Regarding J. Peder Zane’s Sept. 10 column “ Democrats and their ‘ism’ campaign”: Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “demagogue” as “a political leader who tries to get support by making false claims and promises and using arguments based on emotion rather than reason.” Assuming this definition to be accurate, it appears that, while Zane uses the word to describe those with whom he strongly disagrees, he is The N&O’s resident demagogue.
False claims and/or arguments based on emotion? From his column: “phony narrative,” “fear and decline,” “economy continues to sputter” (as I read the stock market reports, we’re in better shape now than at any time in his hero George W. Bush’s disastrous leadership), “Hagan and other ... Democrats pretend they are moderate,” the canard about Hagan “voting with Obama” when the president does not vote, “false and ugly claims,” “the Kay kerfuffle ... evidence of a national strategy to demonize Republicans,” “ugly demagoguery,” “false caricature,” “work mightily to stoke anger and resentment,” “deeply misleading claim.”
We get far too much of this demagoguery in the repugnant TV ads from both parties. It is a shame to see it now appearing in the guise of a legitimate op-ed column in The N&O.