Some wannabe politburo member has finally figured out how to deal with those “stupid independent voters” who keep voting against Comrade Hussein and the Party’s desires, and the solution is, as is always the case with totalitarians, brainwashing or, to use the original term, Gleichschaltung.
As Judis shows, the only true independents are white working-class men and women (actually, more the latter than the former) who “are susceptible to populist appeals” against “special interests” that “can include business as well as government.”
Ah, those capitalist running dog lackey kulaks who dare question, *gasp!*, the Almighty and All-Knowing Government.
But, like many a political reporter, Judis focuses more on the messages politicians send out than on the factors that determine how these messages are received. His observations could use a bit less rhetoric and a bit more sociology. Specifically, he neglects one of the main reasons white Americans who lack a college education and make only a modest income now tilt toward Republicans and their right-wing populist talk:
Translation: “Only dumb people vote for Republicans.” But none dare call it elitist or condescending. It’s funny how the self-appointed “champions for the little man” never fail to show a bottomless derision for those “little men” they claim to champion.
But the solution is clear: Instead of offering something that those dumb fools might actually support, they must be Gleichgeschaltet:
Few belong to an institution that counters those opinions.
Where are the brownshirts and the re-education camps when you really need them?During the campaign, an unemployed Ohio steelworker told The New York Times, “We heard everything was going to change, but there hasn’t been much change and the unemployment is still bad and the area we live in is still really depressed.”
Yes, Obama should have made a better attempt to explain to people like this steelworker how the financial crisis occurred and how health care reform will help to create a more decent, as well as more efficient, society.
Actually, what a real leader with genuine and achievable ideas would have done would be to offer reforms that actually accomplished those lofty goals rather than falling back on the tried-and-failed method of leftists throughout history: Doing absolutely nothing to help while constantly promising that Nirvana is “just around the corner” after the next five year plan.
Achieving results is unimportant. Convincing the masses, through endless lectures from on high (and nobody can deny that King Hussein has spent more time talking about how good it’s going to be than any past president) is all that matters. Well, that and making the rubes upon whom the ruling class’ continued employment believe in the claptrap.
But, if that unemployed Ohioan belonged to a vibrant, powerful labor union, he might be able to see himself as a maker of change, instead of its victim—and thus absorb Obama’s message differently.
“If only that unemployed guy still waiting for the promised Age of Skittle-Shitting Unicorns could be coerced into ‘joining’ an organization devoted solely to indoctrinating him into believing that up is down, left is right and the Dallas Cowboys is a great football team, then he might actually buy the shit King Hussein and his regime is selling.”
White men and women who do belong to unions are still far more likely to support progressive ideas on a variety of issues and to vote for Democrats than are their non-union counterparts. In 2010, white voters who lack a college degree but do have a union member in their households voted for Obama’s party by 24 percent more than did their non-union counterparts.
If ever there was an argument in favor of abolishing those re-education camps whose sole purpose is to make people believe that a system of government that hasn’t once in the history of mankind produced anything worth having, then that would be it.
Forget about addressing the actual problems of the unemployed as in “creating an environment in which they’re likely become employed again”, it’s all about making them think that they’re not being screwed seven ways from Sunday.
Of course, they’ll still be unemployed, but that’s irrelevant.
To liberals, results don’t matter. Perception is all. And what better instrument for widespread indoctrination than the wholly owned subsidiaries of the National Socialist Democrat Workers’ Party?
Don’t teach the hungry how to fish, instead spend all of our resources convincing them that food is overrated anyway.
Call us a bitter clinger, but when we’ve found ourselves unemployed we were one heck of a lot more interested in establishing a paycheck than listening to overpaid, underworked career politicians yakking about how good it was going to be. The latter doesn’t put food on the table.