Another “I used to be a Democrat, but” moment: I was listening to Rush, and heard this: Rush Is Right: Unmanly Men Fear Bush,
Caller: …I voted for Kerry and ’04, and after that — I mean, very shortly; I’m talking like even a month after that — I started to study. … I mean, it’s emasculating how the Democratic Party is, just because, I mean, Reagan and Bush, they have that in common. They see something and they know it’s right, they’re going to do it no matter what and that’s what a man does, and the Democratic Party, I mean, that’s the reason I left is because –
Rush: Tim, this is fascinating. You’re a very interesting guy. I want to know how this process happened, because the way you tell the story, here you are, this lifelong Democrat; you’re even part of this group Catawba for Kerry, and you’re out there rallying, and then you said a month after you voted for Kerry you felt emasculated. … You had to have guilt about being a Democrat for a long time. What triggered this reversal?
Caller: … Well, I was going to a lot of different groups and like support things and rallies for like, you know, women’s rights first of all I had that guilt in the back of my head. I’m going. :I’m not a woman, why am I here? [Note, previously the caller said he was from North Caroline. Women’s rights rallies?]
[…] Rush: Well, this is fascinating. You felt emasculated after voting for Kerry because you had to go to these women’s rights rallies at…
Caller: … I was just going to say it’s just wimpy. I just felt extremely wimpy. You know, “Terrorists attack their country? Oh, let’s hug them.” There’s no common sense behind it. [. . .] There is no common sense there. That’s the other thing that got it, is the emasculation and the common sense — lack thereof, anyway.
I suspect this was professionally crafted. “Emasculation” – going straight to the psychological/emotional heart of persuasion.
Propaganda, professionally crafted, repeated and repeated over years and decades, through every possible channel by which information reaches people… Do you thnk it sinks in?
So how many times a week do you hear one or another form of the mesage that conservatives are good, and liberals/Democrats are bad? How many times a week do you hear the reverse message?
WHY don’t year hear the message that progressives/liberals/Democrats are good, and progressives/liberals/Democrats ideas/values/candidates are good for you? WHY don’t year hear that?