Identity politics

PAUL RINKER

Montoursville

Just read another letter from some soul who just can’t understand why those stupid and hypocritical evangelical Christians support the odious and evil Donald Trump when they could have had the vivacious and virtuous Hillary Clinton.

You would have to think some of this is a perception problem, but I’m sure the bigger problem is the closed-mindedness that precipitates the inability to come to terms with a lost election.

The first problem is the very use of the term evangelical Christians, as if all evangelicals are of one mind when it comes to politics. They aren’t even of one mind when it comes to Christianity. The use of identity politics is destroying our country, making it more divisive than it has ever been.

People are being pigeon-holed into special interest groups, seen as being served by one party or the other.

This is being done by the very people who decry the division and promise to remedy it, and that would be the political parties.

Rather than promise what’s best for the country as a whole, and then delivering on those promises, they stir up fear that the other party is going to do terrible things to your group, as in Joe Biden’s claim that Republicans wanted to put Americans “back in chains.” Someone should remind Mr. Biden and any who believed him that it was Republicans who removed those chains.

But Donald Trump’s support comes from a wide range of people. That is because he said what he meant, and what he promised was what was best for the entire country. Now that he is in office, he is delivering on the promises; another thing the Washington establishment can’t comprehend.

Sure, Trump often goes off teleprompter and sometimes says things his supporters wish he hadn’t, but he’s doing the job he was elected to do.

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