‘Racist’ ca­nard los­ing power

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - STEPHEN PHILLIPS Ki­hei, Hawaii

Leon Trot­sky was among the first to use the word “racism” for po­lit­i­cal pur­poses. Were he around to­day, you can bet he would use the strat­egy the left is us­ing to­day: call­ing out as racist whomever they wish and get­ting enough peo­ple to be­lieve it, thereby end­ing any de­bate. It’s a strat­egy well taught in Saul Alin­sky’s book “Rules for Rad­i­cals,” that bi­ble for the far left.

“Racist” was the word used to si­lence for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama’s crit­ics, and it now is the word used against the cur­rent pres­i­dent. Well, I have bad news for the left and the rest of the low-in­for­ma­tion crowd: That word is dead. The pres­i­dent, Con­gress and mil­lions like my­self can crit­i­cize some­one based not on race, but based on their cor­rup­tion and fail­ure. Bal­ti­more is a dan­ger­ous city that has rats; that is a fact. Sen. Mazie Hirono is in­com­pe­tent; that is a fact is based on her record as a sen­a­tor, not her race. No one should be im­mune to crit­i­cism be­cause of their race.

I’ve heard the word “racism” tossed around so many times in the past three years that the word no longer has any mean­ing. In the words of Thomas Sow­ell, “Racism ... is on life-sup­port, kept alive mainly by the peo­ple who use it for an ex­cuse or to keep mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties fear­ful or re­sent­ful enough to turn out as a vot­ing bloc on elec­tion day.”

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