Trump Has Broken the Apology Hypnosis on Race

By | 2017-06-02T18:30:05+00:00 November 2, 2017|
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He broke me,” Kathy Griffin famously said of our 45th President as she gazed, narcissistically, upon her self-inflicted wounds after incomprehensibly and symbolically decapitating the man Politico once called an outsider and an outer-borough brawler.

Many Americans of the conservative persuasion have been waiting for a brawler who would fight the good fight internally and not worry about breaking things or being overly attentive to decorum.

Writing in the Kansas City Star this week, Robert Leonard, a self-described liberal political junkie from Iowa who can’t stand the sound of Donald Trump’s voice, gave the clearest evidence yet of the astounding ability of Donald J. Trump to break things that very much need breaking.

Leonard itemized the conventional wisdom about Trump and recited all of the Left’s hopes and dreams for undoing his influence. Then, the surprising conclusion of said liberal political junkie:

This is delusional.

Here in conservative rural America, Trump is ascendant.

Yes, it is delusional, Mr. Leonard, and yes he is ascendant. Not just in conservative rural America, either.

Leonard compared and contrasted Trump’s Value Voters Summit speech as he first read it (he couldn’t bear to hear it because, remember, he hates Trump’s voice) and then as he understood it on a second reading, and this is instructive. He knew of the speech, in a vague and opaque way, through the filter provided by the mainstream media. This meant the import of the thing was diminished in his mind by reinforcing his focus on perceived gaffes and the hope that the president, once again, in the judgment of the “important people” failed.

Leonard, however, was stunned by the political substance of what he read:

Looking only at the written word, and putting Trump’s arrogant off-script comments aside, it was a beautiful speech. Powerful. Inspirational. Brilliant even.

The effect of the comparing and contrasting caricatured media filter to a first and uninhibited reading and then, most importantly, to a second reading speaks volumes. As Leonard made the effort to understand Trump as he understands himself, he discovered something ”powerful,” ”inspirational,” and even “brilliant.” You won’t find those three words often used to describe anything about the current president by people like Robert Leonard, but then, most of them don’t step outside of their echo chambers long enough to hear him as their neighbors do.

Leonard itemized ten different themes of Trump in this speech. To my ears, it’s extremely easy to see the winning formula they represent, for they clearly set down lines of demarcation that have strong appeal in a primarily center-right nation:

1) We’re sustained by the power of prayer versus Democrats who want prayer out of the public sphere.
2) Mass murder event caused by an act of pure evil versus Democrats who blame guns and want to take them away.
3) Honoring first responders versus elevating thugs and viewing our protectors in blue with disdain.
4) Quoting scripture versus Democrats ridiculing those who do.
5) Stressing American unity versus Democrats dividing American society into victims and oppressors.
6) Trump saying “We love our country” versus Obama going on an international “apology tour.”
7) Protecting the unborn versus Democrats turning a blind eye to the horrors of abortion.
8) Focus on strengthening the family unit versus Democrats’ policies that pull families apart.
9) Pride in American history versus Democrats tearing down monuments.
10) Great respect for the American flag versus Democrats who take a knee.

In large measure, this is Politics 101. However, politics at the retail level has been something of a lost art in America in the last several decades as a “New World Order” dictated by experts from on high aggressively sought to shape all things social, political, and economic through a particularly globalist lens. This unrelenting push for an inorganic and supra-national agenda gave rise to the national desire for a brawler who was not only willing to break things but capable of so doing—either through sheer force of will or by an imaginative and methodical strategery heretofore unseen.

And at this early stage of the 21st century, nothing in the United States political arena required breaking more than the identity politics cynically embraced by the Democratic Party.

I hope to write more in the future about how and why the Democrats have gone so badly astray in this way, but a good glimpse of the problem is provided by Joshua Mitchell in his piece,The Identity-Politics Death Grip.” Mitchell laments the Democrats’ inability, given their political losses, to rethink their failed strategies. Instead, because of the identity politics death grip, they are doubling down on strategies that appear designed to cause national discord.

That identity politics game, part and parcel of the Communism/Marxism/Socialism dialectic, could only work for as long as Americans of European descent were consistently hypnotized into thinking of themselves as guilty white people who forever had to apologize, apologize, apologize. 

Mitchell correctly faults identity politics as the problem and asserts that the philosophy results in two important political problems. First is “its blindness to the nature of class in America.” Second is that “it misrepresents the long arc of history.” By this, Mitchell refers to the long arc as a pathway that inevitably sees humans of all races and ethnicities working together. Within a particularly American context, blacks and whites working together, for example, to heal the wounds of slavery.

Leaving aside the issue of class, Mitchell compares and contrasts Martin Luther King, Jr. plus Reinhard Niebuhr with the Democrat Party of today. He finds fault with the Democrat Party, asserts MLK and Niebuhr were Christian theologians who understood (as Democrats at their best do, he writes) that “suffering operates on a different plane, in which the central issue is the broken human condition and its sorrowful reverberations in history,” (emphasis added) and shudders at the thought of a successful evisceration of the America we know by a post-Christian left wing.

I do, too, but I draw comfort from knowing that identity politics is never, ultimately, going to be a winner in the United States.

Instead, what we see in America is the historical tension between our understanding of the brokenness of life and our God-fearing comprehension of the necessarily limited human condition. To focus on the “broken” aspect of this world is the mistake the Democrats (along with, perhaps, MLK and Niebuhr) have made.

That identity politics game, part and parcel of the Communism/Marxism/Socialism dialectic, could only work for as long as Americans of European descent were consistently hypnotized into thinking of themselves as guilty white people who forever had to apologize, apologize, apologize. I mean, every white male I’ve ever met has a white mother. Most of whom, love their son(s). These children often have white brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and—incredibly—white grandparents.

Donald J. Trump, simultaneously as Deprogrammer-in-Chief and Liberator-in-Chief, was able through skillful utilization of his brilliant and relentless laser (yes, by this I mean his Twitter account) to break the apology hypnosis that was strangling the dominant ethnic group in the nation. It was no surprise when a majority of white males voted for him to be president in the general election.

The no way to get around it stunner was that most white females voted for him as well. Donald Trump had invited them into the coalition to Make America Great Again, and they accepted.

And, with that, it is game over for identity politics in America.

I’ve always heard it’s a poor frog that won’t praise its own pond, however geographically and expansively you define your pond. It could be your neighborhood, your side of town, your city, your county, your state . . . but this is our country.

Alexis de Tocqueville may have had a highly conflicted view of the United States but he was certainly correct on the following broad points. When one is not fixated on the problems of our own nation but, instead, views it from a larger perspective and contextually considers it in relation to the entire planet, we are in fact defined by our loud and inclusive democracy, our preference for dual sovereigns and decentralized power, our fondness for a smorgasbord of group associations, and perhaps most especially by the intensity of our diverse Judeo-Christian religious belief. A belief that readily acknowledges as its foundation certain inalienable rights granted not by our governmental servants but by the Creator we serve.

On that score, the import of Robert Leonard’s article was noted by Don Surber. Trump the brawler, Trump the fighter, has connected with American voters tired of the country they love taking punches in the gut. Iowa was a reliable Democrat state, one that even voted for Michael Dukakis in 1988 by more than 10 percentage points at a time when George H. W. Bush won the national election in a landslide with a whopping 426 electoral votes. Obama won Iowa by 9.5 percent in 2008 and nearly 6 percent in 2012. Trump, however, won the state in 2016 by 9.4 percent, a switch of political earthquake proportions—nearly 20 percentage points. Democrats aren’t going to undo the damage their brand incurred in this disruption by shouting louder about how we have to buy their broken goods. We don’t. And now we know it.

And it’s not just Iowa. The Trump political earthquake was strong enough to break the national apology hypnosis that has been enforced for decades by a global elite and championed by an irresponsibly cynical Democrat Party. This won’t keep the would-be hypnotists from screaming at the sky on November 4. But their screams no longer have the power to compel our submission.

About the Author:

J.B. White
J.B. White is a semi-retired resident of Tallahassee, Florida, and currently serves as the volunteer Executive Director of CREOLE, Inc., a nonprofit corporation engaged in an agri-business development strategy in northern Haiti. A native Floridian from Jacksonville and U.S. Army veteran, he holds degrees from the University of Florida (Political Science) and Florida State (Juris Doctor). @RattlerGator is his online presence on Twitter.
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235 Comments

  1. Gaius1Gracchus November 2, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Thank you for writing this. I found it insightful.

    Identity politics will never benefit the Democrats long term and hurt the country. I much prefer the words of MLK, Jr. to the world seen by Saint Coates.

    • Ed The Oregonite November 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      The Democrats shoot themselves in the chest every time they tolerate people who think whites should be sorry or feel guilty. Imagine a GOP leader that said, ‘blacks should be sorry’ or ‘Hispanics should feel guilty’? It doesn’t really matter about the reasons…telling voters they should feel bad about themselves is political suicide. The DNC will never win back the white vote if they accommodate those who hate white people.

      • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:14 pm

        Dont feel sorry.

