5 Reasons Why Poor and Middle Class Americans Vote Republican

One of the questions I encounter most often in politics (at least among liberals and progressives) is, “Why do so many poor and middle class Americans vote against their own interests by supporting the Republican party?” It’s a valid question, but the answer(s) to it really isn’t all that complicated. Though it’s undoubtedly mind-boggling to think about the reality that tens of millions of Americans do back a party that supports policies that make their lives more difficult.



Let me explain why this isn’t too overly complicated.

1. Religion: This one’s easy. Throughout human history, religion has been the go-to mechanism for getting people to act against their own best interests. With religion you can manipulate huge masses of people to do things that aren’t at all rational. Especially when you consider that many Christians are what I call “Church Christians” who seem to measure their devotion to their faith by church attendance as opposed to living their life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. For the record, those teachings and values are pretty much the opposite of what the Republican party represents. In today’s society, many Republicans view their politics and religion as one in the same. I refer to it as “Republicanity.”

2. Abortion: While some might tie this in with religion, it’s actually different. There are people who vote for the GOP based on nothing more than their opposition to abortion.

Make no mistake about it, this isn’t an issue the Republican party really cares about. In fact, GOP policies increase the number of abortions by opposing sex education and access to birth control. Being that unplanned pregnancies are the number one reason why many women have abortions, logically speaking, a party that opposes abortion should be huge fans of anything to help prevent unplanned pregnancies. Sadly, as we all know, Republicans aren’t. They are quite literally a party that opposes abortion… while supporting policies that led to more abortions. But they use their “pro-life” propaganda to whip up voters and get them all in a frenzy. People who are too blinded by the “killing babies” rhetoric to think rationally about much of anything else.

3. Fear: Let’s face it, fear is much easier to sell than hope. But not only is it easier to sell, much like religion, it’s also a great way to get people to act irrationally and against their own interests. If you keep people afraid – which Republicans constantly do – you can get them to believe all sorts of nonsense.



4. Ignorance: Now, by this I don’t mean that every Republican voter is ignorant. What I mean is that most people have no idea how government works. That combined with the fact that the average American’s “political memory” seems to be on par with Dory from Finding Nemo, and what you get are people who blame the wrong people for the issues in our country.

Think about this: The Republican party runs on the pretense that government is corrupt and inefficient. Yet, they’re the ones trying to make it more corrupt and inefficient. It’s Democrats who want to overturn Citizens United, get money out of politics and fix the government. Not only that, but Republicans build their platform on the “evils” of government… so why would they ever try to make it work better? 

As I’ve said before, if you want to see who you can trust in government, ask yourself which party is trying to get money out of politics and which party is trying to get more money in.

5. Guns: The issue of guns ties into a lot of facets of Republican voters. Many Republicans cling to their guns because of the fear-mongering they’ve been sold about “bad guys with guns.” Living in Texas, I constantly laugh at these imbeciles who walk around thinking they’re going to take down a “bad guy” if some sort of active shooter situation arose. Especially when I know many of them would probably piss themselves if someone ever actually pointed a gun at them.

Guns also tie in with the asinine belief that our Second Amendment is there to give us the right to overthrow a Constitutionally elected government. Something that’s never made any sense to me. Article III of the Constitution clearly states that treason is not-at-all acceptable. Not only that, but I’ve yet to have anyone rationally explain to me how violently overthrowing a Constitutionally elected government is remotely “Constitutional.” If someone overthrows a president voted for – isn’t that a violation of my rights?

But Republicans have always masterfully sold this belief that any mention of gun regulations is tantamount to Nazi Germany or some other horrifically oppressive regime. As if asking people to pass extensive background checks, banning access to certain kinds of “military-style” assault rifles and limiting magazine size is the same as a full-on gun confiscation by the government to weaken its people.

We can’t even begin to have a common sense discussion about gun violence because of fools on the right who don’t believe that guns have anything to do with it in the first place.

It’s completely absurd.

While there are many more reasons, for the sake of time, I’ll stop there.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • cruisersailor

    Ignorance is the main reason that poor and middle class voters vote Republican.

    • 46Wild

      No…. more and more people aren’t buying what the democrats are pedaling. It’s not due to ignorance it’s because they are getting wiser! That’s why as I write the Presidency the Senate the House are all under Republican control. 25 states have Republican controlled house senate and governors mansions compared to 5 states that have a democrat trifecta. Hopefully the Republicans can serve the people better.

  • Mark Northern

    Another big reason is that some poor and middle class voters think of the GOP as some elite country club that they can afford to join. They don’t have to be invited to become a member. There are no initiation fees or dues. All you have to do is vote against your own best interests.

    • fel121

      Probably one of the best analogies I have ever read on the subject of this phenomenon, well said sir!

