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March 9, 2018      2:17 PM

Smith: Back from the Grave

QR’s Liberal Columnist Glenn W. Smith argues that the Right’s fear tactics are now more motivating Democrats rather than intimidating them

There’s an old tale about a fellow stumbling toward home from the bar late one night, walking through a graveyard. He doesn’t see an open grave and falls right into it. He tries to claw his way out, screaming for help, but help never comes, so he huddles up in dark corner to stay warm.

Not much later, another fellow from the same bar stumbles through the same graveyard and tumbles into the same open grave. He tries to claw his way out, screaming for help, when the first fellow, unseen there in his dark corner, says in a scratchy voice, “It’s no use. You’ll never get out.” And with that, the second fellow springs right out of the grave like a high jumper.

The story comes to mind while thinking of the Right’s use of fear to intimidate and demoralize its political opponents, tactics at the very top of its path-to-power playbook. “It’s no use, you’ll never get out” is a frequent Republican’s message to Democrats.

The complete column by Glenn W. Smith is in the R&D Department.

By Glenn W. Smith

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