Identity politics dominates our political dialogue. I don’t like it.

Emphasis on gender, race and sexual orientation is “identity politics” and the weapon of choice on Capitol Hill, which is rising to an unsettling magnitude.

It’s the failure to play the fair game of politics on the basis of persuasive ideas, philosophy, policies and strong candidates.

Notably, racism and all its ugliness is hurled at President Donald Trump, Conservatives, Republicans… and is high on the Democrat agenda for 2020. Racism is a terribly sticky, label for the president — or anyone who doesn’t lean left.

Identity politics is the offspring of the blame game. On the current political battlefield everything has a racial overtone: American history, the Founders, historic flags, national anthem, census questions, the GOP. It latches on to much of our political dialogue — on the floor of the Congress, television, radio and anywhere someone wants to divert the argument.

Perhaps, the vitriol and disrespect ongoing for the last two-plus years has numbed us. After all, it’s been advocated and accepted by many of our political leaders and their handmaidens in the media.

Mostly, it’s about Donald Trump: He is wrong, wrong, wrong and a “racist” to boot. The personal hatred for the president is inseparable from the insatiable taste for political blood among the Democrat party and its leadership.

The talk has gotten uglier and we’re well beyond the time when the lack of civility was deplored and the cries for respectful dialogue and respectful disagreement were loud and clear. Not everyone signed on – not even 10 years ago. And it surely has escalated with the upset victory of Donald Trump, wealthy businessman and street fighter.

I’m no presidential apologist – he is in on it, too, with those “nicknames” and endless firecracker tweets that light up his opponents and make me shudder.

His opponents have their eyes on 2020, but would love to take him out sooner. Right now, Plan A is… don’t give the president an agenda win and keep the racist brand going, along with a couple more.

But what do we want? The average American wants the president, his administration and all Members of Congress to do what they were elected to do, which is take care of the people’s business –from the economy to national security – and don’t defile the People’s House with hate speech.