- - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

For a period of many decades, the political class and the mainstream press has pushed onto the public the theory of identity politics, the belief that a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, creed, sexual orientation and ideology qualifies him or her to be an effective leader, politician or political candidate. This theory, with some exceptions, has proved at times not to comport with reality. Examples are legion, even in the present time. However, entities continue to push this theory to the detriment of what is real.

When choosing a leader, a politician or a candidate, what matters most should be the individual’s conduct, ethics and morals, his or her temperament, personal and business associations, principles, positions and policies, capacity for open-mindedness and the like. What does not matter is identity politics.

In 2016, there will be an election for the presidency of the United States. While the mainstream press will not do it, I hope and pray that the public will do its homework and examine with a fine-tooth comb all of the candidates running, both on the Democrat and Republican side, as well as on the Independent ticket. America does not deserve mediocrity. It deserves greatness.

ALEX PUGLIESE

Kenilworth, N.J.

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