Identity Politics is a Shell Game

This post could just as easily been called “What I Learned in Midlife.” Or maybe “Clichés are Real if You Live Long Enough.”

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Fuck.

I’ve been searching for an explanation for why I gave up the Vag Voter Badge this year. I was a fan. For a long time. As I’ve written about many times, I had to take a college course to learn about the impact women had in forming and advancing this great nation. This was HUGE in forming my adult identity. Grown ass women should not have to learn from their grown ass women instructors that a woman wrote the first comprehensive history of the founding of this great nation. Nor should they be finding out for the first time at age 23 that women only got the vote in 1920. This is stuff that should be included in history classes starting in elementary school. It wasn’t–in either state I went to grade school in. Let’s just say I’m still mad about it. And it had an impact.

I probably should have seen this far forward in 2007 / 2008 when the Democrats put that POC shill up for election, and he won. I guess I wasn’t really ready to square the circle at that point. Watching what Obama did to Hillary Clinton pushed me further into the Vag Voter corner, and for several cycles I just skipped all the male names on the ballot and voted for women only. Even though this is a post about why I don’t do that anymore, I will confess that it felt fucking righteous to do it. It was a phase maybe I needed to go through.

But hey, I own my vote, right?

Yeah, I do own it, and so does everyone else. But I make different choices these days. Before 2008 I played the entire field of identity politics. I was absolutely thirsty for anybody but a white male for the presidency, or for any office for that matter. It had never happened, and it had to be a good thing, I reasoned. Diversity, diversity, diversity was drilled into me by years of adherence to the Democratic playbook. Now I know that there is no particular confluence when it comes to race or gender and power. There’s no magic combination when it comes to politics. Anybody who makes it that far is likely already corrupt.

After 2008 I learned what could happen when an empty suit of the correct heritage got elected. I learned that anybody with the right connections, regardless of race or gender, could be corrupted to the core by absolute power.  I learned that the likes of tired old George Orwell and Aldous Huxley perhaps knew a thing or two when they committed their stories to print. Imagine that?!? White guys!

2008 ushered in a new age of gangster politics. In this Brave New World average working citizen could have something as foundational as health care sold off to the highest bidders, and those citizens would be beholden to pay–more– to a corporation for having something taken away, replaced with something inferior. The Supreme Court could affirm this as legal. People in other countries could have their families, including their children, droned into oblivion by our government, which happened more than one time–without a declaration of war from our Congress as required by our Constitution. Banks, which had gone head to head with Wall Street in virtual casinos–which they did with the money of everyday middle class people–would lose their bets and nobody would do anything about it. Banks were just “too big to fail.”

After 2008 I learned that any woman with the right connections and title could globe-trot around the world and play a dangerous game with national security. She could assist in the surveillance of her countrymen and women in order to assist her in that endeavor. A woman granted the correct title could topple the governments of other people with the swipe of a pen, or an email sent from a private, unsecured, illegal server. Competence does not matter with the right title and the right connections, so that monumental fuck ups could be perpetrated, resulting in the deaths of Americans. I learned that the press would yawn if they liked the party affiliation of someone with such demonstrable incompetence. Yawn and draw the covers.

All this happened. Astoundingly, it’s not fiction. And it’s just getting worse and worse.

That’s real equality, folks, at least in these United States of America.

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And I thought George W. Bush was bad. Ha!

There’s an old cliché that goes something like this:

If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.

I don’t participate in identity politics anymore because I have a brain. My heart is worn the fuck out. You can have it.

This year all I care about is sending a big “fuck you” to the establishment. I don’t have any fancy rationale for my vote. It’s already been cast for Trump. MAGA means “fuck you” in American.

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120 Responses to Identity Politics is a Shell Game

  1. swanspirit says:

    Beautiful rant. And so deeply appreciated because I lived it. You wrote a piece of my life, and more eloquently than I could have.
    The people who won’t voite for Trump because he isn’t “couth” enough for them aren’t concerned about this country or the people in it. They can’t get past their own egos. They don’t see the big picture, just their tiny fractured piece of it.

