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1 Randall Gross  Sun, Sep 2, 2012 4:11:13pm

Seems a wee bit concern trollish an article to me.

2 researchok  Sun, Sep 2, 2012 5:08:55pm

re: #1 Randall Gross

If it were anyone else but Joe Klein, I might agree.

The actual page headline is One for All and All for One

When posting the page, the Democrats Must Give Up Identity Politics shows up.

In any case, Klein may be on to something. Neither party can be responsive to any particular agenda, group or temporal public opinion wind.

The GOP imploded because the once big tent is now no bigger than a bivy sack. There is no room for anyone who tow the party line- and when all is said and done this will be the undoing of the GOP.

I believe Klein's point is a warning to the Dems- keep the tent big, don't pander to certain groups or ideologies and/or don't adopt any agendas.

From the piece:

If the Democratic Party truly wants to be a party of inclusion, it must reach out to those who are currently excluded from its identity politics. It needs to disband its caucuses. It needs to say, We are proud of our racial and ethnic backgrounds, our different religions, our lifestyle differences. But the things that unite us are more important than the things that divide us. We have only one caucus--the American caucus.

A few years ago, a leading Democratic thinker said, "The only way my life makes sense is if regardless of culture, race, religion, tribe, there is this commonality, these essential human truths and passions and hope and moral precepts that we can reach out beyond our differences. If that is not the case, then it is pretty hard for me to make sense of my life. So that is the core of who I am." That was Barack Obama, of course, in an interview with the author David Maraniss, reminiscing about his own struggle for identity, expressing the American Dream as purely as it can be done. Obama's election as President, in itself, moved us down the road toward the fruition of that dream. But there is another step to be taken now, and that is for him to lead his party past the politics of identity into a new era of American unity. E Pluribus Unum could, and should, be Barack Hussein Obama's greatest legacy.

I don't believe that is such a divisive idea.


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