The Important Role Identity Politics Plays in the Upcoming Election
First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
This dark poem speaks to the reality of Nazi Germany and how people don’t realize there’s a problem until it affects them directly.
No matter what side of the aisle you find yourself on, it is impossible to deny the fact that America is going through a fundamental identity crisis. Are we a nation that has always upheld the rule of law over anything else? Or, are we a nation that’s willing to do whatever it takes to win, regardless of the cost?
What’s harder to deny is the palpable divides amongst the American people at large. Is it a coincidence that domestic terrorism has risen under the most divisive president in recent American history?
The Trump Administration
Decorum, class, grace, statesmanship, do any of these words describe the current president? The presidency of Donald Trump was a social experiment by a singular, albeit, majority (socioeconomically) portion of the country. The idea being “How bad could he be?”
The fact is no one was really prepared for Donald Trump to actually win the presidency of the United States of America. So, when he did, the country had to adjust to a new paradigm.
Has the new paradigm been better for the American people? I’ve given you no reason to think that I could be unbiased when it comes to the presidency of Donald Trump, but the genuine answer is not really. President Trump has boasted about economic advancements that are the result of policies from the previous administration. He has demonstrative lied numerous times with little to no consequence. Yet, he maintains a fervent base of those who either still believe him or don’t care that he lies.
The biggest strike against the Trump administration, however, is the growing divide between the opposing political parties. It’s hard not to see this as an effect of Trump’s rhetoric when he advocates for violence against those who do not share his beliefs. He also characterizes entire groups of people as criminals, based on the actions of a relative few. He also shows an unwillingness to denounce hate group sympathizers who happen to be a part of his base.
Should an entire nation be judged based on the beliefs of its highest ranking official? America is not Donald Trump. On the other hand, America did choose Donald Trump, and could very possibly choose him again in two years.
We are but days away from a hugely important midterm election. The results of this election are being looked at as either a rebuke or commendation of the divisiveness of the Trump administration.
Many are hoping for a so-called “Blue Wave” to allow for Democrats to take control of congress. If this doesn’t happen, not only would it be a major win for Republicans, but also a fairly strong ‘attaboy’ for Trump style politics.