Identity politics has been the Democratic Party’s strategy for at least the past 50 years.

Although it can include any group, it most commonly segregates the electorate according to race, religion, gender or sexual preference. The Democratic Party has mastered this political strategy.

While the Republican Party tries to follow suit, it is woefully overmatched.

The strategy is to collect enough groups, inflame their passions of victimhood, convince them the Democratic Party is their salvation, and win elections.

Today, we’re seeing the “chickens coming home to roost.”

We now have identity groups so angered that they fall prey to those whose agenda they don’t understand. Vladimir Lenin used such groups in the United States in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of our government. He called these groups “useful idiots.”

In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term of a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals and who is used by the cause’s leaders (Wikipedia definition).

So, let’s examine how this is used today.

Identity groups are being infiltrated and exploited by those who have an agenda that individual group members may not fully understand. Black Lives Matters is one of those groups. While I don’t know anyone who disagrees with the statement “Black lives matter,” the BLM movement is another story.

It was started by two Marxists and has been exploited by anarchists and nihilists. If you think otherwise, I call your attention to a BLM group saying this about police: “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”

The violent riots in Portland, Seattle, Chicago and New York City provide further evidence. Let’s not forget the calls to defund the police in places like Austin.

All of us are members of several identity groups. We need to avoid falling into the trap of repeating slogans instead of critical thinking and avoid being “useful idiots” who naively support someone else’s agenda we don’t fully understand.

Mike Cowan lives in Galveston.

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(6) comments

Bailey Jones

heh heh heh This never gets old. [thumbup]

Emile Pope

And I thought that fluoridation was the plan to destroy America...

David Hardee

Mr. Cowan, This article is a succinct and well-constructed synopsis of the historical causes and effects that have created apartheid in our society.

Your article will receive many comments that are frivolous quips because there is no irrational or flawed conclusion in your presentation,

Unfortunately, the belief that the chronic moaning of the malcontents and segregationist was a fad and would dissolve (like the "pet rock" did) became impossible when the 4th Estate turned into an enabling tabloid of journalist hacks. Now our society is paying the price for conservative's apathy. Apathy is when good men fail to act

The shock and irritation of Clinton's defeat have brought the creatures out of the swamp. Now at least they are exposing their desire to destroy the best hope of humanity.

The struggle back is underway with MAGA as the banner. the MAGA banner unlike the opponents' banners has no racial, gender, homosexual discrimination To be a member of MAGA all that is required is that you are a NON-HYPHENED-AMERICAN citizen.

Stay the course, Mr. Cowan.

Ted Gillis

What right wing website did you cut a paste this from Mike?

I especially like the “chickens coming home to roost” part. Did you make that up yourself or was that from QAnon also?

Dan Freeman

Mike, the FBI lists six extremist groups: Sovereign Citizen Extremists, Animal Rights Extremists and Environmental Extremists, Anarchist Extremists, Abortion Extremists, Militia Extremists, and White Supremacy Extremists. While it is arguable that some of the BLM movement maybe anarchists, most are not. You should have listed the others, unless you have an agenda you are not sharing.

Stuart Crouch

One more for the tinfoil hat squad.

Soon...very soon. And it's gonna sting.

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