Liberals would have us believe that conservatives are racist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. Yet their reliance on identity politics would suggest that they’re the ones who more properly deserve those labels.
The left is a study in contradictions.
It maintains that freedom of choice is a quintessential American right when it comes to abortion, but states Americans should have no choice when it comes to purchasing health insurance.
It claims that shouting down conservative speakers is the exercise of their freedom of expression, while denying invited speakers the opportunity to exercise their own.
It renounces law enforcement officers as inherently evil, racist, and untrustworthy, but claims we don’t need firearms for self-defense because we can rely upon those very police for protection.
It claims blacks are oppressed in American society, yet relies on an African-American multi-millionaire quarterback formerly working in a league populated by 70 percent blacks, most earning millions per year, to make that point.
It promotes the notion that women are strong and capable of making their own life-choices, yet denounces then as either brainless weaklings subservient to their husbands or traitors to their sex if they vote for the “wrong” candidate or party.
Former first lady Michelle Obama dragged out identity politics last week to blast the Republican Party and the 41 percent of women who voted for the current president.
Speaking at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, she said people "don't trust politics" because the Republican Party is “all men, all white.”
She claimed to have noticed a stark difference between the two parties in Congress as she sat in the House chamber during her husband’s State of the Union addresses.
"On one side of the room, it's literally gray and white. Literally, that's the color palette on one side of the room," Obama said. “Physically, there’s a difference in color, in the tone. Because one side: all men, all white. On the other side: some women, some people of color.”
She added that after making these observations she concluded "no wonder people don’t trust politics."
The 2016 lineup of Republican presidential hopefuls contradicts her “literally gray and white” remark. Nearly 25 percent of the 17 were minority members: One African-American, two Cuban-Americans and one Indian-American. The group also included one woman. The average age of the 17 was 57.8 years.
The other field also included one woman, but was all-white with an average age of 64.7. Throw out former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who left the race early, and the average age shot up to 71 — "literally gray and white.”
Incidentally, the chair of the Republican National Committee is Ronna Romney McDaniel — a woman. She shot back:
The former first lady reiterated her beliefs the following day at a marketing conference in Boston, and then got to the real point of identity politics. Obama told her audience that women who voted for President Donald Trump betrayed their own sex.
“Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” she argued.
Apart from the dishonesty of her “all men, all white” remark, the former first lady’s suggestion that all women should vote in a certain manner was itself sexist. Identity politics lumps individual groups into unfair stereotypes.
The late president Lyndon B. Johnson was said to be both a civil rights hero and a racist. By working almost exclusively with Republican lawmakers, he was able to get a sweeping civil rights agenda passed in Congress.
Identity politics lumps all women, minorities, and gays into the Democratic column, while whites, evangelicals and gun-owners are considered Republicans. Apart from casting groups into stereotypes, it ignores the thing that which ultimately brings us together — our identity as Americans.
It results in an “us versus them” mentality, as evidenced by the Black Lives Matter movement, the rise of Antifa.
Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump’s populist message was favorably received by formerly reliable Democratic voters, giving him a decisive electoral victory.
Writing for Vice, Isaac J. Bailey argued Tuesday that to defeat Trump and the GOP, Democrats should rely on their tried and true — racist, sexist-based identity politics.
We’ll see how that works out for them.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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