Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Liberal Monopoly on Identity Politics

An article has been making the rounds over the internet this week called, "Why Feminists Hate Sarah Palin." The real answer to the question of course is that feminism as a political movement ceased when feminism was co-opted by the counterculture and morphed into "sex-positive feminism" which focuses the bulk of its efforts on protecting abortion rights and birth control, the two vital elements that make sex positive feminism practical for women, while ignoring the emotional, financial and health toll this has taken on American women.

Professional feminists like professional Jewish or gay or black or union activists have little to do with the groups they claim to serve. They're simply nothing more than front groups for a general Progressive agenda who are funded by major liberal think tanks, donors and political groups for the specific purpose of selling that agenda to the specific demographic they are responsible for.

A professional feminist's job is to recruit, train and position activists and voters to serve the larger progressive agenda and the Democratic party, by identifying the agenda and the party with their own identities. The role of most professional Jewish and black and radical union activists (e.g. SEIU) is the same. Many of them function as "community activists" or professors or recruiters, but that is a difference in function only. The agenda stays the same.

When people read about a Women's Group or a Jewish Group or a Black Group or a Gay Group or a Union, they're reading about a front for the Democratic party that is in lockstep with the Democratic party 95 percent of the time, and dissents 5 percent of the time to "demand" something more for their members to establish credibility with their base. If the party approves, it cedes another 2 percent and the Group leadership are celebrated for "making inroads". If the party doesn't approve, the Group leadership cites the legitimacy of the process and thanks the party for being allowed to voice their concerns.

So too feminists are allowed to be a little bitter about Hillary, so long as they understand that they are expected to return to the big tent and attack Sarah Palin. So too Jewish activists are allowed to sit on their hands or even walk out when the party gives Jimmy 'Hamas' Carter a standing ovation, so long as they understand that they are expected to promote and defend Obama at every turn.

And anyone who doesn't go along is clearly not a woman or Jewish or black. So Congressman Robert Wexler can inform us that Lieberman doesn't actually represent Jews, only he does. Never mind that Congressman Wexler himself lives in Maryland while representing a district in Florida, proving that he not only doesn't represent Jews, but doesn't even represent the right state. So too the professional feminists can announce that Sarah Palin is not a woman or black activists can announce that Colin Powell and Rice aren't really black.

The system is nothing new. The various flavors of Marxists and Communists used it to great effect in Europe and America, setting up front organizations aimed at "artists and writers", "wives and mothers", "workers and laborers", creating numerous shell organizations designed to parrot their agenda. (This became absurdly obvious when these groups spent every day until Hitler broke his pact with Stalin and attacked Russia, agitating against the war and condemning the warmongers, only to suddenly switch tack and cry for war with Germany.)

This demographic targeting served as a quite effective tool for making it appear that there was a wide range of opinion in favor of one policy or another, while co-opting and recruiting people who would have never walked into a Communist party meeting by adopting their identity.

By doing so the Communist agenda stopped being the Communist agenda and became the agenda of Wives and Mothers, Writers and Artists and Workers and Laborers. The front groups allowed people to invest their identity, often unknowingly, into a Communist cause.

These same tactics are used by the Democratic party today. Tens of thousands of liberal groups adopt the identities of Jews, women, and any other social, ethnic or demographic that they can think of, raise money from them and convince them that their interests lie with the Democratic party. To some they actually deliver enough of a pittance to make them fearful and dependent on the party, to others, such as Jews, they don't even bother with that much.

The battle for equality for women, which began with a battle not only for the vote but against sexual exploitation, has been co-opted to serve the "sex positive" ends of the counterculture which tore down American values by undermining its morals and attacking American society by undermining the family. Take away all the layers of justification and Newspeak about "Entitlement" and the "Patriarchy", and professional feminists today exists to defend the sexual exploitation of women by safeguarding the exit clauses of birth control and abortion. Not because it's what women need, but because it's what the larger agenda of those who fund and teach them, requires.

Meanwhile professional Jewish activists exist to channel Jewish contributions and volunteers to serve liberal aims that are hurtful and dangerous to Jews in America. They promote the culture of "Criminal rights first" that helped drive Jews out of the inner cities. They promote "Peace in the Middle East" when that really means funding terrorism against Jews. They promote redistributive taxation that penalizes both middle class and working class Jews for their hard work. They promote affirmative action which has forced numerous Jewish professionals out of civic jobs and denied Jewish students places in college. They promote immigration despite endless studies showing that the spikes in anti-semitism comes from immigrants. And they wrap it all up by claiming that these are Jewish values, when in fact they are blatantly anti-Jewish values.

