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Hello this is my first post on this site and I hope my ideas can match those of others here. The reason I write this is because I am tired of seeing the liberals being painted as snobs, intellectuals, feminists, radicals, people who want to impose their ideas on others. I'm sure everyone here knows these seeds were all planted by a democrat george wallace. I truly believe wallace was a democrat or a populist. Unfortunately he directed his anger at the intellectuals, hippies, and liberals who he claimed look down on the common folk. He never went after the outsourcing corporations who were gaining power at the time. Republicans have taken his ideas and ran with them and have dominated congressional elections in the south. As Thomas frank writes in "what's the matter with Kansas"

“For decades, Americans have experienced a populist uprising that only benefits the people it is supposed to be targeting.... The angry workers, mighty in their numbers, are marching irresistibly against the arrogant. They are shaking their fists at the sons of privilege. They are laughing at the dainty affectations of the Leawoof toffs. They are massing at the gates of Mission Hills, hoisting the black flag, and while the millionaires tremble in their mansions, they are bellowing out their terrifying demands. 'We are here,' they scream, 'to cut your taxes.”
They believe the priviledged snobs are the intellectuals who want to shove their idealogy down other people's throats. Wealthy people who believe they know what's best or Tell others how to live, with their fancy coffees, wines, and contemptuous views of others. Of course wall street is exempt. This of course is unfair and can be changed. In order to win southern seats which can be used to push new spending on education, infrastructure, manufacturing, alternate energy and also tax rates near the reagan era, 50 percent to reduce the deficit. The question is how to get people to the table to vote democrat and that is by understanding the way wallace won votes over. The fear these voters have now of a new country where immoral decay is rampant, where abotion is universally on demand, where a bunch of intellectuals teach your children values that they believe are right and make decisions about how you live. They fear an undisciplined society where one can't tell the difference between sexes and where government tells you what you can and can't eat pr what you can't say. These are all faults of the free market and materialism but these middle class individuals feel liberals are controlling the world. The way to win back the working class in my view is by directing this fear back at wall street Profiteers. Pointing out that any sharia law believing death to america pushing Arab sheik can put money all over wall street with no questions asked. The point should be the free market leads to our cultural decline and must be stopped. That wall street bankers are more than happy to have abortion clinics built all over the country like Starbucks so long as they get a return on their investments. Factories close, abortion clinics open, wall street still makes pay day. And their fine with it because it doesn't matter what kind of Country thus is, Christian or not wall street still cashes in. See those Viagra pills and new condoms as long ad the Corporations profit they will peddle them all day and night. Morning after pill vending machines will soon grace our streets we must say unless wall street pays higher taxes and we reinvest in america. And of course the fact that wall street appointed supreme court justices decide whether or not abortion is legal or who the president is(bush). All this can be stopped only if we stop people from being in debt and provide a stronger education, manufacturing jobs and infrastructure as debt and ignorance will lead people to choose a godless path one that wall street will accept so long as they make their big bonus checks.
"I hope the rich and powerful don't take over now."
George wallace, last day as governor

I'd like to make it clear that i don't support wallace segregationist rhetoric and ideas but I do believe his skillful reverse populism has changed the country. unfortunately Wallace never channeled the anger at the corporate union bashers that were about ready to unleash their fury.

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  •   I don't think that this will fool anyone n/t (0+ / 0-)
    •  election (1+ / 0-)
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      HeyMikey

      well what do you propose, look at the south they don't even think about electing democrats any more, and the only people who gets elected are blue dog republicans, bigotry is necessary sometimes to move a nation in a more progressive way. Look at the great society, you know how many racist southern senators voted for medicare and other programs, they were racist but they helped pass serious legislation

  •  Southerners sensitive to class differences (2+ / 0-)
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    Southerners would respond to populist candidates who position themselves as taking on wealthy elites. This strategy could work again with tons of organized leg work in the states.

  •  If Liberals Agree to Repeal all Race and Gender (3+ / 0-)
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    equality laws, establish evangelical Christianity as the national religion and forbid the teaching of evolution without equal time for God's truth, re-outlaw abortion and birth control, the southern blue collar voter will feel welcome in our discussion of labor issues.

    Wallace didn't challenge union bashers because he was part of the great theft of the industrial north which drew for example most of the big industry of my town, then the Rubber Capital of the World, into the south where his populism allowed the corporations to pay his voters below a living wage.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 07:25:19 PM PDT

  •  Partly agree, (1+ / 0-)
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    watch his 1983 inaugural address, after he had adopted integration and apologized for his racism. He integrated Alabama government. Was a Carterite New South Dem by then. Obviously the key issue is unions as commented above. Certainly the question must be raised, what strategy will have progressives transform the South, and Wallace's conversion to integration and reconciliation is one component.

    •  Emotion stronger than reason. (1+ / 0-)
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      Musial

      And not just with southerners.

      The key is to couple positive emotion--hope--WITH reason.

