Comment 123043

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 11, 2018 at 06:17:20 in reply to Comment 123041

Ah yes, the topsy-turvy world of right-wing identity politics, where people who didn't help elect bigots have to worry about offending people who did.

As far as I can see, no one is claiming every PC voter is misogynist, xenophobic and terrible at math. It's obvious that there were a variety of reasons for people to vote PC: the chief reason is that most people, most of the time, don't pay much attention to the issues and just vote for their party because that's what they've always done.

This is why I have been trying to warn so strenuously over the past couple of years against the hijacking of traditional conservative parties by dangerous right-wing populists like Trump and Ford - most voters simply don't notice that something important has changed.

It didn't help that the news media graded Ford on a curve, exactly the same as they graded Trump on a curve in 2016, and Ford's hardcore base of actual right-wing bigots who comprise a nontrivial segment of his supporters were very highly motivated to spread as much disinformation, noise and mythology as possible in order to confuse people who were less engaged in the finer details of the election. So the NDP were recast as "dangerous radicals" when their platform was at best mildly progressive (the vast majority of OECD countries already have universal dental care, pharmacare and affordable childcare programs - Canada is a libertarian outlier heavily influenced by the USA).

If people need to start listening to each other, where is the expectation on conservative voters that they should start actually paying attention to what their own leaders are saying and doing?

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2018-06-11 10:39:35

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