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shaayecanaan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-03-11 07:43 PM
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119. They need to start reaching out to these people in a serious way...
The left in America is far less adept at tapping into discontent than the right is.

Part of the problem is the sneering classism one sees in the contemporary Left, such as the tendency to denigrate the rural underclass as ignorant hicks living in trailer parks. I despair when I see those posts, it simply confirms the belief amongst the white rural proletariat that the Democratic party is for ethnic minorities and latte-sipping luvvies. When was the last time you heard a leftist speak with a strong Deep South accent? You never do, because the people from those places learn to hide their accents when they do to university so that people don't think that they're an idiot.

The Democrats have been losing, and losing big, against the Republicans when it comes to white, non-union labour. These people used to be the backbone of the party, particularly for the FDR/LBJ-style social democrats.
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