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dogman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-07-07 09:19 AM
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39. That is an MSM term.
Edited on Mon May-07-07 09:19 AM by dogman
Reagan was being given credit for voters who wanted change. A lot of votes were not for Reagan himself, but against the status quo. It wasn't just racism, although that was large, expressed in the welfare queen stereotype. People were concerned about the energy crisis and the powerlessness they felt. Carter had been taking hits from the Democratic Congressional leadership. Tip O'Neill was more responsive to the Reagan administration than to Carter. There was a lot of confusion and missteps by the inexperienced Carter staff. The NRA had, and still retains, a large influence on many middle class voters. I personally think this was the first push by the MSM to push corporate policy and they backed Reagan who had been a corporate spokesperson. There was a lot of political uncertainty because of the ripples from Watergate, Vietnam, and the social changes that were occurring. It was the use of fear as a political tool, that played upon people's fear that changes were too rapid and drastic. The 50's were glamorized as a safe time before sex, drugs, and rock and roll. That led to a rise in conservatism and fundamental religiosity. People were torn between their prior convictions and the fear of a changing world.
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