  2. mothy67 says:

    loving the rant.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Great read Lola, most of us here have been on that same journey, especially since 2008. To further illustrate, here’s a photoshopped crowd for Hillary. I hate that they think we’re stupid and deplorable, what does this make them? Unfit to lead this great country !

    • Lulu says:

      More than 20 times. They take a few men’s heads (not women) and photoshop MEN’s heads everywhere. There are like a total of five women in that crowd. The “bald” head is also always next to the “brown” hair guy so they had a lot of space to fill in. And it was a rush job done by an amateur (which seems to be all Hillary hires because she is cheap!). So pathetic. No one was there but Secret Service and media and maybe a few guys who take care of the little hall rented out to Hillary’s “team”.

    • Constance says:

      Even I can spot that! Usually I don’t catch the photo shops.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    The sweet smell of hypocrisy in the morning….

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Gotta love Trump’s supporters.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Ruh-Roh. Didn’t the Trib endorse Gary Johnson ?

    • Lulu says:

      The hysteria is causing a lapse in thinking. Too late. The ballots are set. Courts won’t let it happen. This oddly enough is what they wanted to do to Trump with Hillary’s and the GOP-e’s orchestrated bimbo ejaculation. What goes around comes around. If the Dems now can’t vote for the Hill-ster stay the fuck home dumbasses. You cut the deal in 2008 to get Bronco and now the price is being paid. Tough shit. A deal is a deal remember.

      • Lulu says:

        And let’s MOVE ON. You could have had Bernie. Gack!

        • lateblum says:

          Ha! I had a text message from MoveOn just Friday asking me to help get out the vote for HRC. I told them they’d have to look elsewhere as my vote had already been cast and Not For HRC. I then requested they remove my mane, numbers and addresses from their lists. That I wouldn’t be a part of their hate group.

  7. Venus says:

  8. Lulu says:

    It rained on the free Jennifer Lopez concert when Hillary came out to hector the captive audience. Karma! https://www.yahoo.com/news/clinton-gets-jennifer-lopez-boost-miami-031104445.html
    Hillary can’t catch a break.

    • mothy67 says:

      The incessant local media plugging Bon Jovi concert was held in a venue that seated 2,000 people. He played 4 acoustic songs and introduced the r a pist. That was it. Days of hoopla for old guys singing bubble gum. Jon is no Mick Jagger. I am not exaggerating for days this concert was hyped. I seriously believe I could have run a better campaign. Nothing is genuine. All scripted and computer analysis. It’s like Silicon Valley all excited about driverless cars and sex bots. Completely out of touch.

  9. mothy67 says:

    Being a guy and born in 1967 I can never grasp what it was like for a woman a few years older than me. I always knew female doctors, lawyers, police officers. Sandra Day was on SC by the time my world began expanding. Barbara Walters was 20/20. Mary Tyler Moore had put her stamp on society. Ferraro had been nominated. Tina Turner had exploded as a 40 plus sexual dynamo. 1984 Madonna owned her sexuality. Studying literature opened my eyes a bit but most of the characters were written by men. I saw some sexism towards hillary in 2008, but I have to admit even as I worked to get her elected I could see why she was so vehemently disliked. It’s her personality not her gender.
    Being gay I have at times felt the world was stacked against me, talking 30 some years ago however the treatment of Palin was unabashed sexism and the dims were a okay with that.

