We’ve long said that without identity politics, the Democratic Party would have no reason to exist at all. Or, if there was a reason, it would not be one sufficiently energizing to actually persuade anyone to vote for them. Democrats have mastered the art of dividing Americans into every conceivable special interest group, ethnicity, religion, and handicap they can dream up. If they’re not catering to blacks, they’re catering to transgenders. If it’s not transgenders, it’s Muslims. If it’s not Muslims, it’s someone else. Their entire business model is increasingly based on a foundation of identifying a group, telling that group that THEY are behind them, and then turning that group against the real enemy: White, straight Republican men.
Now, as much as it might be obvious that this is the underlying strategy of the party, most Democrats know better than to admit it. But apparently that’s beginning to change. In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid this weekend, Sen. Kamala Harris launched into a passionate defense of identity politics, telling Reid that Republicans only used that term to avoid talking about the real issues of racial and sexual justice in America.
“I want to talk about the issue of identity politics, Joy,” Harris said. “This term identity politics, people will use that term — it’s like people used to talk about the race card. They bring this term up when you talk about issues that are about race, about sexual orientation, about religion. They’ll bring it up when we are talking about civil rights issues as a way to marginalize the issue, as a way to frankly try to silence you or shut you up.
“We need to call it what it is, which is to try and divert away from a conversation that needs to happen in America,” she continued. “Why? One, because we must speak truth. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism are all real in this country, so we need to have that conversation and address it. Two, and this is equally important, how America deals with the issues and the disparities, and also the hate that can be — that causes these issues to become lethal in proportion — how America deals with these issues is a matter of American identity. This is not about identity politics, and if it is, it’s about the identity of the United States of America. How we handle the issues will be about our collective identity.”
While Harris’s response is full of rambling nonsense, her defense of identity politics is certainly in line with her campaign for president thus far. In just the past month, Harris has thrown her support behind reparations for slavery, the changing of Columbus Day to “Indigenous People’s Day,” and the fake hate crime victim, Jussie Smollett. The latter, she infamously tweeted, was the victim of “an attempted modern-day lynching.”
Identity politics is a dead end, politically. But before it reaches that terminating cul-de-sac, Democrats like Kamala Harris are going to do everything they can to win elections by turning America’s whites – going all the way back to the founding of the country – into the One True Evil.
We assume Donald Trump will be more than happy to accept any votes this strategy leaves on the table.