"And sadly, I can guarantee you that the folks profiled in this story likely voted Republican, because of "family values" or religious values issues or because "Obama is a Muslim" or whatnot. It is a perfect little con, if you think about it - you get your own victims to vote for the government that exploits them. And until these folks wise up, well, should we really feel sorry for them? I wonder sometimes, particularly when it is folks like this, living in trailer parks, who would be the first to stuff me in the oven, if they had the chance."
Similarly, the promise, or the implied promise that many Democrats make to the poor, is that if you vote for them, your share of government swag will go up. More welfare, more food stamps, more Obamaphones, and whatnot. Of course, the bulk of this swag does go to white folks in the rural trailer parks, but let's not let that get in the way of a good narrative.
And of course, as some would note, giving away "free" government money to people might help them in the short-term, but hurt them in the long-term. When people start to expect to be supported by the government, the incentive to work hard and save diminishes. And these types of wage subsidies end up being subsidies to low-wager payers. Wal-Mart makes more from social welfare programs than the recipients do.
But one area where the Democrats have a clear lead is what I call the "Stuffin in the Oven" issue. Yes, we are all well aware of how brutal human nature can be, as was exhibited many times during the last century, and indeed, in this one. People, it seems, just love to kill other people simply because they believe in a different religion, are of a different race, or are from a different place. And it goes without saying that folks love to kill people who have sexual practices different than their own. Indeed, today, in many parts of the world, rape is condoned, but adultery is a crime punishable by death. People are crazy.
Of the two parties (and in the United States, there are only two, so get over it) the Republicans come out way behind on this issue. The GOP courts the votes of the intolerant, the bigoted, the racist, and the homophobic. Go to any white supremacy rally and ask how they vote - nary a Democrat in the bunch. Of course, the GOP claims that they are revolted by such opinions, but nevertheless they send the code words in the media that stoke such desires. You don't need a secret decoder ring to understand that when the GOP talks about "Welfare queens" they are talking about black people.
So for me, it comes down to a simple choice. Would I want to live in a Socialist nightmare where the government runs everything and we are all on the dole? Or would I rather be lynched in some Libertarian nightmare where everyone has guns, there are no laws, and racism and bigotry are the order of the day? Which would you choose? Life or Death?
It is a pretty simple litmus test. One side hates, the other does not. Both manipulate their "base" demographic to get elected. But as to which is more evil, well, that is not hard to figure out. And so long as the GOP continues down this path of intolerance, well, they are not going to get my vote - and that of many others.