Dog Whistles

RECEIVED Mon., Sept. 24, 2018

Dear Editor,
    Senator Ted Cruz is betting that Texans will respond to high-pitched dog whistles, like the ones that he jarringly peppered throughout his responses during Friday night’s debate with Representative Beto O’Rourke: radical, the Second Amendment, extreme, socialized medicine, raise taxes, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren.
    Beto is betting on the fundamental decency of Texans, who believe as he does, “in investing in people, in universal pre-K where everyone has the same starting line in life, in health care for every Texan and American so they are well enough to be their best.”
    He talked about legalizing medical marijuana for people with intractable pain; he talked about second chances; he pointed out that, “We need to come together for this country that we love so much.”
    I’m betting that Texans will stop responding as trained dogs and instead respond to thoughtful calls for decency.
Barbara Chiarello
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