If we have flogged one issue in this blogge, it is the threat to the Republic posed by identity politics. More so than any virus, novel or not.
Uncle Joe Biden recently spoke the argot of identity politics when he responded to a question from an African-American interviewer this way:
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump,
then you ain’t black.”
Don’t you just love the use of the colloquialism, “ain’t.” Let’s think about that, for a moment. A white man is race carding a black man for being insufficiently … what? Authentically black? Woke? How is that not racist? Class? Buehler?
In the furor that resulted, Biden did some serious A-kissing to black business leaders, saying he does not take black voters for granted.
“No one should have to vote for any party based on their race
or religion or background.”
Now he tells us! Stick that on your Prius bumper, Madison WI! At least, it’s a start — the first step in any 12-step program to recovery from the progressivism preoccupation with identity politics. Next step would be to rescind his pledge to name a woman as his vice presidential running mate.
The Left is obsessed with which woman checks how many boxes. Extra points for abundant melanin, non-traditional sexuality, and disability. Notice how no one is talking about political philosophy, geography, or (ahem) leadership.
THIS JUST IN: Stacey Abrams promises to step down as governor of Georgia if selected as Biden’s vice presidential running mate. — Babylon Bee
Even Kermit says it’s hard to be green
“You ain’t black” is just another price the Left must pay for worshiping at the altar of identity politics.
- “Believe all women” has been amended with “but strap on the lie detector cables when a liberal is accused.”
- They Left is pushing back hard on Donald Trump’s demand that churches be opened. (“Thousands of churches are about to defy lockdown orders. It’s about time!“)
- They’re spinning madly against the emerging truth that Obama/Biden carried on politics by proxy through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s weaponizing of DNC/Hillary’s Russian disinformation. (Kimberley Strassel is, again, a must read.)
It is beginning to dawn, one suspects, that our … acquaintances realize this kind of merde is electing Trump!
The brief against identity politics
Columbia humanities professor Mark Lilla (quoted here) writes that:
Identity politics on the left was at first about large classes of people . . . seeking to redress major historical wrongs by mobilizing and then working through our political institutions to secure their rights.
But by the 1980s, it had given way to a pseudo-politics of self-regard and increasingly narrow, and exclusionary self-definition that is now cultivated in our colleges and universities. The main result has been to turn people back onto themselves, rather than turning them outward towards the wider world they share with others.
It has left them unprepared to think about the common good in non-identity terms and what must be done practically to secure it —especially the hard and unglamorous task of persuading people very different from themselves to join a common effort.