  • strayaway

    There’s some good stuff in the Wikipedia article, “Reagan Democrat” related to why working class whites have abandoned the Democratic Party to the extent they have. “Reagan Democrats” no longer see the Democratic party as champions of their working class aspirations, but instead see them as working primarily for the benefit of others: the very poor, feminists, the unemployed, African Americans, Latinos, and other groups. Regarding “other groups”; the left’s bizarre attacks on American culture probably also plays a role. I didn’t see the Superbowl halftime show but my wife’s take was that it “glorified sluts and punks”. I can’t verify that except for a couple of photos I saw but I wondered if our cultural purveyors look down on us and think that’s what we want an deserve: circuses or the masses. Meanwhile the rich get richer while working people are sold out with trade agreements, open borders, lower wages, higher costs, and endless wars by the leaders of both parties,.

    • Jon Bartel

      “The very poor, feminists, the unemployed, African Americans, Latinos and other groups” pretty much covers the majority of Americans at this point. Thus, according to your argument the Democratic Party cares for the majority of Americans? Republican rhetoric that simultaneously claims that democrats have ruined the country, stripped jobs and rights and created a new lower class while also claiming that those effected are some “other” people who are somehow separate from “us” are at best ignorant and at worst racist and manipulative. I agree that both parties sell out, though. Time for Bernie.

      • strayaway

        The Democratic Party cares about its own interests. My point addressed the topic of reasons poor and middle class Americans don’t vote Democratic. Some people just don’t like getting sacrificed. It was Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA and Obama trying to get the TPP passed if you want to talk about “stripped jobs”. Under the Obama administration, black American incomes, home ownership rates, and wealth declined relative to those of whites. Under the Obama administration, the income of 93% of Americans declined while the share of the national wealth increased among the 1% even compared with under Bush. Add those to reasons, not all poor and working Americans believe in Democrats. I’m not saying Republicans are good. It might be more that some are looking for an out.

      • The Reader

        You could add there is a Republican majority in congress that decided many of Obama’s objectives, both for and against. NAFTA is another debatable story, however, which I admit I don’t know enough about to argue. Do you?

      • strayaway

        There are many Republicans in Congress who agreed with and went along with many of Obama’s objectives. Most recently, Republicans supported Obama’s TPP and providing $500M to Syrian rebels in a higher percentage than Democrats. Didn’t Hillary call it the gold standard of trade programs before running to president? We already know Republicans do such things. I’m just pointing out that the the Clintons and Obama do the same. Clinton signed NAFTA. No one forced him to.

      • hybrid80

        And whom may I ask had the majority control in congress that encouraged outsourcing jobs, blocked any proposed social programs, gave millions away in tax refunds, busted the unions,- the only ones who could ensure a decent living wage. Then of course the collapse of the Soviet Union emboldened the CEO’s with a lessened fear of violent civil unrest, to dispense with health benefits and reduce working hours for less pay,

      • strayaway

        Unions, except for government unions, were busted by bringing in cheap foreign labor to replace union workers. Witness the meat packing industry which used to employ union US employees. I don’t see any relationship with the collapse of the USSR but reduced health benefits and working hours were related to more people available for the same number of jobs (supply and demand). Bush set up a 10 year tax cut for the rich. Obama made half of that tax cut for the rich permanent so after 20 years, Obama’s change will result in more tax cuts for the Rich than during 10 years of Bush’s tax cut. I’m ok with blocking a lot of social programs, though there are some good ones, so that isn’t an issue with me.

      • The Reader

        Sadly Bernie is selling out too.

    • The Reader

      Are you saying it’s the fault of the Democrats that the “rich get richer”?

      • strayaway

        No, a lot of Republicans would be fine with the rich getting richer too. However, under Obama, the 1% has expanded its share of the national wealth at a faster rate than they did under Bush. Obama just made a trip to Britain and Germany to promote the 1%’s corporatist agenda.

      • The Reader

        I get it – the Republicans had nothing to do with the expansion of wealth at a faster rate than under Bush. Are you counting saving business from a recession or depression? In that case, he did expand the wealth almost all by himself.

      • strayaway

        It’s always Bush’s fault I guess. Maybe Bush somehow even made Obama do his Goldman Sachs Farewell Tour of Britain and Germany last week to advocate for the 1% or set up trade treaties with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea that have sent yet more jobs abroad. Or maybe it was Bush who made Obama hand out green cards to four million illegal aliens so they could better compete with US workers for remaining jobs. No doubt a lot of Republicans on the US Chamber of Commerce’s dole agreed with what Obama was doing but I don’t see too many Democrats trying to stop Obama’s promotion of the interests of the 1%. Bernie, at least, opposes all those trade bills.

      • fel121

        Bush fvcked up a lot, I love how the right tries to make light of that fact with their childish little quip every-time the great Terra hunters name is brought up.
        no its not all Bushes fault, but if your wife were to go out and run the household debt up to 5 times the household income and then you took out a loan to try and regain some control over the imbalance and she turned to you and blamed you for running up the family debt, what would be your response I wonder.

