3 comments on “Why Poor People Vote Against Their Interests

  1. “There are probably more reasons why poor people go against their interests and vote Republican, but I think these are the main reasons.”

    You can only bend those who are already predisposed to being bent. If I’m opposed to buying a new car, it won’t matter how many automobile commercials I’m exposed to, or how many test drives I’m offered, I’m not buying.

  2. Good point, BD. But I think you’d still have a greater chance at selling a new car by talking what makes IT great, as opposed to mocking the car the person already owns. Politics is the same way. I think you’re correct: some people will stay complacent, no matter what. But I think the greater majority of us hold out on hope that things will get better.

    • I believe you’re right on, Andre, but those hawking new cars aren’t Republicans–your supposed conservatives–they’re your progressives. As long as Republicans are getting the mileage they want politically, they’re not going to make the effort to place us in newer, shinier models.

      Here’s my position, Andre: the country is run by the oligarchs. A true democracy, one with an informed electorate, rather than a dumbed-down one, is a threat to their power and their supremacy. Republicans, and some Democrats, are beholden to this über-rich class, since much of their campaign donations–millions of dollars–come from it.

      Valuing political power–which money can buy–more than they value the interests of the electorate, the Republican party uses fear, as well as their voters’ predispositions–their biases and prejudices–to keep voters in the fold and voting against their best interest–a point that your essay has succinctly made, and made well.

      For this nation to work towards a real democracy, it needs to get the money out of politics, especially the money of big donors. And, too, we need more than two viable national political parties. As it stands now, our mostly two-party system monopolizes the political landscape, reducing our choices in the process–and, thereby, forcing us to vote for the lesser of two evils, rather than for a party that has the people’s interest at heart.

      As usual, yours is a great essay. I wish it had a wider distribution.

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