The Hill Columnist: Salon's Identity Politics Killing the Democrat Party

“Progressives can’t win in the marketplace of ideas.”

In his follow-up to an op-ed written for The Hill, columnist Frank Cannon uses left-wing site Salon writer Chauncey DeVega’s reactionary attack as an example of the identity politics that is killing the Democratic Party.

In support of Trump, on September 7th, Cannon wrote an appeal to any holdout Republicans, imploring them to stand with the President for the good of the party and the country. To fight against Trump, he wrote, “would be a death blow to conservative resistance and revival in America. The full shock and awe fury of the Left and its media dogs has been unleashed on Trump for one reason: Trump has uncovered the specific fomula for destroying progressivism.”

Cannon outlined that formula as a three-pronged plan:

•  Fight illegal immigration in order to preserve American jobs.

•  Embrace social conservatism, particularly regarding abortion.

•  Refuse to cower to political correctness.

In response to Cannon’s call to arms, Salon’s DeVega inexplicably cast aspersions of the typical variety, rather than challenging any foundational notions of conservative ideology:

“Cannon’s threat that Republicans face a binary choice between Trump and death is but one more example of the nightmare-dreams of violence and a second civil war that are peaking under Donald Trump’s regime. Movement conservatives and Trump supporters want blood. Their opinion leaders are inciting them to violence... Appeals such as Cannon’s have already caused death and harm to the American people. Dylann Roof, a white right-wing terrorist who killed nine black people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015 was radicalized by the right-wing media.”

In response, Frank Cannon laments “what modern identity-obsessed progressivism has now become: everyone is a white supremacist, and everything is white supremacy. Racism is everywhere in every quote, in every headline, and in every policy. White people are inherently evil — unless they flash their LGBT get-out-of-privilege free card. ‘Hate’ is unacceptable, unless you’re hating people you deem to be ‘haters’, in which case, it’s totally reasonable.”

He continues: “Progressives can’t win in the marketplace of ideas; they resort to shutting down debate and shaming via shrieking pejoratives.  They employ the same strategy over and over again: declare conservative beliefs outside the realm of acceptable political discourse, then identify them personally as people of bad character.”

As examples of the Left’s “attack the person, not the idea” modus operandi, Cannon points to Hollywood’s recent vitriol at the Emmys, ESPN’s decision to wear its politics on its sleeve, the branding of jewish conservative Ben Shapiro as a “white Supremacist” and “Nazi,” and leftist Chelsea Handler’s labeling of Ben Carson as “a black white supremacist.”

There is good news, however; despite the increasingly absurd attacks coming from those laying claim to the former party of Kennedy and Roosevelt, Cannon observes:

“It’s not working. America is rejecting the Salon Left’s hateful ideology and their shameful bullying tactics. We saw it in 2016 with the election of Donald Trump. And, as the absurd shrieking grows more pronounced in 2017 and beyond, we will continue to see it at the one place we have a voice louder than Hollywood, than Big Business, and than the liberal media: the ballot box.

“If Democrats and their allies continue to traffic in ‘hate,’ seeking to divide us by immutable characteristics, such as skin color, rather than uniting us as one American people, voters will reject them soundly come Election Day.”

Let’s hope he’s right.