Ideology Over Identity

In a recent “man on the street” survey conducted on a university campus, millennials expressed that they are fond of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and support his decision to put his name into the proverbial hat of Democratic presidential contenders for 2020. However, many expressed that he is too old and feel the next president should be a woman, and if at all possible, a woman of color. In other words, not an old white man. But Kamala Harris fits the bill.

This very issue was a point of contention in the 2008 presidential election when, unfortunately, Barack Obama was elected. It is never important that we elect the first black president or the first female president or the first minority president. What always matters is that we elect the best person for the job, no matter the race, gender or identity.

But in 2008 more Americans elected the first black (well, half black, half white) man over an old white man. And as is usually the case when Americans choose identity over ideology, Americans lose on so many levels.

In 2016 Americans expressed their distaste for the status quo, for the same political rhetoric of career politicians and for the wasteland that is government. They wanted someone different so they elected Donald Trump. For two years, even as the resistance, hate media and anti-Trump machine have tried to derail the presidency, things have changed for the better and there is still work to be done.

The ideology of the Trump administration, for the most part, is preferable to the identity politics so many Democratic contenders are peddling. Americans still want ideology over identity in 2020.

Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at