    • elliesmom says:

      That you couldn’t grasp what women had gone through before is a testament to how far women had come. My grandmother was born in 1896. As a young married woman, the man she adored went off to war leaving her with a baby and a sick grandmother to care for. When his return made her a second class citizen again, she became a suffragist. She lived with us while I was growing up, and she had a huge influence on my life. “Don’t grow up and dream of marrying a doctor. Dream of becoming one yourself.” My mother and my aunt couldn’t have cared less about women’s rights. As a teenager I asked my grandmother if she felt discouraged because of how little they valued what she had done. She said complacency was a sign of success, but that my generation would decide they wanted more, and we would go after it. She cautioned me not to get upset when my daughter took what I had accomplished for granted. Just to hope for a granddaughter to raise the banner again. Nan’s favorite president was Calvin Coolidge. In the 1960 elections she said Kennedy was a snake and would do less for women than Richard Nixon would. She died in 1966 so she saw Kennedy renege on his promise to push an ERA, but she never got to see Nixon try to push it through. She lived in a family full of Democrats, but she wasn’t afraid to support a Republican if she thought he was the better choice. About women in public office, “Politics brings out the very worst in people, and there’s an abundance of nasty women, too.”

    • Somebody says:

      Klown did you see the WP gave Trump 4 Pinocchios for saying Hillary’s email scandal is worse than Watergate? Pretzel logic, the comments were running 50/50 early this morning, which is unusual. WP is typically where the progs go to spew their venom. I’m sure they’ve converged on the comments by now.

  10. mothy67 says:

    If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.

    I remember in high school feeling WW II was ancient history. The heinous acts were from some far distant time. Now at nearly 50 to think it was a mere 25 years before my birth boggles the mind. I can recall being 25 like it was yesterday. Youth has no precedent from which to judge. No layers. POV is limited. Its like Pelosi who has never gone hungry saying working only part time is a good thing. Explore a hobby. Not possible for her to comprehend genuine financial hardship.
    What is wretched are the gargoyles manipulating the compassion of youth for power. Slathering the media with pictures of refugee children. To those 30 and under 9/11 is probably like how I saw WW II.

    • WWII seemed more real to me because even though it ended 15 years before I was born I grew up watching movies and tv shows that were set during the war. They were patriotic shows where we were the good guys and the Nazis and Japs were the baddies. Very black and white.

      By the time you were old enough to watch movies we were in the post-Vietnam phase.

      • mothy67 says:

        A first time voter was 3 when the Towers came down and we got proggy films not patriotic in the years since. America bashing.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Some of the young volunteers were complaining yesterday that they had to watch “Apollo 13” in school and they were so upset the story seemed like they were living in a time warp and it was soooooooo American centric. Their teacher was unable to get them to understand it portrayed actual events (hence – no you cannot move the launch to Asia and have an international crew ). I did better by suggesting they think like Brady’s. Because that it the era that was being depicted and I was in junior high and watched much of it unfold live on TV in the classroom. The lower grades did not watch the events live because they odds were against a happy ending at almost every point after the explosion. They were shocked. They think NASA has always worked on global warming – you know air and space. So it seems the short version is Aeronautics = weather.

  11. Dora says:

    Poor Huma. NOT!

    • mothy67 says:

      Wish that was a few minutes shorter and jazzed up a bit. Hard to get an apathetic voter to watch 12 minutes and lose Beck. He turns off many people even though he has been sounding the soros alarm for years. He’s an odd fellow. I think he helped Trump with his juvenile escapades.

  12. mothy67 says:

    This kid has a bright future

  13. DandyTIger says:

    The Sunday shows seem to be a full court press to defend Hillary, ridicule the FBI, and destroy Trump. I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Their biggest distress right now seems to be that President Hillary might be less effective with all this hanging over her.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Hillary’s talking points were released last night. Are her surrogates sticking to the script? 😛

      • DandyTIger says:

        Best talking point list ever. The super corrupt Lynch told him not to do it. Did she have another meeting with Bill before she did that. Yeah, that optics will work for them.

      • CiscoKid says:

        I give Hillary four steaming piles back at her.
        💩💩💩💩 !

