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Why Is Identity Politics Evil?

Maureen Dowd: "Mitt Romney is the president of white male America."

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Robert Wargas

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November 18, 2012 - 7:00 am

I suppose we can’t hold Dowd to such high standards of integrity. After all, she is the author of the following sentences:

When the first African-American president was elected, his supporters expected dramatic changes. But Obama feared that he was such a huge change for the country to digest, it was better if other things remained status quo.

I have searched in vain for any trace of humor or irony in that passage. Since she is serious and thus believes herself to be speaking the truth, Dowd has the responsibility to tell us how she knows the inner thoughts of our president. This is especially important since, if Dowd’s narrative is true, it would mean the president deliberately did not do all he could to ameliorate unemployment and fiscal disaster: the idiotic white masses had simply expended all their brain power on coping with the election of a black president; their exertions left them emotionally incapable of dealing with any more “dramatic changes.” Anyone who can write that and still have the will to resist retiring out of pure shame must also be capable of the following:

The president’s record-high rate of deporting illegal immigrants infuriated Latinos. Now, on issues from loosening immigration laws to taxing the rich to gay rights to climate change to legalizing pot, the country has leapt ahead, pulling the sometimes listless and ruminating president by the hand, urging him to hurry up.

More women voted than men. Five women were newly elected to the Senate, and the number of women in the House will increase by at least three. New Hampshire will be the first state to send an all-female delegation to Congress. Live Pink or Dye.

Reading Dowd’s column, it is clear that she has a fairly impressive vocabulary. The only word that’s missing is “American,” unless it’s appended to a racial modifier or a special-interest group. Therein lies the problem, though Dowd and her audience of “gender studies” poseurs are unaware of it: One of the contradictions of anti-white identity politics is, ironically, its unintended encouragement of white identity politics. I quote the British columnist Nick Cohen, writing here of racial tribalism in the UK: “If polite society stuffs British citizens into hermetically sealed boxes and labels them as the blacks or the Muslims, it is not so strange that people should decide to be the whites and vote accordingly.”

Since Dowd obviously believes it is rational and desirable for women, blacks, “Hispanics,” gays, and all other assorted subalterns to band together, she must at least expect the enemy to do the same. Identity politics, you see, is a self-fulfilling prophecy: fearing some monolithic conspiracy against them, demagogues urge all sorts of groups to merge and fight the power. The alleged oppressors, tired of being slandered, gravitate toward political candidates who eschew the opinions of the identicrats. The identicrats see this as further evidence of the conspiracy against them. The full circle of idiocy is complete.

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