Demographics always gets in the way of those brilliant political pundits out there. Demographics on the electorate ain’t what they used to be and that pretty well puts the lid back on that stewing batch of stale tea drinkers.
Palin, Bachman and those other privileged white folks who have been screaming and ranting of late are mistresses of demagoguery and appeal well to those Eighteen-Percenters who sip the amber fluid. American humorist H. L. Mencken said of a demagogue: “it is one who will preach doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.” Who could argue with Mencken?
Take ‘socialism’ for example. Lots of fear-mongering going on with that word these days. Its a favorite word of the GOP leadership and was often used in association with the Health Care Bill. How many American citizens ‘believed’ that the proposed health care reform that wound its way through the House and Senate was a form of ‘socialism’ as it was painted by the GOP leadership?
How many? Probably only by people older than 50. Those younger than that don’t even know what ‘socialism’ is unless they paid close attention to their world history classes in high school. The ‘red-dread,’ communism and socialism are just another set of words in the glossary of those dull history books.
Back to demographics. As the results of the 2010 census will affirm, the United States is becoming younger and browner in skin tone and that set of Americans could give a crap about ‘socialism’ or the other references to Cold War history. That demagoguery excites the old farts, not the 20-30 something crowd.
One more thing. I wonder what this under-40 demographic thinks when they see Palin or Bachman in their shrill voices condemning Barack Obama and his middle-of-the-road policies that are directed towards lifting up the citizens of this nation? What image comes to their mind upon watching the antics of these two screeching women? Does ‘bitch’ ring a bell?