      • strayaway

        Bush did fvck up a lot. He lied too. I think he should be in the same jail cell as Obama. Bush, for instance, rant up $5T of debt. Obama has run up $9.2T of debt so far. That $14.2T of debt is a ball an chain tied to our children. We thought he promised “change” but change turned out to be “chains”. Shame on both of them. The key is to cut spending. Both were unwilling to do so. Meanwhile, under Obama despite his high spending, our infrastructure is collapsing. The mail service is slower, those high speed trains never got built. government computer systems fail, the lines get longer at airports, and our borders have evaporated. If he were the mayor of Chicago, he would have been replaced the first time the snow didn’t get plowed.

      • fel121

        This has been going on since the 80’s, why are you just now starting to discover it and express righteous indignation about it?

      • strayaway

        Under Obama, the deterioration has accelerated. For instance, under Obama the proportion of national wealth going to the 1% has increased at an accelerated rate relative to the years under Bush. Even black incomes, wealth, and home ownership have declined relative to those of whites.

      • fel121

        When you say, “under Obama” is it you intention to lay the entire blame for the current state of the middle class working family at the feet of one man, that somehow the republican congress has had no hand in any of this?

      • strayaway

        No, it’s not entirely Obama’s fault. Too many Republicans have allowed Obama to spend and rule with impunity. For instance, many Republicans also supported TPP agreements Obama is trying to pass and too many Republicans allowed Obama to unconstitutionally “change” (his own choice of words) immigration laws. The latter is temporarily tied up in courts but those trade bills and the move to hand out visas to illegal aliens are a two pronged attack on US workers’ jobs and wage levels.

      • fel121

        Your arguments are foolish, you simply want to make this all about Obama, the President doesn’t have the power to do the things you are claiming he has done without the Congress, they write the laws he just says yes or no. TPP hasn’t even been enacted yet so how could have any impact on the lives of working class families.

        You watch Fox news as your soul source of “news” and listen to the Opinions of hard right commentators and never check what is said against facts, the Republican party is the party of the 1%, all they do is to benefit that group over the working class and if you doubt that you are beyond hope of ever electing people who will change that, and now you are reading your finger to push the button for a man who has no business in the Whitehouse simply because he has a (R) after his name and then 8 years from now you can blame the next Democrat for the failed policies of this TV snake oil salesmen and round and round we will go.

      • strayaway

        The President doesn’t have powers to ignore and change immigration law and wage executive wars for starters. He did, for instance, issue orders to give work permits to illegal aliens without the approval of Congress. It was an attack on US workers.

        Actually, I begin my news day with BBC World News and seldom watch television so I seldom come across Fox News. So your guessing is as poor as your knowledge. Under Obama, the 1%’s share of national income and wealth has increased even faster than under Bush while the income of the average US family has decreased. I’m not lauding Republicans but statistically most Americans are doing worse under Obama not even including the over $9T of debt he will bill to our children that qualifies him as an economic child abuser, like drunks who drink their paycheck leaving there family with a bare refrigerator.

      • fel121

        You keep going back to the Obama debt and again I have to advise you that the Congress holds the purse strings first off, secondly one thing Obama did that never seems to get mention is he stop the “emergency spending bills” that the Bush Presidency and the Republican Congress used to hide the cost of the wars from the American public.

        Its funny, the one thing Obama has done that has cost this money the most, and is his greatest failure, is the one thing no Republican will ever mention and that is his insane war policies in the middle east, this is the soft under belly of the Obama failure and the one thing no one ever talks about.

      • strayaway

        Remember too that Obama is the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to have bombed seven countries, most US serviceman killed in Afghanistan were killed while Obama, not Bush, was president, and that he sent troops back into Iraq and rekindled the cold war with Russia. The latter will be extremely expensive.

        You are correct though that Congress should have held the line on spending and let the President continue closing parks and otherwise antagonize the American people. Instead, the Republican Party buckled three times. Ryan and McConnell had no will to take on Obama, lobbyists, and the synchophantic corporatist press.

      • fel121

        And where was all this criticism when G.W. was drinking away the nations paycheck with wars, tax cuts for the rich, bank bailouts for the Wall St casino?

      • strayaway

        Ron Paul (R), Dennis Kucinich (D), and a few others were vehemently denouncing Bush for his war. Unfortunately, Hillary, Kerry, some other Democrats and many Republicans fully supported Bush. A few Republicans, Ron Paul again, were also highly critical of his spending too. However, Bush raised the national debt by $5T and Obama raised it over $9T…so far. That’s over $30,000 of debt for every man, woman and child in the US. I’m guessing that if Obama would have just written a $30,000 for everyone in you family, you would have been better off than with whatever he did with it. Of course, our children will still have to pay it back and we all pay interest on that amount. Hillary, but not Sanders, also voted for the Wall Street bailout. Sanders didn’t vote for the Vietnam war or the wall Street bailout.

