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  •  It Puts Me in Mind of.... (8+ / 0-)

    This excellent diary puts me in mind of Thomas Frank's book "What's the Matter With Kansas?"

    Why do people vote against themselves?

    One important reason is that they reflect their social-economic tribe but don't understand the world in which they live.

    And, of course, as the diary points out, long-term compassion is hard; hate is easy.

    Awards, recognition and advancement for outstanding compassion and for building a positive community help. But a lot of the problem comes down to – as so much does – education and the media. We've really got to clean up the problems in these two areas before much else can be accomplished.

    And this applies to the people being helped, too. The poor and uninsured need insurance and employment, but also education and a media that informs. Obviously that means booting Republicans and Plutocrats out of office and replacing them with "more and better Democrats".

    The Republicans seem to be very good at giving a very wide range of gung-ho groups support in attacking specific targets – education, guns, labor, and on and on. They can do this easily because they have so much money behind them. They also have mastered the trick of turning their evil into profit – private prisons being a simple example.

    I don't have a solution at the moment, but this is a problem that lies at the base of most of America's problems. How do citizens protect themselves from plutocrats with lots of money?

    In the past citizens could go to the courts to protect them from corporate overstepping. So the Republicans took over the courts. What do we do now?

    A Southerner in Yankeeland

    •  It's a recent development that public safety (3+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron, kurt, shypuffadder

      workers who vote conservative have been voting against their own self-interest. Recent and insane. That is, until the last few years, conservatism generally favored public spending on police and even fire departments, treating them as more nearly military than civilian government. So some of these workers simply may not have heard that they are considered parasitic bureacrats now, too.
      Part of what has changed may be attributed to Obama Derangement Syndrome and the general ratcheting-up of RW extremist rhetoric.
      But part of it may also reflect the hourglass effect and economic inequality. Many of those $250K doctors just don't like paying taxes at all; and it's now becoming more feasible for at least some communities of successful Americans to use private security. Privatized fire services can't be far off.

      "Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous." -- Molly Ivins

      by dumpster on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 03:54:11 PM PDT

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