Someone needs to make a list. I’ll go ahead and start it.
Palling around with terrorists=racist.
And now, because they said so, condemning an approach to terrorism as a criminal act rather than an act of war=racist.
I should have kept that list going. Maybe I’ll start a side project, similar to warmlist, the website that tracks all the things caused by global warming.
Here are a few more code words or dog whistles or whatever they are called this week: “entitlement society,” “Constitution,” “poor work ethic,” and “Founding Fathers.” It’s true because Juan Williams said so:
The language of GOP racial politics is heavy on euphemisms that allow the speaker to deny any responsibility for the racial content of his message. The code words in this game are “entitlement society” — as used by Mitt Romney — and “poor work ethic” and “food stamp president” — as used by Newt Gingrich. References to a lack of respect for the “Founding Fathers” and the “Constitution” also make certain ears perk up by demonizing anyone supposedly threatening core “old-fashioned American values.”
The code also extends to attacks on legal immigrants, always carefully lumped in with illegal immigrants, as people seeking “amnesty” and taking jobs from Americans.
There’s a part of me that wants to vent and break the All American Wife’s editorial prohibition on dropping F-bombs in my writing, but there’s another part, a larger part, that accepts what is going on and is resigned to the reality that whatever is said or done for the next 10 months, regardless if the person is black, white, Cuban, Mexican or Asian, if it is in any way against the left, it will be maligned as racist.
When you can’t mention the Founding Fathers without it being a racist dog whistle, you know what I am saying is true. You need to accept that as fact. This isn’t going to be a campaign about the positives and negatives of a particular candidate’s economic philosophy, or their particular belief in the role of government. It is going to be a campaign designed to divide the nation by class and race.
And they have a head start. (That’s probably racist.)