      • hybrid80

        Under Obama? If it had been we would all be a lot better off.

      • Nancy B

        Great analogy!

    • Brandy Williams

      I think it’s partly attributed to the fact that fear mongering has caused people to align with race rather than class. Poor white Americans view themselves as elite to other races by virtue of their whiteness. I’m not saying that’s the case with all people. But I’m from the South and I see that mentality with my own family. There was a time when I was very close minded and let the views of others become my views. But not anymore. I started realizing that i have to look at all perspectives. What i agree with for my life based on my religion is not something i think should be forced on society or people who dont share my beliefs. That’s what our founding fathers meant when they said everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Unfortunately, some of those in the extrwme right thinks everyone must live according to how they live.

      My whole family has a problem with the fact that I am the only holdout for the Trump train! They constantly try to sway my mind. Hasn’t worked yet!

  • Ed

    Reason #6: They know that taxes kill business and business provides them a job. They’re hoping that Republicans will tax less.

    • David Bowles

      Except they don’t. That’s a myth with no objective evidence to support it.

      • Ed

        Is your “they” the same as mine?

      • erkcyclisme

        If your “they” is creating jobs based on tax cuts, then it must be socialist or a terribly-run business. If I was a shareholder, I’d want to get rid of the CEO.

    • erkcyclisme

      This is one of the biggest GOP fallacies. Nobody wants to pay taxes. That’s not the issue. But why should a business be exempt? If a business can’t exist paying taxes, then it can’t exist.
      If a business claims it would create more jobs given tax cuts, then it is socialist. A business should only create jobs when it needs them. To do otherwise would be socialism.
      Businesses that want tax breaks do so for one reason only: The bottom line.

      • Ed

        Creating, expanding, hiring the best employees, among other things, takes money. Taxes reduce that money.

      • jennix

        Taxes are the cost of doing business, not an impediment to business.

      • Ed

        Taxes are not an impediment? Does the sales tax on your new television or car make it easier or harder for you to afford it? If the tax was raised another 10%, would it make it easier for you to afford? If taxes were raised to 90%, would it be an impediment to your grocery list?

      • jennix

        You can’t buy groceries without paying taxes. It’s the cost of buying groceries. Welcome to a society, that’s how it works. Death, Taxes, and software upgrades, there’s no avoiding them.

      • Ed

        Not an answer.

      • jennix

        don’t care if you like it. You’re clearly not a critical thinker.

      • Ed

        Still not an answer.

      • Michael Schore

        You are being obstinate for the sake of being obstinate. Make a point or sit down.

        Taxes are the price of living in a civilized society.

      • Ed

        Opinions are not arguments. Make one or sit down.

      • Michael Schore

        Where are your facts? All I see from you are screeds of obstinance. You state that taxes take away money from the ability of a business to do its thing. You, as so typical of righties, make that sound like taxes are just being taken for the sake of taking. Taxes make the society work. They provide roads (highways, regulated railways, airways) for companies to move their products. They created the Internet so that we have a better way to communicate. They support basic medical research to cure diseases and illnesses. That is just scratching the surface Ed so come up with something concrete to counter or sit the hell down.

      • Ed

        Everything that you mentioned that taxes do was actually done by humans. Are you anti-human?
        I’m not a so called “righty”. If a label was placed on me it would Anarcho capitalist. If you weren’t so bigoted, you may have concluded that.

      • Michael Schore

        You are a pseudo-intellectual that seems to think they don’t live in a society. I am not the one that is bigoted. How does one even think up something like “Everything that you mentioned that taxes do was actually done by humans. Are you anti-human?” No, human were part of the picture you faker. Pull your head out of your ass and realize that no public good is done except for those things paid for by taxes. Get over it or move to Somalia or some other hell hole who has no government or taxes.

      • Ed

        So everything that is a “public good” was accomplished by stealing the money for it. Got it. You might want to relay that information to people that have invested in the Apple corporation, among others.

      • Michael Schore

        Who is stealing anything? You anti-tax idiots just don’t get it do you? Taxes are part of living in a civilized society. If you really don’t want to pay taxes, don’t and pay the consequences. If you want to change the system convince enough people that taxes aren’t needed and change the system. When that happens I will find someplace else to live because this country will fall apart–LITERALLY!

      • Ed

        You seem to be lacking a moral compass.
        Should a product or service be provided on a compulsory basis?
        If “government” services were valuable and the market wanted them, would they be provided on a compulsory basis?
        If I did business in the same manner as “government” does, and forced people to give me money, would you consider me a criminal?
        Given the fact that taxation is compulsory, does a politician have evidence of having any voluntary support whatsoever?
        If “government” were by consent, would taxes be compulsory?
        You might want to cool it with the verbal abuse. It makes you look like a “liberal”.

