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  •  we made a choice to embrace identity politics (2+ / 0-)
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    yoduuuh do or do not, Puddytat

    I really hate to say it, especially here, but the Democratic Party and the "New Left" made a conscious decision to embrace civil rights, feminism, GLBT advocacy, and so on.  The price we paid was the loss of rural and working poor white men, who were our base in an era when women and minorities simply weren't part of the discussion.

    The right is 110% identity politics: always has been and always will be.  The left's answer to that used to be a politics of class and of bread-and-butter, kitchen table issues that at least in theory transcended race, sex, age, location (North vs. South vs. West), etc.  From the RW's point of view, we admitted to believing and working for everything they always thought we were.

    Like chaunceydevega says, you can't talk about poverty without a whole lot of people assuming you're actually talking about welfare queens and now also spoiled rotten white kids who don't want to grow up.  The obvious answer is to talk about race and explain why that assumption is wrong.  Perhaps that's the RW's trap.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 04:04:19 PM PDT

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    •  And that choice has been paying dividends (1+ / 0-)
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      lately. The upside is that once that battle is won we can move to poverty. Dealing with those issues leaves the class divide incredibly obvious.

      •  paying dividends thanks to demographics (1+ / 0-)
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        The country is getting browner and white kids are moving left.  Maybe they'll say we were prescient.

        Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

        by Visceral on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 04:15:54 PM PDT

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        •  And why do you think people are moving left? (2+ / 0-)
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          Puddytat, BusyinCA

          It's not some natural thing that just happened. The left worked for that. They worked from the bottom up promoting leftist and progressive values through all sorts of media. We've already started seeing that to some extent with class issues.

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