      The Dems have been failing in the south because the GOP has successfully tapped into our strong negative emotional points, and the Dems have been countering with reason only. The Dems need to counter with hope first, and then tack on some reason as a supplement.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:42:53 AM PDT

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      •  To HeyMikey (0+ / 0-)

        I hate to disagree but I see it the opposite way. Dems must appeal first with fear than reason. it is sad to say this but it just seems like voters are uninterested in hope but they respond greatly to fear. Think about the 68-70 realignment because that was what shifted the country to the right and if I must say no matter how many pundits talk about how reagan won over the country and the blue collar voters with a positive sunny outlook and that's how democrats can win voters back it's bs. Republicans won voters with fear, terrified middle class voters see a bunch of hippies, feminists, radicals, intellectuals and such marching in the streets looking to change the 'american' way of life and they ran to nixon. No liberal has even been nominated since the early 70s in the democratic party because of fear with this association of being a party of experts, intellectuals, hippies, feminists and later snobs and elites. The voters still have that fear of the federal government taking away property, telling them how to live, what words they can and can't use, all the meanwhile looking down there noses at their religious views and lack of concern for good culture. The fear is alive and well today with the economic crisis but it still hasn't worked out to dems favor. I'm sure some comments about how wall street views the middle class people as peasants (dead p insurance) would induce anger but it's hard to see how to get that anger back at wall street where it belongs with hope. I would appear that peopkle respond more to rapture and doomsday scenarios than hope at least theses christians

        •  Hope works better with reason. (0+ / 0-)

          Reason is weaker than emotion, but it's still worthwhile. Reason and emotion working together are a powerful team. And most of those fears the GOP relies on are irrational, while most hopes in the Dems' inventory are quite rational. We just have to emphasize the hope first, then the reason.

          Example: in the healthcare debate, we fought mainly over what expanding care would cost in the short run, and what it might save in the long run. Instead we should've fought over whether it's fair to leave hardworking people without access to medical care, or being bankrupted by medical bills. Even today there's a fundraiser going on for a couple wounded in the Boston bombing; he's a doctoral student and she's a friggin' nurse at Mass General Hospital. What the fucking fuck? Why do a nurse and doctoral student injured in a public bombing not have their medical bills covered? What the fucking fuck? That's a much stronger argument.

          https://www.giveforward.com/...

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:05:54 PM PDT

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          •  that may well work with people who have (0+ / 0-)

            Completed degrees and are well educated but I'm talking about the NASCAR voter who may be sonewhat educated but is confused. Why is my life going the way it is in debt, house underwater and moral decay all around. But they don't have time to be lectured on the issues. Fox news feeds off it they see some idiot state senator talking about torturing the bomb suspect and they get their blood flowing. There economic life is ruined and getting worse but they will never give a liberal their vote. Now we talk about how it isn't fair but they don't have time to listen to the problems of other people,how there in debt (even though it is the same Problems they may face). But you start talking about sharia law and the spread of islam and now they get excited. If you see what i'm pushing is that they won't turn against wall street until they start believing wall street os unpatriotic and vultures. Talking about how wall street closes a factory and profits is a good start but I believe we must go all in. First it would require a denunciation of islam as the most divisive conquering violent religion(though organized Christianity would be a close second) but the point is that you give them the 'truth' or at least what they want to hear. Than there should be talk about the Islamic arab sheik Money that finds its way on wall street somehow. The wall street bankers have no problem meeting with 'jihad loving' sheiks as long ad there is a profit in it. There busy dining with Muslim business partner profiting off the closing of the factory you and your buddy work at. Indeed it wouldn't hurt to show who wall streets biggest backer's  Grover norquist's wife is muslim. And of course it wouldn't hurt to point out that wall street is fine with this being a Muslim Islamic country or a Christian country wall street bankers and radical islamists you know are willing to do anything for a profit(prophet). Blow up a building or close a factory they obly answer to the profit. now of course reason is there afterwards, we need a government to encourage science build roads bridges sewers, airports, send a generation to college(gi bill grants) invest in manufacturing. But first  they have to know who's fighting for what. I like the push of hope but we tried hope 46% of the nation in 08 voted against hope even though their IRAs were gone and their jobs lost, outside of NC obama didn't win in the south. We need some populism anti Islamic, bigoted or not, someone needs to ignite the fumes that  the fox channel has been pushing. Of course demagoguery is dangerous but someone has to take on wall street for their Money making sons

    •  But think about it every candidate d to r is using (1+ / 0-)
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      Wallace rheotric, think clinton the forgotten middle class to Obama those who 'work hard and play by the rules', similar to wallace who talks about the people who work hard pay their taxes, follow law. We are appealing to a persecuted people, a people who feels abandoned who feels that they're are some elites who look down their noses towards them and their religious ideas( a people who fox feeds off of) but their not republicans on economic issues. I'm sure these people are ripe for the picking after wall street has profited so greatly while they have suffered. So it is quite clear there should be candidates who point out the obvious, every damn democrat always talks about making corporations and wealthy pay their fair share but regular people don't care about that. They see abortion clinics and the moral decline of the country and they move to the party of 'family values'. The populism democrats push is always filled with anger at oil companies and pharma companies, wall street but people don't respond to that, they respond to wedge issues. So it would seem that a populist attack(which is what wallace did on the intellectuals) should be waged on the wealthy profiteers of moral decline. Instead of railing against the pharma companies candidates must say the morning after pill pushing, viagra cialis creating, pleasure inducing condom making corporations who profit off of encouraging sexual behavior. At least it would be a nice attempt to get christian voters.

      •  watch the 1983 speech (0+ / 0-)

        Wallace was a New Dealer. The Dems under Clinton sold out the antibank legacy since Jefferson, Wallace didn't.  Carter is so intellectual that he is exiled like Chomsky and Krugman. The party is anti populist and anti intellectual, anti New Deal. The South is potentially the place where radical progress could happen, where big money control could be challenged by anti bank, anti corruption candidates.

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