Sedition: Fighting for our Identity

On July 14, 2018, I wrote an article about leadership under President Donald Trump . It featured an analysis of “identity wars” occurring in America, redefining ourselves and our values. The presidency, as a whole, felt like an assault on American identity. The article also shared the analysis of the Presidency from a global perspective, that these four years would serve as a time for America to reconcile herself socially and politically, as an example for the global community.

Since January 21, 2017, the President has made repeated assaults on Democracy through executive orders , arbitrary policy changes, and nationalism that excludes some of our citizens. Why do Republican Congressmen remain silent during these assaults? They do it because they are guarding their identity. In foreign policy, we seek to understand our international community’s identity, whereby each sovereign state demonstrates who it is through policy and leadership style (Constructivism 101) . It shapes how we negotiate, trade, form alliances, and treaties. On the individual level, identity defines how we are accepted in society and how we relate to others. We lose our identity when retiring from jobs, when children leave the house to live on their own, when we divorce or re-locate, and when our “club” is under siege. Without identity, who are you? Challenged identities become stronger or redefined. Beginning in 2017, the identity of women became more robust with the Global Women’s March. The list continues with strengthened identities of American Muslims during the Travel-Ban Protests at U.S. airports; Native Americans at Standing Rock for the Dakota Pipeline Protests; students for gun control in March for Our Lives. Latino immigrants took a day off work simultaneously across the nation in solidarity of their identity under DACA. Moreover, who can forget the disabled and terminally ill being arrested and pulled out of the capital when the Affordable Care Act was in jeopardy. Farmers united after their exports plummeted from Trump’s China trade-deal backlash. Some of Trump’s family and closest advisors have separated themselves to reclaim their identity, and, cultures have come together around the world in support of Black Lives Matter. Republicans of the far-right are losing their identity Much like in 1861, they will not go down without a fight. When the election comes in a few weeks, there may be heightened turmoil until January 21, 2021, at which time the U.S. Military may have to redefine their identity as an entity to protect America. After four years of slow degradation of the U.S. Constitution, Democracy will not lose its identity and go silent into this goodnight. US AG William Barr considers this an issue of “sedition.” Given the rhetoric of the current administration, between now and January 21, 2021, we may see more to come. ​ Angela Pashayan's 2018 article can be found at

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