View Full Version : Identity Politics Originated With Founding Fathers says Obama

11-28-2018, 05:43 PM
Former President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that identity politics originated with the Founding Fathers and charged that the United States suffered from "great smugness" after the Cold War.

On a stage with former Secretary of State James Baker at Rice University in Houston, Obama noted the failure of the country to properly adapt to the rapid economic changes brought about by globalization and how he felt that brought on the nationalist politics of the Donald Trump era. Blue-collar voters in the Rust Belt in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania helped flip states in 2016 that voted for Obama twice to Trump, who focused much of his campaign on workers who were "left behind."

"In those environments, you then start getting a different kind of politics … that's based on, ‘that person's not like me and it must be their fault,' and you start getting a politics based on a nationalism that's not pride in country but hatred for somebody on the other side of the border. And you start getting the kind of politics that does not allow for compromise, because it's based on passions and emotions," Obama said


11-28-2018, 06:17 PM

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ralph wiggum
11-28-2018, 10:19 PM
Heard that the former President spoke before an arena about 1/3rd full.