May 1, 2016
I first posted this more than a month ago in March, but it needs to be re-posted because Trump is being accused of sexism (to add to his “racism, homophobia, xenophobia, and wealth”) because he accused Hillary of “playing the woman card.”
Identity Politics is the lowest, most base form of politics.
I’ll say it again: Identity politics is the lowest, most base form of politics.
Is that clear? I’ll put it in all caps and quotes, so it will look like I’m screaming it… ready? “IDENTITY POLITICS IS THE LOWEST, MOST BASE FORM OF POLITICS!” With an exclamation point!
If I have to identify “Identity politics,” then you’ve probably been duped by it.
Here we go: Identity politics is voting for, or encouraging someone to vote for, a candidate because of WHO they are, rather than WHAT THEY STAND FOR.
You want examples? Open your eyes and ears! Not only is it going on to the nth degree now, but it has gone on for many years in politics all over the world.
Like: “Women for Hillary.”
Excuse me? What does THAT mean? Obviously, I’m not allowed to stand behind that sign because I happen to be a male. And, if standing behind that sign means I support Mrs. Clinton, I give you permission to physically remove me from the premises. I don’t support Mrs. Clinton under ANY circumstance! But, it’s not because I’m a man!
Let’s examine this. What does that sign – which is all over the place – mean? That Mrs. Clinton is only running for other women? That women should vote for Mrs. Clinton because she’s a woman, like they are? That Mrs. Clinton will do special favors for women, just because she’s a woman? That Mrs. Clinton “cares” more about “women’s issues” [!] than, say, Bernie Sanders does? Does anything here make the slightest bit of logical sense?
Welcome to the world of Identity politics!
OK – so I voted for Mitt (the MORMON) Romney last time because: “I’m a guy… and HE’S a guy… so –“ Well, wait, that doesn’t work because… the last time I looked, I was under the impression that the president is also… a guy. Oh – I see – I voted for Mitt the MORMON, not because he was a MORMON (because, as an evangelical Christian, that’s a reason I SHOULDN’T vote for him – so say 18% of other evangelicals), but because he was WHITE. Ohhhh…
Now – to make a serious point, forget the humor – I NEVER would vote for ANYBODY because of who they are! (Otherwise, I would be voting for Bernie Sanders because he’s Jewish – and I’ve been exploring the Jewish roots of my faith over the past few years). No – I vote for someone because of WHAT THEY STAND FOR! What is their political philosophy? Are they trustworthy and (relatively speaking – we are talking about politicians here) honest? Will they support the Constitution? Will they protect innocent life – not murderers, but unborn babies? Do they understand what American-style Freedom is all about? Those are MY issues.
So – does Hillary support “women’s issues” just because she’s a woman? And what are “women’s issues?” Besides unrestricted abortion on demand? (By the way – unrestricted abortion is NOT a women’s issue – not only are men involved in every baby who has been and will be conceived, but about one-half of those lives terminated are WOMEN! Who’s protecting THEIR right to life?) All issues are everybody’s issues!
Here’s another way of looking at it: suppose Ted Cruz had signs printed up (the DEMOCRAT WAY!) that said “Men for Ted.” Would he be left alone for two seconds? How fast would his campaign be terminated and how long would it be before he was extradited back to his true homeland, the “Great White North?”
Resolved: I have never and promise to never vote for a candidate because of WHO they are. I don’t care WHO they are, unless it affects what they STAND FOR. I will always vote for the ideas the person represents, not the person. Just because I’m an Italian American, from the East Coast, from Central Pennsylvania (aka, Northern Alabama, according to James Carville), between the ages of 50 – 65, you have no IDEA of how I’m gonna vote. (Yes – I’m an evangelical conservative Republican, but that STILL doesn’t tell you how I’m gonna vote!) My identity has nothing to do with who I would vote for. Nor should it! (It doesn’t)
According to the media, who pushes the idea of identity politics to divide us into groups and keep the Democrats in power, I should want to vote for a “white guy” like me… about my age (between 50 and 65)… who preferably is also an Italian American… who lives on the East Coast (preferably from Pennsylvania, but any North-eastern state will do)…
Voila! I have the perfect candidate for me as my next choice of president: Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York. No – forget the fact that he’s a liberal Democrat – he’s an Italian American white guy from the East Coast who is about my age! Right up my alley – right?
Give me a Kentucky Senator who believes in Liberty… who will protect the most innocent life possible… who will take a strong stand on moral issues… who will use our American military wisely… who understands that you just can’t keep spending money into oblivion… who will stand for the Second Amendment and the right of law-abiding Americans to own a gun… I’ve been saying “Stand with Rand” from the very beginning. I don’t even care that he has red, curly hair – I don’t care if he’s Italian or not. Reagan wasn’t… Lincoln wasn’t… Adams wasn’t… Jefferson wasn’t… nor was Washington. I don’t think any American president has ever had a drop of Italian blood. Does it matter? Will it EVER matter? No.
We allow Identity politics to reign in America to our own peril. May Abba Father keep us from destroying this once-blessed land!