      • IndependentVet November 3, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        And the GOP doesn’t play identity politics, with race (i.e. NFL, Dylann Roof, cops, bathroom laws being passed in red states, anti-abortion, guns, Charlottesville, etc., etc., etc.)? Where are you seeing Black people as an entire race hating white people? This blog is nothing but a bunch of white conservative men, who election after election after election, vote for the GOP! Talk about identity politics. Where? What i see is white men, shooting and killing Blacks and hating on Blacks. Do you think your post and the rest of the posts show any semblance of liking Blacks, huh? No.

        • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm

          Yes

          • IndependentVet November 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm

            No. Your posts and all other posts on here are explosively divisive. It’s people like the commenters on this blog, who keep this country divided….permanently.

          • Linda November 3, 2017 at 4:22 pm

            It was Obama who set our race relations back 50 years or more. When he had SUCH a great opportunity to heal the wounds some may still hold tightly to their breast. Obama FAILED to do so… not what his cloward-piven strategy called for doing… he sought just the opposite and his dividing us by race wasn’t the only way to chose to go… he divided us by most issues in which he intentionally wanted to do just that.

            Obama’s training came from being a ‘community organizer’… they always STIR up the BS, seek to make the community angry and encourages them to get louder and louder with their protests of hatred. His LOVE for his Marxist professors and his adherence to the left’s Alinsky methods of attack, didn’t hurt his agenda either.

          • vaccinia November 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm

            You’re the main commenter for that!

          • Intellect N. Honesty November 4, 2017 at 9:22 am

            You make it sound like there is an inherent good about unity; Nazi. Germany was united in 1939 then divided in 1945; the United States was horribly divided in 1861. Jesus is quoted as saying that he came not to unite but to divide. Personally, I would much rather be on the side of righteousness than on the progressive bandwagon

        • Cletus B Neckbeard November 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm

          LOL.

          • IndependentVet November 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm

            LOL

        • Dicky November 3, 2017 at 3:25 pm

          Half the crap you listed has nothing to do with identity politics.. no wonder you were laughed at. You even make racist statements about white men. You are a racist.

        • koenigsking November 3, 2017 at 3:32 pm

          All you see is white men killing blacks? You sir, are frickin hilarious.

          Hint: There’s a lot more black folks killing black folks than whites killing blacks, in spite of the population differential. And here’s one to up the ante: The percentage of black felons killing other black felons is well over 75%. The problem is not what you think you are seeing, it’s that you are blindly not looking. What an embarrassment you are to intelligent discourse.

          • mmercier0921 November 5, 2017 at 2:07 am

            It is a leftist troll… uses the nazi word like toothpaste. Sucked me in to a reply. I think I will block it, after I finish reading through the profile. Probably a professional troll, or true believer, based on what I have read so far.

            interesting people and algorythms… you have to appreciate them… this one I suspect is a human.

        • SeattAl November 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm

          Independent Vet obviously didnt notice the writer of this op ed, was….uhhhh…black !

        • Linda November 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm

          A couple of things I think you’ve been missing. The DEM party leaders have been making it perfectly clear, THEY hate whites. THEY continue to discrimate against WHITE people while they BREAK OUR LAWS to keep THEIR illegals from being deported. A really foolish position to take SINCE whites still make up the majority of our nation. Clearly RACIST. Just what they falsely accuse others of being, they ARE themselves.

          On youtube video we saw Robert reich, Obama’s first director of economics WHO recommended JOBS not be given to ‘qualified WHITE men’.

          More recently we have the DNC spokesman, Perez, a PRO-ILLEGAL supporter, basically saying the same thing. WHITES should not be given tech JOBS. That’s a PARTY position for the dems now. Again, NOT a winning platform for the same reason and because voters of other races can also SEE that’s very discriminatory. Not a winning position for them to support either.

          DNC: White men shouldn’t apply for tech jobs | Fox News

          http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/01/dnc-white-men-shouldnt-apply-for-tech-jobs.html

          5 days ago – DNC: White men shouldn’t apply for tech jobs … Democratic National Chair candidate, Tom Perez, addresses the … February 25, 2017. … Though the Oct. 30 email says that the DNC is looking for a “staff of … by the DNC nor was it authorized by senior leadership,” spokesman Michael Tyler told Fox News.
          =============

          DNC Email: Straight White Men Need Not Apply – Christine Rousselle

          https://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2017/10/30/dnc-email-straight-white-men-need-not-apply-n2402482

          Cached4 days ago – In the email soliciting job applications, it says that the DNC is … Elliott Hamilton (@ElliottRHams) October 30, 2017 … His hypothetical “life experiences” aren’t any less valuable due to … Talk Tech Daily | Sponsored Links …. CNBC Slams DNC Chair Tom Perez, ‘Get Off The Talking Points’ On GOP Tax Plan.

        • NW HardWood November 3, 2017 at 5:36 pm

          Give me a break…if you are a vet you know we are all brothers black or white. There are racist in both colors and none of it is justified. Identity politics is evil & the race pimps are primarily democrat.

        • Linda November 3, 2017 at 5:40 pm

          Hey… regarding the NFL – are you blind to the FACT that many of the players are also white? It’s NOT about what you wish to make it all about. Rather it’s about their disrespect for our flag and our National Anthem. No matter the color of their skin. Some people, and you appear to be one of them, always CHOOSE to see RACE when it’s not even the issue

        • Linda November 3, 2017 at 5:42 pm

          “…white men, shooting and killing Blacks and hating on Blacks.” Then you are NOT looking at all the dem run cities where the blacks in the black communities are shooting and killing other blacks. “Hating on their own black” brothers / sisters. I haven’t see such a racist as yourself in such a long time. It’s pathetic. And hurtful to people of ALL colors.

        • vaccinia November 3, 2017 at 8:46 pm

          Well, if that is what you see….then you are delusional! Good luck with that!

        • Hope November 3, 2017 at 9:24 pm

          You destroyed your credibility..Quite dumb

        • Toni Jackson November 4, 2017 at 12:11 am

          …IndependentVet Half way thru Obama’s second term I switched from Dem, to Independent!.. until I heard Mr Trump interview with a mild mannered reporter… He was Calm, Articulate and had better answers than any candidate I have ever heard! This was BEFORE He Announced he was Running for President. Then He needed to become the Fighter We Voted him into office to become for We The People! .. Currently, in Chicago, the place with the most killings in America I believe! There are way more Black people killing Black people. Yet the Media never discuss this fact… Even BLM ignores the Black on Black Killings. So your premise is Flawed. If you only listen to Main Stream Media like NBC, ABC especially @CNN or is it #CNN, MSNBC you will NOT get the TRUTH. You will get FILTERED, mimic’s, half truths and out and out lies. I TURNED MY TV OFF in 1998 due to Media Lies. I VOTED TWICE FOR OBAMA and he was the worst President America has ever had. He is an Evil Socialist, and for himself as the Clinton’s. Trump is bringing in GOOD Manufacturing JOBS for We The People to be the Best We Can Be> about $60K Yr! Well, I watch on youtube.com @FoxNews > ( @LouDobbs, #thefive , Laura Ingraham (with @seanhannity) #judgejeaninepirro I can tell from the way you ‘talk’ that you watch the lying Main Stream Media and possibly buy into the Entertainment industry that only shows the bad side, when our Economy is in distress, due to Obmam’s DELIBERATELY depressing our Economy!…. While President Trump is Bringing Back our Businesses, that left USA due to the EVIL NAFTA Trade Deals, signed in the 1990’s that Fired about 1 Million Workers and took their Jobs, & about 75K Good Manufacturing Businesses to foreign countries! @realDonaldTrump is bringing most of those Good Manufacturing Businesses back to AMERICA! and also Creating and Economic Atmosphere where Good Manufacturing Businesses will open up right here in America! SO, If there is something you Love to do, and want to open a business and Hire People to work for you and you can be the Best You Can Be , Or Work for someone else and spend time with your family after, with pride, putting in a good days work and getting a good paycheck and taking it home to buy what the family needs!THIS IS THE AMERICAN DREAM!

          • jonodough November 4, 2017 at 5:21 am

            Great post but…why did you vote for obama TWICE??

        • brianOO7 November 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

          Did you not even glance at the photo of the author???

        • mmercier0921 November 5, 2017 at 1:49 am

          I am a white conservative male. Never hated over race. Never shot a black (or any) man. Never molested a female (or male). Have a G-d, and a faith in the individual. Work everyday, treat everybody as equals, even those who are lesser. Learned this as a child.

          One of those evil conservatives who would hang racists and rapists together in the town square. Do not piss on me, it is annoying.

          I have no resentment, when questioned as a racist or rapist by others. I simply do not care anymore, when imbeciles try to impugne integrity.

          All done.

      • Hominid November 4, 2017 at 4:37 am

        Those guilty-feeling white people elected Obama twice and would have again.

        • Ed The Oregonite November 4, 2017 at 9:25 am

          Actually, the stats show that Romney won a higher percentage of the non-Hispanic white vote than Trump did. The major problem was that Hillary couldn’t motivate minority voters as well as Obama. But, both Obama 2012 and Hillary 2016 won less than 40% of the white vote….and it’s getting worse with time.

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          • Hominid November 5, 2017 at 5:20 am

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      • Senor Listo November 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

        It’s Okay to be White.

