Stop using ‘racist’ label
Regardless of where one stands in today’s divisive political climate. it should be apparent that the need to talk things out is more important than ever. Unfortunately, reasoned dialogue in the middle ground has been replaced by the shouting from the extreme wings of both parties. There is plenty to dislike about the rhetoric of Donald Trump, but it was effective in getting attention and it duped the Democrats into attacking the person and the rhetoric rather than focusing on a broader economic message that would have appealed to many of the voters whose support the Democrats needed (“Can Trump change his spots?” Nov. 14).
Now that the issue is decided, the Democratic propaganda machine continues to roll on and the favorite tactic is the “racist” label. Historically, it looks much like the McCarthyism of the early 1950s. In that era, any voice of economic reform or effort to spread the prosperity was immediately painted with the “communist” label. Once done, that person could be marginalized, ignored and out-right blacklisted as not deserving to be heard or even employed.
We see much the same today. If an opinion is contrary to the Democratic Party agenda, the first line of defense seems to be a thorough vetting of the speaker in an effort to find some way, no matter how tenuous, to label him or her as a racist. The word is beyond trite and has lost its true meaning. Unfortunately, it’s as effective as a Democratic clarion call as it is damaging to the social unity of the nation.