Heritage continues to lead the analysis on the direction our nation’s political parties are headed.
On Monday, Heritage scholar David Azerrad hosted a panel at the annual President’s Club meeting that was a favorite of Heritage members.
In the panel, Azerrad laid out where the Democratic party is today–highlighting two main strands of left-ism inside the party: Identity politics and Sandersism.
The Obama presidency was not good for the Democratic party. The party not only lost more than 1,000 seats nationwide, it also veered farther to the left. By doubling down on identity politics, it has become even more illiberal and even more hostile to the American way of life.
He explained more about what the two strands of left-ism are in a recent article for the American Spectator. He claimed that:
While Trump and his fiery brand of populism grab all the headlines, the most powerful ideology in America remains identity politics.
It permeates our culture and fuels our national obsession with diversity, understood as the proportional representation in all realms of life of the various “communities” that have gained recognition: African-Americans, women, Hispanics, LGBTQs, Asians, and, if the Census Bureau has its way, MENAs — Middle Easterners and North Africans. Conspicuously absent from the list, of course, are whites, Christians, and men — three of the most numerous groups in America.
Despite the dominance of identity politics, the Democrats’ older progressive ideology of class-based redistributionism is not dead in the party…
Sandersism is the newest incarnation of redistributionism. And though it failed to capture the Democratic Party, it did reshape its platform and amass a colossal following. Sandersism posits that the fundamental division in America is not along the lines of race, sex, sexual orientation, or any of the other preferred categories of identity politics, but rather class in the traditional sense of the term — how much you make and how wealthy you are.
What do about today’s political ideologies?