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  •  Can you tell us a little more about yourself? (1+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens

    And are you saying that the Democratic Party has been busy for the past 35 years trying to salvage the disadvantaged from the racist agenda of Big Labor...

    I'm a bit bleary eyed here at this point.

    And are you suggesting, or confirming, that the Democratic Party no longer represents the White Middle Class?

    As a White, straight male...I won't apologize for who I am, but neither do I see my interests as opposed to yours or anyone else's.  To borrow Lady Gaga's phrase..."I was born this way."

    But what's your background?  Which "percentage" do you fit into?

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 02:50:15 PM PDT

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    •  I don't know if my personal background really (2+ / 0-)
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      matters.  

      And are you saying that the Democratic Party has been busy for the past 35 years trying to salvage the disadvantaged from the racist agenda of Big Labor...
      Where did you get this from?  What I said was the Democratic Party tried for 25 years (they are done trying) to reverse the effects of racism and sexism etc. that happened over a 200 year period.  Basically, they were given from 1964 and the passage to the Civil Rights Act to 1980 and Reagan's presidency to do this.  They continued to try up until 1988 when Dukakis lost to Bush and the parties focus shifted.

      The response by many in the white working class to this 16 year period, spurned on by Republicans, was to insist (as you did here) that this was some abandoning of committment to white working class people.  Thus, the welfare mom became the reason middle class taxes were so high, not our exponentially growing defense spending.  It was a distraction.  A bait and switch. Republicans took advantage of the real insecurity created by rapid social change to 1.) blame any and every problem facing the white working class on the "others" 2.) and to cut social programs and policies that benefited all people based on the belief by a majority of Americans that people were "gaming" the system.  The people most often accused of gaming the system - minorities.  

      And are you suggesting, or confirming, that the Democratic Party no longer represents the White Middle Class?
      In far as economic policy - no they do not.  But here is the news, the Republicans haven't done so either for about 100 years.   I think the Dem party is certainly more sympathetic to the plight of working people, regardless of race, than the Republican party.  But the Dems must balance their commitment to working people with their committment to monied interest.  Republicans don't have the balancing problem.

      On social issues?  Who knows.  Do you believe in gay rights, contraception and access to abortion?  Than you are probably aligned with the Dems.  If you do not believe in those things,  than you probably don't align with the Dems.

      As a White, straight male...I won't apologize for who I am, but neither do I see my interests as opposed to yours or anyone else's.  To borrow Lady Gaga's phrase..."I was born this way."
      Nobody is asking you to apologize for who you are.  I'm just not going to accept your framing that the Democratic Party somehow abandoned you for identity politics. I think its too simplistic and frankly, just not true.   I believe the Dems had a rather coherent economic policy for a long time.  It began to be chipped away when corporate money started to flow into politics - it had little to nothing to do with identity politics by the left.  That corporate money is why Dems have abandoned unions.  It isn't union vs. identity politics.  Its union vs. corporate power with both sides using "identity politicis" (I hate that term) to motivate a base that includes a wide range of classes on each side.  

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