      • mmercier0921 November 5, 2017 at 1:24 am

        They are guaranteed the vote of all the “wite” people who hate “white” people. There is a political realignment in process. We are of all colors, all races. It is… America.

    • JSirko November 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      It will benefit them if we keep importing terrorists, murderers, low skilled poor and anyone else who can be bought

      • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:15 pm

        Not sure how…Fox News ratings skyrocket when there is a terrorist attack. I guess you hate Fox, you stinking RINO

        • JSirko November 3, 2017 at 2:22 pm

          Maybe that’s because it’s news? Wonder of wonders! Do you have any cogent thoughts or just juvenile ones?

          • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

            Just juvenile ones. Why? Does that give you a boner?

          • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

            You FUGGING RINO!!!

          • JSirko November 3, 2017 at 2:38 pm

            You’re really quite messed up.

          • IndependentVet November 3, 2017 at 2:37 pm

            No it’s not and even though I don’t watch MSNBC, some of their lineup has been beating Fox News, who recently dropped “fair and balanced” from their slogan.

          • Linda November 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm

            Again, you must be not verifying what you are being FED, obviously from some fake news source. Fox has been and remains #ONE in cable news for 17 years. There has been some competition between Rachael maddow and Hannity, for a short couple of weeks. Hannity has shown her his dust lately as HE reports the news on the corrupt Hillary and her OWNED DNC… while maddow???? Who knows what she’s spewing, but most likely defending the indefensible would be my guess.

        • IndependentVet November 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm

          I hate racists and people who advocate them like Fox news…you stinking nazi.

          • SeattAl November 3, 2017 at 3:42 pm

            so by self definition, you are a hater, filled with hate….it shows

          • Linda November 3, 2017 at 6:53 pm

            Put your credibility and PROVE us how or where Fox News, hates racists and people who advocate them. Lets SEE proof of your accusations….. or are you just continuing to repeat the ‘talking points’ you have been told to repeat?

          • Fred Friedman November 3, 2017 at 9:25 pm

            You are a leftist piece of shit and probably a communist

          • Intellect N. Honesty November 4, 2017 at 9:25 am

            Poor twisted person. Such Embittered hatred will make you miserable. Oh well, where would you be with out your delusional worldview

      • IndependentVet November 3, 2017 at 2:36 pm

        So, why didn’t the GOP do anything about Kate Steinle’s killer, when they controlled all of Washington in 2003, when he came and left the USA — THREE times in Feb. 2003? huh? What about Dylann Roof murdering 9 innocent Blacks in a church? What about Steven Paddock who is white and shot hundreds and killed 58 innocent people? What about Republican Scott Walker’s aide, who got caught voting 13x and then said he had amnesia, when he pled guilty? You all see what you want to see and you have no idea about most of these examples or Alan Scarsella, who sent racist texts to an undercover cop, and went to a Tamir Rice gathering to purposely shoot 5 Blacks?

        • Dicky November 3, 2017 at 3:28 pm

          You are off your rocker little bud.

          • Linda November 3, 2017 at 6:43 pm

            Can’t figure out if Indpvet is a troll or being paid to spew this nonsense, Or if they’re really THAT uninformed and being led around by their nose by some really hateful group.

        • Linda November 3, 2017 at 5:49 pm

          You really are VERY uninformed. What I suggest you do, besides come back to the REAL world, to reality as it really is today, is to research just which congress people REFUSED to sign the Kate Steinle’s bill into law. FACT = it was not the GOP. What you will actually FIND is it was HARRY REID who killed the bill. And he was NOT part of the GOP, in case you don’t realize that either.

        • Linda November 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm
    • conservative_302 November 5, 2017 at 4:03 am

      I feel the same way. Thanks for writing this article. In my heart, I believe the majority of American citizens love our country and the people in it. The push from the left pitting us all against each other is hurtful. I can say from the bottom of my heart, I want all American citizens to succeed not just me. The coal miner who confronted Hilary was a perfect example of why Trump had to be President. Had Hilary won, where would he be today? He’d be unemployed, his family in peril. His chance for success and everyone elses is everything.

  2. Christopher Gage November 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Excellent post that will certainly age well.

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Doing great so far…13 likes while fresh

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  3. CM DeNeve November 2, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Great read – Thank you sir!

  4. gthomson13 November 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I wish we could amplify a voice such as J. B. White versus some of the legion of garbage that comes out of the Democrat machine. For example, look at the play given Michelle Obama when she utters complete silliness about white males.

    Mr. White, thank you for your insight. Incidentally, we can just imagine the outrage if the figures in the accompanying photo changed skin color. I find the idea behind the photo to be detestable either way. As a young man I was convinced by the time I reached my current age that our country would have moved past the issue of skin color. I think most on the right have but for those on the left skin color is one of the most important weapons in their arsenal. Moreover, they look for even more inconsequential aspects of our humanity to divide us. They can’t let go of inconsequential identity politics because they wouldn’t have much left as a rallying cry. Their socialist / globalist ideas have certainly proven to be a colossal failure.

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      R u a white male by chance?

    • Linda November 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      That’s the new dem party platform…. attacks against whites and especially against white males. LOL They ARE that stupid. To think continuing their attacks AGAINST whites is going to be a winning platform for them? They deserver to have LOST all the seats of power they managed to lose during the eight years of the Obama admin. AND I hope we will continue showing them how even MORE loss feels.

  5. Tom_in_SFCA November 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    This is an excellent piece. Congratulations on having written it, Mr. White.

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      I, too, am pretty impressed this guy wrote this

  6. hamburgertoday2017 November 2, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Dr. King was killed while organizing garbage collectors of all colors.

  7. Joel Mathis November 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    You realize the irony of this item in this particular list, no?

    5) Stressing American unity versus Democrats dividing American society into victims and oppressors.

    To clarify: “We’re the unifiers” in a list devoted to marking the differences – some, frankly specious – between left and right is a pretty good example of lacking self-awareness.

    Peace out, y’all!

    • Brian B November 3, 2017 at 6:36 am

      Do you honestly not see the difference between intentionally dividing people on racial and class lines and an ethos that blames America first while recognizing there will always be differing political philosophies?
      If that is your typical argument you might want to expunge “specious” from your vocabulary.

      • Joel Mathis November 3, 2017 at 8:41 am

        I reject your premise.

      • hopittome November 3, 2017 at 11:43 am

        You are beyond delusional. This entire piece is beyond delusional.

  8. three fingers November 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Sorry, but this is shallow and unrealistic. A country exists to serve its people. Those people have an identity. Therefore all fundamental politics is identity politics. When one party is in the business of replacing the true American people with a foreign people, with making those foreign people into citizens – fake Americans, whom the founders would never have thought of as their “Posterity” – then you cannot afford a stance that simply decries identity. Demographics is destiny.

    • Brian B November 3, 2017 at 6:29 am

      Nothing he said precludes sane immigration policies; in fact what he said would serve as a very good basis for them.

    • Cyber Space November 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      The problem is when you see yourself as defined by your race or your gender etc. before you see yourself as an American, that is what tribalism is and tribalism only brings chaos and wars. Up until a few years ago, I used to think everybody was just an American. Now thanks to the left, I see people and I wonder what group they identify with. Sometimes it is obvious but not always.Tribalism and identity politics only divides people. The left is using the gov’t to activate tribal politics and this is wrong. The gov’t should not be giving special consideration to anyone because of their race, gender etc. We are all supposed to be treated equally under the law

  9. jim marcum November 2, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    that pretty much sums it up. I have read many posts that unite America instead of divide like the democrats try to do. Now I see the DNC actually telling white men not to apply for any jobs at the DNC, can you imagine that.

  10. Donna Lasater November 2, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Wonderful article, J.B. So proud to call you a friend.

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Send me a text text please

      • Donna Lasater November 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm

        Not sure I understand your query.

  11. rumcrook™ November 3, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Yes. This is why i voted for him. I didnt want another politician who would weigh his words carefully. I wanted instinctively what you put to paper. Someone who would laugh when the smug self apointed elites set out the gordian knot in front of him and whip out a sword cutting it in half to their anguish and nashing of teeth while they screamed you cant do that, those aren’t the rules we have fashioned for you and the citizenry/subjects to wear like chains.

    • mike November 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      I read an article towards the home stretch of the election last year from of all places….Cracked magazine. The article did a great job of explaining why people were interested in and looking to vote for Trump. The writer (whose name I forget) said that for many Americans, Trump was the brick that people wanted to throw through the window of American politics. It didn’t matter if the brick was ugly or different or unschooled in politics…Americans just wanted it thrown.

      • JDL November 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

        From bugging Trump tower, to selling uranium, to rigging the DNC, to funding the Clinton charity, to the neverTrump elite, could anyone really say we didn’t need a brick through the window?

        • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

          U r a RINO

          • IndependentVet November 3, 2017 at 2:42 pm

            You are a nazi.

          • JDL November 3, 2017 at 3:09 pm

            Independent

      • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm

        Shut up, RINO!!!

        • mike November 6, 2017 at 9:41 am

          Ah….no. And your comment is nonsensical.

        • mike November 6, 2017 at 9:43 am

          Ah….No. And you comment is nonsensical.

