The November 8 election prompted medical students at the University of California at Davis to call a “code blue” emergency, normally used for cases of cardiac arrest. As Claudia Buck of the Sacramento Bee noted, the students held a rally to “speak about their fears for health care under the incoming president, Donald Trump.”
In this state of emergency, “African American and Muslim medical students described feeling intimidated and threatened since the election.” Second-year student Zakir Safdar said “he often wears a UC Davis medical school hat or shirt in public, almost as protection against insults or worse from those who dislike his Muslim faith.” Mr. Safdar said there have been more news reports of incidents against Muslims since the election, complaining of “so much racism and bigotry” against Muslims.
As it happened, the code blue came just days before the anniversary of the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, in which Muslim jihadists Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people and wounded 22.
Other UC Davis students, Buck explained, “were concerned about the potential harm to patients of Trump’s call to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.” UC Davis preventive medicine professor Stephen McCurdy told Buck “The ACA was a big deal” and “an important step in the right direction.”
In reality, Covered California, the state’s wholly-owned subsidiary of Obamacare, has been responsible for “widespread glitches and widespread consumer misery,” according to Emily Bazar of the Center for Health Reporting. In 2015-16, Covered California automatically dropped 2,000 pregnant women from their plans. Some lost their doctors and missed prenatal appointments. Covered Cal bosses blamed it on the computer system.
As the widespread misery confirms, Obamacare was not so much about health care as submission. In Obamacare, you don’t get what you want. You get only what the government wants you to have. That’s the totalitarian-style transformation the president is trying to impose. Obamacare was also a jobs program for political retreads and incompetents.
For example, Ana Matosantos held bachelor degrees in political science and feminist studies but duly became California’s Director of Finance, a job for a proven economist with a master’s or PhD. Despite sub-par performance and a drunk-driving conviction, Covered California brought Matosantos aboard for $20,000 a month.
She was obviously hired in defiance of state law prohibiting race, ethnic and gender preferences in state employment, education and contracting. Those concerns track back to UC Davis, which during the 1970s twice rejected medical student Allan Bakke, a person of no color, whose scores were “significantly higher” than those of the minorities UC Davis admitted. The anti-Trump rally had some in Davis wondering how many medical students had been admitted on the basis of “diversity.” On the other hand, the code blue alarm suggested there was more to it.
The politically correct are fond of ascribing bogus medical-psychological problems to those who challenge their orthodoxies. Those less than worshipful of same-sex marriage, for example, are automatically filed under “homophobic.” Those who express caution about admitting Muslim refugees whose background cannot be verified get smeared as “Islamophobic.”
This loathsome tactic recalls the Soviet regime, which regarded dissenters as mentally ill. The Communist Party’s quack shrinks charged that Vladimir Bukovsky suffered from an obsession with “the struggle for truth and justice” and banished him to asylums and labor camps for 12 years. California’s politically correct squads, meanwhile, have issues of their own such as memory loss.
On November 5, 1996, California voters approved Proposition 209, the California Civil Rights Initiative, by a margin of 54 to 46 percent. This measure signaled an end to racial, ethnic and gender preferences in state college admissions, state employment, and state contracting. Newspapers usually mark key anniversaries but on November 5, 2016, the old-line media took a pass.
On November 4, 1986, a full 73.2 percent of California voters passed Proposition 63, the Official Language of California Amendment. This measure declares English the official language of California and directs the state legislature to “preserve the role of English as the state’s common language” and refrain from “passing laws which diminish or ignore the role of English as the state’s common language.”
On November 4, the thirtieth anniversary of that victory passed unnoticed by the state’s old-line establishment media. Call it “democracyphobia,” the fear of recognizing, or remembering, an election that challenges any politically correct orthodoxy. This fear of the people is more widespread than previously thought.
On November 4, 1986, by a margin of 67 to 33 percent Californians ousted Rose Bird, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court and the state’s first female supreme court justice. California voters also booted out associate justices Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin. It was a vote of huge significance but on November 4, 2016, the thirtieth anniversary passed in virtual media silence. The reason is not hard to discern.
Bird, Grodin and Reynoso were all selections of Jerry Brown, California’s politically correct governor, soft on illegal immigration and to this day a militant opponent of Proposition 209. Clearly, memory loss and democracyphobia pervade the old-line establishment media, now the Pravda of political correctness. To get the truth, you have to read between the lines or look elsewhere.