You think it’s still a progressive country?
I think that nothing is determined, but that the number of people who have a strong belief in a fair, just, equal, inclusive America is the majority and is growing.
And part of the challenge, though, that we do have, and this is something that I’ve been chewing on for a while now, is that there is a cohort of working-class white voters that voted for me in sizable numbers, but that we’ve had trouble getting to vote for Democrats in midterm elections. In this election, [they] turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country, but part of it is also Democrats not working at a grassroots level, being in there, showing up, making arguments.
- How many working class people are hanging out in bars enough to be influenced by Fox News?
- How do you explain someone like me? I don’t spend time in bars. I don’t have access to cable TV (by choice) and therefore have not seen Fox News since…. gee, I don’t think I’ve watched Fox News since I was in college.
- Since when does one, single media outlet have that much control?? I mean, the rest of the news outlets are very obviously liberal. Fox, from what I hear, isn’t as conservative as Obama would have you believe. And it isn’t optimal for the good of the United States that there is an option to hear a different take on things?
- Not everyone is judging our future and current political class by social issues alone. You can’t. We have such a huge picture to look at when it comes to our country, that most people pick a few major topics that really concern them and focus on those when voting. Some people, all those issues are social. That’s fine. But for a lot of people, there are other problems we need to focus on. Hey, I don’t have issues with most of the social issues. I am for maximum freedom as long as it doesn’t restrict the freedom of anyone else. But I am also very concerned about the integrity of our Constitution and the spending in our country. So I tend to vote more conservative because the liberals like to “make it rain” with my tax dollars. And if you are working class, you are working hard for those tax dollars and you probably care a lot about where they are going.
- In that quote above, Obama just called a good portion of America stupid, and his people seem to do that on a regular basis. All this regulation needs to be put into place because people are too stupid to handle it. But what he just said above was that the reason the United States hasn’t become Greece or Cuba yet is because people are too stupid and follow whatever one single news network tells them to do. Again, it’s the concept of pushing that you can’t think for yourself, and if you want to prove you can think for yourself, you have to follow what they tell you to think. And you’re too stupid to see what they did there, apparently.
I have a higher expectation of the American people than our government and media, apparently. I believe the American people are smart enough to form their own opinions and do, in fact, know what it is that they want from their government. They aren’t being presented with what they want, so they get as close to it as they think they can. I do not believe the vast majority of our country is swayed by what someone else tells them to think. And I think the idea that our media is and should be the force behind American thought is dangerous. Our media is not there to tell us what to think. They are supposed to keep our elites in check and present the people with the facts they need to form their own opinion. We are so far detached from that that I don’t think we can fix our media at this point. But that is the reason media outlets and blogs pop up presenting differing opinions, and why the political class gets all upset and wants something done about them. Blogs and alternative media are the actual proof that people don’t want to be told what to think. They want to know the entire story, all the facts, and they don’t want to hear just what the media chooses is important. In order to do that, they go to blogs and social media looking for the other side of the story, and figure they can grab from the middle.