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Ultimately GOP support will die off.  Literally.  The only age group the GOP 'owns' is 65+.
 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Oct 12th, 2018 at 12:11:52 AM EST
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The same words and thoughts of mine in 1960 when JFK got the majority of the youth voters. It didn't quite work out in that fashion.

Recently came across a film by Noam Chomsky from the 1960s - "Manufacturing Consent". Still as actual today than let's say 80 years ago. Not a level playing field with official propaganda pushing the masses continually into policy of war and upheaval. Sit out the ride and protect yourself and your loved ones.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Oct 12th, 2018 at 02:20:21 AM EST
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I've seen this being promised for decades, but it has yet to happen.

It's even worse in the UK. Some of the Tory Party's biggest contributors are actually dead, making donations in their wills from beyond the grave.

But generally, when there's a state apparatus of propaganda and misdirection, people vote how they're told to. In most "developed" countries that means anything resembling economic populism is strictly off the menu.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Oct 12th, 2018 at 08:23:10 PM EST
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As Oui and TBG point out, the demographic argument is no clincher. The 65+ cohort do die out, but are replaced by new over 65s with the same set of prejudices. Young people want to change the world, old people have stuff to hang on to, and scare easy.

We may have been right back in the day: don't trust anyone over thirty.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sat Oct 13th, 2018 at 08:05:32 PM EST
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Will that be true in the future? The way things are going old people may not have so much stuff beyond their student debt.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Oct 13th, 2018 at 10:45:10 PM EST
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By that time democracy™ will belong to the past.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Oct 14th, 2018 at 03:59:10 PM EST
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I'm happy to lose Democracy™.

A bit of a shame about real democracy though.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Oct 14th, 2018 at 08:26:11 PM EST
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At least you can't lose what you haven't got.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Mon Oct 15th, 2018 at 11:42:30 AM EST
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With one twist: the new over 65s do include more and more Latinos, Asian and other minorities compared to the present wave of old geezers.

To maintain a white minority rule, more techniques must be used: partisan gerrymandering and massive voters disenfranchisement, preferably ethnic minorities.

by Bernard on Sun Oct 14th, 2018 at 05:18:38 PM EST
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The underlying dynamic of US elections is the percentage of white people who vote and the 25 and under crowd who don't.  As the predominately white 65+ crowd croaks those votes are lost to the GOP and they aren't being replaced.

This is more-or-less what happened to the Dems when the New Deal generation died off.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Oct 15th, 2018 at 10:32:51 PM EST
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Soooo, it's the economy?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 12:39:07 AM EST
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