When I read the headlines from the mainstream media or listen to reports on NPR I feel like I no longer belong in America. I feel like an anachronism or a displaced person. I look around and think, “Who are these people?”
A friend (PCoop) sent the following to me. I do not know who penned these, but would gladly give him/her credit and thanks for encapsulating how I feel. Perhaps you have had similar feelings. I credit the divide in America to the identity politics that the Democrat Party has rammed down our throats for 40 years.
The following is a recap of my current identity:
I was born a white male, which makes me a racist.
I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which makes me a fascist.
I am heterosexual, which makes me a homophobe.
I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working class and an ally of big business.
I am a Jew/Christian, which makes me an infidel.
I am older than 65 and retired, which makes me a useless old man.
I think and I reason; therefore I doubt much that the main stream media tells me, which makes me a reactionary.
I am proud of my heritage and our American culture, which makes me a xenophobe.
I value my safety and that of my family; therefore I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.
I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual’s merits, which makes me an anti-socialist. (In this instance “they” are entirely correct!)
I acquired a good education without student loans and no debt at graduation, which makes me some kind of odd underachiever.
I believe in the defense and protection of the homeland by all citizens, which makes me a militarist. (Hmm. “They’re” right, again!)
Our nation is divided. The North and South perhaps were not as “divided” as we are today. This was the inherent danger in identity politics and I lay the blame for it all at the feet of the Democrat Party.
The current election will divide more along lines of “identity” than “party” affiliation. They tell us that “buying votes” is “illegal.” Households living below the poverty line receive an average of $168 in government support each day, which was true in fiscal year 2012. A report by the Senate Budget Committee said that figure includes food stamps, housing support, childcare, Medicaid and other benefits.
Is that “buying votes?”