Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
mckitterick

Why so many Americans vote against their own best interests.

Want to understand what's up with poor people voting Tea Party or Republican? Here's a hint:

"The financial crisis proved that rich people are no better than me, and in fact, are often inferior to average people. They crash companies, loot pensions, and destroy banks, and when they hit a snag, they scream to be rescued by government largess. By contrast, I continued to pay my oversize mortgage for years, even as my home lost more than half its value. I viewed my bad investment as yet another moral failure."

This story on Salon is important reading if you want to understand why so many Americans vote against their best interests, explaining very clearly from the point of view of someone who learned better.

"I was poor, but a GOP die-hard. I hated government - even as it was the only thing trying to save me. Here's how, one day, I finally left the politics of shame and saw the light."

Shame is a powerful shackle.
Tags: politics, voting for self-hate
Subscribe

  • I've started Patreon!

    ...where I post the kind of original content l post on my blogs (primarily Tumblr at the moment, keep meaning to visit here more!), plus a bunch…

  • Preparing for liftoff at NASA's Johnson Space Center!

    During my SF workshop in Houston, I enjoyed the honor of getting the VIP tour of the (full-size!) International Space Station training facility.…

  • AnLab Award finalist!

    WOOHOO! I'm a finalist for the AnLab Award for my novelette, " Ashes of Exploding Suns, Monuments to Dust"! Analog Science Fiction &…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 8 comments