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Can the Democrat Party Survive Without Identity Politics?

By FBCStaff-I remember a lunch with my Tx State Rep Ron Reynolds and his ever present side Burt Levine, I asked him why do democrats push identity politics?  They both answered in unison, “because it works.”  Actually it doesn’t, it is divisive and goes against the grain in America.

Who are we? asked the liberal social scientist Samuel Huntington over a decade ago in a well-reasoned but controversial book. Huntington feared the institutionalization of what Theodore Roosevelt a century earlier had called “hyphenated Americans.” A “hyphenated American,” Roosevelt scoffed, “is not an American at all.” And 30 years ago, another progressive stalwart and American historian Arthur Schlesinger argued in his book The Disuniting of America that identity politics were tearing apart the cohesion of the United States.”

Was identity politics a mistake or was it intentional by the leaders in the democrat party to divide Americans?

“In the late 1960s, however, these three principles took a hit. The federal government lost confidence in the notion that civil rights legislation, the melting pot, and a growing economy could unite Americans and move society in the direction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision—“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

This shift from the ideal of the melting pot to the triumph of salad-bowl separatism occurred, in part, because the Democratic Party found electoral resonance in big government’s generous entitlements and social programs tailored to particular groups. By then, immigration into the United States had radically shifted and become less diverse. Rather than including states in Europe and the former British Commonwealth, most immigrants were poorer and almost exclusively hailed from the nations of Latin America, Asia, and Africa, resulting in poorer immigrants who, upon arrival, needed more government help. Another reason for the shift was the general protest culture of the Vietnam era, which led to radical changes in everything from environmental policy to sexual identity, and thus saw identity politics as another grievance against the status quo.”

The democrats used identity politics to their advantage and created a huge diversity industry:

“A half-century later, affirmative action and identity politics have created a huge diversity industry, in which millions in government, universities, and the private sector are entrusted with teaching the values of the Other and administering de facto quotas in hiring and admissions. ”

Until a defining moment in the 2016 election:

“At one point Clinton defined her notion of identity politics by describing Trump’s supporters: “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic—you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up… Now, some of those folks—they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.””
http://www.hoover.org/research/end-identity-politics

With the advent of the internet the media can no longer control the narrative of getting the democrat’s message out.  Information is too readily available and the media’s credibility is at an all time low.

Democrats have no choice but to abandon the identity politics strategy and reinvent themselves.  Their aging leadership is too old and too set in their ways to change and must step aside.  Look for new leaders to emerge from the technology industry who will try to win elections with algorithms and not policies.

It will be interesting to see what they come up with because so many of their members are deeply rooted in socialism and communism.  The democrat party was founded out of the Tammany Hall Organization the most corrupt political organization in American history.  They use tax dollars to create entitlement to buy votes.  Can they let go of their past, their ideology and join Americans as we make America great again?  Can the democrat party change?  If not they will be relegated to the sidelines for another 100 years.

 

 

 

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