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  •  these quotes play on racial resentment (2+ / 0-)
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    mikejay611, cacamp

    and they work.

    You may have an innocent heart, so you only see what they say on the surface.  But for people in large swathes of the country, it takes very little to effectively play up people's sense that things are going badly for them because undeserving "others" are getting what they don't deserve.  Reagan's Cadillac-driving welfare queens are imprinted on the minds of many older working class white people.  They came of age on those images because they underscored the racism people were already feeling.  In hard times--and times are hard for ordinary folks--finding someone to blame eases the pain.  The GOP uses those tactics to round up voters who, sadly, they will then screw over with their policies.

    "Ideology offers human beings the illusion of dignity and morals while making it easier to part with them." -- Vaclav Havel

    by SottoVoce on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 05:05:50 AM PDT

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    •  Working Class Whites (6+ / 0-)

      Factory and construction jobs used to pay well thanks to the unions.  These jobs didn't require a college degree, instead used an appprenticeship program that paid a percent of scale to new workers learning on the job.  

      Many of these untions were segregated by race and gender.  Integration angered whites who saw their privilege being eroded to give "lazy" blacks and "weak" women their jobs.  Reagan exploited that anger very well and the Republicans have continued to feed it.

      Government policy and non-enforcement of existing policy that led to outsourcing and unrestrained immigration busted the factory and construction untions.  It isn't just bigotry stoking their anger.  They have lost ground and they blame the wrong people.  Who told them who to blame?

      Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

      by arlene on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:09:17 AM PDT

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