Every person has an element of self interest that motivates them in their daily lives and actions, and that is perfectly normal.
However, when people only consider their self interest in the sacred act of voting on leadership of their nation or their state, that is something to be deplored as improper behavior.
So what motivates so many people in how they vote, in no special order?
Their biases and prejudices toward people different than them
Their desire to control other people’s lives
Their religious beliefs which they wish to promote on others
Their lack of concern over poor, boorish behavior by some candidates
Their sense of patriotism and nationalism
Their ignorance about public issues and viewpoints of candidates
Their personal egos, connected to insecurities
Their lack of compassion and empathy for others
What distinguishes progressives from conservatives is that these nine factors do not play into their voting patterns!
For once, Doc, You have left me virtually wordless. At least for as long as it took me to stop laughing hysterically.
So that’s what distinguishes progressives from conservatives, eh? That NONE of Your nine factors play a role in ANY progressives’ voting patterns? i hope nobody ever asks You to provide some solid, empirical, statistically-relevant evidence and proof of that assertion.
But more importantly: Do the politicians that progressives vote for have any of those nine negative traits at work when they do their things in office as elected officials or candidates for election or, especially, re-election?
And what about corporatist, crony capitalist, neoliberal/neoconservative Clintonistas, Obamamites, and Bidenowskis? Do any of Your Nine Sins have any role to play in how those politicians have done and do their jobs, and how their supporters vote?
Their finances play no role?
They have no biases and prejudices toward people who disagree with them?
They don’t desire to control other peopleâ€™s lives by seizing control of the government?
They don’t call upon the voting public’s sense of patriotism and nationalism?
“What distinguishes progressives from conservatives……… .”
Heh. Best Joke Of The Day so far for sure. Thanks, Doc.
Very true, Professor. Very true.
The real joke is Scrump’s attack ad against Biden. That had me rolling on the floor, laughing hysterically.
Meanwhile, in Other News: BLM and Antifa Keep On Staging Election Rallies for Trump; He’s closing in on Biden in swing states as a result [from “Our New Emperor Contest,” by Rob Sutton]
“The Democratic Party is in a difficult position. It relies on the activism of its BLM-supporting left-wing to connect with voters and drive turnout. But it is precisely its left-wingâ€™s support for BLM, and its role in the violence and unrest in US cities, which could stop a lot of Americans from voting Democrat.”
“For the Democrats, being associated with BLMâ€™s growing extremism and unpopularity poses problems which will only grow as we approach November.”
In the initial aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement won widespread support across the US. But, as the more extreme elements and demands of BLM have come to the fore, much of this popular support has started to ebb away.
This is proving especially problematic for the Democratic Party and Joe Biden, its presidential nominee. Having thrown their support behind BLM in the immediate aftermath of Floydâ€™s killing, in the hope that doing so would motivate their base ahead of this Novemberâ€™s presidential election, they now find themselves burdened by a laudably named movement increasingly defined by its extreme policy positions â€“ positions that are proving unpopular among the broader electorate.
Public unease with BLMâ€™s political objectives is understandable. Its sprawling agenda has grown to include such niche demands as â€˜dismantling cisgender privilegeâ€™, â€˜disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structureâ€™, and â€˜freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinkingâ€™.
Whatâ€™s more, BLM is increasingly associated in the minds of many Americans with scenes of looting and violence, which are being seen across US cities. Those who were once sympathetic to the BLM cause now find themselves questioning BLMâ€™s motives, as they watch black- and minority-owned small businesses being torched, while woke middle-class white people berate black police officers for their complicity in â€˜the systemâ€™. The name of the BLM movement seems incompatible with its tactics.
For the Democrats, being associated with BLMâ€™s growing extremism and unpopularity poses problems which will only grow as we approach November.
It was all going so well for Biden, too. Over the past few months, as Donald Trump haplessly attempted to steer the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic, Bidenâ€™s lead was strong. Trump was consistently polling below state governors in his handling of the crisis, including in key swing states.
Yet, as states reopen and people adjust to the new normal, public attention is slowly shifting from the pandemic to the disturbing scenes of crime and disorder now unfolding across their cities.
As polling by Ipsos Mori shows, between May and August, the percentage of Americans listing Covid-19 as one of their main worries has fallen from 61 per cent to 55 per cent. At the same time, the percentage of people listing crime and violence among their chief concerns more than doubled from 13 per cent to 29 per cent. Another poll showed that 59 per cent of voters felt violent crime would be â€˜very importantâ€™ when casting their ballot.