      • Here is one surrogate:

        1. The emails in question were found on a Weiner device, which just sounds bad
        2. The emails were not sent to or from Hillary Clinton
        3. The emails were to or from Huma.
        4. There are thousands of them
        5. The FBI doesn’t have a warrant to look at them so the FBI doesn’t know what they are about or how they connect to Hillary or anything really.
        6. Nevertheless, Comey announces his intention to tell Congress to Lynch.
        7. She strongly cautions him NOT to do that so as to not look political.
        8. He does it anyway because he was in a tough spot. No, this makes no sense to me. We have seen Comey in tough spots before. That never stopped him from taking risks. Why should he fear a bunch of cynical, zealous politicians who are determined to pursue the Clintons so they gum up the gears of government and get nothing done for four years?

        • DandyTIger says:

          I love how everyone knows what’s in the emails and who they address. With that level of prescience, why are we in such a shithole economically and foreign policy-wise. These are magical people with superpowers, but they don’t seem to care enough to use their superpowers for us.

    • mothy67 says:

      The Sunday shows are nothing more than a circle jerk. Devoid of individual thought or reflection.

    • Constance says:

      ABC news did put up polls that said the race is tied anything can happen. I watched Meet the Press and they are sticking with polls showing Hillary ahead by 5-9%.

  14. DeniseVB says:

    I bet Elizabeth Warren is fuming, lol.

  15. DeniseVB says:

    This is the dumbest tweet ever. First of all, the future of our economy is already in the shitter thanks to Obama. Hillary’s handling of State wasted TONS of billions, but not on embassy security? I trust Trump more on this topic. If he can finish a hotel under budget and ahead of schedule, I think he understands how money works.

    The future of LGBT is at stake? They got marriage, adoption and cakes, what more do they want? (I usually agree with Milo on all things LGBT, and I think importing people who want to throw them off buildings should be their first priority under a Hillary administration).

    The future of equal pay for women? It’s already here. Even liberal professor (Milo’s friend, forgot her name) debunked the myth. If you want more pay, study subjects other than the SJW crap they dish out in universities.

  16. votermom says:

  17. mothy67 says:

    The Daily News is claiming Yuengling is feeling a backlash for supporting Trump. Really? A few proggy bars decide to stop selling it. A gay state rep won’t drink it anymore. That constitutes a yuuuge boycott. Yuengling is yummy. It’s beer. Do they really wanna play boycott game?

  18. votermom says:

    Great post, Lola!

    Just like the AA voters, we women voters have been lied to and manipulated.

  19. This is what Democratic women do in Politics. They tell ya, hey, vote for me, I”m a woman, and I won’t play those crooked games all those men do! Then they take $42,000 from a law firm that reimburses its partners in contravention of campaign law.

    I’m so fucking done.

  20. mothy67 says:

    Fun ditty I picked up from CTH for fans of Hunger Games

  21. 1539days says:

    I liked what Trump said the other day about Clinton’s corruption making the US a third wold country. It was a good turnaround from all those “third world dictatorship” lines in the media about Trump locking Clinton up.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Trump’s got a point too, since they throw young military kids in the slammer all the time for “mishandling” classified information. Hillary shouldn’t be above the law.

  22. Best Election Ever:

    The annual Beast Fest brought out the beast in two attendees Saturday and resulted in charges being filed between two N.C. House of Representative candidates.

    According to witnesses, Republican District 46 candidate Brenden Jones and Democratic candidate Tim Benton were exchanging words Saturday afternoon at the main entrance to the festival near U.S. 242.

    “Some flyers have evidently been circulating saying Mr. Benton was involved in (a white supremacy group), and he was accusing Mr. Jones of being responsible for the flyers,” said eyewitness Woody Hester. “Mr. Jones told him he wasn’t responsible for the flyers and there wasn’t anything he could do about it, and he suggested they continue the conversation across the street away from the crowd.

    “Mr. Benton kept nudging him with his shoulder the whole time they were walking across, and then he just stepped back and little and coldcocked him,” he said.

