Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

At the recent Netroots Nation event (basically, it’s Nerd Prom for Leftists who are actually nerds), California Senator Kamala Harris called out people critical of identity politics, saying it’s a term that “is used to divide, and it is used to distract. Its purpose is to minimize and marginalize issues that impact all of us. It is used to try to shut us up.”

For the first time in my life, I agree with Senator Harris. I’m guessing, though, not for the same reasons.

Identity politics has taken on a whole new meaning within Leftist circles, which isn’t all that surprising. The Left is comprised of a loose network of like-minded individuals working together to achieve their goals while at the same time jockeying for position like roller derby competitors so their goals are the ones that get the most attention. In other words, it’s like Jim Acosta, Jesse Jackson, and Chuck Schumer fighting over a live microphone.

And with that, we delve into this week’s Leftist Lexicon entry!

identity politics

What the Left thinks it means – issues that affect all Americans in one way or another because they affect the least powerful among us

What it really means – the politics of labels and division

To most people, I’m an average (albeit devilishly handsome) guy. To those who practice identity politics, I’m a litany of adjectives that would choke most bad writers. Since I’m heterosexual male, I’m cis-gendered who identifies as male. I’m lower middle class, so I’m a member of the working class or the underprivileged. I lean libertarian on most items, so I’m alt-right/fascist/Trumplican/white supremacist/mouth-breathing moron/the God of Hellfire and I bring you…

You get the picture. For every personal aspect, identity politics has a label for you, even if you don’t want or need it. But that’s the thing: the Left needs it to simplify its thinking. If they can figure out what you are (or what they think you are), they can identify what boxes you can check off in their Great Victimhood Lottery. Then, they can appeal to you on a personal level. You know, just like a cult leader.

And if you happen to be a contrarian like your humble reporter, those labels can be used to dismiss your opinions as wrong-think. If you support the Second Amendment, you’re a “gun nut” or an “ammosexual.” Listen to Rush Limbaugh? You’re a “right wing nut job” or a “mindless sheep.” And so on. Once Leftists identify you as a non-preferable identity based on your labels, they can and will dismiss you on any and all subjects. You could be a highly-accredited peer-reviewed published climate scientist who read a little Ayn Rand in college, but to the Left you’re scum.

Isn’t that lovely? The party of tolerance, ladies and gentlemen.

Although identity politics makes things easier to understand, it leaves out a lot of what the Left loves to call nuance. Everybody is unique, which makes it hard to put them in boxes without creating a big mess. Just because someone fits a certain arbitrary category doesn’t mean he or she is a perfect candidate for it, nor does it mean he or she will voluntarily conform to the expectations of said category. Why, it’s almost as if people are…diverse! If only there were an ideology that proclaims to be all about diversity…oh, wait, there is!

Unfortunately, the diversity the Left practices is of the superficial variety. The color of your skin, your sexual orientation, your religious background (save for Christians), and other factors are what they look for instead of ideological, intellectual, or even socio-economic factors.

And that’s where identity politics falls apart. Once you boil someone down to what he or she looks like, you miss out on the true beauty he/she brings to the table. Assuming an albino pan-sexual lesbian crossdressing midget who likes clog dancing will automatically be a Leftist removes what makes said person unique and limits what Leftists know about him or her. To use a concept Leftists love to use against others, they are removing people’s agency (and that is another blog post altogether).

Instead of looking at people as what makes them different from each other, why don’t we look at what unites us? We are all human beings with all the positives and negatives that come with being human. Anything beyond that is minutia. And this is one reason why #WalkAway has become so popular. People are tired of being stripped down to labels and being told those labels define what we must believe. The beauty of humans is that we aren’t limited by what we’re born with or as. The only limitations are the ones we impose on ourselves.

And really that’s the heart of identity politics: imposing limits on everyone in the hopes we will agree with said limits. That creates an implied need for help, and the Left is all too happy to oblige. The problem is their “help” never actually…you know…helps. It’s designed to keep people dependent upon the Left for every need, including self-esteem and personal identity. That’s slavery on a whole different level, kids.

So, Senator Harris was right. Identity politics has become a pejorative, but it’s not because of the critics. It’s because identity politics sucks.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

To hear the Left talk about the upcoming midterm elections, it’s a lock. They will take back the House and Senate and finally put President Donald Trump in his place (and out of the White House, if they have anything to say about it). Yet, with all great plans, there is a fatal flaw.

And this one starts with a hashtag because why not.