      • disqus_mfERPWUv3H November 3, 2017 at 2:55 pm

        Amen!

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      It’s simply simple. There are NO complicated “problems”

  12. mas2 November 3, 2017 at 7:19 am

    My favorite line from the linked Robert Leonard article: “Trump’s sinking poll numbers are irrelevant. My conservative friends will vote for a fence post before they vote for a Democrat.”

    • odys November 3, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      A fence post is smarter.

  13. Pegster37 November 3, 2017 at 10:15 am

    The photo for this story is emblematic of a mentally ill society.

    • St Reformed November 3, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Perhaps also a reminder that the White Liberal Guilt Complex, thought decimated by Obama’s foolishness, still persists.

    • mike November 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Couldn’t agree more.

      And there is no way in hell I would allow one of my children to be part of that exercise and picture.

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Yes it is

    • Dicky November 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Really? I’m not even close to a leftist but I see no issue in providing such an experience. Not only to whites but to all Americans. There’s nothing wrong with understanding what happened to many of our American ancestors while reminding our youth and ourselves about the horrors of human bondage. Just my opinion though.

  14. donqpublic November 3, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Good read. Thank you.

  15. LosJoker November 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    so trump can say stupid things and never admit he’s wrong and you all think thats a GOOD thing?

    make amerikkka great again!

    • St Reformed November 3, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      It is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak up and
      remove all doubt.” — Mark Twain

  16. Bob November 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Very prescient and powerful article. Thank you! My fav line: “When one is not fixated on the problems of our own nation but, instead, views it from a larger perspective and contextually considers it in relation to the entire planet, we are in fact defined by our loud and inclusive democracy, our preference for dual sovereigns and decentralized power, our fondness for a smorgasbord of group associations, and perhaps most especially by the intensity of our diverse Judeo-Christian religious belief.” The USA is still the world’s greatest country.

    • Blackstone November 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      That is what struck me most as well. Very nice turn of phrase.

      • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm

        What SPECUFICALLY??? Are U a bot?

        • Dicky November 3, 2017 at 3:29 pm

          Are you retarded?

        • Blackstone November 3, 2017 at 5:59 pm

          The entire quote, of course.

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      …because nobody’s do s Christianity like we do

  17. David Couvillon November 3, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Nice take.

  18. calhounite1 November 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Trump may be the single greatest public communicator ever. Surpassing Reagan. Reagan spoke in clear terms, tearing up his speechwriters’ prose to get across his point with artistic, eloquent efficiency. Same with Trump, except with even more focus on the English language’s purity.

  19. JDL November 3, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    The Democratic Party is now a cult based on unabashed faith in liberalism and socialism dispite a univerasal historic record of failure. Hope is their next ‘virtue’ for a coming utopian global kingdom where they control everyone and everything—especially those who do not ‘believe.’ While Democrats purport to love women, blacks, and Muslims, they absolutely hate white men, Christians, Trump, and the working class. Their hate consumes them permitting them to rationalize lying and cheating. A thorough and complete decimation is required in the next election for change, and even that might not do it.

    • lf November 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE-

      HISTORIC FAILURE? FACTS SPEAK OTHERWISE- THE ECONOMY HAS BEEN MUCH BETTER UNDER DEMOCRATS- OH YOU ARE REPUBLICAN AND DON’T BELIEVE IN FACTS- JUST OPINIONS

      • JDL November 3, 2017 at 12:52 pm

        First, depress the cap lock key once again on your keyboard. Next, name a successful socialist culture from history. Finally please check the record high DOW and get back to us on the Obama economy. Oh, and Obama had 8 years in office so please don’t mention former President Bush in your response.

        • lf November 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm

          ISRAEL

          AND IF YOU KNOW THE DEFINITION OF SOCIALIST USA WAS NOT DURING OBAMA

          • JDL November 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm

            Parliamentary democracy. No points there.

          • lf November 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

            YOU SAID IN HISTORY

            Up until the late 1970’s, 70% of the workforce was employed by the government, including industrial factories; the trade unions

          • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:32 pm

            YOU’RE THE PUPPET!!! YPU’RE THE PYPPET!!

          • JDL November 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

            Great example! It doesn’t work.

          • Insanitea November 3, 2017 at 3:05 pm

            Are you under the impression that “socialist” and “parliamentary democracy” are somehow exclusive? Perhaps you should look one of both of those terms up.

  20. lf November 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    what drivel

    • Cyber Space November 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Yes and that’s why Hillary is president.

      • lf November 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

        MOST AMERICANS VOTED FOR HER

        • JDL November 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm

          Was that before or after she rigged the election? What a gal.

        • FightingSiouxMike November 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm

          And most Americans oppose abortion, so can we change that law?

          • lf November 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

            MORE PROBLEMS WITH FACTS ON YOUR PART. MOST AMERICANS DO NOT OPPOSE ABORTION.

          • FightingSiouxMike November 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm

            “Remember, you can keep your doctor and your health plan.”

          • lf November 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm

            VERY REVEALING THAT CONSERVATIVES ALL COME UP WITH ONE STATEMENT THAT OBAMA MADE THAT WASN’T CORRECT IN THE FUTURE.

            TRUMP HAS MADE HUNDREDS OF FALSE STATEMENTS OF THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST

          • JDL November 3, 2017 at 12:54 pm

            Like HRC rigged the election or Obama bugged his campaign?

          • FightingSiouxMike November 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm

            CNN poll – March, 2014.
            56% of Americans oppose abortion.

          • lf November 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm

            WHERE IS THE LINK?

          • lf November 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm
          • D. Ploribus Unum November 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm

            You first: STOP VOMITING UP MINDLESS TALKING POINTS.

        • dannyboy116 November 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

          Yep, she managed to win the popular vote count, while losing the electoral college by a decisive margin. Isn’t that amazing how Trump was able to win 3 states that had not been won by a Republican presidential candidate in 30 years – and were supposed to be so “in the bag” for Hillary that Democrats were bragging that it was their “Blue Wall”. Instead of campaigning in Wisconsin, Hillary kept running to California to do more and more fundraisers with her Hollywood friends. Donald cleverly ran around Hillary’s beautiful blue wall and stole those states right out from under her upturned nose. Just brilliant!!!

          • lf November 3, 2017 at 1:16 pm

            its more amazing that you and lots of other americans could vote for a man who bragged about grabbing women’s pussies and kissing them at any time.

          • Cletus B Neckbeard November 3, 2017 at 5:58 pm

            It’s amazing you still pretend not to know he was making a statement about how easy golddiggers are.

            Are you six?

        • Cyber Space November 3, 2017 at 1:07 pm

          Yes I am really curious what the true vote count was once all the illegal alien, dead people, people voting multiple times, ballot stuffing is taken into account. It came to light in New Hampshire recently that an audit uncovered people coming into the state to vote who lived in another state. We all knew this was happening but this is the first proof we have had. New Hampshire has really easy voting registration and people from other states come in by the bus load. Trump lost the state by only a couple thousand votes so now that we have the audit we can be sure that he would have won if there wasn’t this fraud going on.

          • lf November 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm

            MORE RELIANCE ON ONE’S ONE BIAS VS FACTS.

            WHY DON’T YOU USE THAT EXCUSE FOR WHY CLINTON LOST WISCONSIN AND MICHIGAN

          • Insanitea November 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm

            No, they were not “coming in by the bus load” – except perhaps at the beginning of the semester. You see, those out-of-state people who voted are called “college students,” and their votes were entirely legal. Go ahead, look into it as much as you want. There is not now nor has there ever been any substantial evidence of in-person voter fraud.

        • odys November 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm

          No one got a majority of the votes, sorry, you’re wrong.

          • lf November 3, 2017 at 1:58 pm

            true- I should have said she got 2.8 million more votes than Trump.

          • D. Ploribus Unum November 3, 2017 at 2:33 pm

            … yet Her still lost. Get over it, already.

        • Cletus B Neckbeard November 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm

          Well, since you put that in all caps, you’re right; she won.

          LOL

        • Linda November 3, 2017 at 5:37 pm

          She still lost. Plus votes from the LEFT’s illegals don’t count.

          • putmeinthecooler November 3, 2017 at 9:15 pm

            You can’t possibly believe that crap

    • JDL November 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      What an intelligent critique.

  21. JohnnyClams November 3, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Outstanding. The Democrats believe (unintelligently) that universalism binds people together, but abstract moralism is no substitute for a real social bond, which can only emerge from history, tradition, language, and religion.

  22. HistoryMatters November 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I am surprised that it took this long for a liberal commentator to actually read what the POTUS says. His speeches are full of humanity and history. Trump has been in the public eye for 50 years. Only a fool would discount his skills as a communicator or his focus on task. I am not sure yet – but I believe someday – he will have his name on buildings.

    • odys November 3, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      “- but I believe someday – he will have his name on buildings.”

      Or a wall.

  23. FightingSiouxMike November 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Well written! Leftism is failing by every measure. The Coastal Party lost 1,000 seats under Obama. America has woken up to identify politics!

