The End of Identity Politics
By Dwight Patel
Wouldn’t we all be better off without it?
First of all, the person you are has nothing to do with your ethnicity. In fact, your ethnicity doesn’t make you special at all. We’re all humans at the end of the day.
But these days, there are some in the Republican Party who seem to believe we should take up friendship to minorities as a cause célèbre. I’m not against outreach, but what they propose is a mindset more appropriate for Democrats.
We win elections on IDEAS, not race baiting or promising goodies for select minority groups.
News Flash: We aren’t the party of identity politics – We’re the party of GREAT IDEAS, such as ending slavery, opposing segregation, tax cuts, standing up to the communists, ending separate but equal enterprise zones, and more…
The Civil Rights Act never would have passed the House and Senate without Republican support, because Democrats such as former Tennessee Senator Al Gore Sr. and Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) would not have allowed it to reach the president’s desk. The Republican Party has always been on the right side of history.
Here’s what we offer: Ideas such as a level playing field, equal opportunity, tax relief and defense of private property rights
With apologies to that old Chinese proverb, I believe that we are Republicans because when you teach a man to fish, they do better than when the Government gives them a fish. And that’s not all.
We are Republicans because
- We believe in the sanctity of life and traditional values
- We are Republicans because we believe that people should be able to keep what we earn, not have it squandered on half-baked ideas
- We are Republicans because we believe that every child has the right to a good education, and that a zip code shouldn’t be a death sentence for a child to go to a failing school
- We are Republicans because we believe that America is a beacon of hope for the oppressed around the world. We believe in national-self-determination. We are the world’s lone arsenal for democracy.
- We are Republicans because we think people know how to spend their own money better than the government does.
- We are Republicans because we believe in states’ rights, private property rights and weak national government. We are Republicans because we believe that the American Dream isn’t lost. Lastly,
- We are Republicans because we believe everyone is equal, that they have the same wants, desires and needs, drive and motivation, and it is this Republican vision that will allow for people to achieve the American Dream.