Rural whites

Having grown up in the small town of Mahopac, N.Y., some of my closest friends are blue-collar rural whites. They’re hard-working folks who love their kids, (generally) dislike their jobs and go about life focussed on family, faith and weekends.

They all vote Republican.

This kills me, because they’re voting against themselves. I’m certainly not saying Democrats have all the answers. Or most of the answers. But when rural whites fall for the Republican stratgegy (wave the flag, play Lee Greenwood’s Proud to be an American, talk about gays and guns), it makes me incredibly, incredibly sad.

Republican leadership wants to crush unions—which most of the rural whites I know depend on. Republican leadership wants to give enormous tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans—the rural whites I know don’t come close. Republican leadership wants to stop spending on social programs that benefit the needy—many rural whites depend on these programs, whether they acknowledge such or not. Republican leadership has fought tooth and nail to stop progressive health coverage—I know not one rural white who would be hurt by Obama’s plan.

But rural whites, for whatever reason, are the dumbest voting block in America. They go for this shit, over and over and over and over again.

It’s happening again.

PS: One of the people I know, in defending Republicanism, posted this on her Facebook page. Says it all:

Well guys, I guess you must be right. Our country has always sucked. It sucks so bad that I cannot figure out WHY all these people from other countries fight so hard to get here? It must be a reason that we will never understand…I cann…ot figure out why it ISN’T OUR citizitens that are trying to escape into their countries? Their leadership has always been so much better!? I mean REALLY…what has ever been so great about this country after all Jeff? What have we ever done good? These people that come in droves to this land of ours must be crazy to leave such countries that are historically good to their people! The opportunities! The freedoms they all have in their countries are second to none! WHY do they come here and work for so little money? You would think they would want to stay in their homeland and enjoy the benefits of what their countries offer them!!! You win.

PPS: On a side note, this guy is outstanding. Seriously:

5 thoughts on “Rural whites”

  1. I really don’t see the sense in voting party lines.
    Vote for the person that is best for what you consider important.
    Sometimes it’s a Donkey, some times an Elephant. Could even be a Teabag, though so far none have hit my fancy.
    Too much emphasis is put on party politics.

  2. That quote does say it all. For some reason they have been convinced that Republicans are “us” and Democrats are “them.” If you vote for “them,” it’s because you think there is something wrong with “us.”

    I’ve heard many times that all liberals do is tell us how bad our country is. Last I checked, no one complains more than Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, or Ann Coulter, yet, they aren’t complaining about “us,” they are complaining about “them” and “they” don’t like “America.”

    It’s really mind bogglingly stupid!

  3. Jeff, great post. I mean, the tip about Mutlu. Got him loaded up on Pandora and he’s good. The rest of the rant looks like Joy Behar hacked your account.

    All good though….we disagree on politics, not surprising these days. I’ll still cruise on by your site.

  4. Here’s the thing, I vote for the person that is best for what I think is important. With exactly one exception, that person has always been a Democrat. The reason people vote party lines (in either party) is because that party’s principles line up with their own. Simple as that.

  5. Exactly right, Frank D (#4). These people who proudly talk about being “independent” are really just glib fools. They talk as if party affiliation is a big crapshoot, as if a Republican is just as likely to be pro- or anti- guns or taxes or abortion as a Democrat. These are the same fools who voted for Obama in 2008 and then voted overwhelmingly for the GOP today. Crazy.

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