This presidency has built itself around a few core elements of the progressive cause.
One such element involves developing a culture where class identity, and the envy it inherently infuses, is the driver of policy.
We are not one country, in this view. Progressives have no sense that the United States has created one people out of citizens with many disparate roots.
Instead they see a country divided — and one that needs to be further divided — by race, wealth, education, geography and identity. The American dream has been redefined according to the European experience of class confrontation.
It is of course ironic that the progressive movement seeks this goal, since most people who arrived here came as immigrants seeking to escape the concept of class. For most of America’s history, we have sought mobility, not class confrontation, as a keystone of our way of life.