      • Michael Schore

        You talk “verbal abuse” then start your mindless retort with “You seem to be lacking a moral compass.” You sir are brain damaged. You have no logic in your statements. Of course taxes need to be compulsory because leeches like you would take services without payment.

        You are a sick, sick individual so typical of the no tax individuals. Please do crawl back under your rock.

      • Ed

        You didn’t answer the questions.

      • noodles

        Government services are valuable. Want an example the EPA in Michigan….if the EPA had done their jobs Flint would not be drinking lead now. If Snyder had not been a dictator with “Managers” he appointed Flint would not be drinking lead. If the CDC had not handled the Ebola virus we would be in big trouble. If the FDA does not isolate salmonella locations lots of people die and keep on dying. NIH, Public health service, to mention others keep our society healthy and bring better results. All paid for by taxes. Government is valuable you just have to know a little about it to make any reasoned comments.

      • Ed

        It appears that you missed this: THE SOCIALIST https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hLzRxZ3HRc

      • The Reader

        Why anyone continues to argue with you is beyond me. I’ve met guys like you who get off on arguing – right or wrong – for the sake of arguing. Bottom line: without government there is no society; without taxes there is no government. It’s called civilization, bud.

      • Ed

        All of the questions required an answer of Yes or No. Your reply fails to provide the answers.

      • The Reader

        As i said, you argue for the sake of arguing. No answer, yes or no, will satisfy. Done here.

      • Nancy B

        Keep feeding a troll and he’s not gonna stop trolling.

      • The Reader

        You’re right, and I know better. thanks for the reminder tho.

      • Nancy B

        Ha Ha! Just realized this was a recycled article. Sorry for dredging up the past. (And sometimes, I feed them too. Can’t help myself)

      • vutsrq

        ABC removed my posts. Too honest, I guess. I’ll try one here. Don’t want you to miss out.

        In reply to this idiocy:

        I read posts like yours and want to weep for America. it’s dumbing down faster than I thought it could. President Obama must have done a really poor job opening those borders, because, as Refudiator indicated, we are turning back more than under previous administrations.

        Regardless, as for never hearing of Zika before Obama, correlation does not equal causation. Zika cases in the continental US have been traced back, so far, primarily to US citizen travelers.

        I wrote this (after the first truthful post was removed):

        You want to weep because you’re a know-nothing, Prius driving, Birkenstock wearing, grossly obese, liberal/progressive/communist moonbat who lacks a clue.

        Why had we never heard of Zika before your Dear Leader, the Communist community organizer, threw the border open to invaders? Why had Americans never heard of the virus prior to Obama?

        Causation? Only to anyone with more than half a brain. Of course, that leaves you out and explains everything.

        Have another donut, then have a good weep.

      • vutsrq

        Here’s another blocked by ABC.

        Your idiocy:

        I lived through the Watergate scandal and ’72 was my first election as a voter. No need to look anything up. The lesson to be learned from Watergate is that the truth eventually comes out. More so now than back then. I’ll wait.

        You should be more worried about Trump’s ties to Russia, and, given that the hacking appears to originate from there, that there may be international attempts to sabotage the election. Not putting on a tin foil hat yet. But the evidence is growing.

        My facts:

        Trump’s ties to Russia? You have those completely manufactured talking points down pat, sheep.

        Of course, Hillary actually committed espionage with her server and hidden emails and with the Clinton Foundation. But let’s not talk about that. We won’t talk about her (and Bozo’s) dereliction of duty regarding Benghazi where she abandoned four heroic Americans, including an ambassador, to be slaughtered by ‘slim slime either.

      • Nancy B

        I’d ask you for actual facts to back up your points, and would gladly provide the ones to back up mine. But I just realized you have provided virtually none in your many previous posts, and prefer to mask your lack of facts with ad hominem attacks. I don’t go there.

        But as for your other post:

        “You want to weep because you’re a know-nothing, Prius driving,
        Birkenstock wearing, grossly obese, liberal/progressive/communist
        moonbat who lacks a clue.”

        This really did crack me up. So I’ll feed you a bit more before I go. I knew enough to make enough money that I was able to retire early to a tropical Island paradise, wouldn’t be caught dead driving a Prius, have never even tried on Birkenstocks, and most size 10’s are loose on me. I AM a liberal/progressive, and proud of it. But if you actually knew your socio-political stuff, you’d know that I can’t be that and a communist at the same time. (PS: You forgot “bark-covered tree hugger”).

        I’d love to feed you some more, particularly so we could discuss exactly why your ABC posts seem to get deleted, since it’s not obvious to you. But I find it extremely creepy that you are stalking my posts. Get help. Bye.