I could go on with a similar list group by group, but so could most people reading this blog. Nevertheless we've been trained to take seriously the pseudo-marxist alphabet soup of organizations dedicated to co-opting the identities of different groups and exploiting and even destroying them to serve their own ends.

When you listen to a professional activist or organization that claims to represent one ethnic or religious group or gender, 9 out of 10 times you're listening to nothing more than a liberal activist camouflaging an agenda behind the colors of a specific identity.

There is an old Russian anecdote dating back from the Six Day War. A party meeting was held in a factory so that the workers would denounce the criminal Zionist aggression. A resolution would then be passed for this factory, and for factory after factory across the USSR denouncing Israel.

Since the average factory worker had very little political knowledge of the world, the usual procedure was to have workers from key demographics rise and read prepared statements from cards denouncing Israel. Things went smoothly as a young man denounced Israel on behalf of the students, an older worker denounced Israel on behalf of the Veterans of the Red Army who had fought in WW2, until a mix up occurred with the cards, and a drunken foreman rose and proclaimed, "As a wife and mother, I stand to condemn the Zionist aggression."

The professional feminists busy reading denunciations of Palin are nothing more than fancier versions of that drunken foreman with publishing deals and academic positions, who got the right card. Had they gotten the wrong card, they would have gone ahead and read it anyway. After all who can forget that Bill Clinton was really our first Black President.

If Bill Clinton can be a black man, then Sarah Palin can be not a woman. After all when you hijack people's identities, race, gender and ethnicity for your own ends-- you get to decide who's black and who's a woman.

The idea behind this is far more ominous than people realize. When Hitler was told of a Nazi party member with some Jewish blood, he responded, "I decide who is a Jew." Hitler had created his own idea of what Jewishness is and imposed it on Germany and much of the world. As such he could "waive" someone's Jewishness when it suited him.

Liberals have created and imposed their own ideas of Jews, women, blacks and various ethnic minorities and social classes should be. And they have the right to waive them when they please and decide who gets to be a part of that identity and who doesn't.

That will sound silly and far fetched to many. After all even if you concede that many racial and ethnic identities are artificially constructed, gender is not one of them. There is a clear line between a man and a woman drawn in biology.

Or so you would think, because when you can't easily control an identity, you begin deconstructing it to put it under your control. And deconstruction is something liberals are very good at. Today a man can have several surgeries, take a few hormones, and be considered a "woman" under the law. Transgender rights are one of the senseless pet causes of liberalism precisely because it puts gender identity under their control, to be able to say, "I define who is a Jew" or in this case, "I define who is a woman."

The way to fight that of course is to reject imposed liberal group identities and the phony professional activists who claim to speak for us in order to subvert and enslave us to their agenda. We resist by defining ourselves and rejecting the attempt to hijack who we are by ruthless ideologues who exploit identity as another playing card in their games of power.


conservativlib said...

The phrase "I decide who is a Jew" belongs not to Hitler, but to Herman Goering, regarding his friend and a man in charge of Luftwaffe weapons development Erhard Milch. Erhard Milch was indeed half-Jewish (on his father's side). Goering created forged documents stating that Milch's mother had an affair, and that his father was a German.
Besides being Goering's friend from WW1, Milch was also good at what he did. So Goering, being less ideological and more practical than other Nazis, made an effort to keep him at his side.
Milch had a dubious distinction of the only person with Jewish blood to be tried and convicted in Nuremberg. I think he got 10 years.
Good article though. I get very frustrated with my fellow Jews voting for Democrats.

Keli Ata said...

Excellent article.

The Russian anecdote about the Six Days War and Russian factory workers is actually quite similar to the way the Gamaliel Foundation works today.

They establish core teams and groups in parishes in struggling working class or welfare class neighborhoods (a phony grassroots community organizing effort), give people a faux sense of empowerment all the while harboring a doctrine the average members know little about and would disagree with--ie. pro-abortion, pro-immigration.

