Saturday, June 11, 2016

Romney and Trickle Down Stupidity

By Michael P. Tremoglie

The irony was not lost on me while listening to Mitt Romney talk about Donald Trump and “trickle down racism.” The incongruity of Romney using the langaguage of the Left to describe a person who received more votes than any other nominess in the party’s history is stunning.

After all, it was only six months ago that Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid said Justice Antonin Scalia was a racist “worst than Donald Trump.”

(Scalia was routinely falsely vilified as a racist:

What does this say about Romney’s beliefs about those who voted for Trump?

I recalled how Noam Chomsky once called Ronald Reagan an “extreme racist.” He was not alone. Tavis Smiley said Reagan “tortured” blacks. Bryant Gumbel called Reagan a racist too while an NBC commentator.

Ann Coulter, accused by conservatives of racism, recounted the many times Republicans have been branded racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, fascists, and Nazis by the Left. She presciently wrote in her 2002 book Slander,  “Instead of actual debate about ideas and issues with real consequences, the country is trapped in a political discourse that increasingly resembles professional wrestling.”

She also wrote how VT Sen. Jim Jeffords said he left the Republican Party because he was opposed to slavery and McCarthyism. ( BTW Rhode Island Republican Lincoln Chaffee did something similar when he bolted from the Republican Party).

She also wrote in her book:

Democrats compared Ken Starr to Heinrich Himmler

Jesse Jackson said in 1994, “In South Africa the status quo was racism…In Germany it was called fascism. Now in Britain and the USA it is called conservatism”

Charles Rangel compared the “Contract with America” to Nazism

Alan Dershowitz, the brilliant legal scholar praised by conservatives, once said that Republican opposition to letting felons vote is an ethnic cleansing of voter rolls and many other examples.

I am unsure why Romney and others in the Republican Party have adopted the Left’s tactics of smearing a Republican as racist, fascist, sexist etc. Is there a political gain? I have heard Romney and Ryan are trying to clear the way for a Ryan presidential nomination in 2020.

Who knows?

One thing is for sure. Romney and others are alienating probably the largest electoral demographic - the white working class. If they do - and they are trying their damnedest - Republicans will return to being a minority party for a long time.


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