Donald Trump manages to get himself in rhetorical political hot water on an almost daily basis. He has even managed to incur limited political damage as a result of this but, hopefully, his penchant to “shoot from the hip” will still bring him down. Recently, he experienced the wrath of leftist dog whistle politics when he was slow to denounce the Ku Klux Klan for their supposed endorsement of him and a similar “endorsement” of him by former Klan figure and Louisiana gubernatorial candidate David Duke.
Let’s be clear, the Ku Klux Klan was and is a contemptible organization with despicable views! In the years after the Civil War, it was a deadly force in the South and even had enough power in some northern states, such as my state of Indiana, to wield significant influence with Indiana’s governor in the 1920s. As the decades passed on and America continues evolving demographically, the racial group identity political perspective the Klan ejaculates has nearly totally disappeared. The 2016 Klan is divided into small and thankfully ineffective groups of, at most, a few thousand members who are a bad reminder of the past and have zero real political and governmental impact anywhere in the U.S.
However, any mention of the Klan and other white supremacist individuals or organizations is enough to bring out leftist dog whistle politics and serves as a fundraising mechanism for proponents of leftist group identity politics such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, “anti-racist” diversity groups on many U.S. university campuses, and in the sprawling leftist political blogosphere. Trump’s failure to quickly respond to the clarion call of leftist group identify politics to ritualistically denounce the Klan brought on him the ire of his fellow GOP presidential candidates. The Klan’s poisonous and pestilent ideology has been assimilated by leftist group identity political proponents who are at least as bigoted, intolerant, and stupid as Klan members are. The pestilential influence of these individuals and organizations has flourished during the Obama Administration and inflamed ethnic relations within the U.S. If you don’t submit to the whims of leftist group identity politics, you are branded as a purveyor of hate, bigotry, the now meaningless epithet of racism, and various other pejorative denunciations.
The overwhelming majority of Americans conscientiously try living in comity with those of different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds because of their own innate common sense and their self-interest. Unfortunately, those promoting leftist group identify politics, seek to use Stalinist tactics and rhetoric to bludgeon those of us refusing to submit to their perpetual victim narrative of historical and contemporary American social relations as this recent experience with Trump and the Klan demonstrates. Unfortunately for Trump’s opponents, the excessive publicity he received for his response to what should have been a peripheral incident, only fuels the egomania driving his presidential aspirations. The Ku Klux Klan is not worth wasting physical, political, and emotional energy on by political candidates of any ideological view. We must work toward an America where race no longer matters and we are judged by our individual skills and the content of our character.