Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Very Separate World of Conservative Republicans

Some research on what's becoming the Republican base.

For the full report: The Very Separate World.

an excerpt:

The self-identifying conservative Republicans who make up the base of the Republican Party stand a world apart from the rest of America, according to focus groups conducted by Democracy Corps. These base Republican voters dislike Barack Obama to be sure – which is not very surprising as base Democrats had few positive things to say about George Bush – but these voters identify themselves as part of a ‘mocked’ minority with a set of shared beliefs and knowledge, and commitment to oppose Obama that sets them apart from the majority in the country. They believe Obama is ruthlessly advancing a ‘secret agenda’ to bankrupt the United States and dramatically expand government control to an extent nothing short of socialism. While these voters are disdainful of a Republican Party they view to have failed in its mission, they overwhelmingly view a successful Obama presidency as the destruction of this country’s founding principles and are committed to seeing the president fail.

Mocked? One of the things I've noticed, increasingly since last year, but especially over the past few months, is that these so-called conservatives have picked up and are playing the victimization card more and more often. It's very satisfying I imagine and really justifies the displays of indignation and self-righteousness -- but it also strikes me as ironic that these privileged white boys would use the same political technique they bash in groups that have been demonstrably victimized by our society.

Truth is, if Rush were black, the African American leadership in this country wouldn't even let him walk Jessie Jackson's dog.



Non-Censor said...

It is an interesting phenomenon, this playing the victim card. And does seem to be new for the main power bloc of the GOP. But many subgroups have been practicing this for years. Christian fundamentalists have been circulating books claiming their religion is being oppressed, in spite of their preferrenced position. Then there's the English-only movement(s), people claiming that English is somehow threatened, even as its global strength grows at the expense of other languages. etc.

kevin scheunemann said...

I admit it.

I'm oppressed.

I'm a victim of big government regulating and taxing me into oblivion.

I need a handout.

Where's the stimulis for oppressed white guys?

I secretly want every facet of my life managed by jim doyle, barack obama, and charlie rangel, because I want to claim I've been oppressed and victimized by complete goofballs.

Anonymous said...

So, do "privileged white boys" get the chance to suffer. Oh, I forgot, even if they, for example, have a close relative with cancer-the pain inflicted by the Cossacks or the Nazis was much worse;after all, they did bury people up to their heads and let the horses trample them to death. But the point is, it hurts when people are deprived of their sadness.

In fact, I think the worse kind of suffering is reserved for a true victim who can not tell if they are victims or not, whether through trick of memory, trick of the devil, or worse yet, trick of another human being.

To put it in your parlance; call it the suffering of the simulacrum.

What prophet said:?
"We have abolished the real world:what world is left?the apparent world perhaps?...But no!with the true world we have also abolished the apparent world!..."

"Truly,we have grown too weary even to die;now we are awake and live on in sepulchers!"

Mpeterson said...

I agree with Rev Cone on this one: white boys in North America aren't oppressed and I think he's even right about black anger not being "reverse racism". Black fury at white America is simply common sense.

Yeah Kevin, paying the kind of taxes you do is a terrible problem to have. I imagine no poor person would want to have to put up with that.

The stimulus package for white guys? It's called the US Economy. :^)

Kevin scheunemann said...

So this is what liberalism ultimately boiles down to:

Spreading the misery to white guys.

Instead of raising everybody up, promoting jobs and economic development, we have to tear people down.

Thanks to the recent tax increases, I cut back on my hiring, translation: less jobs.

No wonder no one can ever get excited about big government liberalism.

I appreciate your candor. The previous 2 posts demonstrate the brutal ignorance of liberalism: That every "white guy" acheivement is not through hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. The gospel of liberalism is: "white guy" just stumbled upon savings, profit, and investment and thus deserves to be fleeced.

If I could add to the ignorance of the previous 2 posts: Is this why liberal white guys don't have real jobs?

Mpeterson said...

Nice fallacy of accident Kev.

Hit Reset to continue.

PaulyW said...

You nailed it Kevin, but be careful, next they will accuse you of racism. By Marks standards, only conservative white guys qualify for the better jobs, and all the handouts the US economy has to provide.

The only way you will get stimulus is if you close your business, and stop working so hard.

Mpeterson said...

Not my standards Pauly,

Just pick up a copy of the Wall Street Journal. :)