      • vutsrq

        The moonbat hath spoken. Experts agree (not sure if it’s the same unnamed experts the liberals/progressives/communists/democrats claim to have said that Russia hacked the DNC emails or if it’s the other unnamed experts who the same leftist trash claim agree that Russia could be using them to help Trump win the election) that those who tout their success, wealth, homes in paradise and intellect have none.

        You proudly consider yourself a liberal and a progressive. You attempt to appear intelligent. Yet you are oblivious to the fact that Lenin and his commie circle called themselves progressives. Your know-nothingness is on full display.

        BTW, behemoth, anything larger than a size 6 and you need to put the donuts down. Right now!

        Now go away and get your hair streaked, moonbat. You’re on the wrong side of history.

      • The Klandidate

        Are you really as moronic as your posts indicate? Do you understand GDP, aggregate demand, LRAS, SRAS, or the role of government in providing a stable structure for businesses to thrive? There is a reason that developed nations have taxes. It’s called infrastructure, roads, the schools you attended as a child, police, fire, a strong military, and allowing people live with some dignity as they age, or tending to the less fortunate. If you want to live in a country that has no tax structure, I’d suggest that first you need to get very wealthy or go work as a bellhop at a hotel in Bermuda, move to the UAE, or make a go of it in a 3rd world country. And when you do leave, you need to reimburse the US taxpayers for the education you received, the roads, parks and services you used for free, and the safety provided to you by the US military and police without which you would not be as well off as you are today.

        Let me guess though, you think you did everything all by yourself though, don’t you…..

        BTW, Americans pay below the world average in taxes, so I’m not really sure you have much to complain about unless you are mentally deficient.
        http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/04/11/among-developed-nations-americans-tax-bills-are-below-average/

      • Ed

        Grateful Slave

        I am a grateful slave.

        My master is a good man.

        He gives me food, shelter, work and other things.

        All he requires in return is that I obey him.

        I am told he has the power to control my life.

        I look up to him, and wish that I were so powerful.

        My master must understand the world better than I,

        because he was chosen by many others for his respected position.

        I sometimes complain, but fear I cannot live without his help.

        He is a good man.

        My master protects my money from theft, before and after he takes half of it.

        Before taking his half, he says only he can protect my money.

        After taking it, he says it is still mine.

        When he spends my money, he says I own the things he has bought.

        I don’t understand this, but I believe him.

        He is a good man.

        I need my master for protection, because others would hurt me.

        Or, they would take my money and use it for themselves.

        My master is better than them:

        When my master takes my money, I still own it.

        The things he buys are mine.

        I cannot sell them, or decide how they are used, but they are mine.

        My master tells me so, and I believe him.

        He is a good man.

        My master provides free education for my children.

        He teaches them to respect and obey him and all future masters they will have.

        He says they are being taught well; learning things they will need to know in the future.

        I believe him.

        He is a good man.

        My master cares about other masters, who don’t have good slaves.

        He makes me contribute to their support.

        I don’t understand why slaves must work for more than one master, but my master says it is necessary.

        I believe him.

        He is a good man.

        Other slaves ask my master for some of my money.

        Since he is good to them as he is to me, he agrees.

        This means he must take more of my money; but he says this is good for me.

        I ask my master why it would not be better to let each of us keep our own money.

        He says it is because he knows what is best for each of us.

        We believe him.

        He is a good man.

        My master tells me:

        Evil masters in other places are not as good as he; they threaten our comfortable lifestyle and peace.

        So, he sends my children to fight the slaves of evil masters.

        I mourn their deaths, but my master says it is necessary.

        He gives me medals for their sacrifice, and I believe him.

        He is a good man.

        Good masters sometimes have to kill evil masters, and their slaves.

        This is necessary to preserve our way of life; to show others that our version of slavery is the best.

        I asked my master:

        Why do evil masters’ slaves have to be killed, along with their evil master?

        He said: “Because they carry out his evil deeds.”

        “Besides, they could never learn our system; they have been indoctrinated to believe that only their master is good.”

        My master knows what is best.

        He protects me and my children.

        He is a good man.

        My master lets me vote for a new master, every few years.

        I cannot vote to have no master, but he generously lets me choose between two candidates he has selected.

        I eagerly wait until election day, since voting allows me to forget that I am a slave.

        Until then, my current master tells me what to do.

        I accept this.

        It has always been so, and I would not change tradition.

        My master is a good man.

        At the last election, about half the slaves were allowed to vote.

        The other half had broken rules set by the master, or were not thought by him to be fit.

        Those who break the rules should know better than to disobey!

        Those not considered fit should gratefully accept the master chosen for them by others.

        It is right, because we have always done it this way.

        My master is a good man.

        There were two candidates.

        One received a majority of the vote – about one-fourth of the slave population.

