According to The New York Times, the Obama campaign has given up trying to win over a majority of the white working class
“in favor of cementing a center-left coalition made up, on the one hand, of voters who have gotten ahead on the basis of educational attainment - professors, artists, designers, editors, human resources managers, lawyers, librarians, social workers, teachers and therapists - and a second, substantial constituency of lower-income voters who are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic.”
What should be striking about the list of professions Obama (and The Times) thinks are so in the bag for the Leftists that the white working class vote is unneeded is that every single one of them – every one – is a profession where people “get ahead” by not doing anything. Every one of them is all talk, but no action. And, the thing is, when you don’t do anything you don’t need to know what you’re talking about because, when you don’t do anything, nothing can go wrong.
The professor doesn’t do anything. He’s all talk. His job is to lecture to school children who are yet to have done anything (and thus, are yet another guaranteed Democrat Party constituency.) The artist doesn’t make things, he depicts them. The actor doesn’t do anything, he only pretends to. The designer draws up plans for the people who do things and the editor moves words around to best describe the things that other people do and did that day. Human Resource managers hire the people who will do things; lawyers talk their way to victory while Social Workers and Therapists do the same, using pseudo-intellectual psychobabble instead of double-talk and legalese. Take the entire output of the constituency that is thought to most likely support Obama’s reelection and the Democrat Party in general and not a single thing has been produced.
On the other side of the spectrum, the “lower-income voter” may do things, but he doesn’t own them and he doesn’t pay for them. In fact, because he pays no federal income tax, he doesn’t need to be right because, in the “cost/benefit equation” that comprises rational thought, he pays none of the costs. These Democrat Party constituencies don’t need to know what they’re talking about because they don’t put their money where their mouths are.
The cultural divide in America has been described in various ways. Some call it “The Makers and the Takers.” Ayn Rand called it “The Producers and the Looters.” Even The New York Times unwittingly recognizes it for what it is, America’s culture war is between “The Doers and The Talkers.”