In this must read article, Steven LaTulippe explains why the Democratic party is in the process of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the 2008 presidential race.
From the article:
The answer to this riddle lies in the make-up of the Democratic Party.
The Democratic Party is not a coherent entity, but is actually a coalition of identity-based “groups” (feminists, blacks, gays, etc.) united by only two things: a deep-seated sense of victimization, and a burning desire for government largesse and/or preferential treatment.
Aside from these two things, the various groups have little in common and don’t even particularly like one another. Their marriage is strictly one of convenience.
For many years, the white liberal elite sitting atop this simmering stew has empowered itself by radicalizing these “groups” with brazen propaganda. This strategy engendered each constituency with a fanatical belief that they has been wronged by history and that they have a right to unlimited compensation.
In short, identity politics was a strategy used by the white liberal elite to leverage political support for their program of activist government.