Identity Politics

I usually don’t write about politics here because it usually ends up in nothing more than a series of insults being traded between one another in the comment section. I feel I have to write this because of the current political climate in the United States.

First of all, I voted for Trump. There, I said it! But you know what? I WANT MY VOTE BACK! I have realized that we have made a huge mistake voting this person into the highest office in the land. He is the equivalent of a man-child, everything negative said about him no matter how small it may be provokes him into going into a Twitter rant. That is completely unbecoming of the President of the United States let alone any leader no matter what position he or she holds. A leader needs to know when to simply brush something off their shoulders as if it doesn’t matter. Now I’m not saying that he shouldn’t defend himself but the way he has been defending himself lately reminds me of a four year old in a temper tantrum.

The people on the extreme Left (one of the commenters below pointed this distinction out to me) likes to call anyone on the Right as a White Nationalist. They can’t stand the idea that many on the right want to put America first. They also call anyone on the Right bigots, sexists, and whatever other -ist word you can come up with. I’m going to set the record straight here… Not everyone on the Right are like that, I certainly am not. Yes I believe that America and her people should be put first before the needs of other nations. Why that is a problem I have no idea. Shouldn’t it be a nation’s job to stand up for her citizens? Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with that!

Now onto the subject of my post here, Identity Politics. Titles. Yes, titles. It’s the thing that separates us more than what unites us. Every single person living in the United States is an American. But a lot of people like to put words in front of the word “American” like Puerto Rican American, African American, Asian American, Polish American (my grandmother thinks of herself as that), Spanish American, Mexican American, and so on and so forth. Yes, those words in front of the word “American” are titles and they serve as nothing more than something to separate us, to keep as fighting with each other. Here is an idea… let’s drop those titles.

Instead of Puerto Rican American, call yourself an American.
Instead of African American, call yourself an American.
Instead of Asian American, call yourself an American.
Instead of Polish American, call yourself an American.
Instead of Spanish American, call yourself an American.
Instead of Mexican American, call yourself an American.

See what I just did there? I dropped the title in front of the word “American”.

I bet you are asking why I did that? And I know, many people in those groups are going to start screaming bloody murder because of what I just said above but I want you to sit there and ask yourself two simple questions. Why does it bother you so much? Why do you cling to the old titles? Those titles serve only as a way to separate us, to keep as fighting with each other. There is far more that unites us rather than what divides us, or at least, there should be. And what is that reason? One word… American. We are all Americans, it doesn’t matter where you came from, we are all Americans. If we as society can only learn to drop the titles, the things that separate us, we will finally be able to unite all of ourselves under one flag, one nation, one people. The United States of America. Then, and only then, will we have the harmony that I truly believe America can have.

We are all Americans, remember that next time you approach someone of a different race. Put that aside and embrace that person not as a different race but as a fellow American. That is how you create harmony, that is how you unite us all under one common cause.

I know that this isn’t going to be easy, it’s probably going to be the hardest thing that society will ever try to do. For decades the idea of holding onto your cultural identity was seen as the thing to do if you were from somewhere else. Things like how you celebrate holidays, family traditions, etc. I’m not at all saying that you should throw those things that make you who you are away, no… that’s not what I’m saying at all. Unfortunately some people are going to think that I’m referring to that kind of stuff but that’s not true. You can still hold onto your cultural heritage while uniting with everyone else as one people in this great nation of ours.

Oh, and while we’re at it… let’s get rid of Right and Left, Democrat and Republican.

  • First of all, I voted for Trump.

    Big mistake. But at least you now recognize that it was a mistake.

    The Left likes to call anyone on the Right as a White Nationalist.

    No, that’s wrong.

    You have made a sweeping generalization about the left, by assuming that everyone on the left makes a sweeping generalization about those on the right.

    They can’t stand the idea that many on the right want to put America first.

    If you want to put America first, why did you vote for Trump? Couldn’t you see that he would be bad for America?

    I have never questioned why people voted for Bush or for Romney or for McCain. But voting for Trump seemed different. It was so obvious from the get-go, that he was not suited to being president.

    Well, okay, treat that as rhetoric. I’m not trying to harp on your vote. But I am dismayed at the false picture you have of those on the political left. Yes, for sure, there are some on the extreme left that I would not support. There are extremes in any grouping. But most on the left love America, love the constitution and want to put America first.

    Okay, I’ll correct that. Most on the left want to put Americans first. They see “America” as referring to Americans. They do not see “America” as referring to international corporations that evade US taxes and move their assets to offshore tax havens. And they are puzzled that so many on the right seem to equate “America” with those corporations.

    See what I just did there? I dropped the title in front of the word “American”.

    I’m fine with that.

    I am puzzled by the criticism of identity politics. And what troubles me, is that the critics of identity politics seem to themselves be practicing identity politics. And note that there are critics of identity politics on the left, and they also see to be practicing their own brand of identity politics.

    Oh, and while we’re at it… let’s get rid of Right and Left, Democrat and Republican.

    How?

    And maybe you should take your own advice. Your post was almost entirely from a right wing point of view.

    Personally, I have always considered myself an independent. I sometimes vote for the Republican, and sometimes for the Democrat. But, right now, I consider the Republican party to be unfit to govern.

    • trparky

      I don’t identify as either a Republican or Democrat, I usually sit in the center catching hell from both sides. Yes, I do tend to lean right on some situations; there’s no doubt about that. Yes, I was wrong in voting for Trump. At least I’m man enough to admit that I made a mistake, some might call it a mistake of biblical proportions.

    • trparky

      As for why I voted for Trump, I thought that because he was an outsider and not part of the Washington dumpster fire he would be the kind of person who would be able to clean house and get rid of the trash that’s on fire in the halls of Congress. Sadly, that’s not been the case. Trump has served only create more division, more hate, more separation, and more partisanship at time when we need none of that.

      I know, I was an idiot for thinking that way.

      • The first part is right — he is an outsider.

        Unfortunately, he is an outsider who seems to care only about himself. He doesn’t put Americans first — he only puts himself first.

    • trparky

      I corrected the part in the article above, I changed this part…
      “The Left likes to call anyone on the Right as a White Nationalist.”
      To
      “The people on the extreme Left (one of the commenters below pointed this distinction out to me) likes to call anyone on the Right as a White Nationalist.”

  • So you would now rather have had Hillary in the Whitehouse ??? Are you nuts ???

    • trparky

      At this point, I have to wonder if maybe perhaps Hillary would have been better. I would be able to predict what she would do. This guy? All I can predict is that he’s going to go on another Twitter rant.

      • So you would be happier with corruption and politics as usual then with some of the unexpected and unconventional moves by the current Commander and Chief ? I personally would like to see more action and less tweets. Don’t talk about it, just do it. Get rid of the politicians and replace them with real people. Maybe we’ll get something done for a change.

        • trparky

          Has corruption been curbed under Trump? Nope, just look at who he’s appointed to his cabinet. All of them are useless sacks of shit that don’t care one damn bit about us on the bottom rungs of society.

          • So for the next election, don’t vote for Trump. 🙂 Have a nice day.