Every spring, I have to attend a state-wide supervisor’s conference. It’s something I’d rather not go to, since it’s mostly “same old, same old,” but the main value is the social interactions with the other supervisors. In the after-hours chatting, the buzz was about one of the supervisors recently having been fired. What did they do? They’d posted a very offensive racist comment on a newspaper story. Unfortunately for them, this particular newspaper used the Facebook comment plug-in, which linked that comment right back to their Facebook page. On which, they prominently had their job title and employer. The numerous people offended by the comment promptly sent off e-mails and made phone calls to the head office.
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There’s an old saw that says the first step in solving a problem is to identify the problem. That’s wrong. The first step is to admit there is a problem. Over the years, I’ve known or had to work with a number of alcoholics and drug addicts. What they all had in common? None of them would admit that they had a problem with alcohol or drugs. They’d tell you how they could quit any time, they were just being “sociable” or it was just “recreational,” and it wasn’t a problem, objective evidence to the contrary. It wasn’t until they admitted it was a problem, that you could get them to start doing something about it. What does that have to do with the title of this post?
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.
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.
The Republican Party has gotten its wish, and for the past year has controlled both Congress and the White House. As a result, we’ve been experiencing what happens when they do, and it has been worse than we imagined. For someone like me who has lived through several Republican administrations, the decline in the Republican Party is rather obvious. But even more, what this past year has proven to me is that what was once “just my opinion,” has been proven to be the reality. So what have I learned?