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  •  we can't win those people over either (31+ / 0-)

    I'm intimately familiar with that kind of California conservative because just about everyone I know in person is one of them.  They have little or nothing to say about social/cultural issues, and might be very worldly and open-minded people in a social setting.  But of their own free will they will never miss an opportunity to go off about "government" and "liberals" allegedly trying to take all their money, kill their businesses, and turn the country into some giant adult daycare center.  They have nothing but contempt for those who rely upon government services, lost their jobs, their pensions/IRAs, or their homes during the financial crisis. People like me who'd gladly pay 50%+ in taxes to live in a safe, clean, happy, and progressive place like Sweden are routinely dismissed as sore losers in the game of life, naive children who haven't or won't grow up, defectives who need someone to cover for their weaknesses and mistakes, and just plain can't handle freedom.

    They are people who will vote for whomever they think will do the most to lower their taxes, eliminate workplace, environmental, and consumer protection regulations, privatize government services, and protect the value of their stock portfolios.  There's nothing else they care enough about to vote for or against.

    Do you know why they call it the American Dream? Because it only happens when you're asleep.

    by Visceral on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 02:12:54 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed, but that wasn't what I meant (4+ / 0-)

      I meant that Perry being a racist wouldn't endear him to them.

    •  The Republicans I know.... (5+ / 0-)

      ....have an aversion to higher taxes and an aversion to the idea of government giving them money or the idea of large-scale social welfare, but they'll be glad to work for the government or take the money if it's offered.

      And definitely they take advantage of the public schools.

      But the use of the n-word turns them off.  They may complain about the very public failure of society and the idea of a far-off group of "others" using the services, but are not going to ever use the word, and generally accept people from various groups if they are part of the same culture they're familiar with (in my case, sports-loving suburban Pittsburgh - WTF has been with the Steelers recently??)

      9-11 changed everything? Well, Katrina changed it back.

      by varro on Sun Oct 02, 2011 at 06:58:15 PM PDT

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      •  The "n-word" turns them off (0+ / 0-)

        because it's "impolite," not because they're wonderful people. Their country club precessors from a few generations ago had no trouble saying it, although they might have toned down that language in certain situations.

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