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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.

(2) Anti-liberals.

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.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm

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  1. a year ago people were saying trump would split the gop and lead to a permeant dnc majority. but after winning the nomination gop voters rallied to trump. eventually trump overtook clinton in the polls.

    but then cruz signaled to the trucons not to vote for trump (because he’s running in 2020), the neocons went full-hillary, and the mormon/minnesota nice cucks wanted to preserve their “respectability.”

    in other words, the people who said trump would split the party, are splitting the party. if trump loses i’ll never vote for another republican. what’s the point?


    August 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    • That seems to be the pattern. When Charlie Crist lost the primary for the Senate race to Marco Rubio in 2010, he didn’t swallow his pride and support the party, he bolted the party and reversed himself on every public position he ever held. Those types will always leave and either vote for Hillary or try to sabotage Trump so Hillary wins, like the new independent candidate who’s entered the race. He’s in it, not to win it, but to make sure Trump doesn’t win it.

      Mike Street Station

      August 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      • And speak of the devil, I came across this:

        I hope someone is keeping a list of names…

        Mike Street Station

        August 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      • The Jamie Weinstein column is awesome. I guess there are a certain number of words that need to be written on the Internet each day regardless of their connection to reality. Feministing should have been the tip off.

        Lion of the Turambar

        August 9, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      • In the most recent VA governor’s and US Senate races the GOP establishment pulled money from candidates because they played nice with the Tea Party.


        August 9, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      • Written by none other than (((Jamie Weinstein)))

        cultural sabotage, it's predictable

        August 10, 2016 at 4:07 am

    • The Mormons aren’t going to vote for Hillary. A poll released yesterday found Trump +12 in Utah. Interestingly Gary Johnson is doing better in Utah than anywhere. Mormon’s must be more willing to vote third party as Utah was a big Ross Perot state in 1992.

      Jay Fink

      August 9, 2016 at 7:32 pm

  2. Americans have a general and healthy revulsion to taxes. It’s in our DNA. We fought a revolution over high taxes.

    Andrew E.

    August 9, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    • Yeah, a 1% tax.


      One. Percent.

      Oliver Cromwell

      August 11, 2016 at 8:03 pm

  3. “I’ve previously explained that the Republican Party is controlled by two main groups: (1) anti-abortion Christians…”

    Just note Christians in general. We dont like the enforced immorality the government is trying to promulgate in society.

    HL Mencken’s dreaded “uplifters” are now elites who plot how best to remake society and then control the levels of government to enforce their schemes in a very undemocratic manner. BRExit is about someone you will never know the name of changed the way you can conduct your life in a way you cant vote on or have any say in. Or Andrew Cuomo makes a backroom deal with Sheldon Silver and NYS slips through gay marriage in a mid-night session because some gay millionaires bought him off.

    Anyway I dont see the point of your taxonomy. There are many constituent groups- so what?

    Lion of the Turambar

    August 9, 2016 at 3:18 pm

  4. Lion, you said that you’ve posted a lot about Trump and the election already, and that you’re kind of tired of it. But here’s a good Trump story you can post about. It’s about his diet:


    August 9, 2016 at 3:26 pm

  5. There are the libertarian Cato Institute types. They want to minimize the size of government, eliminate welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, minimum wage, etc. They also want to eliminate almost all corporate regulations, accept for the important law the protects stock holders and owners assets in a corporate bankruptcy. Since SS and Medicare are popular and many Republican voters are using SS and Medicare, they adopt the starve the beast strategy. They advocate big tax cuts which they know will run up the debt so they can then use the debt as an excuse to start cutting SS and Medicare. They also advocate for replacing the income tax with a flat tax or a sales tax.

    The working class, especially the white working class, resent the idea that their tax dollars are going to fund welfare for lazy poor people, especially lazy poor people of color. Romney ran an anti-welfare ad claiming Obama was trying to do away with the work requirements for welfare (which was not true). Most of the lazy welfare recipients shown in the ad were people of color and the hard working people were mostly white. Republicans have been using this kind of coded messaging to appeal to the white working class.

    There are the big and small business people who vote Republican because they think it is the party of business. This group is uneasy with Trump because they favor free trade.

    Finally there is the Christian right. The core issue that drove the Christian right to the Republican party was the forced integration of segregated private christian schools by the IRS. They wanted to make that a religious liberty issue, but they were convinced to adopt abortion as a better issue to counter the moral weight of the civil rights movement. At the time many Evangelicals were not opposed to abortion and viewed it as a Catholic issue, not important to them. Over time Evangelicals were convinced to adopt abortion as a moral cause, because leaders believed it made a better conservative wedge issue to counter the civil rights movement.

