Fomenting the politics of hate

It happens anytime budgetary constraint becomes the topic of debate. This time around, there is anticipation for the usual tactics. That anticipation is already realized in this early stage of the debate. Lloyd Brown describes the situation.

Those who have not been as successful will be urged to hate the people who have worked hard to get an education, get a job, and master the job skills that get them promotion and raises. They have saved their earnings and provided for their retirement.

It will be difficult to hate them individually, because they are not the same people from year to year. More than half of those in the “rich” category are not there the following year.

Nevertheless, liberals will portray their hard earned wealth as ill-gotten gains, taken from some mysterious pile of wealth that in a world where “economic justice” reigned would be divided equally among all Americans. (See: Communism, 1917-1989.)

Play the victim card. Find someone to blame. It helps of that someone is a part of a group with a rather hazy definition such as ‘the rich’ or ‘speculators’. Tell the people they are victims of these evil and despicable folks who aren’t paying their fair share and are out to kill, starve, or harm the poor, the sick, and the unfortunate. Promote envy and hate and other negative emotions.

Such tactics require a people who do not look at history, do not consider the implications, and dwell on their own selves without consideration of others. The consequences are not pretty.

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