Today, Steve Lucas and I ate breakfast together, as we do most Sundays. We talk about American politics as compared to our Buddhist views on things. (E.G. gun violence, the take over of the Republican Party by Libertarian extremists, Trump's latest ignorant remark or action, political morons in the news, etc.) and we aren't real quiet about our feelings. (We don't speak in hushed tones to make people more comfortable.) Today I was wearing my Science Fiction t-shirt, like the graphic below.
About halfway through breakfast, some older (than us, even, I know!) guy came over to our table as he was leaving, and said, "I want you to know, I'm a Republican and I am not rich." It occurred to me that he said this as if it was a genetic thing he couldn't alter, and didn't seem to realize that the fact that his party didn't care about him, was making our point.
It reminded me of my mother. Her father was a Republican and so she was a Republican, the same way that one day, in our car, she said, "We are Methodists." as if it were a genetic thing we had no choice in.
I hear the same thing from other people and as I argue with myself about things like whether or not to register as an Independent rather than a Democrat, I know the choice I make is because of the real issues, not the made up ones like Abortion that always comes up at election time but you would think by now the Republican voters, like Democratic voters are about equality now have resigned ourselves to understand that the DNC has been taken over by that party's corporate stooges, that call themselves "establishment" Democrats (which is basically undercover Republicans) are never going to try to confront the issues that really matter, like equality for all, male and female, every race and religion or education instead of military spending for the sake of profit to the military contractors, or even racial equality when the Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964 when everything should have changed but instead started prison overpopulation and the banks screwing us again with no penalties, and just, as the Kennedys all have said, equal opportunity in the way of environmental issues and opportunity for all.
Republican Politicians always run on issues like Abortion, knowing they aren't going to change the public's mind about the issue since 75 percent of the country is FOR Roe v Wade and safe abortions, but people still vote for that.
They run on, "These liberal motherf**kers are coming to get your guns" when there is absolutely NO EVIDENCE OF THAT.
They also run on religion based dog whistle politics that Rupert Murdoch's father invented like "Family Values" which stands for "Christian White People". All of that is part of the Southern Strategy that any progressive people and all conservatives, also, should have read by now on Wikipedia.
To these people, being a Republican is like a religion and they all worship at the feet of whoever they think is their next savior, (reminding me slightly of the followers of Jim Jones in Guyana) only to be disappointed time and again as history points out that the latest king failed them, usually about the time that the Freedom Of Information Act causes the real truth to be known by all of the general public.
It reminds me of the people who still think they are hypoglycemic after the doctors that invented that test, were compelled to come on television 20 plus years ago and admit they made the whole thing up, the tests were bogus, if you took the 12 hour test you were kind of hypoglycemic but if you took the 24 hour test, you were really hypoglycemic (they did this by having you fast so your blood sugar was low, not rocket science). Sorry if you just found this out here.
The thing that occurred to me is that these people say they are for the same things I believe in, but then vote for the people who legislate just the opposite way. Like the toothless redneck in the movie, "Welfare Queen", who stands in the doorway of his shambles of a shack and when asked,"Republican Policies have never worked for you, why do you keep voting for them?" His answer was so simple and stupid at the same time. "Well, they might, SOMEDAY!"
What it really comes down to is this, they just don't want to admit that maybe they were wrong about some things.