A Middle Class of Contemptible Jerks?

I just ran across this article, which is upsetting to read in some ways, and horribly pessimistic, but may have hit the mark dead on in analyzing the complete lack of logic seen with U.S. voters time and time again:

Why don’t they vote in their own economic interests? Why don’t voters vote rationally, the way we were taught in grade school civics classes? In a rational world, with rational voters voting in their rational economic interests, Bush—who dragged America into two lost wars before destroying the entire financial system—would’ve been forced to resign before the first primary and exiled to Saudi Arabia; rationally, rational voters would have elected anyone or anything, John Kerry or a coconut crab, over that fuck-up of fuck-ups, George W. Bush….

If the left wants to understand American voters, it needs to once and for all stop sentimentalizing them as inherently decent, well-meaning people being duped by a tiny cabal of evil oligarchs—because the awful truth is that they’re mean, spiteful jerks being duped by a tiny cabal of evil oligarchs. The left’s naïve, sentimental, middle-class view of “the people” blinds them to all of the malice and spite that is a major premise of Middle American life.

Read the rest and see if you agree.



  1. lbwoodgate said,

    February 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Wow! What a compelling argument Mr. Ames makes. I am blown away and haven’t eve read the article in its entirety – yet. I’m going to have to sit down and consume this piece slowly and allow it it get absorbed into every fiber of my body so I can be fully energized.

    I’m glad you responded to a piece on by blog about Michele Bachman, which led me to your blog that led me to this piece. I’ve been looking for something like this for a quite a while now and perhaps wasn’t even aware of it.

    I look forward to reading more of what you have to offer “runaway”

    • February 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks for the comment and the visit. As the mom of four, policy that affects children is really important to me. I was pleased to see the IRS reverse its recent decision that breastpumps were not eligible for a tax break because they are a “food” preparation product (which is ridiculous, of course), not a medical device, but the cynic in me thinks it was only done because of the negative publicity they received. Still, I’ll take whatever I can get in this political climate.

      And yes, lately I’ve been tending to think we are just a nation of self-serving assholes….hopefully I’m wrong.

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