    Mike CA

    August 9, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    • Do you have a link to this ad? I have not seen it but I guarantee that most of the welfare bums were not portrayed as non-white. This is a party that could not even end affirmative action or criticize Obama for being part of a black supremacist church for 20 years.


      August 9, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    • “starve the beast” should be considered treason, but it won’t work anyway.

      the deutschbags have forced austerity on the PIGS, and it’s failed miserably. it’s a scam.

      what they will get is “helicopter money”. that is, the debt and budget deficits will simply be monetized by the fed, and this will still not cause inflation. it’s already happening in japan and europe.

      the hypertrophy of government over the last century is one of the things which has concealed the real effects of automation. it can’t do that any more.

      Trumpocalypse Now

      August 10, 2016 at 1:10 am

  6. but proles are not in fact more likely than any other republicans to be trump supporters.

    this is a myth which demonstrates the naked class-ism of elite media.

    as thomas frank as noted: the professional class, from mds and engineers to lawyers and teachers have become much more democrat over the decades.

    so, for example, in the 50s mds were as republican as idaho.

    a lot of this has to do with non-whites and women entering the professions, but not all of it.

    both parties have changed a lot since the 50s. both have moved to the right.

    Trumpocalypse Now

    August 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm

  7. (d) If you hate the rich for being rich, then you’re a loser. Don’t be a loser. Vote Republican.

    this is interesting, because it assumes that some people hate rich people as a group just for being rich.

    when in fact what matters is how they made their money, or if their just heirs, and what they’re doing with their money.

    i doubt henry ford or elon musk or thomas peterffy are hated even by unreconstructed stalinists. marx est dieu; ford est son prophète.

    but a lot of fortunes, and today most, are made is rather shady ways, and when the rich spend their money to buy politicians in order to get even richer and ruin life for everyone else…then they should be hated…greed is NOT good…it’s NOT a virtue…and the world should come second to their own country.

    Behind every great fortune there is a great crime. is more true today than it was in the past.

    Trumpocalypse Now

    August 9, 2016 at 4:02 pm

  8. I’m disappointed by the panic and fatalism I am seeing here. Trump is trending back in the right direction, the polling averages will start to converge within the next 2 weeks. Trump will crush Hillary in the debates and then we are in good shape.

    Win or lose, we’ve remade American politics. If Trump doesn’t win there will be more black crime, more Islamic terror and more economic decline. That is good for us!

    Lose now and we win in 2020. Things are trending our way.

    Otis the Sweaty

    August 9, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    • As usual, I’m with you, Otis. I’ll admit that I’m feeling a bit disheartened, but I’m still confident that this election will come down to the debates and I think Trump still has a fighting chance. It’s not a normal election year and there’s no reason to panic just yet. If Trump can stay on message until the first debate, we’re good.

      Horace Pinker

      August 9, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    • There is no Trumpism without Trump and he will be selling timeshares (“Make America Gated Again”) to true believers by mid-2017.

      There is no replacement Trump since he will lose by 8-10 points the in election no one else will get a $2B donation of free media coverage like he did. Nehlen tried to take up the mantel by volunteering to deport any US citizen caught adhering to the Muslim religion but he lost by 70 points in the primary.

      Lion of the Turambar

      August 9, 2016 at 11:29 pm

  9. I’m definitely in the Anti-Liberal group, although I would say Anti-Leftist. Who came up with this “Tru-con” term — you? I’ve only seen Otis the Sweaty use it.


    August 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    • As far as I can tell, Otis coined it. I use it on Facebook in place of “cuck” or “cuckservative.” You don’t even have to explain what it means as long as you use it in the context of Trump v . . . well, cucks.

      Horace Pinker

      August 9, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    • TruCons themselves kind of created the term. They were constantly howling that they were the “true conservatives! true constitutional conservatives!” Of course they weren’t even remotely conservative. They’re kind of a goofy cult of libertarians who worship free trade while simultaneously attacking the government and wrapping themselves in the US flag and constitution. Some of them use the Gadsden flag or 3% flag as well. They’re the type who support the “oathkeepers”. A lot of them probably supported the ranchers in the standoff against the government.

      I’d probably describe them as patriotic libertarian extremists. They’ve been around for years but they came to the fore during this election — particularly when things heated up between Trump and Cruz. Most TruCons supported Cruz and claimed Trump was either a “liberal democrat” or a “fascist”. They make up the bulk of the NeverTrump crowd. Of course, the NeverTrump campaign is actually funded by big GOP donors who oppose Trump. But TruCons are too dumb to realize it.


