In 2004 it was apparent to anybody who would honestly look that invading Iraq was led by a series of lies, and that tax policies were being written for the wealthiest one tenth of one percent and that the economy for working people was a plugged toilet.
Yet, this county and the country voted Republican. It went against all logic and it wasn't until now that it finally struck me why. This epiphany came from the most innocent of sources; a very senior aunt that had overheard a family discussion of politics. She approached me and whispered, "Oh Joe, you're not for the blacks are you?" I was stunned; and gently reminded her of our family history in supporting unions and the aspirations of all Americans. But the audacity of the statement so boggled me that it just now struck me the profound ramifications in the statement. This would explain why someone would choose the side opposite their best interest. Even though the Republican party is not their side, this is the side they WANT to be on. They hope that as long as they vote and spout the Republican line that this is where they belong. To vote Democratic would seem to them as sharing the same interest as black people. Their pride and identity won't allow that. By deceiving themselves they hope someday that may become true, but unless they hit the lottery, they will only be the butt of cruel jokes at the country club.
The struggle by hardcore Republicans to justify their deceptions and rationalize their greed must have their stomachs tied in knots. But that they have earned.