“Anarchists bent on destroying US,” (Oct. 1 Rutland Herald) is witnessing the logical conclusion of the Republican Party’s “Southern strategy,” adopted in the wake of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
They determined that they could appeal to the fear and latent bigotry of white Southerners (and some Northerners as well) to gain seats in Congress. From 1968 onward, it worked quite well.
However, in order to keep winning, they had to ramp up the appeal, so campaigns and memes got more vicious. Newt Gingrich added intractability with the 1994 “Contract on America,” when he shut down the government.
His failure at that time is ignored by his heirs, who believe “this time it will be different; this time it will work.”
SpringfieldMORE IN Letters
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Archaeologists find a leather shoe in a cave in Armenia that predates the Pyramids by more than a thousand years.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1932, President Hoover orders the Army to evict bonus marchers from Anacostia Flats; author Malcolm Lowry born this day, as is Jackie Kennedy and Mike Bloomfield; Stephen Crane on consuming one's own heart.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Earth barely avoids being blasted by immense solar flare in 2012, astrophysicists say next time might not be so lucky.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1898, Nelson Miles leads American troops into Puerto Rico during Spanish-American War, Bob Dylan electrifies Newport Folk Festival in 1965, author and longshoreman Eric Hoffer born this day in 1902.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: No charges to be filed inconnection with crash of city police cruiser, farmers group turn to Internet to raise money for solar project, Street Talk polls passersby about legal marijuana.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information for Friday, July 25, and easily digestible news tidbits: Mysterious enormous hole in the Siberian tundra baffles scientists.