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      Except about climate resilience! But never fear, the GOP will learn

      • Linda November 3, 2017 at 6:57 pm

        Two UN IPCC members have exposed the HOAX of humans causing climate change. Might want to read what THEY exposed… what it’s really all about and how it will have NO positive change on our environment no matter how much $$ we allow the globalists to STEAL from us. Without America the Paris Accord will collapse, because it was ALL about OUR $$ to fund it… Good riddance.

  24. doug masnaghetti November 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    The fetid democrat identity politics is a BIG reason Trump is in office. To anyone with a functioning brain it is obvious that the race/gender baiting democrats are the true racists bent on dividing this conuntry, bent on stoking racial violence. The democrats are sick racists plain and simple.

    • JDL November 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Well spake!

      • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:21 pm

        Word!

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      It’s “foetid”, you RINO traitor!

      I hope your children are dragged they the streets in chains! Fugging RINO

  25. Blackstone November 3, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you, Mr. White, this is very eloquent summary of the way things now stand. The older I get the more I accept the mystery of the human condition to hold two seemingly incompatible viewpoints simultaneously (of joy and sorrow). I don’t understand it, but “it is what it is” and I just have to accept that.

  26. Kevin Szatmary November 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    And may God bless Dr. J. B. White.

  27. Yoda0060 November 3, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you Mr. White for your wonderful article. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  28. Bill Obamabush November 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    This piece was incredibly insightful, and I must admit that when I saw the photo at the bottom and realized the author was black it completely blew me away. We are so used to hearing the biased garbage coming from the likes of Sharpton or BLM that we can easily forget there are reasonable, intelligent, fair-minded people of all backgrounds in this country that can see the all-important big picture rather than getting trapped in self-centric myopic points of view. I’m also reminded of the great David Webb whom I listen to on Sirius XM radio.

    • SeattAl November 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Webb is a great man……check out Allen B West also

  29. odys November 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    In a similar vein, millenials loved Trump’s tax reform outline IF they thought it was from Bernie.

    People know what they want and they need, but they have been “hypnotoaded” into not doing the right thing because they are afraid of being accused of being insensitive

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      True! People would love something they don’t love if someone did something
      G they didn’t do. Reveals hypocrisy.

  30. HWJoy November 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Identity politics is a loser. For one thing, it insults the voter’s intelligence and fails to recognize that people are individuals. Why should I vote for someone on the basis of that person’s gender, skin color, or surname?

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Are you a white male? STOP IT!!!

  31. DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I could not agree more.

    My great, great grandpappy Beauregard Cullpper owned 200 slaves. Guess how many I own?

    Where are MY reparations???

    “Beauregard C.” could have invested in many things, such as cotton gins…but he chose to CREATE JOBS! For poor black children. But NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED.

    Here I am with diabetes and student loans, when I should have fields full of black sisters singing spirituals. WHERE ARE MY REPARATIONS???

  32. taek kenn November 3, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    It is curious that Democrats have never learned the first lesson of Politics 101.
    Rule #1: Do not insult your opponents supporters.
    Corollary to above rule: You can insult your opponent, but if you are tempted to label his followers as deplorable as him, please refer to Rule #1.

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Shut up, RINO!!!

      • taek kenn November 3, 2017 at 2:59 pm

        Make me. Oh you can’t . Too bad for you,

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      It’s true! Conservative vest never insult progressives. Or wetbacks

      • taek kenn November 3, 2017 at 3:05 pm

        Well you learned well from Conservative brethren, by calling nice, industrious, hard working, family oriented, people “wetbacks”. You sure like to learn and spread pejoratives. How old are you anyway. Get up to date. We should not insult people.

        • Insanitea November 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

          You might try telling that to Trump.

          • taek kenn November 4, 2017 at 5:51 am

            Why? He is doing so well with Democrats following in his footsteps. Just yesterday two Liberal Journalists attacked Sara Sanders. The LA Times two times Pulitzer winner described her:

            “…Sanders looks more like a slightly chunky soccer mom who organizes snacks for the kids’ games,” Horsey states, after describing the physical features of daughter Ivanka Trump and first lady Melania Trump. “Rather than the fake eyelashes and formal dresses she puts on for news briefings, Sanders seems as if she’d be more comfortable in sweats and running shoes.”
            The liberals are Trump’s excellent students. They learn misogyny extremely well and fast. CAN’T ARGUE WITH TRUMP’S SUCCESS.

          • Insanitea November 4, 2017 at 6:02 am

            Success in what? Lowering the standard for political discourse? How proud you must be.

          • taek kenn November 4, 2017 at 8:07 am

            Excellent! So you admit that the Liberals, Democrats, Progressives have all jumped on the “Trump train” . Well as the saying goes ” If you can’t beat them, join them”. Quite a success for Trump, wouldn’t you agree????
            Now whether I am proud is immaterial. Reality rules.

      • DL242425 November 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm

        How many dudes did you blow today?

  33. St Reformed November 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    “Saint Coates”, who is nothing more than H. Rap Brown with a polysyllabic vocabulary, hinted of a “French Revolution” type resolution to today’s American crises. Must we remind the venomous Mr. Coates that, yes many aristocratic heads rolled, but so did Maximillian Robespierre’s? Such revolutions tend to eat their own. So be it.

    • DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      Bots on the run! They tweet and everybody comes

  34. DaddyPhatsax November 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    how long til another RINO TRAITOR dares comment???

    • IndependentVet November 3, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      How long til another anti-American nazi dares comment????

      • DL242425 November 3, 2017 at 4:22 pm

        You touch little boys.

        • Bob Acker November 3, 2017 at 7:24 pm

          Another pathetic comment from another lowlife cretin. What a surprise.

  35. disqus_mfERPWUv3H November 3, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Who but Trump could have done this? Certainly not the Rinos. They’ve been asleep at the wheel for decades.

  36. Historybuff November 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    What foolishness.

    trumpy is not bound by simple-yet-fundamental things like honesty and integrity. That means… trumpy can say anything he wishes without being bound to any earlier statements that he may have stated… or anything that constitutes a ‘promise’.

    Being a dishonest liar is easy for a trump.
    HB

    • DL242425 November 3, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Ok pedo!

  37. Emmette Davidson November 3, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    All his speeches are like that. Those who’ve bought into the elite/media/administrative state narrative will look back and wonder how on earth they so poorly discerned the signs of the times.

    • Emmette Davidson November 3, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      And if anybody’s paying attention, it was absolutely my intention to paraphrase Jesus from a similar matter.

  38. Linda November 3, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Great article. And all dem supporters/voters would do well to read the list of WHY their own party continues losing power/influence with the American people.

    They’ve been too focused on their anger and hatred rather than what they as a party have been doing to TURN the voters away from their party. Reading this article might just help them see it’s that list that is working against them.

  39. Done With It November 3, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    The politics of envy and promises of government largesse are an easy sell to the lazy and the poorly informed, but are a disaster for our culture and economy.

    Race-hustling lost its power because we reject the premise.

    Hollywood and the MSM lost their power because we know they are immoral and corrupt to their core.

    We’ve seized control, and will continue fighting until we’ve disarmed the criminal-bureaucrats in the IRS and FBI.

    The unelected, uncontrolled federal bureaucracy is now in our sights, it’s days are numbered.

  40. jackieaxe November 3, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    The way the Dems act with their nutty Trump-Russia accusations, ripping down statues, labeling all opposition “ racists” makes this game an easy layup for Republicans.

    • olderwiser November 3, 2017 at 6:47 pm

      The next generation will look back at the angry loons pulling down statues and renaming public schools and streets and hold them in the same contempt that we assign to Hitter’s book burners.

      • putmeinthecooler November 3, 2017 at 9:12 pm

        You do realize that a good portion of those statues were erected decades after the Civil War- most in the 1910-20s and 1950-60s to send a message to black people fighting against Jim Crow laws and advocating for the Civil Rights movement? You do realize that Trump supporters (not all obviously, but some) are the only ones holding neo-NAZI rallies at the moment? Do you have any semblance of a grasp on reality?

        • olderwiser November 4, 2017 at 6:24 pm

          You’re repeating liberal progressive propaganda; sorry, but mere repetition doesn’t make the myths that you cling to true. The only functional fascists in America today are the leftist black shirts of The Resistance and the intolerant and misnamed “Antifa” movement bullies. It’s time to stop living in the past and accept the present reality – the liberal progressive worldview is “on the wrong side of history,” to borrow an overused and misused phrase from former president Obama.

          • putmeinthecooler December 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm

            Not propaganda, just facts. I know that’s foreign to ya, but try and keep up. Can you offer any opposing evidence other than “the librul propaganda machine and Obummer are mean and bad?”

  41. Peonie November 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    I believe that most white people support equality and legislative measures to promote it. But turning whites into the enemy is counterproductive and just as wrong as assigning people of color to a “less than” state. Equality means equality for everyone.

  42. NW HardWood November 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    One of my favorite things to do on Twitter these days it to award “Race Pimp of the day” to journalists and democrat party operatives…..along with their picture and the reason for the award. You would be surprised how many of the pimps clean up their act.

  43. NW HardWood November 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    White guilt got obama elected twice…….it’s all used up.

  44. Dan Warren November 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    The Reason We Live Under Dysfunctional / Insane Government….

