What are my interests? Do I vote them? David Kuhn maintains that “voters vote their interests”, and that means white men like me shun the Democrats. He maintains we left the Democrats because they aren’t interested in us. I think it worse than that – if the Democrats just didn’t pay attention to us that would be fine. Instead, they’ve targeted us.
Obama’s brand of liberalism is exactly the sort likely to drive such voters away. More like LBJ’s than FDR’s, Obama-style liberalism favors benefits over relief, a safety net over direct job programs, health care and environmental reform over financial reform and a stimulus package that has focused more on social service jobs — health care work, teaching and the like — than on the areas where a majority of job losses occurred: construction, manufacturing and related sectors.
Everything about Obama and modern Democrats seems wrong to me. If I don’t seem too interested in “compromise” it is because I can’t see anything their direction I want even part of.
But it isn’t just my interest at stake here. I happen to think what they are doing, and plan to do, isn’t just bad for me, its bad for all of us. It will, eventually, kill tens of millions. It always has before, why would now be different?
Obama and his brand of socialism must be stopped. I hope that can happen through the ballot box, but I’m, frankly, dim on that possibility. The bribery and corruption machine seems too entrenched, especially with large unions and public sector employees.
I hope it will resolve itself peacefully. But one of the reasons tens of millions have died in similar struggles is that peacefully never seems to last.