I was at Charlottesville.
In hindsight, I look back on that “defining moment” in American politics and it looks increasingly bizarre to me. I now see it as the ultimate example of America’s dysfunctional polarized culture and politics which is being driven by Boomer identity politics and political correctness.
Joe Biden’s announcement video is an instructive example of this:
Violent Antifa groups are just a group of “courageous Americans”? They alone had the “courage to stand against hate”? Everyone who identifies with Lee and Jackson in Virginia are just evil haters?
This is the reason why the GOP wasn’t totally blown out in the 2018 midterms and held on to the Senate. It is the reason why Blompf is now our president and nearly won Walter Mondale’s Minnesota in the 2016 election. If this is the message that Joe Biden is running on in 2020, I would say that even Blompf has a real shot at being reelected because the alternative is legitimizing political violence.
Do you know why Charlottesville looks so strange to me three years later? It is because I have realized that the things which I believe in – preserving the Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Medicare for All and enforcing the law – are exactly what most Virginians believe in as well. Far from being an “extremist,” it turns out that I am actually in the dead center of the electorate.
That’s the reason why I am supporting Andrew Yang.
My values are social cohesion and economic fairness. I combine social conservatism with economic populism. This is why I identify as a populist and nationalist, not as a mainstream conservative or progressive. As a Left-Authoritarian populist, I am at odds with Left-Libertarian anarchists, Right-Libertarian lolbertarians and Right-Authoritarian conservatives. The fact that Joe Biden endorses violent anarchist fringe groups makes him dead to me as a centrist voter.
Fortunately, there is a “long shot” candidate running for the Democratic nomination for president who is going to finally move us past all this bile, resentment and division. It is time to move beyond Boomer culture war politics and forward into the 21st century.