        I asked why the new master can rule over all the slaves, if he only received votes from one-fourth of them?

        My master said: “Because some wise masters long ago did it that way.”

        “Besides, you are the slaves; and we are the master.”

        I did not understand his answer, but I believed him.

        My master knows what is best for me.

        He is a good man.

        Some slaves have evil masters.

        They take more than half of their slaves’ money and are chosen by only one-tenth, rather than one-fourth, of their slaves.

        My master says they are different from him.

        I believe him.

        He is a good man.

        I asked if I could ever become a master, instead of a slave.

        My master said, “Yes, anything is possible.”

        “But first you must pledge allegiance to your present master, and promise not to abandon the system that made you a slave.”

        I am encouraged by this possibility.

        My master is a good man.

        He tells me slaves are the real masters, because they can vote for their masters.

        I do not understand this, but I believe him.

        He is a good man; who lives for no other purpose than to make his slaves happy.

        I asked if I could be neither a master nor a slave.

        My master said, “No, you must be one or the other.”

        “There are not other choices.”

        I believe him.

        He knows best.

        He is a good man.

        I asked my master how our system is different, from those evil masters.

        He said: “In our system, masters work for the slaves.”

        No longer confused, I am beginning to accept his logic.

        Now I see it!

        Slaves are in control of their masters, because they can choose new masters every few years.

        When the masters appear to control the slaves in between elections, it is all a grand delusion!

        In reality, they are carrying out the slaves’ desires.

        For if this were not so, they would not have been chosen in the last election.

        How clear it is to me now!

        I shall never doubt the system again.

        My master is a good man.

        by Paine’s Torch

        Copyright 1993 ZENO Press, All Rights Reserved

      • The Klandidate

        Derrrrrr………

      • Nancy B

        You get the up-vote for including “software upgrades”.

  • RosemaryPeppercorn

    #6. Republicans are racist.

    • Brandy Williams

      Not all of them. I have primarily voted Republican my entire adult life for reasons other than race, but I refuse to get behind a candidate who is outwardly racist!

  • Alun Palmer

    Plus the Republicans push an alternate theory of how the economy works, i.e. voodoo economics, aka trickle down. No economist beleives it, saving a few who are paid to, but whether it works is not the point. The point is how many mugs can you sell it to?

  • Ronald Bruce Robinson

    DAMNIT – POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS BLACK AMERICANS DON’T VOTE REPUBLICAN. IT’S RIGHTWINGWHITES!! Don’t get it twisted.

    • fel121

      They do it in many cases BECAUSE of blacks, just ask Lee Atwater…

    • 46Wild

      They should! Democrats tell them they need their welfare and they need the government to take care of them. Where has that gotten them? How much progress has the black man made? Democrats keep the black man under their thump for their own gain like they do with all minorities and tell them Republicans are racist and manipulate them into believing Republicans are they bad guys.

  • Brian

    I vote Republican because I work for a living.

    • The Reader

      And what has the Republican party done lately for you?

      • fel121

        Don’t make him think, he has Rush, Ann, Bill and the Five for that…

    • Nancy B

      Thanks to Brian for contributing a fine example that falls under the “Ignorance” category.

    • James E. Durrence

      I vote Democrat because I worked for a living. Aren’t we special? The difference is I believe in equality, freedom to marry the person you love, freedom to practice your religion and the right to seek your dreams as Americans.

  • Denise

    it really does amaze me how a person who lives on minimum wage or even middle-class can vote Republican. I don’t get it, every single thing the Republicans do is detrimental to every American. all anybody has to do is do a little research see how they vote. but I have noticed you could prove it to the average republican but then they say it’s a lie. it is like they want to be in the dark and believe the lies even when it’s right in front of their face. it is a phenomenon

    • 46Wild

      No…. and more people aren’t buying what the democrats are pedaling because they are getting wiser! That’s why as I write the Presidency the Senate the House are all under Republican control.

  • Denise

    I have a correction I said everything the Republicans do is detrimental to all Americans all americans accept the rich!

  • Bree

    I consider myself a left leaning Christian. Religion is harmful…Faith is not. This article may not be perfect and our President may not be perfect, but then there is no such thing. Remember the old saying of “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones”?
    What about the old…till you walk a mile in his shoes…
    Understand how government works and your thoughts may change. Do onto others…love thy neighbor… our job is not to judge… that job is taken.

  • Eg Kbbs

    Yeah, the USA really needs a prez who bases his policy on the National Enquirer.

    But then, maybe using the Enquirer endears him to his support group ?

    Late add – based on Trump’s appearing with the Infoward guy, unleashing tabloid attacks on Cruz (both about nude wives and today’s connecting Cruz’s father to Oswald): and with other Trump drivel that he gave in his speeches with a source from the tabloids.

