“In 1981 Lee Atwater, the famed Republican political operative, explained to an interviewer how his party had learned to exploit racial antagonism using dog whistles. “You start out in 1954 by saying ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’” But by the late 1960s, “that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, ‘forced busing,’ ‘states’ rights,’ and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.” ”
While I love Paul Krugman, I was not going to post this op-ed, as not new enough. Then I came across the following comment, which changed my mind. I wish to report that last week I tried to post another comment that endorsed SwingLeft, and Facebook blocked my post repleatedly, saying I was participating in some sin, like fake hate. Facebook appears to be trying, but also to be incompetent.
Here is the today comment to the Krugman piece below on overt racism by Donald Trump and the GOP.
This is one of the best analyses I’ve read in quite a long time. This is NOT a Trump problem, this is a Republican party problem.
Every decent American must get involved in supporting a Democratic candidate across the nation. We must flip the Senate, hold the House, and of course boot Trump out of office.
Donations, volunteering, texting, phone banks all good ways to help candidates. Groups like SwingLeft and Sister District Project are excellent resources. We cannot stay on the sidelines and allow these corrupt races to cement their hold on power. It’s likely 2020 or bust.
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“Last week’s debates clearly weakened Joe Biden and increased the odds that a more definitively progressive candidate — probably Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren — will win the nomination. And you can hear the wailing from much of the Beltway, the claims that Democrats are moving too far left.
So it’s worth parsing those claims. In what sense are the Dems moving too far left? What I’m seeing are three fairly distinct claims. First, that the party is endangering its electoral prospects. Second, that the party is being fiscally or economically irresponsible. Third, that Democrats are unfairly proposing to redistribute income from those who create wealth to those who don’t.
So you should know that the first claim is probably wrong, the second is definitely wrong, and the third ignores the extent to which we already do a lot of redistribution in this country — with Republican voters some of the biggest beneficiaries.”