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  •  Dem party has been going rightward for 30 years (1+ / 0-)
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    Searching for common ground with the mythical southern white man has been the rationale for driving the Democratic party steadily rightward on the economic side for 30 years to the point where we a have a Democratic president whose economic and environmental policies are to the right of Richard Nixon.

    What did Clinton's DLC get us?  More income inequality!

    The southern white male voter is the shock trooper for Corporate America.  And where economic issues should obviously form common ground with Democrats nationally, the skewed white male support for Obama's opponent in the south shows that their racial funny bone makes them puppets on a string for Corporate America and the southern corporate stooges they keep electing. And whatever happy stories you want to tell about farms and hunting, their voting block is a major hindrance to real conservation.  

    Maybe the Democratic party should try some genuine populist policy making to counter the GOP counterfeit down there.  Wall Street first policies make it hard to point the finger at the GOP for being in the pockets of the super wealthy.

    And for you southern white men who aren't part of the voting block, more power to you.  I know you don't like being made fun of.  You speak the lingo. Why don't you try to find some common ground and turn your fellow SWMs around?  Last time significant numbers of northern whites went down try to engage in dialogue, a bunch of them got killed.

    •  Southern stereotyping still bothers me (1+ / 0-)
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      and I don't think ignorant Southerners should be the only group left where it is open season for degrading attacks.  Although in the modern SMW-supported GOP, open racism of other kinds is becoming more and more accepted again.

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