In my last post, OF TWISTED WORDS => NATIONALISM, I had a couple of commenters who insist that our president, Donald Trump, is racist. I adamantly objected, but upon reflection I wonder. After all, who would be the best judge of the matter? Suddenly concerned I did a bit of research.
Conventional wisdom stipulates: It takes a thief to catch a thief (phrases.org). According to phrases.org, that’s a mid-seventeenth century proverb. In the seventeenth century they put it this way.
Set a thief to catch a thief.
What’s that proverb telling us? Here is what the “Cambridge Dictionary” says.
used to mean that one dishonest person can guess what another dishonest person might do
Dictionary.com points out, here, that “It takes a thief to catch a thief” is equivalent to this phrase.
It takes one to know one.
That doesn’t sound good! So now I am a bit confused. Would you take the word of a thief that a seemingly honest person is a thief? Doesn’t make much sense, does it? Then why should we take the word of a Democrat that a Republican is a racist?
Still, it is obvious that at one time Democrats were really good at racism. Owning black slaves makes that kind of obvious, but now? Now we just have this dog whistle thing that only experts in racism, Democrats, claim to be able to hear. So how would a Republican know if Trump is a racist? We can’t hear dog whistles. Human beings are not even suppose to hear those things. Yet Democrats say they do.🤔
So I wonder? Do Democrats really hear dog whistles, or do they just think they do? Democrats are kind of wacky. Are they really the experts in racism they claim to be? If it takes one to know one, that cannot be a good thing.