I'm a little late, I know, but after reviewing both our current economic situation and the 2008 exit poll results from a CNN survey (http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/results/polls/#USP00p1) I noted some interesting results.
The majority of the voters who were under-educated and underpaid voted for President Obama.
The CNN poll website does not give a margin of error, but I think 3% is fair considering polling in general. However, the numbers don't lie:
63% of the voters with no high school diploma voted for President Obama;
52% of the voters with a high school diploma only voted for President Obama;
60% of the voters who made less than $50k/year voted for President Obama;
All other income brackets split their votes evenly.
In the interest of fairness, this exit polling also showed that those with some college or a college degree voted within the above mentioned margin of error, and post-graduates voted for President Obama by a margin of 58% to 40%, with 2% answering "other/no."
But before the firestorm starts, I'm not going to say that only stupid, poor people voted for our current President, so let's get that out of the way right now.
However I do think that a fair statement can be made that un-educated or under-educated poor people are very easy to lead. This is regardless of race, gender, religion, or whatever.
Our current economic condition is due to several conditions and events that have occurred over the last 10 years or so, and have been brought on by, and all of you Bush-bashers out there take note of this, members of both parties.
It pains me to talk to people who are, well, un-educated or under-educated (especially in recent history) and upon being asked the question "How did we get in our current economic situation?" I am automatically replied to with a resounding "Bush did it" without them missing a beat.
What a shame, because those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it.
Everybody with an education, a grip on recent history, and an un-biased look at politics (meaning there's plenty of blame to go around) knows that all of our problems are not the sole responsibility of one man. Any logical person can come to the conclusion that any one man is just not capable of doing this much damage.
Any logical person also knows that Congress, not the President, makes the laws in this country. (Reminder: Democrats have controlled the Congress since '06, the last two years of former President Bush's term.)
So, what's the point of this article? Simply put, politicians (on both sides) rely very heavily on your ability to be easily led, to have short-term memory loss when it comes to recent history (the last 20 years or so,) and to be swayed purely on feel-good emotional pulls of the heart.
Democrats have been labeling the former President (justifiably to your point of view or not) as an idiot, and in a very disrespectful manner I might add, along with their constituents, and most of the media has climbed right on board with them.
Bottom line: Effective marketing to the target audience.
Republicans, take note. If you want to have a fighting chance in the long run, you better start touting education, because asking citizens to cast their vote for McCain because he is a veteran is no more intelligent than Democrats asking people to vote for Obama because he's black.
While both strategies worked more for Democrats then Republicans [Obama won 95% of the black vote while veterans voted for McCain 54%-44% over Obama (http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenumbers/2008/12/the-veteran-vot.html] that doesn't exactly spew intelligence on either side.
Knowledge is power, and it is color blind.
This column is a call to educate yourselves, regardless of affiliation.
Do not allow yourselves to be led by party affiliation, but rather be led by ideals, morals, and education. Do not be easy to lead.
There will be detractors to this column who state that I'm saying that only "stupid" people voted for Obama. Again, do not be easily led.
Do your research. Do your "due diligence."
Do not be surprised when we become a socialist society.
You've allowed it.