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Working class men, freedom and Tea Parties

CNBC a href=”http://www.cnbc.com/id/33265793″had an article (by Reuters) I read yesterday /aon working class men who (gasp!) may blame Democrats for the recession:br /br /blockquoteWorking-class males have been among the biggest U.S. losers in this recession.br /br /Does that mean that President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party will be the big loser in the 2010 congressional elections? Some analysts say yes, even though blue-collar white males have been leaning Republican for decades and have been a shrinking percentage of the U.S. electorate….br /br /The male unemployment rate rose to 11 percent in September from 6.8 percent in the same month last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor. The overall rate has gone to 9.8 percent from 6.2 percent over the same 12 months.br /br /For white men over the age of 20 unemployment has almost doubled over that period to 9.6 percent from 5.5 percent….br /br /White working-class males have been turning their backs on the Democratic Party for decades—a perplexing situation in the eyes of some as a vote for the pro-business Republican Party is seen as a vote against their economic interests.br //blockquotebr /br /A perplexing situation? Not really–it’s just that many working class men understand better than the government that when the government “bites the hand that feeds them,” they are not better off. If the government puts a stranglehold on business, the businesses in turn can’t hire them. Unlike the “perplexed” Democrats who have no concept, (or choose not to) of how business works, the working class men themselves understand simple economics. br / br /And finally, I love this misinterpretation by a political scientist of why working-class men go to Tea parties:br /br /blockquote”Many have lost jobs and working-class white men have difficulty doing things they saw their fathers do which they cannot do and so it is easy to go swing sign at a Tea Party,” said Jillson./blockquotebr /br /Sure, that’s why the Tea Parties are often held on the weekend, because everyone is out of a job and is desperate. Most of the parties I have seen or attended are filled with many freedom-loving men (and women) who have jobs and can’t get the day off during the week. And many of those without a job are retired. br /br /When it comes to the Tea Parties, the MSM wants to make the participants out to be a bunch of white jobless men ready to proclaim allegiance to the KKK with just a bit of coaxing. What they don’t understand or pretend not to, is that the Tea Parties are a symbol of hard-working Americans who still believe (perhaps naively) that they have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, without excessive government interference. Michael Patrick Leahy, in his book a href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979497442?ie=UTF8tag=wwwviolentkicomlinkCode=as2camp=1789creative=9325creativeASIN=0979497442″span style=”font-style:italic;”Rules for Conservative Radicals,/span/aimg src=”http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wwwviolentkicoml=as2o=1a=0979497442″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / captures the reason of many who go to the Tea Parties: “As a nation, we’ve lost our way, not because we can’t see the path, but because we’ve allowed a small group in the political class to usurp the natural rights assigned for us in the Constitution.” br /br /When this administration and its useful idiots realize that the right to run their own lives is more important to working-class men than government hand-outs, then maybe they will have something to talk to these men about. In the meantime, let the Tea Partying continue.