Friday Feedback: Low Information Voters

friday feedbackEach Friday, LA Progressive presents a comment we editors find to be most profound, insightful, unusual, or even annoying– we then highlight the comment in an effort to bring attention to the broad range of positions taken by our readers.

This week, “Ryder” commented on David Love’s article, These Low Information Voters Will Be Our Undoing, which looks at how white working class voters have been led to vote against their economic interests through right-wing deception and appeals to racist impulses.

For those who don’t know Ryder, he/she is a frequent commenter at the LA Progressive. Ryder is one of a few conservatives who frequent our publication and offer comments. We welcome readers of all stripes and anyone can comment, as long as they do not violate our comment policy.

But today we decided to feature Ryder to elicit comments that provide a constructive counter narrative to Ryder’s flawed logic. Progressives know the Ryders of this nation, whether they remain silent or are vocal. They’ve been hoodwinked. But too many of them vote  for us to not stay engaged with this community.

Ryder’s comment:

That David is talking about “fighting” is indicative of the hostile perspective of the unions… joining to do battle. The irony is that this call to join across racial and ethnic lines is made after decades of leftist separation of race and ethnicity. True color-blind Americans see people only as Americans, while the progressives usually put race identification BEFORE country. The left sees people through a racial lens.

But this means that country comes a distant second.

This means that driving cities bankrupt is not a concern… driving counties bankrupt is not worth considering, dragging a state into the depths of debt is “not my problem”… With the unionized left, it’s “how big is my paycheck?”.

The vast majority of all Americans enter contracts as individuals… but for those pampered by union protectionism, especially in the public sector where the employer, the people, are not at the bargaining table… just union leaders and corruptible politicians that generally don’t think twice before selling out the people, and give away money they don’t have, and that their city/county/state simply can’t afford… and then everything collapses.

It’s hard to imaging a more corrupt system.

Even FDR knew that collective bargaining in the public sector was an impossible ides, and ethically bankrupt.

the fact that 38% of “union households” seem to feel the same way, tells you something… they’re in unions, not because of free choice… they are in unions out of ****force****. Where does the progressive left think it should have the power of *****force***** over free citizens? That they MUST joint organizations, for the “privilege” of working? That they MUST pay dues?

The progressive left is about freedom, ONLY when it serves them. When it doesn’t, then force, coercion, and confiscation is just fine and dandy.

Public sector jobs are more secure than private sector jobs, if only for the fact that government can’t go out of business. My company can. I’m big enough to live with that fact… and face life and the uncertainty that goes with it.

Published by the LA Progressive on June 22, 2012
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