EHK for Darwin Posted May 7, 2009 Share Posted May 7, 2009 Had the occasion to mingle with a bunch of the 'enigmatic' white working class today. A variety of issues got discussed. They bitched about predatory credit card companies going out of their way to fuck you over, comparing it to legalized loan sharking. Several bitched about a local chemical plant that spent 50 years spewing noxious shit into the air and how many employees involved now have cancer. One lady related the story of how she was forced to file for bankruptcy due to her sons medical bills some years back. They spoke fondly of social security and of getting all that you can out of it. They got pissed at big corporate businesses who tried (and failed) to rape their union pension fund some years back. They bitched about price gouging at the pump, demanded that the government should do something about it. There were more topics, can't recall them all, but you see where this is going. Now just about all of these are, at least ostensibly, Democratic issues. Issues that you'd expect a liberal democrat, or god forbid SOCIALIST, to come out on their side much more often then a Republican would. Not always eloquent, not always nuanced, but they essentially made the Democratic Party argument and took that side on each of these issues. And do you know what came next?Someone mentioned Obama. Someone else bitched that he's taking this country in the wrong direction. Then EVERYONE chimed in about evil socialism this, socialism that, and how he's destroying the country.What.The.Fuck?? They just spent half an hour ranting like the lovechild of Huey Long and Fidel Castro, then they turned their venom against the guy who actually did sit the credit card companies down and demand a halt to their most abusive practices, the only party that actually advocates environmental issues, the guy who has been talking universal healthcare for the last year and a half, the only party that's not actively trying to rape unions....where the hell does this come from?How the hell do these people (and sooo many more) have such a MASSIVE cognitive disconnect between the issues they take up, the arguments they make, and the people they actually end up electing? Do they not get that they're voting pretty much 100% against their interests? Is the Republican rhetoric that good? The Democratic image marketing that bad? Are guns and abortion that huge of a deal, or are they simply ignorant of reality? For the life of me I can't understand it. To listen to them talk, the issues they choose, the sides they take up...these people should be the most loyal, true blue, liberal democrats you could find. They shout down the word socialism though they advocate for significant degrees of it and benefit from it every day. What the hell is going on and how the hell can Democrats bridge that gap? Because bridging that gap, if it ever can be done, is A key to absolute permanent majorities and a real demographic shift to the left in American politics. I believe these are the folks Obama was talking about who are disillusioned with government and so 'cling' to their guns and religion. They have most of the proper positions and arguments. They just need that spark, that enlightenment, to make the connection between those issues and the party that pretty damned obviously best represents them. It seems so obvious. So easy.So why the fuck isn't it happening? Why hasn't it happened yet? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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