Over at instapundit I found this link to an article in Mother Jones News. It's a topic I've heard a couple of times. It boils down to members of the Democrats wondering how they woo "NASCAR Democrats." It's funny, considering condescending impression they give off towards "NASCAR Democrats."
I got hot and jotted off an e-mail to the author. It goes as follows.
I thinks you've missed a big chunk of who is responsible for working-class anger. Loggers watch their jobs go to Canada and Indonesia thanks to environmentalist extremists (democrats). Journeymen in production watch their jobs go to Mexico and China, thanks again to Bill Clinton's administration. We watch the world look at us with disdain, thinking (falsely) that Americans are paper tigers with no courage and no strength of conviction, thanks again to Democrat policy.
Recent veterans and GIs (such as myself and friends) watched the hatchet job done on the military by the Democratic party. We watched what were once low-paying secure jobs disappear, and saw the administration's un-official policy kick people out for missing appointments all in the name of a "Peace dividend."
We see the majority of things we once machined and fabricated with the "made in china" or "made in Mexico" label on them and wonder how it is that our country let our very livelihoods go to people who weren't American.
Their workplace puts lie to the myth that illegal immigrants ONLY take jobs no one wants. This is because blue-collared people WANT that $15/hour welding job. Some would love to have that $8/hour janitorial job. Not only in production and maintenance (where I've seen it with my own eyes) but in construction work.
The problem isn't , as you suggest, that blue-collared workers are ignorant. It's that they aren't as ignorant as they once were in the realm of politics. They do a google search and find out that the president never said "imminent," and as such they realize the Democrats are lying to them. They worked in the military during the Clinton Administration and realize that the fact isn't that Clinton and the Democrats left the US with a military able to fight the war on terrorism; but rather that the American GI continues to fight the good fight DESPITE the damage done to them by Clinton and the Democrats. They remember who was in charge when the policies that begun throwing jobs overseas finally hit their job.
They're smart enough to know that the Democratic party stands for and endorses some core positions that are anti-thetical to their own moral beliefs. They've heard their own moral and spiritual beliefs attacked by Democrats (not centrist Democrats, to be sure) who are not marginalized by the Democratic party, thereby giving de facto endorsement of such views by the party.
And finally the Democrats have long given the impression that they know better than "Joe six-pack", that Joe's morals are sick and wrong, that Joe is ignorant (even your own article is condescending in that respect) and that they are better than those of us who sweat for a living.
A term like "NASCAR Democrats" would be one they liked had they not heard they way it was said (too much TV, I guess). The condescending tone we get from very liberal groups who now control the party we once walked with. The memory of our parents being called baby-killer, and the elitist looks GIs would get before Bush took over all contribute to America's blue-collared worker rebelling against a party that no longer represents them. A party that has come to regard them as scummy-bottom dwellers while idolizing the likes of Frieda Kahlo and Kofi Annan without every realizing that blue-collar workers see people with Kahlo and Annan's anti-American beliefs to be the enemy.
Incidentally mispelling NASCAR is not going to win you points with the blue-collared worker, but I understand that was not your intended audience (or your word processor freaks at all cap words, or your editor popped it,).
The sweathogs of America are pissed, but rather than trying to play the blame game and pin conservative success on sneaky Republicans, I suggest the Democrats take a serious self-assessment. If you really want to know why the blue-collar worker shows more support for the Republican today, I suggest you look at the Democrats. The Democratic party has managed to piss-off, insult, anger and alienate the blue-collar worker in America. They don't particularly like Bush. Hell I can't think of any that love him, we just would rather have him than someone whose goal in politics is to drive our jobs away, take our guns away, spit on our sports, sneer at our drink, geld our military, and generally look at us as something to be scraped off their shoes until they need our vote.
Believe it or not, with sincerity,
unemployed, journeyman welder, journeyman machinist