      August 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm

  10. The main concern I see among Republicans here in flyover is about obscene government spending. Of course everyone has a different take on what needs to be cut. Mention social security among the elderly and the topic becomes waste, fraud and abuse. Right.

    They don’t even get that excited about tax cuts because they probably won’t make a big difference to most of us. Or, the net effects of proposed cuts are unclear. I’ve even heard people say, don’t cut taxes, not when we’re so far in the hole.

    Also, contrary to your idea Lion I sense a weariness with wars and they only pay lip service to “supporting the military” whatever that means. It has come down to VA care basically. We kept our mouths shut during the Iraq war out of loyalty to the troops, but I think many feel like chumps now. I sure do.

    Personally I like the 10% marginal rate I am in now and hope it doesn’t go up to 12. But again it’s not a lot of dollars to worry about.

    Mrs Stitch

    August 9, 2016 at 5:01 pm

  11. If Trump loses, there will never be another chance for anti-liberals, or conservatives, to ever hold power again.

    The left will make sure of that, they will legalize millions of new Democrats insuring a permanent Democratic majority, and they will move to have an activist supreme Court to destroy any notion that conservatives have of holding on to anything.

    Trump is a buffoon, but he is the last chance we have to turn the country around before the real America, it’s freedoms and civil rights, the open space and opportunity will be only mere historical sentiment of a once proud and noble people, like the native Americans.

    Anti Trump conservatives have no idea of the horrors that await them under a leftist regime with all restraints or checks removed. They have been explicit about their hate for non liberals and they WILL try to hurt you, and they will succeed.

    All the cucks better like the taste of ass, because they’ll be tonguing Hillary’s just to survive.

    I’ve been “over” the possibility of this happening for a long time, and from my point of view too many white people are too stupid to act in their best interest (sort of how NPR laughs at prole whites voting against their economic interests) by not standing up for their coethnics… Lots of Christians conservative whites feel they have more in common with a Chinese or Indian immigrant who larps as a Christian than they do with their own people, and that is the attitude among conservatives that will be their downfall, and has lead to them being deposed from power in their own countries.

    Trump voters are uneducated, but understand on a visceral level that letting in foreigners who take control of your cities schools and institutions of power is there quick route to suicide. I’m sure the Roman empire had regular Roman dudes who pointed out what a bad idea it was having 5 slaves or barbarians per actual Roman citizen hanging around, but they were dismissed as racist xenophobes who don’t understand their economic best interest.

    I’ll be poolside, or just one of those dudes who keeps his mouth shut, and enjoys the good life because I’m smart, educated, have a good job. No one can blame me because when the chance to show noblesse oblige to my white coethnics, despite them being dumb and people and uncouth, I voted Trump, because that’s the duty you have to your people. Any white/conservative who doesn’t vote Trump is a traitor, pure and simple, even though Trump is a shithead buffoon, the other side is explicit that they want you to die, so get stop being a pussy and say no… By not voting Trump you are voting to die.

    My rant is a bit hyperbolic but all of “our values” as Americans hang in the balance. After this election, especially if Hillary wins, political philosophy will never matter again, we will never be able to debate principles of government or policy, all that will be left is dividing up the spoils of the tax system for whatever special interest group or ethnic group can cooperate ( not yours!) best to bribe a Democrat into giving them shit . Enjoy the future you chose!


    August 9, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    • If Trump loses, we’ll win next time. It isn’t now or never.

      Otis the Sweaty

      August 9, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      • I’m sure legalizing millions of illegals and welcoming millions more over 8 years will help. Are you a moron? If Trump loses it is game over.


        August 9, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      • It’ll be hard for Trump Part II to accomplish anything if a left-wing Supreme Court overturns everything he does.


        August 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      • This is extremely simple stuff and yet the left and right both miss it. A Hillary victory means the following things:
        1. More black crime
        2. More Islamic terrorism
        3. More economic decline

        Not only does Hillary herself not deny this reality, she’s practically running on it. Economic decline plus social disorder leads to either one of two things, either A) a populist gets elected who gets America back on track in 2020 or B) The United States dissolves.

        Either is a win for us.

        And I don’t see any practical way of the Dems getting millions more immigrants on to the voter rolls by 2020. Even the gang of 8 bill wouldn’t have had any appreciable short term impact on the makeup of the electorate.

