I realize that there may be some of you who think that are issues other than race that are important in American politics. You are wrong, all major arguments in American politics revolve around race and ethnicity to some degree. Tom Edsdall on health care:
The harsh reality is many voters consider the health care bill a multibillion-dollar transfer of taxpayer money to the uninsured, a population disproportionately, although by no means exclusively, made up of the poor, African Americans, Latinos, single parents, and the long-term unemployed. Providing medical care to this population is an explicit goal of the legislation, and a worthy goal, but political suicide in the current environment.
As everyone knows, the United States is undergoing a profound demographic transformation. Non-Hispanic whites are likely to become a minority by the year 2042. This shift underlies the theory of a Democratic realignment: Pro-Democratic groups are growing while the pro-Republican white population is declining.
Edsall goes on to claim that this is why Obama shouldn’t have pursued health care reform. This makes no sense to me, since the legislation is popular with demographic groups that are growing in influence and unpopular with those that are declining in influence, as he himself asserts.