As for the transgender issue, that's a favorite of the feminist movement of late. Cover Girl has signed lesbian Ellen Degeneres as their official spokeswoman and America's Next Top Model (sponsored by Cover Girl) has its first transgender contestant this season---Isis Tsunami.

Cover Girl has gone from girl next door Christy Brinkley to he/she/it Isis. I refuse to watch the show anymore and hear about how Isis is able to wear a bathing suit. It's just disgusting.

It's digusting. All the hormones and surgeries in the world cannot change one's DNA.

As for feminists and Palin--if she were black, had aborted her perfect infant son with Down's Syndrome (maybe testified before congress about how a partial birth abortion would have helped), and if she was a Democrat, feminists would be in love with her.

Sultan Knish said...

yes and the whole idea is to allow them to define what being a woman is, as something they can give and take away

same thing for black or jewish or any other group

Anonymous said...

but voting Republican brought the Road Map to Palestine-and "Condi" talking about dividing Jerusalem
and the GOP platform makes NO exceptions for abortion even to save the woman's life-a position clearly AGAINST Jewish law.

vote Republican at your own risk

(I'm not voting for EITHER Dems or Repubs)

Sultan Knish said...

voting Democrat is what brought Oslo in the first place... without which the Road Map would not exist

McCain won't be a safe harbor, but an Obama administration will do everything possible to wipe Israel off the face of the earth

as for abortion, Republicans didn't ban abortion for 8 years under Bush and a GOP congress, they won't do it under 4 years of McCain and a Democratic congress

steve klein said...

Sultan, why aren't you covering this story?

September 18, 2008
Palin 'Disinvited' From anti-Iran Rally
Rick Moran

Organizers of a rally to protest the policies of Iran toward Israel and the west have disinvited Sarah Palin from the event:

"The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations created a political tempest by inviting Palin to speak without clearing her invitation with another speaker, Senator Hillary Clinton. Clinton promptly dropped out of the event, saying it would be seen as unduly political. The McCain campaign then pressed Senator Barack Obama to join Palin on the stage in a show of unity against Iran.

"The Obama campaign in turn offered to send Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida -- who had harshly attacked Palin for slender ties to Pat Buchanan-- to the event.

"But the appearance that the non-partisan group was aligning with the Republican ticket put the group and its president, Malcolm Hoenlein, under heavy pressure from Jewish Democrats, including members of the conference, members of Congress, and the liberal group J Street, not to give Palin a platform, sources said. Hoenlein told the McCain campaign that he would have to rescind Palin's invitation or cancel the rally.

"The organizers, I'm told, have formally disinvited all elected and political officials, but the move was about Palin.

I think this is the wrong decision on several levels. The fact is, this event is going to be "political" even without politicians there so it is a sham to disnivite anybody for that reason.

Secondly, this is being done to accommodate the Democrats who don't want to be seen taking a strong stand against Iran. All it does is highlight Obama's "no conditions" pledge - something the campaign has tried to bury (and with the help of the press, they have been largely successful). Obama can't very well go crawling to Ahmadinejad if he or one of his surrogates attends a rally where the emphasis will be on stopping Iran (most will add "by any means necessary).

But then, it's all about Hillary, isn't it? If she had put aside her pride at not being the star of the show and gone to share the stage with Palin, none of this would have been necessary, would it?

Even without the politicians, I hope they have a successful rally with a large attendance. (I'm not sure I agree with Rick. I probably would not attend this worthless rally. --- S.K.}

Sultan Knish said...

I'm not covering it because i don't cover widely reported news stories where there isn't much to add

I don't think rallies can accomplish anything, except maybe to pressure domestic politicians, and it's clear from the start that it's the rally being pressured, rather than the other way around

and it's unfortunate that the anti-israel group JStreet is already calling the shots

Voidraithe said...

Wonderfully put, for sometime there has been a thought in my head that is basically exactly what you have so eloquently illustrated in your post. For quite some time I have watched the liberal invasion of fringe groups to organize them into larger groups. This is happening in force in environmental issues now and has for sometimes. Now questioning the "established norm" of the lefty-progressive agenda you are labled a facist, heritic, member of the "old conservitive" club. This is why Sarah Palin has ignited the hatered of the left. She shattered the image of the old stauncy white conservitive. In order to keep her from dispelling the illusions and images of the left propaganda machine they must attack and villify her.

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