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April 8, 2014

Column: Beware oligarchs and bogeymen

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But the main reason Republicans want to demonize her is because she has been a very effective party leader, even as House minority leader, whipping her troops in line much more effectively than current Republican Speaker John Boehner.

And it’s silly to try to scare voters because she has used her power, which all politicians seek to do, just as it’s silly to try to scare voters because somebody is rich.

Perhaps both parties are signing onto Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” which recommends looking for ways to “increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty” and “go after people and not institutions.” His most famous rule is No. 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.”

You know, like calling someone an “oligarch.”

Trying to scare voters by turning certain people into bogeymen is a transparent attempt to distract from the “issues” that we all claim should be foremost in a political campaign.

Why can’t the pronouncements of the Kochs and Pelosi be judged on their merits, rather than on how much money or power they have?

Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist from Ipswich. Contact him at t.armerding@verizon.net.

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