America is about equality, across all dimensions.
No State of the Union response speech has ever been a truly great speech, but Joe Kennedy III delivered what’s probably the best entry in the genre that I’ve ever heard Tuesday night.
I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I liked best about it until I read an anonymous Republican snarking about it.
A GOP source texts: “As a Republican I love how at the end of the day, after all their years of crap about identity politics…Democrats picked a white dude from one of the most privileged families in America to do the response.”
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) January 31, 2018
Kennedy’s speech was about how Americans are all in it together and should reject the false choices and inherent elitism of Donald Trump’s divisive politics.
Because here’s the thing — what liberals do in America, at their best, is not identity politics at all. Identity politics is what Donald Trump does. Identity politics is delivering a speech that offers no solutions for any actual problems in people’s lives, interspersed with dog-whistles about MS-13 and standing for the national anthem.
Republicans understand the remorseless mathematical logic of having a white guy stand up and deliver a speech about how whiteness is the best and then wrap it up with a bunch of white members of Congress lustily chanting “USA!”
The progressive counter, as delivered by Kennedy Tuesday night and by many other orators over the past 250 years or so, is that America is about equality.
“This administration isn’t just targeting the laws that protect us,” Kennedy said. “They’re targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection. For them, dignity isn’t something you’re born with, but something you measure by your net worth, your celebrity, your Read More Here