Another take on the constituencies of the Republican Party
I’ve previously explained that the Republican Party is controlled by two main groups: (1) anti-abortion Christians; and (2) top 1%/big business who want lower taxes for themselves so they can become even more powerful than they already are.
However, those two groups alone do not represent enough voters to keep Republicans in power. The top 1% especially since, by definition, they are only 1% of the country and thus don’t directly control much voting power. And on top of that, I believe that about half of the top 1% are actually Democrats (while the half who vote Republican hold their noses when they do so to avoid breathing in the stench of the anti-abortion Christians).
I believe that the rest of Republican voters come from two additional constituencies.
(1) People not in the top 1% who are duped into agreeing with their tax-cut program.
These people tend to be financially successful and mostly college-educated but also include some proles like “Joe the Plumber.” Why do they go along with the top 1% program? Because they buy into some of the following propaganda and delusions:
(a) The money from tax cuts for big business and the top 1% trickles down.
(b) Tax cuts (or tax increases proposed by Democrats) go hand-in-hand with tax cuts (or increases) for regular Americans. I’ve even seen this argument used a lot by commenters here on my blog. They say that the Hillary Clinton and previously the Obama platform of increasing taxes only on the top 1% is a trick to increase taxes on regular Americans.
And yes, Republican tax proposals to cut taxes on the top 1% usually include a few bones for people in the top 50% in order to dupe them into getting onboard.
(c) Ayn Rand.
(d) If you hate the rich for being rich, then you’re a loser. Don’t be a loser. Vote Republican.
(e) Many of these voters imagine that they, themselves, will be in the top 1% one day, so they think they are voting for their future economic interests. They are vastly overestimating their chances of making it into the top 1% and most don’t realize how much money they actually need to get there.
(f) Government will just waste any tax money collected. Although the reality is that most government spending goes towards the military, Social Security, and Medicare, all stuff that most Republicans support. Even Ronald Reagan supported Social Security. Romney said that Medicare is so important that it mustn’t be endangered by Obamacare. And, of course, no member of the Republican establishment has ever met a military spending program that they didn’t like. Anyway, when George W. Bush was President and Republicans controlled Congress, no federal spending was cut at all.
These are people who see that the liberals hate America and are actively working against the interests of regular Americans, especially regular white Americans. While this group includes the alt-right, it also includes a large number of regular Americans who may not be able to eloquently explain their position, they just get the feeling that liberals are not on their side.
This constituency is Republican not because they agree with the Republican Party establishment platform, but because they are repulsed by the liberals who control the Democratic party, and there are only two political parties, so therefore they are Republican.
This is the Republican constituency that’s anti-immigration, and it’s the constituency from which Trump gets his support. It’s a constituency which used to be silent and not well represented by Republican politicians who took their vote for granted, but Trump has woken them up.
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And as a reminder, not everyone has to fall into only one category, there is overlap. For example, the so-called “TrueCons” genuinely believe both the Christian anti-abortion stuff as well as the tax-cuts for the top 1% stuff. And many anti-liberals believe some of the Republican establishment platform. But remember that the cause-and-effect of belief often goes in the opposite direction of what many think. In other words, people become Republican first, and then they adopt the beliefs of their team. And this correlates with IQ, because intelligence is correlated with cooperative behavior (which includes agreeing with members of your team), and more intelligent people are better informed and more aware of what they are supposed to believe as a member of team Republican. Thus the prole Republicans are most likely to be only in the anti-liberal camp and not believe in any of the Republican establishment platform and more likely to support Donald Trump.