    The Justice System for Leftist Elites…

    One Picture Equals 1000 Words…..
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/38112364332/in/dateposted-public/

    [to share, click the curved arrow ~> in the lower right corner]

    [the logic of the meme is in the comments below the meme – Read It, if you’ve the time]

  45. BanBait November 3, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    That’s right, tomorrow is Howl at the Moon/Antifa Day.

  46. Dan Warren November 3, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Great article, sir.

    I am going to link it from my future memes to my meme site.

    This article fits well within this meme….
    ============
    Building the NEW ‘American’ party…

    One Picture Equals 1000 Words….
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/35845090933/in/dateposted-public/

    and this is what it looks like…….
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/36331974330/in/dateposted-public/

    [to enlarge, click the > in the lower right corner]

    [the logic of the meme is in the comments below the meme – Read It, if you’ve the time]

  47. jessefan in chapel hill November 3, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount…If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State.”
    ― Harry Truman
    “Human life is something that comes to us from beyond this world, and the purpose of our society is to cherish it and to enable the individual to attain the highest achievement of which he is capable”
    ― Harry Truman
    “A person who is fundamentally honest doesn’t need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical code anybody needs.”
    ― Harry Truman

    Can you magine any Democrat today uttering theseg ems of wisdom?

  48. StanleyN8 November 3, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Whites wake up!!!

    We have nothing to apologize for; if we did you would not see all of these other races wanting to live among us.

    Blacks complain the most but if they did not live among whites they would not be driving in cars, riding on trains and plains etc………….

    • Bob Acker November 3, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      I’m sorry–riding on plains? That’s your idea of racial superiority? You know, you really ought to do something about that irony deficiency.

      • StanleyN8 November 4, 2017 at 12:38 pm

        Typo on my part, meant “planes”; w/that said has nothing to do w/racial “superiority” only pointing out the facts.

        Non-whites, especially blacks, are always complaining about whites but why do they want to live among us?

        If it was true that whites are evil/racist etc. and that there was no differences among the races then the blacks should have all beat feet when they were freed from slavery.

        Instead like a bunch of livestock “liberated” they just hung around when they could have returned to Africa and created a parallel society; right?

  49. dougf43 November 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Actually I appreciate your effort here and agree with the ‘gist’ of it in regards to the Democrats. BUT, I don’t agree with this —- ” And, with that, it is game over for identity politics in America.”

    It is game over for something, but,imao, you have not correctly identified what is REALLY happening. You say that white people of BOTH genders voting for Trump has shattered ‘identity politics’ because they didn’t vote as male/female identities. It is true that they didn’t vote genders and to a large degree they didn’t vote education either. But that does not mean that they didn’t vote IDENTITY. Because they arguably did.
    They voted on a subconscious racial basis. Identity politics has created precisely what it always campaigned against. It made its own monster and now that monster is tired of being treated as the monster. And rightfully so.
    Identity politics hasn’t gone away. It’s reached its logical conclusion. No turning back now. The rot of the current system is even more apparent today than it was in November 2016.
    The conclusion here is simple. Identity politics is successful until it runs smack into a stronger identity.
    If it’s OK to vote as an Hispanic or an African / American or whatever, then it’s just as OK to vote as White.
    The Democrats should be so proud. They have turned the clock back by at least 60 years.
    Yay.

  50. the ultimate gaylord November 3, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    This idea of “healing the wounds of slavery” and other flowery nonsense about “living in harmony, working side by side!” is complete utopian dreck. In Canada, in Australia, in European countries–in other words in countries where blacks and other populations did not even really exist in any significant number if at all until the last few decades and in which you can’t claim “it’s because of the legacy of slavery,” the same kinds of grievance-mongering and anti-white politics are extant.

    The bottom line is that we are essentially different subspecies of animal, and like in nature with any other animal, cannot share the same living space competing for the same resources without conflict. That is why this problem is universal across the entire western world where “multiculturalism” (really multiracialism) has been forced upon white populations at gunpoint. It’s also why there’s no real solution to the problem other than separation. Unfortunately I think there’s too much inertia and it’s going to end in very bloody wars. Not like people weren’t warning of this beginning in the 1960s with prophetic speakers like Enoch Powell, though.

    • LosJoker November 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      what resources are we competing for that cooperation and collaboration wouldn’t yield?

      • the ultimate gaylord November 3, 2017 at 8:40 pm

        We live in a world that is already overpopulated in terms of real carry capacity to quality of life index, and in which the number of paying jobs is shrinking due to increases in productivity including automation. Then on top of this we have a hostile ruling class that de-industrializes our countries in the west and imports foreign scab labor, then creates policies which favor them over us which are then bolstered by different interests some of whom have a perverted financial interest in this state of affairs. Which is why you have a white underclass in places like America or Britain that didn’t exist before, at least not like this and not on this scale–and it can get worse such as in South Africa where previously middle-class whites were then disemployed by the black-controlled communist government, and you have about 1/4 of the whites in the country now living in squatter camps.

        All forms of resources including land and its carry capacity are limited and what’s more, the tragedy of the commons that libertarians like to talk about cuts in more ways. Outgroups that do not have a sense of ownership of those commons will ruthlessly exploit them to their benefit. For example welfare systems. This doesn’t help when an army of “social workers” have been trained to aid and abet this exploitation, which in countries like Canada or any of the European countries with these systems now borders on the absurd and constitutes a massive wealth transfer from the native white population to the foreigners being imported by the million. Denmark for example recently released data showing that 59% of all tax money paid into the system is eaten up by “non-western migrants and their descendants” — so when they double in population due to the engineered disparity in birthrates and endless inflow, what then? Danes are essentially tax slaves subsidizing their own destruction in that case. The numbers are similar in Norway and any other country in which you can find or piece together data on who pays into the system vs. who doesn’t.

  51. LosJoker November 3, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Neither party created identity politics…the founding fathers did when they codified slavery and removed whites from the institution by declaring no non white can have a white person as a slave. That baked in racial division and the politics of it into the system from the 1600s to today on thru black codes and jim crow laws and the chinese exclusion act etc etc. Identity politics IS what america is about. And the idea that whites today are only voting in a way that blacks and latinos vote is laughable considering the sheer fact that in 200 YEARS of elected presidents only ONE has been non white in a country thats NEVER been 100% white…that speaks volumes about identity politics.

    • the ultimate gaylord November 3, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      America was 90% white 52 years ago and “Latino”/”Hispanic” wasn’t even really on the census. The founding fathers literally wrote an immigration policy which stated that only “free white persons of good character” could immigrate and become American citizens. We merely disagree on whether that was good or bad. I say it was good. It’s the same kind of policy that everywhere else that isn’t a gaslit white western country still has. It’s kind of way to prevent your people from going physically extinct.

      • LosJoker November 3, 2017 at 8:58 pm

        still not 100% tho and the rest of your statement just justifies racism…so why act shocked or hurt that blacks would support a camndidate that looks like them or any other nonwhite group would do the same thing when whites in america have been doing that since the beginning of the country.
        And no group has ever gone physically extinct.

        • the ultimate gaylord November 3, 2017 at 9:13 pm

          Genocide by genetic absorption is well in the literature and it’s why Anatolian Greeks don’t exist anymore, as one example. In any case, there will be no peaceful coexistence since the interests of groups are so diametrically opposed. Kind of weird you try to hold the double standard that it’s fine for other groups to act in their own interest but not us in our own countries.

          • LosJoker November 3, 2017 at 11:07 pm

            south africa isn’t your own country…you go on about whites living in shanty towns in SA yet blacks who weren’t a minority and lived in SA long before the dutch showed up were treated like crap and you feel nothing about that. So why should anyone feel bad that whites in that country aren’t doing well IF that’s the case? Same for america its not a white country and never was either.

            When you lack or withhold empathy for others don’t be surprised when it comes back to you.

          • the ultimate gaylord November 14, 2017 at 9:47 pm

            The current black majority in South Africa are Bantus who came from the north after the Dutch arrived. Similarly, America was built up by whites and had a 90% white demographic until 50 years ago. Anyway, it’s clear all that matters here is power, so when it comes to violent conflict as it inevitably will my goal is to propagandize to my own people to make them absolutely merciless towards trash like you who want us gone.

          • LosJoker November 14, 2017 at 9:57 pm

            go back to europe and propagandize there where you belong. As you can see the violence won’t be lopsided any more…anyone can pull a trigger and now everyone has a gun.

          • the ultimate gaylord November 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm

            I am in Europe. Guns and other more modern tools of warfare though, they actually make things less equal than old brute force numbers wading into each other. Modern warfare and its effectiveness are largely modulated by intelligence levels, which differ by race. Those who can’t aim well like the hajis in the middle east don’t do so well. Those who can’t gather intel and disseminate effective training to their troops also don’t do well.

    • Ricardo Montalbon November 3, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      but if what you are saying is true, why would the dominant racial group willingly import other racial groups to put themselves in the minority?

      • LosJoker November 3, 2017 at 11:03 pm

        then import other people who look like you and make them slaves and 2nd class citizens and NEVER say things like all men are created equal and life liberty and pursuit of happiness because these things are contradictory and hypocritical.

