Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political cost. So far, that strategy is winning support from conservatives influential in picking the nominee.The Party of Hatred at work. Twelve years ago, the Bushies whipped of fear of gay marriage to boost turnout for that election. In the 1980s, they used "welfare queens" and Willie Horton as their kindling for stoking hatred.
Many Republicans are heartened by strong rhetoric addressing what they view as a threat to national security by Islam itself, analysts say. Because Muslims are a small voting bloc, the candidates see limited fallout from what they are saying in the campaign.
And yes, it is in the cultural memory of my people what it's like to be used as the designated whipping post for budding fascists.