        Otis the Sweaty

        August 9, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      • Otis I think Jjbees is right on this one. In fact, I think maybe 2012 was the last good chance. If Hillary wins, even if she doesn’t increase citizenship beyond the norm, that still leaves 2.8 million new citizens who’ll vote 80/20 for Democrats in 2020. Meanwhile the white population will be 2% less. This year the generic Democrat started with 217 electoral votes. How many will it be in 2020? 246? And why would Hillary be worried about a challenge for re-election with that kind of advantage?

        No, this election is the important one. If this one isn’t one, the other ones really won’t matter much.

        Mike Street Station

        August 9, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      • jjbees and mikestreet are definitely right on this one., Black militants are murdering police officers, there’s a new terrorist attack every couple of weeks and the public’s economic mood is very pessimistic. If we can’t do it this time then we won’t do it next time with even worse demographics.


        August 9, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    • Meh, the flip side is that immigrants are more socially conservative and the breeding population of NY, DC and SF are on a terminal trajectory. Chris Hughes will not be continuing the line.

      The Democrats think they can manipulate and control these people but there is no reason to assume that is so. The high water mark for societal decay may have already been met or will be soon and things will recede in the next decades.

      Lion of the Turambar

      August 9, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      • Richard

        August 9, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      • “Meh, the flip side is that immigrants are more socially conservative and the breeding population of NY, DC and SF are on a terminal trajectory. ”

        That’s why immigration is so important to them. And by socially conservative, do you mean like Omar Mateen’s father? Who said God would punish the gays? The one who’d voting for Hillary? The Democrats are a big tent. They can have gays AND the people who throw them off buildings.

        Mike Street Station

        August 9, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      • In order to comprehend the future, you must understand that quaint old “ideologies” are dying and will soon be gone. Bowties and long arguments about tax rates and grandstanding about Liberty and Constitution will become LARPing without an audience. Why? Immigrants, blacks and asians (and, when they can be moved to do so, hispanics) simply vote their ethnic interests, and so will, in a short while, whites do. This is what democracy in a multicultural hell hole inevitably is like.

        The GOPe will however retain its customary position of standing in the doorway while intently watching etc. Some traditions will live on for a while. God bless America.


        August 9, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    • It’s too late no matter what, Trump won’t sufficiently reverse immigration or globalization to the extent that anything changes. There’s no salvaging America except in the aftermath of a massive catastrophe, whatever that may be, and the salvaging won’t be making it what it was but instead trying to make it something new — which could turn out good or bad.


      August 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      • contra the msm, more americans will seek to leave the US if hillary is elected than if trump is elected.

        but these people are mute in the msm, academia, and every other american institution.

        since hillary will turn the US into a latin american country, maybe it’s time for a coup. at least then all who thought there was any hope will be confounded.

        Trumpocalypse Now

        August 9, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      • The hour is late but I don’t think it’s too late… yet. Getting close though. This is the make it or break it election.


        August 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    • I agree with this. If Trump wins, it’s going to be by a SLIM majority. After just 4 more years, let alone 8, of the majority white, elderly demographic dying off, and the vibrant, now 14-18 demographic taking its place, that slim majority will disappear forever. And Otis says they can’t add millions to the voter rolls in just 4 years, but they will be AGGRESSIVE about it. Heck, as someone pointed out somewhere else, illegals don’t even WANT citizenship! What does citizenship get you other than the right to vote? They just want to live here; they don’t care about voting. The push for a “path to citizenship” isn’t coming from them; it’s coming from our treasonous rulers who want them on the voter rolls. Emboldened by a Hillary presidency, a liberal Supreme Court, and enough Republican cucks in Congress who will go along with it in order to be non-“racist,” they will ram it through. Then they will create aggressive “get out the vote” drives, practically chauffeuring them to the polls, complete with how-to-vote brochures making sure they know “R” means “rich old gringo who hates your guts” and “D” means “nice people who are going to take that gringo’s stuff away and give it to you.”

      Also agree with you about white evangelicals. The popular perception of them is that they’re grassroots conservatives, but in reality the only “issue” they care about is abortion. (Many of them have even acquiesced on the gay-rights issues now.) Their theology teaches that the ONLY thing that matters in life at ALL is each individual coming to Christ on a one-by-one basis. Someday Christ will return, and everything in this world will pass away, and only Heaven will exist for all eternity, so of what importance are earthly loyalties like nation, ethnicity, language, culture? I see these people on Facebook, 2 lily-white parents with their 5 adopted African babies, and it’s sickening.


      August 9, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      • You guys are missing the point that no legislation has to happen for non-citizens to be given the right to vote. All that is required is court action to say that IDs can’t be checked (already happened), and voter registration cards must be given to everyone who asks for one.


