis would be better for it.

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  • December 28, 2013 - 9:03 am

    That was intended for Greg J.

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  • greg johnsonDecember 28, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    Looks like you need to cut down on the bong hits as well, that is if this isn't ONT under cover posting. Actually I love living in Davis. I'm just astounded by the volume of thoughtless liberalism. There are plenty of thoughtful liberals as well, just many more thoughtless ones.

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  • December 28, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    Hey Greg, I don't think it's too hard to figure out who ONT is.

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  • December 28, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Please enlighten us!

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