Radical right comments, views endanger democracy

February 28, 2014 

Members associated with the Tea Party at a protest organized by the Republicans hurled vile remarks at Democratic gubernatorial Charlie Crist at a book signing in Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 20.

One member of the protest shouted at Crist "commie whore" and others yelled similar bigoted slurs, observed Jessica Clark, deputy campaign manager of the Charlie Crist for Governor campaign in an email the following day.

Recently, National Rifle Association board member and Republican darling Ted Nugent, who stumped for Mitt Romney during his presidential campaign, publicly declared: "I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured sub-human mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States."

While it is hard to decide which of the above catch words is the most despicable, Charles N. Blow, in a New York Times commentary titled "Accommodating Divisiveness," noted that the term "sub-human mongrel" has received the most attention. In reference to Jews, it was daily propaganda by the Nazis.

Nazis and other racists are attracted to the Tea Party/Republican Party, observed Claire Conner in her must-read book "Wrapped in the Flag A Personal History of America's Radical Right."

Unless vigorously opposed, this fatal attraction is lethal to American democracy.

Robert Phillipoff

Bradenton

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