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[ Senator Sanders’ continued attacks on the wealthy, and his implying they skirt tax laws and ignore… ]

Senator Sanders’ continued attacks on the wealthy, and his implying they skirt tax laws and ignore the plight of the poor, isn’t only about money. His “us versus them” rhetoric has a tremendous cost for society. Mr Sanders believes the tax laws are written in a way to favor those with accumulated wealth and wants to build public support to change those laws. But the way he seeks to build support is by villifying those who legally prosper from the laws. It is a very fine line between vilifying by wealth or social position and vilifying by race or body color. Apparently the distinction is being lost on a large number of people. During the same period of time Senator Sanders has been spreading his vitriol, according to FBI statistics hate crimes against Blacks, Whites and Asians increased six percent to their highest level in over a decade. It’s as if vilifying one group has made it permissible to vilify any group. Even if it is a coincidence that hate crime increased during the same time as Senator Sander’s attacks, surely the Senator can find other ways to make his point. It should never be acceptable to vilify one class of people over another. And vilification of any type should always be off-bounds.