  52. BigGuy November 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Responding to the 10 points made in the op ed:

    1 All of us have a right to be FREE from religion.
    2 The The largest number of gun deaths each year are from individuals committing suicide, notably widowers in rural areas. Defending the right of old men to kill themselves is defending evil, not good.
    3 Democrats do not view police with disdain. That is FALSE.
    4 Democrats believe, Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not
    do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ Republicans believe the Prosperity Gospel.
    5 Democrats have NOT divided America. Trump has been doing so. What’s said here is FALSE.
    6 Obama NEVER went on an “Apology Tour”. The Right repeated that so many times that people believe that to be true. That’s False.
    7 The Right consistently says the Right to Life ceases at birth. The Children’s Health Insurance Plan is unfunded at this time. 9,000,000 children do not have access to medical care as of 11/3/2017. Republicans in Congress have reduced SNAP funds for children 3 times in the past 5 years.
    8 Democratic Presidents and Democrats in Congress have been proposing laws to strengthen our families since FDR in 1932.
    9 Democrats believe we should honor our history, but NOT lie to ourselves. When the KKK grew in the 1920’s, statues of Lee and Bedford Forrest were erected to inform Blacks they were inferior. The same occurred in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. There are more than 1500 statues and monuments in the states of the Confederacy honoring the “lost cause’. Where are the monuments to the slaves whose work and economic value made the American Confederacy the wealthiest country in the world in 1860? How many who died at the lash are honored with statuary like the White heroes of the South who fought to keep Blacks enslaved? Less than 10 altogether.
    10 Respect for our country requires respect for those who disagree with us. The manner in which Black athletes have been bending down when our national anthem is played is the same way our veterans honor the fallen at funerals. They are honoring Black men and women who have been senselessly killed by our governments and, by their presence, standing or on bended knee, they are honoring our country and our flag.

    • putmeinthecooler November 3, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Well said. This article is a hot pile of garbage.

  53. vaccinia November 3, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I hate to let you in on this but we ALWAYS knew this Social Justice Fascist stuff was BS……it only needed to be explained to the media, NOT the country. Well….maybe to the poleznyje idiot…..

  54. Ricardo Montalbon November 3, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    what is “judeo” christian? Christians follow Christ, Jews follow a group of pharisetical priests who killed Christ. Can we once and for all get rid of the “judeo” christian label. There is nothing judeo about Christianity. Everyone does not have to agree on everything. Everyone is not the same We do not have to apologize to jews for being Christians. If anything they shouldbe apologizing to us for kiling our savior. Jews are not the same as Christians.

  55. Allie Youpe November 3, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    I wish it was true, but Obama certainly won with identity politics and left-wing anti-Americanism. Perhaps the problem in 2016 was that the Democrats nominated a corrupt, unlikable grifter as their candidate. Perhaps Bernie (an unvarnished leftist) would have beaten Trump. One thing is certain: Trump doesn’t take crap from anyone and he, unlike all the “moderate” “responsible” GOP establishment losers, was willing to get in the ring and brawl his way to victory.

  56. Toni Jackson November 3, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    This Trieste is also Very helpful, for Trump Volunteers to get in touch with why WE flocked to President Trump, And a way to be able to more clearly discuss the lost soles in the dark depths of Dem Negativity and “Ain’t We Awful syndrome!” . President @realDonaldTrump is our way out of the cyclone to hell, Dem’s turning our World upside down, just like it says in the “Hand Book For Radicals” (AKA Socialists/Marxists Communism!)… to Create a Huge Unresponsive Government like with the European Union..they Voted~In Politicians who are “allowed to Vote” BUT for Little or No Policy votes themselves~so not able to help their people in their respective countries! EU is the writing on the wall for America> if We had turned our backs on President Trump.. By the way: Enough of the Trashing our Historical Monuments… The Historical Monuments and Crosses Stay!… America is staying America, and not some Commie, despot’s commune. Our Fore Fathers would be so Proud of Our President Trump. Making Great Trade Deals and using Trade Deals as a means of Creating PEACE! I am looking forward to BOAT LOADS of Raw, Organic, Unrefined, Coconut Oil from the Philippines, which is a Brain supplement and Healthy food and for Hair, nails, skin and TEETH! and is Antimicrobial (kills germs:-) Life is good, and with enough Good Jobs for Everyone, creating a booming Economy, Even in Our Inner Cities: Life Is Good! Thank You President Trump! Time to #MAGA = to Make America Great Again ! Thank You @realDonaldTrump & @VP 2020

  57. Scott Murray November 4, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Thanks great article. It is strange how few in the MSM pick up the hopeful message contained in Trumps speeches. But thankfully the public do.

  58. underwearbomber November 4, 2017 at 12:24 am

    I would like to believe what this author says but we must not fool ourselves with wishful thinking as the Left has.
    We are still at a disadvantage with the media, the universities and a huge dependency class all of whom will fight to the death before accepting that they have lost.
    The education establishment is still misinforming and indoctrinating our children in anti-American propaganda.
    Too many good people, of whatever race, still believe that to vote for anyone who isn’t a Democrat is equal to voting for fascism.
    Too many Republicans grew comfortable with being complicit in the “progressive” pro-regressive mindset, as long as they were given a seat at the ruling class table.
    Our Justice Dept. and intelligence services have been corrupted and are part of the swamp-like “Resistance” to needed house-cleaning.
    We are $10 Trillion deeper in debt than in 2009, and going deeper in the hole by the minute, without major entitlement reform which the GOP still fears.

    And of course, more Americans still voted for an utterly corrupt, pathological liar, who but for her utter incompetence and a few tens of thousands of votes in a few key states would now be President, and covering up all the lies and corruption she and her mafiosi engaged in for years. Rather than being in jail she still seems destined to skate free.

    We are in a long-term war to take back our Republic. This is much bigger than one Donald Trump. As the Left has worked tirelessly for decades to destroy it, it will take decades–or a generation at least–to restore it. It will not be easy.

  59. Razerzpeed November 4, 2017 at 12:27 am

    isupporttrump.com

  60. Jerome Barry November 4, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Mr. White, I have refrained from reading political speeches since B43’s second Inaugural. Thank you for elucidating that particular speech. I had not been aware of it.

  61. Marty Johnson November 4, 2017 at 8:08 am

    When your opponent is digging a divisive politics hole, hand her a bigger shovel. Yeah, tell us again Hillary how everybody who did not vote for you is either a white supremacist, a misogynist, a white nationalist, and/or is just too stupid to vote in favor of their own self-interests!

  62. Bob White November 4, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Good Stuff!

  63. Buford Gooch November 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Great work, RG.

  64. Dan Schwartz November 4, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    According to Donna Brazile, identity politics also consumed the DNC/Clinton campaign (same thing):
    DNC & Clinton Campaign Consumed By Identity Politics —My headline
    Brazile Felt Like A Slave: Wanted to drop Clinton for Biden —Drudge headline

    Former Democratic National Committee head Donna Brazile writes in a new book that she seriously contemplated replacing Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee with then-Vice President Biden in the aftermath of Clinton’s fainting spell, in part because Clinton’s campaign was “anemic” and had taken on “the odor of failure.”

    In an explosive new memoir, Brazile details widespread dysfunction and dissension throughout the Democratic Party, including secret deliberations over using her powers as interim DNC chair to initiate the removal of Clinton and running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) from the ticket after Clinton’s Sept. 11, 2016, collapse in New York City.

    Brazile writes that she considered a dozen combinations to replace the nominees and settled on Biden and Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.), the duo she felt most certain would win over enough working-class voters to defeat Republican Donald Trump. But then, she writes, “I thought of Hillary, and all the women in the country who were so proud of and excited about her. I could not do this to them.”
    [:]
    In her [book, titled “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House”] Brazile reveals how fissures of race, gender and age tore at the heart of the operation — even as Clinton was campaigning on a message of inclusiveness and trying to assemble a rainbow coalition under the banner of “Stronger Together.”
    [:]
    As one of her party’s most prominent black strategists, Brazile also recounts fiery disagreements with Clinton’s staffers — including a conference call in which she told three senior campaign officials, Charlie Baker, Marlon Marshall and Dennis Cheng, that she was being treated like a slave.

    “I’m not Patsey the slave,” Brazile recalls telling them, a reference to the character played by Lupita Nyong’o in the film, “12 Years a Slave.” “Y’all keep whipping me and whipping me and you never give me any money or any way to do my damn job. I am not going to be your whipping girl!”
    [:]
    …Brazile writes that she was haunted by the still-unsolved murder of DNC data staffer Seth Rich and feared for her own life, shutting the blinds to her office window so snipers could not see her and installing surveillance cameras at her home. (more)

  65. Liberation1 November 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    BRAVO J.B !!! So beautifully written. Poetic with profound accuracy. Spot on ! Blessings and thank you! 🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼

  66. Loyal Opposition November 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    This article sacrifices coherence to ideology and is rife with internal contradictions.
    Perhaps the most egregious example is that in one breath the author convincingly argues that Trump succeeded largely because of his targeted appeals to white victimhood — Oh dear, some white people resent feeling guilty and apologetic? Truly at the top of the list of humiliations and injustices — and in the next concludes that Trump’s election means “it’s game over for identity politics.” How in the world is appealing to white people as aggrieved white people not pure (implied pun definitely intended) identity politics? Answer: Of course it is, don’t be ridiculous.
    Similarly, the author doesn’t recognize the paradox underlying the fact that a large portion of what he admits is the “dominant ethnic group in society” has come to believe it is actually the most persecuted. Of course, this is consistent with the pretzel logic that supports much of today’s “conservative” dogma: Men are the real victims, despite having been the dominant sex for millennia; Christians are the real victims, despite having been the dominant religion for millennia; the “tax-soaked” rich are the real victims, despite, well, the obvious.
    Finally, I’d like to point out that the author uses the non-word “strategery.” Apparently he also is a fan of Will Ferrell’s hilarious impression of our previous Dunce-In-Chief. At least we have that in common. (Okay, okay, cheap shot. I’m sure it was a typo.)

