Jack Kemp

When the presidential debates are concluded and the candidates are in the home stretch to the first Tuesday in November, you can always count on the Democratic Left to unfurl their favorite three strategies: class warfare, generational warfare and race-baiting. This year however, the Kerry campaign is armed with important new tactical weapons - a hodgepodge coalition of 527 organizations, which includes a motley crew of anarchists, enviro-wackos and anti-capitalist activists, supported by a deep bench of more than 10,000 trial lawyers around the country who are armed with leftist talking points and legal memos, preparing to cry voter suppression - pre-emptively, if necessary - to sway the election.

An "Election Day Manual" put out by the Kerry campaign reveals the strategy: "If no signs of intimidation techniques (at the polls) have emerged, launch a pre-emptive strike" alleging voter suppression by the Republicans.

Class warfare rhetoric is one of my pet peeves because of the negative impact the political hyperbole has on sound economic and tax policy. But class warfare, as bad as it is, doesn't come close to the destructiveness of scaring senior citizens that their next Social Security check may not come if a Republican is president of the United States. Kerry's latest attack ad reprises the quadrennial appeal to generational scare tactics.

The Kerry campaign ad headline reads "The truth is coming out." The ominous voice-over explains that the "real" Bush agenda is to "privatize Social Security," leading seniors to believe the government no longer will be there to ensure their benefits. Kerry elaborates on the generational attack in his stump speeches, implying that today's workers will have to "work on the factory floor long into their 70s - into their 80s ... sell the house you grew up in to pay for food and medicine" if President Bush had his way. What utter nonsense! What irresponsible rubbish! Where are the "skeptical" watchdogs in the mainstream media?

Nothing, however, is as destructive to the fabric of our society as the race-baiting that has reached new levels in this year's presidential race. The 527 organizations are the weapon of choice for waving the bloody shirt on race. I recently came across a handout by Americans Coming Together (funded by George Soros, et al.), which is being distributed in the battleground state of Missouri and who knows where else. This handout shows a picture of an African-American being hosed down during a civil rights protest with an accompanying title, "This is what they used to do to keep us from voting."


Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp is Founder and Chairman of Kemp Partners and a contributing columnist to Townhall.com.
 
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