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Letter: Clinton’s use of ridicule further divides America

Clinton’s use of ridicule further divides America

In a recent speech, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, ironically the “stronger together” candidate, tossed us into a “basket of deplorables” with the homophobics, Islamophobics, racists, sexists, etc.

Clinton’s strategy is straight out of the playbook of the ’60s radical Saul Alinsky. In his book, “Rules for Radicals,” he recommends using ridicule as a weapon to weaken or to eliminate the opposition and differing opinions.

Labeling those who disagree with derogatory language is a tactic used to intimidate and to discourage freedom of speech in the name of political correctness. As a result, many Americans are unwilling to express their opinion for fear of retaliation or personal attack.

The last eight years have left our country more divided than ever before in its history. I am offended by Clinton’s use of ridicule, which only serves to further polarize us. Perhaps, instead, she could run on her record of accomplishments, if she can identify any.

Carol J. Dobelbower

East Aurora

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