Let’s look at liberals first.
What makes up the liberal “coalition?” In general the “base” of the Democratic party looks like this:
When I look at that coalition, here is what I see:
Unions: Once, not so long ago, unions were a ubiquitous middle-class phenomenon. Getting a union job for a large company used to be a major goal of many high school grads. When I graduated in 1977 a large fraction of my schoolmates were excited about the possibility of grabbing a job working for General Motors at a newly built GM plant building Chevy S-10 trucks.
But things have changed. That S-10 plant is shut down, the jobs mostly moved overseas. The majority of union jobs are no longer in the private sector, they are now government jobs. The merging of unions and government is becoming one of the major cultural movements of our time. And the most striking thing from this change is that union members now make more money, have better retirement and have better benefits than private sector workers who pay those government union workers through taxes.
Minorities: One of the most frustrating aspects of modern political life in America is how thoroughly the Left has vilified and painted Republicans as racists. Blacks in this country vote upwards of 95% for Democrats, no matter how corrupt, incompetent or even racist that Democrat may be. For a black person to even suggest that a Democrat may not be the best choice for a black person to vote for is grounds for being viciously attacked as a “race traitor” or “Uncle Tom” or worse. This in spite of the glaringly obvious fact that three generations of Democrat “guidance” have done nothing to improve the lives of black people, and in fact it is blatantly obvious that blacks in cities and states run by liberals are generally worse off than blacks in cities and states run by conservatives. The same is true to a more or lesser degree for hispanics and native americans. Yet the Democrat party is still able to count on minority votes strictly because of the media and the Democrat party race-baiting and stirring up racial animosity whenever and wherever possible.
Elitists: This includes Hollywood, academia and many guilt-ridden capitalists like Warren Buffet. These, for the most part, are people who have more money than sense. But it also includes “academics” who gain their financial nourishment by sucking heavily on the public teat. These, by and large, are people who believe that the world is best run by those who know best, and they are quite certain they are the ones who know best. When you hear one of these people talking about “let the people decide” they don’t actually mean the people because they truly have nothing but contempt for the actual people they are talking about. No, what they mean is that the people will do what the elitists decide and the elitists will decide FOR the people IN THE NAME OF the peeople, and you can bet that what “the people” decide will guarantee the elitists will remain elitists in perpetuity.
Feminists: This is probably so similar to the “minority” group that I could have just put them in the same category I suppose. But I didn’t because “feminists” are a self-selected group of professional whiners. These are people (some of whom aren’t women, by the way) who insist that a woman is defined by their “right to choose” but only so long as they choose what feminists approve. Again, if a woman chooses NOT to follow the “feminist” agenda, they are attacked the same way that a minority would be. “Gender traitor” is a common accusation. The major attributes of feminism these days are the impassioned knee-jerk defense of abortion and a general hatred of anything that is perceived as patriarchal legacy (which can be something as innocent as watching a football game).
GLBTs – Did you know that actual gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people make up less than 5% of the population? They really do. Not that you’d know from the press they manage to get when they have a grievance to exploit. Now I personally don’t have any issues with what consenting adults do in their own bedrooms, but I do have issues with pushing an agenda that is deliberately militant and confrontational without any sense of proportion or decency. GLBT parades are deliberately provocative with nudity and public acts that would be criminal between heterosexuals. But it is tolerated because GLBTs have managed to intimidate society far beyond anything their actual numbers would expect you to believe. GLBTs play the same game that minority “leaders” do and paint conservatives as hate-filled homophobes. This allows the “leaders” of this “community” to keep the troops in line through constant exploitation of any real or perceived grievances.
Senior Citizens: As a group senior citizens are less likely to be stampeded by ginned up grievances than most of the above groups, but the one thing that can get them riled up is any threat to the gravy train of checks coming from the government. This is why Social Security has been referred to as the “third rail” of American politics. And this is what Democrats will play on, claiming ad nauseum that conservatives have no greater joy than in starving senior citizens to death.
Young people: This one is a puzzle to me. I understand the old Winston Churchill maxim “If you aren’t a liberal by age 20 you haven’t got a heart. If you aren’t a conservative by age 30 you haven’t got a brain.” But that was said at a time when “liberal” meant something different than it does today. Today’s “liberal” is not concerned with liberty, they are concerned with all of the things listed above. It is amazing to me how few young people realize that the entire weight of all the promises made and checks sent out to all of the groups above are expected to come out of the paychecks of “young people.” The only thing I can think is that the liberal ownership of education has created such a powerful indoctrination of young people in place that it takes years for young people to realize that they’ve been had. Some never do realize that, and even those who do tend to no longer be “young people” when the realization hits them.
Now, contrast that with the conservative “coalition” below:
Taxpayers: Yes, scratch a conservative and you’ll almost always find that they are net tax payers, not net payment recievers. This isn’t an accident.
Small Business Owners: If you own a small business, you deal with the crushing weight of government taxes and regulations every day. It’s no wonder that Democrats are doing everything they can to put small businesses out of business.
Ex-military: Sure there are some ex-military who somehow manage to become liberals, but the majority of ex-military people are conservatives. That’s because they’ve seen what liberal policies actually do. They’ve risked their lives fighting the results of runaway liberalism.
Religious conservatives: Although there are plenty of religious people who still identify with the Left (Catholics and Jews in particular) most religiously affiliated people tend to identify themselves as conservatives.
So, the conclusion I reach from this is that you can break down liberals and conservatives this way:
Liberals tend to be net government check receivers who have grievances against traditional American culture and who believe that they should be deciding how other people live their lives.
Conservatives tend to be net taxpayers who pursue the betterment of themselves through hard work and mostly just want to be left alone.
Now, which of those groups do you believe are growing and which do you believe is declining in this country?
The answer should frighten you.