Identity Politics and Tennessee

On the question of who we are
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I am a slow learner. It is only in the last few days that I have begun to truly understand the importance of identity politics in the battle for health care reform in Tennessee.

Politics in Tennessee are identity politics. It is really basically simple. You are one of us or you or one of them. When any policy, any position becomes associated with sense of identity, with what it means to be one of us, that position, as long as it remains a matter of identity, is almost impossible to change. Insure Tennessee became a matter of identity. It wasn’t a matter of whether or not it was a good idea. It was for many people about who they were. It was about being one of us or one of them.

Listen to anyone who really opposed Insure Tennessee talk and very quickly you will realize that the power…

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