Identity Politics Is A Dead End

Discern political identity from policy choices and outcomes.

I think that on some intuitive level, I have always known that political identity didn’t matter to me. I remember when I was a young Republican. I remember voting for Ronald Reagan in my first election. I remember that I was somewhat focused on the policy positions he promoted. Still, I was young, and I had an idealized notion of what he wanted to do. I didn’t identify with Reagan, but I was interested in the policy choices he promoted.