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  •  I'm not convincing you you're in the wrong party (2+ / 0-)
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    Shawn87, METAL TREK

    I'm explaining why so many of folks in your group are choosing to move to the Republican party.  

    I agree it has a lot to do with identity and culture like voting as your peers and friends and neighbors do.

    But that doesn't explain why Asians, Latinos, and Blacks happen to vote alike despite being of different ethnicities.  Asians don't exactly have a lot of opinion leaders to look to, yet they vote overwhelmingly Democratic.  Same for Latinos.  So why is it that all the nonwhite folks manage to vote the same way despite their differences, yet white folks, specifically older white folks, overwhelmingly vote the other way?

    In that regard, it's absolutely tied in with race.  White folks have dominated this country since forever.  Not long ago in the grand scheme of things they made up 90% and more of the electorate.  That's changing rapidly.  So a lot of them are freaking out, the same way white folks in Europe are freaking out.  It doesn't make them bad, just human.

    But what then should be the reaction?  For nonwhites to just tone it down and for liberals to stop being all multicultural because it might offend the sensibilities of white folks?  I don't think so.  Are we supposed to stop pointing out things for what they are, such as the reality that older white folks are increasingly voting Republican for no other obvious reason than cultural fears and resentments?  Heck no.  I think the only path forward is for liberals and Democrats to be true to themselves and embrace diversity, unafraid and unapologetically.

    And frankly, as the Gallup poll cited in this article shows, young whites appear to be cool with it, so I don't think your fears of 85% of whites voting Republican are going to pan out.  Maybe the over 65 crowd of white people might go that way.  But if the choice is to cater to their cultural fears and resentments or move on with the future, I say choose the latter.

    To be clear:  I believe in a big tent, and am perfectly willing to tolerate and even support candidates in red districts who might not agree with me on immigration or guns or women's rights or the environment, if for example they're for things like increasing taxes on the wealthy, if they're for single payer health care, and if they're for expanding Social Security.

    But that doesn't mean I'm going to scale back on pushing for immigration reform or gun control or women's rights or defense cuts or Obamacare or help for the urban poor.  Tolerance goes both ways.  And I'm not going to stop pushing those issues or tone it down on the multiculturalism just because it might push white seniors to vote Republican.

    "Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude." - Martin Van Buren

    by puakev on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 02:17:36 PM PDT

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    •  I disagree. (2+ / 0-)
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      MrJersey, AoT
      It doesn't make them bad, just human.
      Using the political process to damage the futures of any American citizen is, explicitly, bad.

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 03:01:34 PM PDT

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    •  In essence, white people are starting to feel... (0+ / 0-)

      ... left out. Think of the average older white boy on a bus or train surrounded by people who are anything but white. Taking up the "can't beat 'em, join 'em" strategy is not available to these white people because they havn't reverse-engineered John Howard Griffin.

      Quite simply, being permanently white with no recourse sucks. And they know it.

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