It’s probably a holdover from war propaganda technique. Dehumanize your enemy; make them less sympathetic. For Republicans, that requires inventing an artificial social standard for which they can create consensus, something they ironically call the “real America,” a militaristic, political force of religious, cultural warriors who fight for all they choose to define as good and true, a standard that exists only because believing makes it so. They then point out how communities that challenge that standard are unfaithful, greedy heathens.
It could be as simple as Group X saying, “We keep the poor from
dying,” and the Republicans claiming Group X gives help to murderers,
rapists and thieves. Wanting a hand up is cast as envy. Wanting a fair
wage is seen as ingratitude. Asking for considerations when one has
needs but no means becomes socialism.
Planned Parenthood and the United Nations are among those the GOP has
singled out in its fight, organizations that a generation ago were
honored and revered by Republicans and Democrats alike. Emboldened by
their hand in the destruction of ACORN, an organization that did nothing
but help inner city communities, they think they have a precedent of
success for their self-righteous attacks.
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