Portrait of the USA as a circular firing squad

I found three timely articles online today which set the stage perfectly for my column Monday on the dangers (and fatuousness) of identity politics.

The three articles illustrate in separate instances how identity politics turns the United States into a circular firing squad where there is no winner, but only the last dead man (or woman!) standing.

First up is an article at CNN.com by Nia-Malika Henderson on how “Beto’s excellent adventure drips with white male privilege.” The premise of this remarkably stupid meditation is that no woman could run for president while presenting the vacuous, narcissistic, self-important image that Beto O’Rourke has adopted on journey to the White House. Apparently you can only ride a skateboard to the White House if you fuel your ride with “white male privilege.”


Well, sorry, but if Democrats are stupid enough to nominate and/or elect a president who has no visible means of intellectual support for his candidacy, that is on them. Beto’s only privilege is running for president in a party that lacks an understanding of the challenges facing our country.

The second article, on the other hand, is a brilliant analysis by Rod Dreher at American Conservative of “Karen Pence as Condensed Symbol” for “the elite secular left’s hatred of conservative Christians and our morals and mores.”

As you probably know, Pence took a part-time job recently teaching art at a private K-8 Christian school. Because it is a Christian School, Pence like other employees had to sign a pledge to “live a personal life of moral purity” and to acknowledge points of traditional morality such as marriage between a man and a woman.


The horror! It appears that, according to the Mainstream Media (as phrased by Dreher), this is “part of the Trump administration’s war on decency.” Well, no, it is part of Christians exercising their rights of freedom of religion and freedom of association. Identity politics, however, insists that Christians (even Christian women!) are the enemy, no better really than white males!

The third article I wanted to draw to your attention is “Why I refuse to walk with the Washington Women’s March” by failed Democratic wunderkind Debbie Wasserman Schultz. What is remarkable about this article is that Wasserman Schultz condemns the anti-Semitism of the organizers of the Women’s March while failing to recognize that the identity politics that fuels anti-Semitism is also what divides men and women from each other in the body politic.

Ultimately, we either overcome the evil ideology of the demagogues who would tear us apart or we shoot each other in the street. To quote “Pogo,” we have met the enemy and he is us.



Frank Miele writes from Kalispell, Montana, at www.HeartlandDiaryUSA.com and is a columnist at Real Clear Politics. To see more of my columns about the Dishonest Media, the Deep Swamp, the failed presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Trump’s war to restore American greatness, read my “Why We Needed Trump” trilogy. The books are available at Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. Also please considering leaving a review in support of my conservative commentary on one or all of my book pages at Amazon! Thanks!


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