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Identity Politics: Jonah Goldberg and Peter Beinart

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I have always been against identity politics, which is basically a crude and simplistic derivation of constituency based politics that was first fomented by FDR. If anything, this has kept our country divided to the extent that most people won’t get what they want because on the political side, it keeps people divided enough that the power rests in two parties that may cater to 50 or 100 constituencies, with positions of said constituencies often conflicting with one another, in which case we have the 21st century version of the snake oil salesman going into politics. The quest for power generally draws the worst of society out, and sometimes the best. With Identity politics, it also draws out the most insane. Only the most compartmentalized narcissist can excel at this profession, which has become more like a combination of professional sports and soap opera. Ulysses Grant said that the best, most efficient service is from those that are called upon, not those that seek. May be he had a point. 
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Written by James Lagnese

December 18, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Guess Who is NOT the Republican?

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The one time general and secretary of state is now a weapon of mass perfidition.
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Written by James Lagnese

October 20, 2008 at 5:45 am

Guess Who is NOT the Republican?

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The one time general and secretary of state is now a weapon of mass perfidition.
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Written by James Lagnese

October 20, 2008 at 5:45 am

Powell: Just another member of the identity politics brigade

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Former general and secretary of state Colin Powell endorsed Barack Hussein Obama today. What a shame and sham, but it is yet one more incidence of identity politics. Considering his statements about having an african-american president would be “electrifying”, one could come to come to that conclusion. two things the general doesn’t address, and one is important to note: One, While he disparages McCain for going negative on Obama, he doesn’t give the same shrift for the negatively and outrageousness done to Palin, which in some ways was much worse. Obama can get cover on this as Team Geppetto was in full force, so Obama’s fingerprints were not on it, but he is complicit. Had Obama been subjected to the same ferocious vetting the MSM did, he wouldn’t be where he is. Two, Powell may think that Obama has a better grasp of the economy than McCain, and he has a solution. I would ask Powell if it is possible that Obama is wrong in his assessment (both candidates are off the mark in their solutions) is it possible that what he may call intellectual curiosity is an elitist or facile cockiness? I think you could make the argument that McCain knows his limitations and would ask for help (Romney would be great here), whereas Obama is conceited enough he would not. Who do you trust at that point? Being a leader is more than white knuckling the bus over a cliff. I respect General Powell for his service, but he is wrong here, or at the very least facile and or a priori, but he is within his rights. I wish him well. 

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Written by James Lagnese

October 19, 2008 at 9:01 am