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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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?
It’s been a hectic year for me personally and professionally, and as a result my blogging went down the tubes. It wasn’t because I wasn’t following the news, or didn’t have an opinion, because I most certainly did. As a result of that, I have a list of things I’d like Republicans and conservative groups to stop telling me.
In the previous post, I talked about the reality that while Republican governors and legislatures have succeeded in implementing their political philosophy in their states, that philosophy has been a miserable failure when it comes to actually delivering what they think it will. In fact, it has been a disaster for their states. Besides that, while we like to talk about the economic recovery that the country has seen under President Obama, the sad reality is that it’s been an uneven recovery, particularly for those same states. That has led to a lot of very angry people who are upset with the Republican Party for not delivering the economic boom they were told they’d have, and as result have been the reason why Donald Trump has had so much support in the primaries.
Over the past month and change, I’ve watched various factions within the Republican Party have a meltdown over Donald Trump’s success in the Republican primaries. While he was once seen as a fringe candidate, someone who was running for to stroke their own ego and gain publicity, his winning primaries and delegates to the point where he is likely to be the party’s nominee is causing real panic. There’s now talk of a brokered convention, or massaging the rules to deny him the top spot on the ballot. The party establishment is horrified by him, not just because they think he’s not a “true conservative,” but because he’s saying things that are outrageous. In “normal years” those would be a campaign killer, but instead it only builds his popularity with primary voters. They shouldn’t have been surprised by that. Continue reading