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New Representatives Beware

This past November saw Democrats take back the House of Representatives, and a wave of new Representatives coming in from all backgrounds.  In terms of diversity, it was a stark contrast to what you’ll see on the Republican side.  They’re also bringing in a new energy and ideas.  A few of them have attracted a lot of attention from the media and various liberal outlets.  That’s all well and good, but there’s also a big pitfall that can await them.

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A Question For The Progressive Purists – Do You Know What You Want?

The 2018 mid-terms saw the Democratic Party take back control of the House of Representatives.  Among the new representatives are a group who have been pushing a more liberal agenda.    That’s not a bad thing, but their supporters have a bad habit, egged on by the “professional left.”  That is, much like various of the Tea Party on the Right, they’re enamored of catchy slogans than actual nuts-and-bolts policy.   When asked what they think the phrase they’re using means, they come up with a wide variety of answers.  That’s rather difficult to put into legislation, but in one case, it turns out that they don’t understand what they’re asking for.

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But Fear Itself

In a comment in a previous post, I talked about “misperception of risk.”   This is a well-known phenomenon, where the perceived risk is either greater or lesser than the actual risk.  One of the best examples is the “anti-vaxxer” movement, where people refuse vaccines because they fear various side effects.   That the problems they fear are either non-existent (autism), or that the side effects of vaccines are minor and rare compared to having the actual diseases does not matter to them. In looking back over my blog posts over the years relating to Republican voters,  there’s a constant theme:  Fear.  They’re afraid.  They’ve been told  for years that they need to be afraid, and that in order to protect themselves, they need to vote for Republicans to keep them safe.  It’s covered up with various buzzwords and dog whistles, but boiled down to its essence, it’s “you should be afraid of this.” It may be fear of “different,” it might be fear of a loss of status, privileges, or some other fear, but there’s always a fear.  But their fear doesn’t match the reality.

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Four Thoughts For This Year … And Beyond

This year is a mid-term election year, when we are going to be electing members of the House of Representatives, a number of Senators, state legislators, and many governors. There’s a lot of chatter in the press and on liberal blogs about a “Blue wave” in this year. I sincerely hope that does happen, and I have some thoughts – and warnings – about it.

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My Problem Is Not That I Don’t Understand … It’s That I Do

My past three posts have been about the areas that went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in this past election, and why they’re going to be disappointed, to put it mildly.  Those aren’t the only places like that, and most of them are going to suffer the same disappointment, along with those who are suddenly finding out that the Republicans and Donald Trump meant what they said about repealing or “reforming” various programs and taking certain actions.  Although my nasty side is looking forward to it, at the same time my better side is worried about it.  You see, I live in a place like those.  Very rural, clannish, virtually entirely white, and yes, things have been declining for years.  It’s a place that went 2-1 for Trump, and during the campaign I heard all the reasons and justifications for it.   Most of which were the result of cherry-picking statements, hearing what they believed, and a healthy dose of denial.

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