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  •  Good question! (10+ / 0-)

    Personally, I think it's because they have entirely different contexts through which they see these same things.

    I do have empathy for conservative voters who think their world just came to an end. Not just because I've been on the losing end before -- that's the way politics goes, no party stays in power in all branches forever -- but because they are, for the most part, unaware of how they have been exploited for the last 30 years or so.

    And, because they don't realize, or won't accept, the positive benefits -- for them and those they love -- of this "new world" sitting in front of them.

    For me, the most odious Republicans are not the average voters but the party "leadership." Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are selfish bastards who care about nothing but their own power and wealth. Same goes for those Republican governors like Walker and Scott. They have all sold their souls to the highest bidder.

    Next up for my ire would be the obviously partisan media like Fox Noise, Limbaugh and his "wannabees" who spew their filth in smaller markets. They are cancers on our democracy, and there is no chemo in sight to end their destructive assault. The supposedly non-partisan media gets no pass here either -- they could do their jobs and provide SOME balance, but they bow to their corporate masters instead.

    Speaking of which, the bazillionaires who fund this dark side are wrong, but what they are doing is legal (and disgusting), and if they wanted to fund Democrats instead of Republicans, we would probably not turn them down. (Pretty sure Wall Street has given Obama a ton, IIRC.)

    The average conservative (usually white) voter isn't entirely a victim here, but his racism has been stoked, his dissatisfaction encouraged, his ignorance maintained -- all by wealthy, educated forces who are using him to maintain, and improve, their own status among the powerful.

    So, when I try to figure out how my more conservative friends and relatives can possibly think -- and vote -- as they do, I try to remember that most of them have a well-nurtured, long-held political position, and just cannot see the "facts" as I see them.

    "I think in America, the opposite of poverty is justice." Bryan Stevenson

    by gfre on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 09:09:30 AM PST

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    •  keeping it real (0+ / 0-)

      this ahould be the theme of a book. It speaks to many things, which are empirical. We all see the evidence everyday.  It is cogent, on point, and a great summary of many of the things that bedevil the right, things which can be addressed. To "see"  the problem, is the beginning of solving the problem.
      They need a healthy dose of reality.

      democrats apply reasoning to a problem and its complexities. republicans spurn reasoning and apply "brute" force.

      by longtimelurker on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 11:19:37 AM PST

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    •  This is an OUTSTANDING remark (10+ / 0-)
      And, because they don't realize, or won't accept, the positive benefits -- for them and those they love -- of this "new world" sitting in front of them.
      And it is exactly how I feel.  I am 55 YO and a white woman, and I am PROUD to align myself with those young, strong adults that will someday lead this country.

      I am PROUD that I am not a racist and see POTUS and his family for the beautiful [truly] Christian people they are.

      I am PROUD to have helped him become elected and then re-elected because we need a really good man to lead us, and I believe PBO is exactly that.

      Anyone should be able to see the tremendous love this family has for one another, and it makes me smile when I see them all together and PROUD to be an American.

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