It is fair to criticize Charlie Crist for switching party affiliations. But the tired rhetorical trick of belittling him for playing the race card should be understood for what it is — an attempt to distract voters from the fact that he’s right on the mark regarding his former party’s obvious and subtle appeals to bigotry.
President Obama gets elected, and vile caricatures and innuendo pop up. The party leadership immediately announces its intention to “make him a one-term president,” tries to do it, fails and then continues its efforts to stall or derail his initiatives — from failiing to approve his appointees to executive posts and the federal bench to countless attempts to repeal Obamacare, a program that is virtually identical to that which the right embraced when proposed by the white fellows in their party years before.
And there are, of course, the tried and true “dog whistles” Republicans have used since the ’60s to appeal to their increasing base of bigots.
Whether on gays, guns, God, immigration or social welfare, the right can be counted upon to drive wedges whenever possible and insinuate that “others” are out to dismantle the American way of life.
And in so doing, they are accomplishing just that.
Timothy W. Harrington, Miami