In the thread about being surprised by Trump’s success, Doughnut King posted in post 28 about what he feels is driving the core Trump constituency. This was responded to in post 50 of that thread by RTFirefly. I don’t want to hijack that thread so I started this one. The claim seems to be that working class white people and blue collar workers feel angry about the current situation the country is in. Well paying manufacturing jobs have moved to other countries. The other part of the claim, which I don’t understand, seems to be that the Democrats are the party of minorities. Objectively this is true, as the Democtatic candidate for president usually does quite well with African-American and Hispanic voters. The part that I don’t get is how this gets twisted around so that working class white people believe that this means that Democrats don’t have their interests at heart.
Let’s start with the traditional Republican and Democratic positions. Republicans favor tax cuts for the wealthy, a health care system run by private for profit insurance companies, fewer regulations on big business such as the oil companies, and unlimited corporate influence on elections that culminated in Citizens United. Democrats are in favor of an expanded social safety net such as the Medicaid expansion that came with Obamacare, better consumer protections, a progressive tax system where the wealthy pay more, and increased consumer protections.
The way I see it, the working class white blue collar people have been lied to by FOX news, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc. At the same time, the typical Republican politician is better at politics than the typical Democratic politician, leading to the losses in congress. I see two ways that my argument could be flawed. The first is that maybe, through my own ignorance, I am misrepresenting the typical Republican and Democratic positions. The second is that even if I have represented these positions accurately, that the Republican positions do in fact benefit working class white people while the Democratic positions don’t benefit them. I don’t believe that I’m mistaken on either count, but please enlighten me if you have a different viewpoint.
Note that while I believe the typical Democratic politician is worse at politics, I do not believe that they are worse at governing, in fact I believe the opposite.