There’s a distorted e-mail going around that is manipulating veterans. In particular, it is manipulating poor white veterans, who may be predisposed to be anti-Obama, because of Obama’s race and ethnicity.
If you read Jim Webb’s book about the Scots Irish, Born Fighting, you’ll begin to better understand the culture war raging in the U.S. today that pits FOX news against MSNBC.
Webb explains that the Scotts Irish were poor whites who settled the frontier and the south. Many came as Presbyterians, but became Baptist during the days of tent meetings.
They have always been fiercely independent and suspicious of any kind of government, since they came to this country as a result of persecution by the wealthy English establishment in Northern Ireland.
They had to fight all their lives, and continue to value guns and the military.
They also are clannish and tend to think in terms of “us” and “them”, making them vulnerable to racist and nationalistic manipulation.
It is always wise to use the cultural values of a group to persuade them.
In the link above, somebody is playing on the values of “us white” Americans to portray Obama and big government as the ultimate villain – he has been compared to Hitler!
Why doesn’t the Democratic party use the value of loyalty and patriotism to bring these folks into the tent of the party that really would help them financially?
The power that is dangerous to white populist voters is not big government; it is big business that sends jobs overseas.
It is not the immigrant picking fruit or working in slaughter houses; it is the big company that moved their labor out of the U.S.
Come on! Politicos need to use culture to promote the truth, not to promote fear of big government and those who are different.