In their eagerness to take advantage of BLMâ€™s initial popularity, not to mention the opportunity to paint Trump as a white supremacist, Biden and the rest of the Democrat establishment were only too happy to accept BLM at face value. Now they need to distance themselves from its more extreme associations. Yet, given how many on the Democrat left are still wedded to the BLM cause, that is easier said than done.
For example, David Shor, a political data analyst and Democrat campaigner, discovered just how risky it is to question the methods and objectives of BLM within the progressive echo-chamber. He was sacked for sharing a tweet suggesting that the public might take rather a dim view of violence, and that peaceful protest could be a more effective way to achieve political aims.
Republicans have been quick to recognise the internal divisiveness of the BLM issue for the Democrats. At the Republic National Conference, Biden was cast as a modern Nero, fiddling while Americaâ€™s great cities burn, unable to pull together even his own party.
Trump, meanwhile, has begun posing as the law-and-order candidate. It was an effective approach for Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election, but it is still somewhat bizarre for Trump to try it out, given the fact his presidency has been marked recently by the frequent breakdown of law and order. Nevertheless, it could well prove an effective pose among those swing voters disturbed by the Democratsâ€™ seeming acceptance of escalating urban violence.
There is certainly evidence that Trumpâ€™s law-and-order message might well prove successful. In the swing state of Wisconsin, for instance, there has been a fall in support for BLM, which is only likely to continue after days of rioting there. This could really hurt Biden, who holds a slim lead in Wisconsin, especially if voters associate his party with BLM. Something similar seems to be happening in Minnesota, North Carolina and Ohio, where Bidenâ€™s lead over Trump has also narrowed in recent weeks. If the trend continues, these and others could become toss-ups come election day.
The Democratic Party is in a difficult position. It relies on the activism of its BLM-supporting left-wing to connect with voters and drive turnout. But it is precisely its left-wingâ€™s support for BLM, and its role in the violence and unrest in US cities, which could stop a lot of Americans from voting Democrat.
Most Americans are proud of their cultural heritage and support the police. They will be put off by scenes of looting and destruction within their cities. Most citizens value social stability and are uncomfortable with radical, violent change. [Who would have thought Americans are just like people everywhere else but in the latter case their BLM are all too frequently US bombers.] They are understandably more concerned with improving socio-economic reality than achieving political utopias. Biden and the Democratic establishment seem to have forgotten this. And it could well win Trump a second term.
Black Lives Matter is not an extremist group. The true extremists are the neo-Nazis and KKK who marched in Charlottesville, whom Trump embraces, instead of rejects.
Totally agree, Pragmatic Progressive!
Pragmatic is correct. Most Americans donâ€™t support Trump’s racist agenda of lying about and attacking Black Lives Matter.
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Polls are showing that Trumpâ€™s apocalyptic anti-protester message is failing, big-league!
Great new Biden ad: “We’re Listening”
Aimed at African-American voters and their allies.
And it has policy, including ending qualified immunity for police and having a national standard for policing in order to receive Federal funds.
Thatâ€™s a great complement to the other ad condemning the violence and about Trump fomenting violence. This shows what he supports and why he supports the peaceful protests.
Great ad. I really like how Joe and Kamala take turns articulating all the major bullet points. Itâ€™s very effective, positive, and hopeful. The R ticket pours gas on violence, while the D ticket condemns it and promotes accountability. Perfect! The combined maturity and competence of our two candidates consistently make me so proud.
It’s the right message.
This is what people want when they protest. Itâ€™s why they protest â€” to be heard. The protests only get violent when itâ€™s clear that the people theyâ€™re trying to make listen arenâ€™t listening.
Trumpâ€™s stupid â€œtough guyâ€ (because he has no clue what a tough guy really is) solution of just sending in more police is why Trump will never be able to stop the violence. He clearly doesnâ€™t understand its cause. You donâ€™t stop protests against police brutality and overreach withâ€¦ more police brutality and overreach. That should seem basic, but Trump is a person who has no compassion or empathy. Heâ€™s literally a case of â€œwhen all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail.â€ If he quells the unrest at all, itâ€™s only going to be temporary.
Biden and Harris are sending the right message by saying â€œweâ€™re listening, we hear you.â€ Theyâ€™ll have to prove it, of course, but, itâ€™s a good start. Trump, meanwhile, sends the message that the only people heâ€™s listening to are the white people who are afraid of the protesters. Itâ€™s absolutely the wrong way to solve the problem. But Trump only plays to people who support himâ€¦ everyone else can go to hell, he has no use for â€˜em.
Thumbs up to that, Southern Liberal. You nailed it!
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The president is starting to lose the people heâ€™s most relying on to win reelection.