There is a new term on the political landscape – identity politics.
Not that the idea is new.
A convoy of trucks heads to Ottawa to protest the loss of jobs and the impact on the personal lives of oil workers who identify with the oil sector. A cabinet minister in Ottawa is reassigned and resigns. She has been touted as an indigenous person who is female – an identity that makes her resignation stand out in the midst of a federal feminist agenda with desires to include the indigenous community. We can go back generations to the politics of separate schools, and western alienation and . . . which we would now call identity politics.
One thing worries me.
There can be no inclusiveness when there are exclusive identities. Put another way: a vision of identity requires the exclusion of others who do not own your identity. A vision of inclusion requires the acceptance of all regardless of what they stand for.
Back to federal politics.
In the name of tolerance we desire to be inclusive of all.
That works fine until you run up against identity politics. The “work around” in politics has been to allow everyone to do their own thing.
Until yellow vesters are violent. Until pedophiliacs destroy young lives. Until do-gooders destroy cultural heritage.
Then we are upset.
Enough to create laws.
Of course, in a day and age when there is no right or wrong, no absolute truth or ethical boundary – who determines the laws? In a democratic society we turn to votes and polls and surveys. In an autocracy we turn to the superhero who serves as leader.
In the end, we come down to what humans determine is the common good. The stronger the identity politics, the less we will agree. The greater the inclusiveness, the more likely the implosion of the society – we can’t all be right.
And the world goes round and round in a circle game.
Unless . . . there is a moral absolute . . . there is a foundation for truth outside of humanity . . . there is a creator greater than the creation.
Which brings me back to a need to re-examine the phrase, “Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law”, found in our Canadian constitution. A worn phrase which has fresh relevance today.
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