        August 10, 2016 at 6:07 am

      • Heck, as someone pointed out somewhere else, illegals don’t even WANT citizenship! What does citizenship get you other than the right to vote? They just want to live here; they don’t care about voting.

        fanatical open borders advocate bryan caplan has said legal status gives immigrants 99% of what they want. he’s a libertarian who thinks we could pass an amnesty, open the border, then democrats would agree to cut welfare, and refuse citizenship.

        libertarians are retarded.


        August 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

  12. Well, we tried the war hero (McCain), the clean-cut, hyper-competent moderate (Romney) and now the anti-establishment outsider (Trump). Unfortunately, “we’ll give you free stuff” is more appealing than “we’ll stay out of your way.”


    August 9, 2016 at 5:48 pm

  13. Trump just stepped in it again – or rather, gave the media all they needed to spin things their way – with some comments to the effect of “the 2nd Amendment people will take care of it,” with it being Clinton. He was apparently suggesting that 2nd Amendment people are zealous enough to help get a good conservative Supreme Court justice on the bench. But it’s being claimed he thinks someone of that ilk should shoot Hillary Clinton.

    Trump is doomed.


    August 9, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    • Yep. The media was looking for any reason not to cover the “terrorist dad shows up at Hillary event” story and Trump saves her bacon by stepping in it once again. Fail.


      August 9, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    • That’ll eat up another week. Clinton probably already has a few establishment Republicans ready at her call to come forward and say that this, THIS, is the last straw, and that honor now compels them to vote Hillary. She might stagger them for greater effect, or would another mass letter – or group press conference – be more potent?

      The irony is that Clinton supporters actually have been encouraging lunatics to assassinate Trump for a year now, by comparing him to Hitler, calling him a fascist, saying his entire existence is a grave threat to American democracy. As we know from Hollywood, it’s your moral duty to assassinate Hitler to prevent war and mass murder. Use a time machine, if necessary.


      August 9, 2016 at 6:24 pm

  14. in electoral terms race is the most defining difference between the parties.

    but as chomsky has noted:

    the US is a very free and at the same time a very obedient society.

    no one is allowed to talk about the de facto race war in elite media.

    the elite is selected for intelligence only to a point, past which they are selected for stupidity and obedience.

    they need only be smart enough.

    a system of objective exams, aka a meritocracy, would kill this. so there is no such system.

    Trumpocalypse Now

    August 9, 2016 at 6:16 pm

  15. Don’t forget that Democrats are fags. That has always been a damn good reason to be a Republican.


    August 9, 2016 at 8:38 pm

  16. Rural and suburban voters have good reason to be suspicious of Democrats even if they are not in the 1%. This is because Democrat tax policies and social engineering effects them on the state and local level. I am an upper middle class paleoconservative who lives in an affluent suburb on the outskirts of a small but formerly great city in Pennsylvania that has been ruined by 60 years of liberal rule. Local Democrat politicians are always scheming for commuter taxes, sales taxes and city service taxes to redistribute wealth from taxpayers like me to shove down this bottomless pit rat-hole of a town. Like many other 3rd class cities in America it essentially has no tax base of its own and is only propped up by stealing money from those who work to give it to those who don’t and pay for essential city services.

    It is also very common for Democrat politicians to soak suburban taxpayers in this state to pay for pet projects that enrich their cronies in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. This scenario plays out in similar ways all across the U.S. and is why the rural and suburban rich are Republicans (the country party) vs the metropolitan rich who are Democrats (the city party). Of course there is an implicit and unsaid racial struggle in all of this since the country party mostly represents white Christians. However, in any case working people everywhere (who have too much dignity for handouts) often have good reason to side with Republicans even if they are not direct beneficiaries of capital gains or federal tax cuts.


    August 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm

  17. I’ve always been curious as to how big the alt-right actually is. I remember looking on Twitter and most of the people I typed in had fewer followers than mainstream conservatives. Is it a small group of people effectively using Twitter and 4chan as a force multiplier, or is this really a big groundswell of opinion?


    August 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    • “Is it a small group of people effectively using Twitter and 4chan as a force multiplier”

      Yes, it’s that.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    • Some dummies put out a study saying that you could sway the crowds with just single digit opinion makers on social media and now everyone thinks they are deputized and reporting for duty in the Facebook and twitter wars.

      If the government wants to tax eternities they should start with social media.

      Lion of the Turambar

      August 9, 2016 at 11:20 pm

  18. I believe the Republican tax policies have been favorable for approximately the top 20%, not merely the top 1%.

    Southern WASP

    August 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm

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