    “To beat all, he (Benton) left a little child in a stroller to walk across the street, and if Mr. Jones’ (companion) hadn’t caught her, the child would have rolled into the street,” Hester added.

  23. Dora says:

    Wow!

  24. Haha. This is too effing easy.#GoHillary is trending since this morning…

  25. Dora says:

    But it is rigged against him. There is more proof every day.

    ==

    The Democratic National Committee has filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey against the Republican National Committee because Donald Trump continues to insist that the election is rigged against him. The DNC alleges that the RNC has not done enough to reprimand Trump for claiming that the election is rigged, and seeks to have the court hold the committee in civil contempt as well as levy sanctions.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2016/10/26/dnc-suing-rnc-because-trump-claims-the-election-is-rigged-

    • DeniseVB says:

      I want to see a class action suit against the DNC and the paid thugs who beat up Trump supporters. Wikkileaks confirmed it 😀

    • lateblum says:

      If this election weren’t so damn critical, I’d be laughing at all the sh!t being suggested, leveled, intimated and reported. Sometimes it feels as though we’re living in a really bad (really laughable) movie.

  26. Anthony says:

    Those 30 mph gusts? They’re not wind. Its Doug Band exhaling. Until the distraction of #LeakyWeiner, Band was about to be skewered. Lets hope the media throw this shrimp on the barbie

    http://investingchannel.com/article/405209/Doug-Band-To-John-Podesta-If-This-Story-Gets-Out-We-Are-Screwed#.WBYmv3eZNUQ

  27. DeniseVB says:

    Heh……this kid gets what the real LGBT “issue” is 😀

  28. Ann says:

    And day 23….

  29. Venus says:

    JLo at concert for Hillary last night in Miami because we can’t let someone who “demeans women” like Trump in WH:

  30. Dora says:

    First rally of the day in this beautiful room

  31. Ann says:

    I just saw a Trump ad on TV… in New York State. O.o

    I have not seen a Hillary ad – nor would I expect to. We are pretty immune from presidential election ads here. The only political ads I have seen are local politicians, all republicans who are claiming how bad their opponent is because of (siding, aiding, being like) Hillary Clinton. She is toxic, even here.

  32. Dora says:

    ASSANGE JUST RELEASED The NEWEST WIKILEAK Of 296 BRAND NEW EMAILS EXPOSING HUMA’s TREASON!

    Working alongside WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, Judicial Watch released a batch of 296 emails showing Hillary Clinton committing MORE crimes, but they also show how dirty and complicit Huma Abedin has been. The emails of Hillary Clinton go back until 2003, but we are working tirelessly to confirm that they go back further to show what Hillary was doing around 2000-2001. While this photo is unconfirmed, we know Hillary has strong ties to Saudi Arabia, whom was behind 9/11. We are working to confirm.

    http://viralliberty.com/assange-just-released-newest-wikileak-296-brand-new-emails-exposing-humas-treason-caught-red-handed/

    • lateblum says:

      I’m glad that I didn’t know about her wrong-doings in 2008 when I voted for her. As it is, I feel duped and worse, I feel manipulated. I don’t know how people can vote for her and feel good about themselves.
      (And I know many who have voted for HRC. But none is bragging about it this time.)

  33. DeniseVB says:

    Only Donald can have a Come to Jesus Moment in Las Vegas. 😀

  34. lateblum says:

    Lola, what an awesome rant. I know just what you mean and I voted earlier this week and said my own FU to TPTB.
    I’m at the bottom of responses today. It’s been a busy day.

  35. Dora says:

  36. Dora says:

    Totally different subject, but ….

    Anyone my age, or thereabouts, will remember this very entertaining character.

    RIP Zacherle.

    John Zacherle, Host With a Ghoulish Perspective, Dies at 98
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/29/arts/television/john-zacherle-dies.html?_r=0

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