By Tom Quiner
Who are the protected classes for liberals?
The list is fairly expansive. It includes:
√ Minorities (excluding Asians and Jews)
√ Muslims (especially after they have killed a bunch of people in the name of Allah)
√ The non-productive.
So, if you are a lesbian black woman, for example, you are gold to any Democratic politician. Take Hillary Clinton. She’d do anything for you regardless of the content of your character.
Your gender, your skin color, and your bedroom habits are what really matter to the modern American liberal.
Today’s liberals pit one group against another, typically the groups listed above against white men.
Identity politics, as practiced by Democrats, is facing new challenges with the news that a leader of the Spokane, WA, branch of the NAACP isn’t African-American as claimed. It turns out Rachel Dolezal made it up.
Evidently, Ms. Dolezal feels black. She identifies as African America even though, according to her parents, she doesn’t have an ounce of black blood in her. Not even a drop.
For conservatives, this is kind of a big deal. Conservatives believe in something called “objective truth.” For liberals, these types of issues hinge on two factors: feelings and political correctness.
So, for example, if a guy really feels more like a girl, he’s a girl.
If a person feels like a Native American, well by golly, she’s Native American in terms hiring and admissions preferences, even if it’s only a drop or two of Indian blood.
Elizabeth Warren knows something about this.
So if Ms. Dolezal identifies as African American, this may fly as long as it doesn’t clash with the PC police. The jury is out so far.
Here’s where things get interesting: liberals have erected a sophisticated network of preferences for these protected classes. About the only unprotected class is white males. Interestingly, since affirmative action was applied to college admissions, we’ve seen male enrollment in colleges plummet from 58% of enrollees in 1970 to 43% today.
To get ahead in this country, character and merit don’t mean much anymore. It is your identity that counts.
What we’re learning with the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner and Rachel Dolezal stories is that if you don’t like your actual identity, as determined by those old-fashioned objective measurements conservatives love, you simply let your feelings fashion a brand new one.
If Rachel Dolezal gets the imprimatur of the PC Thought Police, the floodgates may open up a new era of fluid identities.
More boys may want to be girls to take advantage of Title IX programs in colleges and universities.
More white boys may want to take a page from Elizabeth Warren and pour through their family trees for non-white heritage to cash in on lucrative preferences for these protected groups.
Identity has become the foundational principle for the Democratic Party. Of course, it is poison for the United States. This is a nation built on a principal, “e pluribus unum,” that is so important that we print it on our money as a daily reminder.
“Out of many, one.”
Republicans should wave this banner and make it a campaign issue.
The phrase is powerful and uplifting. American exceptionalism was built on it. It still resonates.
Democrat’s identity politics are the enemy to national unity and our culture.
Republicans must go out and make the case for national unity. Remind people to look at the coins in their pockets and reflect on this marvelous phrase.
Remember President Lincoln’s warning when we forget it:
“a house divided against itself cannot stand.”