"It's a fundamental shift," said Khale Lenhart, 27, a lawyer here. "It's a mind-set change—that government is here to take care of me." [...]Certainly minority voters? Well, I guess we know where that guy is coming from. And that's not even getting into the question of M. Lee Hasenauer, who other conservatives tell the New York Times they see as "pretty out there," yet who just won a county commission seat. He thinks a revolution may be in order.
"It spooks me," said James Yates, 46, a self-made businessman who owns 15 restaurants and employs about 1,000 people. "The young vote and certainly the minority vote went toward the perspective of 'What can I get?' Where the government runs everything, it's completely not sustainable. They don't see that."
If you're in one of the whitest states in the country and are insisting that while your state gets more federal dollars per capita than any other, it's the Democratic-voting parasites and young people and certainly minorities who just want the government to take care of them ... well, you're a good fit for today's Republican Party. Beyond that, for all these people's talk of self-reliance, what they really need is to be hit with the self-knowledge stick, which in this case would come with a bonus hit from the "yeah, you are a racist" stick.
All the Marco Rubios and Mia Loves in the world won't make this mindset anything but what it is.