- - Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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.”

STEPHEN PHILLIPS

Kihei, Hawaii



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