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Column: The ultimate result of identity politics

At the birth of our nation, the de facto motto of our country was found on the seal of the United States. It was e pluribus unum, meaning out of many, one. This is the exact opposite of the progressive policy of identity politics. Their apparent intent is to tribalize our populace into separate groups that will eventually tear the country apart. No longer will we attempt to be a homogeneous group of Americans. There will be factions consisting of whites, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans. We will further be dissected into groups of gays, straights, men and women. These divisions can go on ad naseum.

Most of the sub-groups of Americans seem to have a target for their perceived victimization: white males. It doesn’t matter if you never harassed a women, ridiculed gays, owned slaves or had any relatives who owned slaves, or lived in an area that perpetuated Jim Crow laws, if you are a white male, you are seen as the villain by those in these sub-groups that see themselves as victims. It’s nice to have some people on which to focus blame for one’s individual shortcomings. Ultimately, what has to happen is that these groups will turn on themselves. It has happened before. In the early 20th century, a chasm developed among socialists. International socialists, communists, were violently opposed to national socialists, Nazis, who returned violence and hatred to the internationalists.

The Charlottesville, Virginia, riot that occurred last week is a choice example of what will continue to happen if identity politics continues to press its case. Those who wear white pointy hoods or Nazi helmets and identify themselves with such archaic loser organizations as Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are cowards. Those in the antifa movement, who wear Guy Fawkes masks and bandanas over their faces and use the same tactics that the Fascists used in the 1920s and 1930s, are cowards too.

There is absolutely a moral equivalency between these two opposing groups. No matter what President Trump said, the press, the Democrats and the never-Trump Republicans would skewer him, but the fact remains, when you bring bats, clubs and a homemade flamethrower to a so-called peaceful demonstration, you are not only a coward, you are conspiring with those you identify with to commit mayhem. Is the antifa “demonstrator” who activated a makeshift flamethrower pointed at the face of one on the opposing side any less repugnant than the murderer of Heather Heyer because his flame didn’t go far enough to burn the guy’s eyes out?

The majority of the mainstream press is anti-Trump. The establishment of both political parties are anti-Trump. All of them seem to have become hysterical. Like sharks smelling blood in the water, they seem to think that they will be able to bring a lawfully elected president down because he said that both sides were to blame for what happened in Charlottesville. It is like the mainstream press is saying to the people of this country, “Who are you going to believe, us or your lying eyes?”

Now those on the left are vandalizing and tearing down statues of Confederate generals and soldiers. All they are doing is emboldening their mirror image misanthropes on the opposing side to vandalize and tear down statues of Frederick Douglas, Martin Luther King and other civil rights heroes.

Those who worked in law enforcement know that a lot of the blame for the violence should also go to the Virginia governor, the Charlottesville mayor and the police administrators of the Virginia State Police and the Charlottesville Police Department who didn’t order their officers to keep those two opposing groups separate.

Buz Williams is a retired Long Beach, California, police officer who has lived in Prescott since 2004.

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