June 14, 2012 - Issue 476
These Low Information
Voters Will Be Our Undoing
results of the recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tell
you most of what you need to know about the state of politics in the
On the one hand, you have a governor who did not hide his desire to divide and conquer the unions, eliminate collective bargaining, decimate government services and serve a small cadre of wealthy, powerful and shady corporate interests. He was bought by the Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and other criminal organizations. Thereís even a possible federal indictment for him on the horizon, in connection with an embezzlement investigation that has already ensnared six of his associates and aides.
The oppressed are made to feel like winners even as they emerge empty handed
despite all this,
So, whatís going on here? No one can question the corrupting influence of money in politics, particularly since the Supreme Courtís Citizens United decision. Money is a big factor in elections, and when a few billionaires can decide which jerk to put in office, their money trumps the votes and drowns out the voices of the common folk. But still, the 1 percenters require voters to get their candidate in office and seal the deal. These people, known as ďlow informationĒ voters - a charitable and technical sounding term for uneducated, ignorant or gullible - are the real problem.
working class voters have made a pact with the devil - in the case of
Republican Party, this should be taken in a literal sense - and now they
(and all of us) are paying for it. Convinced that government programs
are welfare - translated to mean the blacks and Latinos are getting freebees
they donít deserve - they will oppose them if doing so will hurt blacks
more than whites. It is the legacy of the Southern Strategy that has allowed conservatives to politically
capitalize on white resentment of black progress. That resentment is summed
up in a scene from the 1997 film, Rosewood, a film depicting the
massacre of a prosperous black
Man #1: You know heís [Sylvester] got a piano? A ni**er with a goddamn piano. Iíve been working all my life, I ainít got a piano.
Man #2: You donít know how to play one.
Man #1: That ainít the point. Old man Cummer, up that house of his, heís got a piano. That ni**erís got one, and I donít.
Rosewood massacre of 1923, like the
A democracy works only with an educated, informed populace
some working-class and poor whites have been content with being one rung
above people of color on the totem pole, still they have remained on a
very low rung and out of luck. There is a reason why the
And the culture wars, including gun worship, abortion bans, homophobia and immigrant bashing, become substitutes for concrete policies of economic uplift and social progress.
with hard times, people have clear choices. Either they join forces across
racial and ethnic lines and fight their common adversary, or they double
down on the dumbness, thrive on misinformation and assign scapegoats.
The Tea Party, which now prevails in national politics and owns a major
political party, represents the latter of the two choices. It is this
mindset that gives us creeps running state houses throughout the country
- not just in
yet, once again, someone out there is voting for these people. Until we
BlackCommentator.com Executive Editor, David
A. Love, JD is a journalist and human rights advocate based in