The 3 Groups That Constitute the “Democrat Coalition”

For those of us on the right, it is mind-boggling how liberals hold the positions they hold, and even more so how on earth anyone could be convinced to vote Democrat. Why does Obama insist on tax increases that even he acknowledged in 2010 will hurt the economy? Why is it that unions cannot understand they are hurting their states’ economies and blowing holes in their states’ budgets? It might be an exercise in futility to make sense of the nonsensical, but I think it is worthwhile. For the most part, I see three distinct groups that constitute the Democrat coalition.

Richard Baris is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. His columns appear weekly on Saturdays.

Richard Baris is a contributor to The Brenner Brief. His columns appear weekly on Saturdays.

The first group in the Democrat coalition is the arrogant elite. These are the party leaders, liberal university professors, Hollywood crowd, media elite, and of course left-wing billionaire hypocrites like Warren Buffet. They are of the opinion that, well, quite frankly — you are too stupid to make the right decisions in society for yourself. Big government better understands issues most close to us, our families and our communities. Representing what is still a disturbing proposition to most Americans, they disguise their path to statism by making arguments based on emotions that are devoid of sense, and promise the impossible in order to expand the Democrat coalition.

Out of the three, the second group holds the most promise. Idealists make up a large part of the Democrat coalition, even though many do not hold die-hard big government liberal philosophies. While some will be hopeless utopians, many are middle-class Americans who just want themselves and their neighbors to have a fair shot at the American dream without feeling as if the system is rigged against them.

The difficult economic times we are in have made these voters especially vulnerable to class warfare rhetoric and the Republican party an easy scapegoat. Democrats understand something about these voters that Republicans cannot grasp. The insistence on tax hikes for the wealthy, despite being terrible policy, gives these voters a sense that someone is looking out for them. Opposing corporate welfare for companies such as GE, Apple, and Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway with the same fervor as Solyndra would be a good start towards winning them over.

There is a reason that we so often hear the claim, “I was a Democrat until I got older.” It is true. Even among conservatives who tend to be realistic by nature, we admit real life experience either reinforced or even shaped our political ideology.

Living in a college town, I had a front row seat observing the impact that Michelle Obama’s promise to keep college affordable had on the students at the University of Florida. I did somehow miss the warning that those students had a very real possibility to experience the next financial meltdown as a result of those promises.

Young Americans are idealistic and consistently respond to the Democrat message. As much as we all wish to be the case, one does not simply grow up and begin to vote Republican. After years of nothing less than indoctrination, Republicans are literally tasked with undoing the damage caused by the likes of Agenda 21.

Hispanic Americans are among the most idealistic members of our society. Both President Reagan and President Bush believed that the Republican party was a natural home for this growing demographic. Republicans are scrambling to find the best way to cater to them but have missed the point. While aligned with Republicans on social issues they are economically liberal.

The third and final group consists of union leaders, many but not all union members, welfare corporations, and career welfare recipients who abuse the safety net. I paired these constituencies together, which I have dubbed “Tocqueville’s Takers” because they share the same characteristics that the Democrat Party has come to rely on more and more. This group is heavy on selfishness and light on personal responsibility. The Republican party could debate the issues until we are all blue in the face but it wouldn’t change their minds.

In 1830, Alexis de Tocqueville warned that “the American Republic will survive until Congress discovers they can bribe the public with the public’s money.” There will always be members of a society that do not care about the damage they cause in pursuit of their selfishness. Ironic that this is exploited by those who pretend that sacrificing self-interest for the good of the community is a pillar of their political doctrine.

Make no mistake about it, we have been outsmarted by the arrogant elite for the better part of a century. Emotion is a powerful weapon against reason. In fact, I don’t know of another more powerful. But is there anything more powerful than the truth?

It would be easy to lump those who are idealistic into the third group and overlook our own failures, but it will be a mistake.


  1. It is a frightening concept to think that the Truth has a hard time to prevail, especially when you have the left tactics of yelling lies while you are speaking said truth. Thus, no one can hear the Truth. Well i truly now understand the phrase screaming liberals


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