  • Jim Snyder

    Most of us who will vote in this election for either Trump or Clinton are voting against our BEST interests, though perhaps voting for the best interests available as we see it. This conversation probably works best at the Congressional level, and that’s where things get frustrating because we have less say or knowledge about what is happening in regions of Kentucky or Washington. How do we change that? I guess I’m asking how to take the conversation to strategic places so that those constituents aren’t just hearing from their politicians but could be made aware of the implications on the world of their vote?

  • Jeffery Pellegrin

    I don’t know the author of this article, but I can be confident in saying that this individual knows not one person they respect that will admit to them that they are a conservative who votes Republican. This may be due to the absence of diversity in their social circles (if all your friends parrot your political views, you are living in a bubble) or a lack of appreciation for the views held by others. Odds are that this person actually knows, maybe even is found of someone who will vote Republican (if not now, then at some point down the road). I have many friends and family members with whom I differ politically. I would hate to think that they would think that I would think that they can’t think because they happen to think differently from me. My advice to the writer is this: put down the broad brush. Seek common ground. Steer away from words which demean and belittle those with whom you disagree. Otherwise, you haven’t a prayer at swaying them, even you are right, which, you would do well to keel in mind, may not be always be the case.

    Now go do something nice for someone who can’t repay you, and stop adding to the divisive atmosphere in our beautiful country.

    • 46Wild

      Well stated!!!!!!

  • Deeto

    Watch The Thom Hartmann show at http://www.freespeech.org. They have a lot of good information on all of their shows.

  • LynNdon ChatHham

    As always, the Progressive Left belittles and talks condescendingly of
    anyone that dares to disagree with them – In this case, the “poor”
    Republicans. Right out the gate, the author of this article begins by
    belittling “poor” Republicans for their religious beliefs (which are
    actually quite varied, as are their economic status), and uses the old
    atheistic Marxist ploy that religion is the opiate of the masses. He
    then proceeds to enlighten the reader of just how irrational and shallow
    the religious beliefs, and lives, of the “poor” Republicans are – as
    though those “poor” Republicans all share one common belief system.
    Ironically, though, this does not impede the author from leaping to the
    claim that the religious beliefs of those “poor” Republicans are totally
    inconsistent (hypocritical?) with the real “teachings of Jesus Christ,”
    as defined by…the author himself? WHAT A LOAD OF SELF-RIGHTEOUS
    BIGOTRY! A total generalization and caricature of the religious beliefs
    and character of all “poor” Republicans. DISGUSTING! And it’s all
    downhill from there folks – Attacking the motivations of the Republican
    leadership, as well as the moral values of those “poor” Republicans
    (sanctity of life and sexual purity). Yes! How dare those “poor”
    Republicans oppose the all wise secular Progressives from properly
    educating their children in matters of sex; and how dare they oppose the
    almighty Secular Left’s free condoms that are being thrust into the
    hands of their teens. LISTEN UP PEOPLE! Holding a reverence for the
    sanctity of life and sexual purity outside of marriage are neither
    backwards, ignorant, religious beliefs, nor contradictory political
    values, as this author would have his readers believe. HIS
    CONDESCENDING ARGUMENTS ARE ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING! He then goes on to accuse the Republican Leadership of fear mongering and those “poor” Republicans of holding irrational fears that cloud their thinking and
    judgement. Why, according to this bonehead Progressive, those “poor,”
    ignorant Republicans are too stupid to even know what’s good for them.
    In fact, they are completely clueless of “how government works,” and
    they have the attention span “on par with Dory from Finding Nemo.”
    TOTAL PROGRESSIVE VOMIT AND BELITTLING POLITICAL BIGOTRY. And the icing on his shit cake – Those “poor” Republicans that hold to their 2nd Amendment Right to Bear Arms, are “imbeciles” and “fools.” ‘NUFF
    SAID…THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE IS A SELF RIGHTEOUS, BIGOT! This is one
    independent’s point of view, anyway! Perhaps you’ll disagree, but
    before you write off my point of view, please go back and re-read the
    article with a different pair of shoes on (after you’ve walked a mile or
    two in them). WARNING THIS WILL PROBABLY HURT LIKE HELL – DAMN THE BLISTERS!

  • Virginia Liberal

    Not enough poor people bother to vote. If they did things would start to change.

  • betsy75

    gerry mandering, voter suppression, interstate cross check is why they are in power. They cheat.

  • Tired_of_tribalism

    I’d be wary of painting this as republican vs. democrat story. The executive branch has too much power, and has since the advent of nuclear weapons. I suggest looking into executive overreach since Truman. Clandestine warfare is the norm, and it shouldn’t be. Don’t fall trap to this me against you narrative.

  • Tired_of_tribalism

    Newsflash, neither party does anything but peddle the status quo.

  • BigBroFan

    PERFECT article on “the republican voter.” Great job.