In the discussion thread: What's going on with the 47% in the southern states? [View all]
Response to fun n serious (Reply #4)
Sat Sep 29, 2012, 04:06 PM
Grammy23 (741 posts)
35. I'm not so sure about lack of cable or internet .....
Ride through the country side down south and you'll see satellite dishes, DISH Network, high speed cable lines, etc. Even some of the poorest people find the money to get cable TV and/or internet. Folks here in the south are not in a vacuum when it comes to cable connections and internet. Yes, there are areas where that may be true, but for the most part, many of them do have internet and cable. I know because I am related to some of them.
A lot of these people you are referring to ARE very religious. They belong to Fundamentalist Churches and get a rather bizarre and twisted version of the gospel. I sometimes wonder if any of them actually believe that Christ was not just making a suggestion when he said they should care for the sick, the poor, the needy, those imprisoned and who are children. I had one relative say to me, "if a man who is able will not work, he shall not eat." She was quoting from the Bible and seemed quite satisfied with herself and her position. Never once did I get the idea that she thought Christ might have a different view about helping the needy. In fact, Christ's name never came up....she just referred to her minister who gave her that information and point of view....which she happily accepted as appropriate.
So hearing Mitt's secret tape suggesting that the 47 % are just too dependent on the government may have rung true with them. If they do not think deeply about the subject or who do not consider themselves part of the group Mitt was referring to, they can easily accept what he said. Some of them have convenient memory, too, by forgetting the times they may have gotten help from the government, such as student loans, WIC or Food Stamps.
On the other hand, I did see one post on FB by another relative who was "disappointed by Mitt's comments." She said she thought Mitt was "her man" but now she didn't think so. So perhaps some of those in the South did hear his harsh words and were hurt and confused by what he said. I really do think this person that I know has changed her mind and will not vote for Mitt. She may not vote for Obama, but she is not voting for Mitt for sure. Which is good news in my book. One less Red State voter. By the way, she most assuredly does have cable TV and internet. She lives in Alabama.
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