  67. UltraMarineAvenger November 4, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I. Love. This.

    The author absolutely nailed it. Americans are inherently fair minded and bigots have been relegated to the fringe on both sides of the political spectrum. We saw this clearly in Houston following the hurricane. People working hand in hand to help their neighbors, with no thought to race, religion or station, was the rule… And it completely shatters the myth of disharmony.

    It’s primarily those holding bullhorns that cry disharmony… Because it lines their pockets. But in neighborhoods, America voted… And they voted for fairness and equality and opportunity… And it exists.

    Perfection is there mortal enemy of good. Our nation is far from perfect. But it is good. Americans are not perfect, but we have good hearts.

    The left could accomplish more by never uttering another divisive word toward their agenda than they will ever do by sowing the seeds of hatred. And that’s really all they do. They divide. They incite. They demagogue.

    Love this article. It lays it out so simply.

  68. mmercier0921 November 5, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Trump is the mad scientist who detonated the stupid bomb in the leftist echo chamber.

  69. Bo Grimes November 5, 2017 at 4:56 am

    What’s sad about Leanord’s article is he didn’t learn any lessons from it. Here’s his thought process.

    He truly believes the media he consumes is honest and trustworthy: “Every day I read The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other media giants, with great interest and appreciation. I understand and value the great writing, thoughtful analysis, logic and reasoning. And the fact checking. Especially the fact checking.”

    By consuming that media he learned:“I tried to remember what I had read about the speech. The only thing I could recall was that Trump had made either a mistake, or misspoke and had referred to the Governor of Puerto as the president. The media had been all over the gaffe. What a clown, a buffoon Trump is! More evidence of his ignorance, his lack of preparation, basic courtesy, and more proof of how unfit he is for office. While certainly more was reported on his speech, that is what I remembered.”

    He admits it may have been the media he consumed:“That’s not what I took from the reporting — which may well be the fault of my selective reading and viewing — but if President Barack Obama had given a similar speech I know much of the media would have lauded it, leaving me with a completely different perspective of the speech, and likely of the man.”

    He goes back into his bubble and blames conservative, rural normals as narrow-minded: “So, big media, keep up the great writing, thoughtful analysis, logic and reasoning. And fact checking. But, remember here in Trumplandia, you won’t change any minds.”

  70. Deserttrek November 5, 2017 at 10:03 am

    leonard still doesn’t get it
    he believes the media and his philosophies are correct and those who disagree are idiots and rubes
    he does understand message,but wants to change the words of the message, but not the real content

  71. Loyal Opposition 2020 November 5, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    [I tried to post a version of this earlier, but it was flagged as spam and I still don’t see it here, so am trying again. The first draft also ignored some of the best writing advice I’ve ever received: Make your first draft as contemptuous and sarcastic as you want – then tear it up and write a second draft. Apologies for any duplication or undue snark.]

    Full disclosure: I am a straight, white, raised-Catholic-but-long-time-atheist, male, Bay Area liberal. I am also a news and politics junkie, and my primary sources will come as no surprise: HuffPo, Salon, Slate, Alternet, etc.. However, I hope the fact that I’m responding to this article in what I hope is a respectful way demonstrates I at least try to take myself out of the echo chamber. (I also regularly turn to Fox News for news reporting, though not opinion pieces, which more often than not I find to be either dishonest, facile, or specious, a charge I’m sure many here would level at HuffPo, etc..)

    So I hope you’ll accept that I’m genuinely surprised that so many think this is a particularly insightful, well-written article. I find it a rambling, unfocused mish-mash of standard conservative talking points and sloganeering. More pertinently, this article is a good example of why many of us think a lot of conservative positions are disingenuous, whether consciously or unconsciously, or display a dismaying tolerance to cognitive dissonance.

    Perhaps the most significant example is that in one breath the author convincingly argues that Trump succeeded largely because of his targeted appeals to white victimhood — specifically, that some white people feel it’s unfair that when addressing race they feel compelled to admit personal guilt and apologize — and in the next concludes that Trump’s election means “it’s game over for identity politics.” How in the world is appealing to white people as aggrieved white people not pure (implied pun definitely intended) identity politics, as much as any targeted appeal to the grievances of black people (or any other group)?

    Additionally, I dispute the initial premise: I have never felt guilty or the need to apologize for being white. I do, however, acknowledge that through pure luck I am a member of, as the author himself puts it, the “dominant ethnic group” in this country and believe that basic American ideals of fairness and equality demand that the more fortunate of us work to help level the playing field for groups who for centuries didn’t have such arbitrary privileges. (The fact that some white people don’t think it’s fair they feel guilty and apologetic seems pretty darn minor on the scale of racial injustices.)

    Trump’s genius was to court a limited number of identities, including people who identify with the ethnic group that has been dominant literally since Plymouth Rock but somehow simultaneously believe it is the most persecuted. Of course, this is consistent with what many on the Left see as the pretzel logic that supports most elements of modern conservative dogma: Men are the real victims, despite having been the dominant sex for millennia; Christians are the real victims, despite having been the dominant religion for millennia; the rich are victimized by wealth redistribution, despite…well, the obvious.

    In sum, far from doing away with identity politics, Trump enthusiastically embraced them.

    (Finally, I’d like to point out that the author uses the non-word “strategery.” Apparently he also is a fan of Will Ferrell’s hilarious impression of our previous Dunce-In-Chief. At least we have that in common. Okay, okay, cheap, snarky shot. I’m sure it was a typo.)

  72. Loyal Opposition 2020 November 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I’d also like to point out that the author uses the non-word “strategery.” Apparently he also is a fan of Will Ferrell’s hilarious impression of our previous Dunce-In-Chief. At least we have that in common. (Okay, okay, cheap, snarky shot. I’m sure it was a typo.)

  73. Loyal Opposition 2020 November 8, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    [I tried to post a version of this a couple days ago, but it was flagged as spam and I still don’t see it here, so am trying again. The first draft also ignored some of the best writing advice I’ve ever received: Make your first draft as contemptuous and sarcastic as you want – then tear it up and write a second draft. Apologies for any duplication or undue snark.]

    Full disclosure: I am a straight, white, raised-Catholic-but-long-time atheist, male, Bay Area liberal. I am a news and politics junkie. My primary sources are, no surprise, HuffPo, Salon, Slate, Alternet, etc.. However, I hope the fact that I’m responding to this article in what I hope is a respectful way demonstrates I at least try to take myself out of the echo chamber. (I also regularly turn to Fox News for news reporting, though not opinion pieces, which more often than not I find to be either dishonest, facile, or specious, a charge I’m sure many here would level at HuffPo, etc..)

    So I hope you’ll accept that I’m genuinely surprised that so many think this is a particularly insightful, well-written article. I find it a rambling, unfocused mish-mash of standard conservative talking points and sloganeering. More pertinently, this article is a good example of why many of us think a lot of conservative positions are disingenuous, whether consciously or unconscious, or display a dismaying tolerance to cognitive dissonance.

    Perhaps the most significant example is that in one breath the author convincingly argues that Trump succeeded largely because of his targeted appeals to white victimhood — specifically, that some white people feel it’s unfair that when addressing race they feel compelled to admit personal guilt and apologize — and in the next concludes that Trump’s election means “it’s game over for identity politics.” How in the world is appealing to white people as aggrieved white people not pure (implied pun definitely intended) identity politics, as much as any targeted appeal to the grievances of black people?

    Additionally, I dispute the initial premise: I have never felt guilty or the need to apologize for being white. I do, however, acknowledge that through pure luck I am a member of, as the author himself puts it, the “dominant ethnic group” in this country and believe that basic American ideals of fairness and equality demand that the more fortunate of us work to help level the playing field for groups who for centuries didn’t have such arbitrary privileges. (The fact that some white people don’t think it’s fair they feel guilty and apologetic seems pretty darn minor on the scale of racial injustices.)

    Trump simply courted people who for decades have been told by Fox News, et al. to identify with the groups that have been dominant literally since Plymouth Rock, but somehow simultaneously believe they are the most persecuted. This is the pretzel logic that supports many elements of modern conservative dogma: Whites are the real victims, despite having been the dominant ethnic group for centuries; Men are the real victims, despite having been the dominant sex for millennia; Christians are the real victims, despite having been the dominant religion for millennia; the rich are victimized by wealth redistribution, despite…well, the obvious.

    Far from doing away with identity politics, Trump embraced it wholeheartedly.

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