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View Diary: I am a straight white male, and this is how the push for "equal rights" has hurt people like me. (95 comments)

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  •  there has been a dilution (20+ / 0-)

    of the voting power of white males,   to some males that is an issue, note the jerk who tried to stop his estranged wife from going to vote that was diaried this morning.

    For the vast majority of the rest of us,  everyone voting just makes sense.

    •  but the dilution (6+ / 0-)

      to which you are alluding really only makes sense if all white males always voted as a block (which they haven't in the US).

      The dilution is the voting power of the white, male property-owning demographic which this nation began with as the ONLY voting bloc.  But not even those very narrow interests were a monolithic bloc of interests.

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Thu May 10, 2012 at 08:56:08 AM PDT

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      •  they don't all have to vote alike (6+ / 0-)

        to have had all the power to vote and ultimately be an exclusive club.  All male golf clubs aren't wrong because all males play golf, but because only males can make the choice to play golf.  Same with voting, it is not wrong that only males vote when they vote alike, but because only they have the power to make a choice.   The dilution of power, the all white male club loses power even if all white males don't make the same choices.   If white males control how gets a say,  even if they disagree among themselves about who to let into the club, they still hold the keys to the doors.   As more differnt kinds of people join the club, white males no longer exclusively hold the keys.  Some men find that disturbing.  Thank goodness that number keeps decreasing.   But the loss of exclusivity, of absolute power, is real.

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