(September 24, 2021) America is not a place it is an idea. Really two ideas. First, it is the American Dream that has brought immigrants to our country down to the present day seeking a better life. Undeniably, many made that dream come true based upon capitalist foresight and industry. Second, is the sense of nationhood provided by our motto, “E Pluribus Unum”—out of many one. During most of our history the second factor enabled us to defeat our foes. Perhaps unity was easier when America was predominantly composed of European immigrants and their descendants. But they certainly had their differences as evidenced by the War Between the States. Nonetheless, even the descendants of Union and Confederate veterans were able to unify as Americans when our country was threatened by external foes.
Presently, however, Americas European immigrants and their progenies compose only 60% of our population. That fraction is certain to continue dropping, particularly as Democrats promote illegal immigration across our Southern border. Increasingly, therefore, it will be up to the Democrats to unify us.
Yet the Party’s Identity Politics is doing just the opposite. It falsely portrays America as composed of two factions: oppressors and victims. They deny that Americans have personal agency and therefore identify victims collectively as persons composed of immutable group characteristics such as black skin or the female sex. That’s why their Party is mostly composed of non-whites and women. Since Identity Politics also places the white male at the bottom of the totem pole as the evilest oppressor, Democrats also imagine that domestic white supremacists represent America’s biggest terrorist threat. Nonetheless, the Anti-Defamation League estimates total KKK membership at only 3,000 across the entire country.
Confederate statue removal and defacement results from appeasement to Identity Politics. Contrary to anti-statue rhetoric, the removals and defacements are not actions of national “inclusion” for blacks. That could have been accomplished by erecting new statues to black leaders. In truth, the statue removals and defacements are deliberate acts to exclude any honor for the Confederate soldier. Notwithstanding that his sons more readily answered the call to duty than residents from other parts of the country during our postbellum wars, they also are demonized for carrying souvenir Confederate Battle flags with them for inspiration. Some of the tanks that freed German concentration camps flew that flag.
A British traveler’s long American tour twenty years ago suggests that the “wokeness” resulting from Identity Politics creates a national hatred of contemporary Southerners as well as the Confederate soldier. At the turn of the century, Tom Fremantle entered the United States at Brownsville, Texas and walked to Washington, D. C. in the company of a mule. Tom was a descendant of British Lieutenant Colonel Arthur J. L. Fremantle who also entered at Brownsville in 1863 and journeyed to Gettysburg in three months where he observed the battle from the Confederate side. The Colonel summarized his trip in a book titled “Three Months in the Southern States.” His descendant, Tom, summarized his walk in a book titled “The Moonshine Mule.”
By the time Tom reached northern Virginia he noticed certain people were:
“. . . dismissive of the South. [Some were on a lark while others] were . . . stuffy types whose opinions had nothing to do with political morality and everything to do with smugness. ‘My dear, you walked through Alabama—I wouldn’t even drive through there! The South’s an embarrassment, it’s worse than the Third World.’ When I asked these people if they had ever been to Mississippi or South Carolina, they usually replied, ‘Lord, no! Never!’ . . . To my surprise I often became passionate in my defense of the South.”
In short, Democrats don’t promote American unity by relieving themselves on Southern boots and calling it rain.