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Liberals frustrated by our inability to pentrate the political thicket that seems to inhabit the minds of a big majority of Alabama, Southern and other duped voters might get a sense of enlightenment by reading the July 24 column by Ricky Thomason in the Huntsville Times. (It should be posted on al.com in a day or two). It's not consoling but it does illuminate how so many people let themselves be duped.
Interestingly, and relatedly, The Times op-ed page carried a piece right above Ricky's: Chokehold on Wages. The sub-head is succinct: “Corporate profits go up, says a J.P. Morgan Chase expert, and wages fall to a 50 year low.” The expert wasn't complaining about that fact, as the writer, Harold Myerson, points out.
But, here we have the puzzling juxtaposition of working people out of a job and can't find another one, or working for wages that make life a struggle, but who let the people who sent their jobs overseas, and the people who hold their wages down, tell them how to vote.
Maybe the analysis of why this exists has to go back to the '60's and 70's, when the anti-war protests really got going and developed into the years of social revolution. That social revolution in turn generated a reaction that manifested itself at least partly in religion cloaked movements like Jerry Fallwell's and Pat Richardson's. And right wing political operatives seized the opprtunity and brought us to where we are today with the Tea Party holding the whip hand over the Republican Party.
This is where we are now in states like Alabama, and not much we say or do seems to have a real effect on the people who let themselves get convinced that Democratic liberals want to sell out to “socialism” which 99 percent could not define halfway accurately. Add the often but privately expressed belief “the (N word) own the Democratic Party, and you see what we face.
This isn't the whole story, of course. We did have a lot of elected officials whose “D” should have stood for “debris” instead of “Democrat” but it was a shame to see people like Sen. Tom Butler and Rep. Randy Hinshaw and the fellow from Guntersville have to get washed away to clear the decks.
One positive — we do have a top flight leader of the Democratic Party in Alabama, and that's a step ahead.