A startling premise argues that many Republicans play identity politics just as much as their opposition across the aisle.
Book Review: Dying of Whiteness
"Even as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps down on middle America, red states seem determined to make it worse on themselves. Armed mobs waving Confederate flags demand the reopening of bars and hair salons; right-wing churches argue that banning large gatherings infringes their freedom of religion; and refusal to wear a face mask has become a conservative rallying cry."
"This has become a theme of the Trump administration: conservative white voters loudly demanding policies that will harm themselves worst of all. Jonathan Metzl’s book Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland is an exploration of why. Metzl, a professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University, profiles red states that have suffered badly from the laws their own voters wanted."
Local connection as the author identifies GOP cuts to education that he claims has a long term impact on the workforce and opportunities . . .
In one dramatic example, Amazon passed up Kansas City as a site for its new headquarters because “the region had too few skilled workers in science and math”
Conclusion . . .
"Conservative whites are wedded to a zero-sum politics of resentment and division, where they’re “winning” if they perceive themselves as doing better than people of color, regardless of how badly off they are in an absolute sense. It’s a deliberate, self-sacrificial decision to offer their own lives to preserve a system that benefits and privileges white people over others."
Related reading from both sides of the aisle . . .
Fox News Reports MAGA Poll Position Fading
A new national survey indicates flagging support for the job President Trump is doing combating the coronavirus pandemic. And a Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday also suggests that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's lead over Trump in the November general election showdown has increased to 11 points.
Winning Ways Redux
As we careen into the 2020 campaign season, and prepare to endure an endless deluge of chit chat about the presidential election, it might be useful to think about how President Trump won in 2016. Not why he won, but the actual mechanics of the victory.
Very Cool Kanye: Survey Seyz Younger Minority Dudes Trending Toward Prez Trump
An overlooked voting bloc is emerging as a potential problem for Democrats: young men of color. Male African American and Latino voters - particularly those under the age of 35 - are showing a surprising openness to President Donald Trump's re-election bid, according to interviews with leading Democratic and Republican strategists and a review of polling data.
Donald Trump has been battering away at American democracy for about four years now, first as a populist candidate warning of rigged elections and inciting his supporters to violence, and then as a president. Scholars who study democratic erosion - the process through which populist leaders hollow out previously healthy republics - have shown steady, if not increasing, concern.
Doctor In Chief???
The Trump campaign tells PEOPLE the doctors it's recruiting won't be paid to promote the president's beliefs President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign is rounding up "extremely pro-Trump" doctors to appear on television and elsewhere in the media, unpaid, in the coming months to promote the president's push to reopen the U.S.
Disaffected Republicans looking for like-minded analysis have better options than the regular anti-Trump jihads on MSBNC or left-wing social media sites - from fellow conservatives. Start with The Bulwark, an online site and podcast directed by a Wisconsin conservative Charlie Sykes and including luminaries from the right like Bill Kristol, who was the editor of the Weekly Standard.
Voting Rights & Wrongs
This is one of the many things that makes Trump's Twitter feed such a bizarre phenomenon. If he did this privately, it would-rightly-be a massive scandal. Yet when he does it as part of a few dozen wildly varied missives over the course of a morning, it's written off as just another wacky missive from the wacky president.
Show-Me Continues Heartland Support Amid Pandemic Debate
Hawley slams Democrats who claim Trump's criticism of China is 'diversion': 'Come back to planet Earth'
Senate Homeland Security Committee member Josh Hawley, R-Mo., told " The Story" Wednesday that Democrats who attack President Trump's criticisms of China over that government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic shoud "come back to planet Earth." "China is the single greatest national security threat to this country in the 21st Century," Hawley told host Martha MacCallum.
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