Started by a former Democrat, #WalkAway has caught on among people who saw their party get nuttier than squirrel poop and no longer represented their views. In response, current Democrats acted as they normally do…and started calling the #WalkAway movement names.

Unlike Leftists, I’m willing to give them a fair shake (and a little publicity, perhaps) by exploring their movement in greater detail than the Left can be bothered to muster.

#WalkAway

What the Left thinks it means – a hashtag movement created by Russians, Republicans, and/or Trump to cost the Democrats the midterm elections

What it really means – a group of former Democrats and Leftists who are finding their way out of the Leftist morass

I truly understand what the #WalkAway movement is about because it wasn’t that long ago I was just like them. I was a proud Leftist, believing every word, fighting for every cause, and generally living my life according to the Leftist model. And it sucked. Imagine the worst day of your life, a day when you were at your lowest and most touchy. Now, imagine living that same day over and over again. That’s what being a Leftist feels like.

Eventually, it got to a point where I couldn’t be a Leftist anymore and I struck out on my own politically. It’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination. It’s like being the black sheep of the family, only with a lot less wool. Moving away from the Leftist promises of utopia and into an uncertain ideological world was one of the toughest things I ever chose to do, but it was also one of the most fulfilling.

To put it mildly, Leftists hate free thinkers more than Hillary Clinton hates the Electoral College. They need people to believe only what they’re told, no matter how bizarre or out of character it seems to be. They don’t start right with normalizing extreme positions; they try to get you to build up to it (with their “help” of course) so you can’t back away from the end goal. If you deviate even one micron from the script, they will harangue until you conform or get cast out.

Guess where the Left is right now with the #WalkAway movement, kids. That’s right! They’re in the haranguing stage. Art Bell couldn’t come up with the sheer number of conspiracy theories the Left has devised to explain the movement away. They’re connected to Russia. They’re not really Democrats. They’re Republican plants. They’re angry Bernie Sanders didn’t win. They’re turning frogs gay. (Sorry, that last one was from Alex Jones, but I was on a roll.)

Many people put in that situation crack under the pressure, but some use that hardship to stiffen their backbones and stand up. Granted, everyone has a different “trigger” as it were, but a lot of accounts I’ve watched and read come down to one central event: the #WalkAway folks got turned off by the current crop of Leftists running the Democratic Party. When your party’s freshest face is a 28 year old former bartender turned fully avowed “democratic socialist”, you know your party’s taken the bullet train to What Can We Advocate That Will Guarantee We Will Lose Elections-ville.

But that’s the beauty of the #WalkAway movement. It’s not about politics as much as it is about wanting a better America. Many have become Trump supporters, while others are still deciding what their next ideological step might be. But their stories have a similar ring of truth to them. They all got turned off by the direction of the party they supported and decided to stop chasing broken promises of Leftist utopia and start chasing their version of the American Dream.

Time will tell if #WalkAway becomes a driving force in politics or if they fizzle out like Err America. But one thing is for certain: the Left is scared. That means they’ll throw everything they can at them to make the #WalkAway movement submit or be so discredited as to become pariahs. Ask Alan Dershowitz about his last trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Eye-opening stuff.

While the Left seeks to consolidate its power before the midterm elections, it is starting to look like an exclusive party where only some people are let in and given power. And although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016 by around three million votes (just ask her), that number is starting to contract at the worst possible time for the Left. They need every single vote (even the posthumous ones) to try to check President Trump legislatively and seek revenge for the ultimate sin: making Leftists look like the unhinged asshats they truly are.

As much as I disagree with the President, it cannot be understated how his election to the Presidency created the environment that gave us Maxine Waters becoming a national figurehead for the Democrats and the #WalkAway movement becoming a real threat to the Party of Aunt Maxine. The road ahead will be dangerous for both sides of that equation, but moreso for those who have chosen to walk away. Coming out as a recovering Leftist can be more harrowing than coming out as gay or letting Anthony Weiner use your laptop, and with the kinds of things Leftists are known to do and justify doing to Trump supporters, that danger is real.

But, I urge the #WalkAway movement to be fearless, for the greatest weapon the Left has against you is your emotions. They will make you out to be only slightly more popular than jock itch as a means to bring you back in line. Threats of violence, doxing, or other modern tortures await you if you choose this path.

But you won’t travel alone. As long as I have breath in my body, I will #WalkAway with you. J

ust not so fast. I’m not as young as I used to be and I have missed my cardio workouts for, oh, the past 3 decades.