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minnehaha
Aug. 12th, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
I am very suspicious of the authorial voice of that article. It reads like a hack writer wrote it. Maybe someone with three college degrees cannot tell their personal story in a more personal way, but I kinda think they should be able to.

K.
mckitterick
Aug. 12th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
That would be very sad! It rings true for a lot of former-military young'uns I've known - and those who grew up in military families, myself included.
the_themiscyran
Aug. 14th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Even though it's a mis-quote, I think one of the best explanations of the phenomenon is this:

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

The corporate oligarchy that runs this country has done a whiz-bang job of convincing the people who vote this way that their turn is coming, real soon now. It isn't, of course, but believing that it will keeps them docile.
mckitterick
Aug. 14th, 2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
I think you're absolutely right! Now if only we can cure this anti-self publicity....
the_lucky_nun
Aug. 15th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
You nailed it.
mckitterick
Aug. 15th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
And yet...
...those getting smashed by the hammers of intolerance end up using them on others, too.

the_lucky_nun
Aug. 15th, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting! I've always wondered why the poorest people in my family/old hometowns are the most die-hard conservative.
mckitterick
Aug. 15th, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too - and this makes the most sense so far!
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