For the last 25 years or so, the active liberals of the political world have been accusing any and everyone not on board with their social directions as haters, bigots, racists, etc.

In some cases, I'm certain that some real bigotry and racism has been pointed out accurately. But it is increasingly clear that in perhaps as many if not more cases, just lobbing these words at someone is more closer to a social hand grenade than an actual belief for the accuser.

The modus operandi is right out of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, a book for tactics to push forward leftist (communist) goals and one often used by the Democratic Party.

I would point to the recent presidential debate held by Democratic Party candidates on Thursday, June 27 as one to consider. California Senator Kamala Harris has decidedly begun to plant the seeds of racism onto the front-runner for the moment, former Vice President Joe Biden, who was also a colleague of Harris in the Senate.

Every single thing a candidate says in presidential races is a potential land mine, and Senator Harris shamefully used Biden's words to paint an ugly, below-the-belt image of him.

Biden was referring to a time in the Senate when he explained about working with segregationists like Senator James Eastland (D-Mississippi). “At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything,” Biden said of that time. “Today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy.”

That provided one "bullet" for his suddenly hostile fellow Democrats and also, his fight to stop segregating white and black students through busing. That last one is quite legitimate, but where were all those in the media and the no tolerance voices of 2019 when President Obama chose Mr. Biden to be his VP in 2008?

They all whistled past the graveyard. Why? It was politically inconvenient to stop the momentum of the Democratic nominee, principles be damned.

Biden's 42-year-old letters from 1977 are now being published by CNN, a news network which has abandoned almost all recognizable signs of unbiased reporting and instead has become an agent for progressive politics.

They could have easily published them in the fall of 2008 but decided not to.

Liberals in the media, Washington, civil rights groups and in Delaware all have known Biden's well-documented efforts to stymie integrating white and black students in public schools. They swallowed the facts as long as he was useful to the progressive cause in the years and decades that followed.

Now Biden is regarded as further to the right than most of the current front-runners in the 2020 field of Democratic candidates, one of which will take on President Trump that November.

The party is loaded with those who could turn out to be a Brutus. Watch as the circular firing squad takes down the first front-runner with weapons of disparaging accusations that they were all aware of for decades.

It rings as hollow as the plans they would implement on our nation should one of them defeat Trump.

If Biden had underlying sentiments of racism in 1977, that ship has sailed. The same party just held him as a guardian of the liberal platform. He was launched second in line for the presidency in 2008 and 2012 by these same accusers.

These very same accusers (registered Democrats) are also the same voices who fell over themselves to defend former member and Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard adviser Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia who served in the US Senate until his death in 2010. In a letter to the Grand Wizard of the time in 1946, Byrd wrote, "The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation."

Hosts of shows on CNN and MSNBC, Democrats in public office such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and typical liberal printed press attacked the voices of those who pointed to this inconvenient truth about Byrd.

The progressives were only too ready to "believe the changes in his soul." Now that Mr. Biden is in the way of perhaps their more ambitious socialist goals, he will instead be politically crucified with a thousand barbs, coming from a thousand directions.

11) "If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside."

13) "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." – Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals

The "n-word" is one word which I am comfortable never seeing or hearing again. But the accusations of bigot, racist or hater should hold the accuser of being accountable for them. I would love to see the ability of the accused to file a lawsuit for those marking their targets.

If proven unjustly accused, the victim will likely suffer damages socially, perhaps financially and otherwise. There needs to be consequences for accusing even public figures of this as a political tool and not a concern based on evidence. It's time to harness the insincere and very harmful slander fired away by progressives, faster than a Gatling gun ever could.

Funny, I never thought I'd be sympathetic toward Biden as he has been such a villainous political adversary for many years, at least for me. Perhaps karma is at work here as he has orchestrated such tactics himself in his decades in Washington.

Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @RadioKenPittman. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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