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Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Dispossessed Majority

The bumper sticker on the beat-up pickup truck read: "Friends don't let friends vote Democrat."

The driver was obviously not affluent. Yet, despite all the news about mega-trillion dollar bankster bailouts, mega-million dollar bonuses for financial crooks and unimaginable compensation packages for corporate CEOs who have moved middle class jobs out of America, something made the down-and-out pickup truck driver associate with the political party of the super-rich.

As I wondered at this strange alliance of the dirt poor with the mega-rich, I remembered that in 2004 Thomas Frank wondered about how the Republicans had managed to convince the poor to vote against their best interests. Frank's answer, or part of his answer, is that the Republicans use "social issues," such as gay marriage and Janet Jackson's exposed nipple to work up indignation over the threat to moral values posed by liberal Democrats.

The working poor have been convinced by Republican propaganda that voting Democrat means giving the working poor's tax dollars to the non-working poor, to providing medical care and schooling for illegal aliens and being soft on terrorism.

To the pick-up truck driver, standing up for America means standing up for bankster bailouts and the military/security complex's multi-trillion dollar wars.



Anonymous said...

So true, they actually get people to vote against their own interests. The rich guys laugh abour it behind closed doors.

Anonymous said...

You 2:30 are so right. The sad thing is their are going to be a lot of middle class people voting against their own interest if they vote for Romney and Ryan.

Anonymous said...

And the lies continue....
Save America -
Vote Romney/Ryan in 2012.

Anonymous said...

lmao, you people are idiots, both parties fail to look out for and help the middle class. I think both parties bailed out the banks and corporations and left us all wanting! of course that doesn't jive with what you all want to believe!