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Identity politics and the misogyny of the left

By Rebecca Horvath • Dec 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM

According to several recent well-publicized stories, Americans should vote based on race and gender.

You read that right.

One Boston Globe columnist urged black men to stop voting Republican, because only Democrats can possibly be in their corner.

A Vogue magazine piece heavily criticized white women for voting Republican, saying it is “against their own interests” to do so.

And article by an uber-feminist writer from The Guardian went even farther than the others, reading in part, “What is wrong with white women? ... The most likely answer seems to be that white women vote for Republicans for the same reason that white men do: because they are racist.” Things only went downhill from there.

Even Google also found itself in hot water after a search for “Republican women” yielded results replacing “women” with “enablers.” Just months earlier, Google results had listed “Nazism” as one of the beliefs of the California Republican Party. The internet giant blamed Wikipedia edits for both errors.

Hate Republicans much, do they?

Why should a person’s race or gender determine his or her vote? And isn’t it funny how far-left liberals tell us gender doesn’t matter … unless it fits their agenda?

Apparently, as a white woman, I am a “gender traitor” who sides with “the patriarchy” when I vote Republican. Well, alrighty then.

What happened to the days of “live and let live?” Have we really sunk so low that we have to resort to this?

There’s a lot to unpack here. First, race and gender are the last things on my mind when deciding which candidates get my vote. If race and gender were all that mattered, I would’ve checked the box for Hillary Clinton in 2016 because she’s white and female, like me. But I didn’t vote for her, because her policies and politics are not like mine. Isn’t that what actually matters?

My conservative political stances aren’t based on my race, gender or any other demographic. I am a Republican because my personal beliefs and stances on issues line up with the party’s platform in nearly all areas. It’s that simple. Why would I vote for a candidate who doesn’t represent those same views, just because of her gender or race? Wouldn’t that be the ultimate in racism and misogyny, just as bad as if I didn’t vote for someone based only on gender or race?

There are also those misguided folks who think women only vote Republican because their husbands tell them to do so. For 100 percent of couples I know, that is both insulting and laughably ridiculous.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m not “offended” by the opinions of these folks, I just vehemently disagree and don’t understand why they care. It’s nothing more than a distraction from actually addressing issues. And yes, these types of misconceptions and labels can be spewed from conservatives, too.

While the internet was abuzz with insults about conservatives and women across the nation, it was ignoring historical wins by Republican women in the midterms. Here in Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn became our first female senator-elect, while, ironically, the liberals cried over their establishment white male losing. We didn’t hear much about the numerous other groundbreaking wins that day, from the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress (Young Kim from California) to two states electing first-ever female governors (Kristi Noem in South Dakota and Kim Reynolds in Iowa). Had those women been Democrats, you can bet they would’ve been instant media darlings. But because they’re Republicans, we’re supposed to ignore them or — worse — be embarrassed by their accomplishments?

Under Republican leadership, unemployment among women is at a 65-year low right now and there are a whopping 2.2 million more women in the workforce today than in January 2017; clearly we’re on to something and it’s not the power of the patriarchy.

The misogynists are not the men and women of the Republican Party, but the liberal writers who try to pigeonhole everyone into some peculiar gender-and-race-based caste system. Women aren’t a monolith, nor are white women, nor are Republican women, or any other group of people. Individual liberty includes the ability to think for ourselves and vote as we see fit; we don’t owe anyone an explanation or justification. Name-calling is a nothing more than a cop out.

Trying to convince voters to back a candidate based on policies and track records is the way to go; shaming women into voting against their consciences or beliefs is not. It’s time we accept that a difference of opinion is not a betrayal of an entire race or gender, put identity politics aside and find ways to work together to keep America the greatest nation on earth.

Rebecca Horvath of Johnson City is a wife, mother, community activist and writer for National Federation of Republican Women. Reach her at [email protected]

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