Don’t elect based on la­bels

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - ALEX PUGLIESE Ke­nil­worth, New Jer­sey

For a pe­riod of many decades, the po­lit­i­cal class and the main­stream press has pushed onto the public the the­ory of iden­tity pol­i­tics, the be­lief that a per­son’s race, eth­nic­ity, gen­der, creed, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion and ide­ol­ogy qual­i­fies him or her to be an ef­fec­tive leader, politi­cian or po­lit­i­cal can­di­date. This the­ory, with some ex­cep­tions, has proved at times not to com­port with re­al­ity. Ex­am­ples are le­gion, even in the present time. How­ever, en­ti­ties con­tinue to push this the­ory to the detri­ment of what is real.

When choos­ing a leader, a politi­cian or a can­di­date, what mat­ters most should be the in­di­vid­ual’s con­duct, ethics and morals, his or her tem­per­a­ment, per­sonal and busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions, prin­ci­ples, po­si­tions and poli­cies, ca­pac­ity for open-mind­ed­ness and the like. What does not mat­ter is iden­tity pol­i­tics.

In 2016, there will be an elec­tion for the pres­i­dency of the United States. While the main­stream press will not do it, I hope and pray that the public will do its homework and ex­am­ine with a fine-tooth comb all of the can­di­dates run­ning, both on the Demo­crat and Repub­li­can side, as well as on the In­de­pen­dent ticket. Amer­ica does not de­serve medi­ocrity. It de­serves great­ness.

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