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Tom Toles

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 4 years ago

    DC area Virginia loves the Dems massive government idea but that will fade.

  2. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, almost 4 years ago

    If you live, consciously or subconsciously, a small town or rural life, you probably vote Republican. If you live, consciously or subconsciously, an urban life, you probably vote Democratic. For cities to exist, large-scale planning and organization, i.e. government, is necessary. When you live in the middle of nowhere (actually or mentally) with few neighbors, neither government, nor the need for it, are visible.

    Mayberry never was real, but some folks here in Virginia still think it represents the “real” America, while in reality most Americans live in or on the outskirts of the city.

    There is a simple way to create a permanent Conservative majority in this country: replace one-man-one-vote with one acre-one-vote. This is quite clear in any county-by-county voting map. There are more “blue” people than “red” people in this country, but more “red” dirt than “blue” dirt.

    Being an “outsider” is tougher in a small well-knit community than in a big city, so those who feel themselves to be “outsiders” also tend to vote Democratic. This is what is really meant by all the talk of “minorities.” This is why Republican efforts to reach out to a more diverse population usually fail: nothing they do or propose actually serves to make those who still feel themselves to be “outside looking in” feel like they belong.

    Demography is on the side of the Democrats; that’s reality. But never fear, both parties will continue to change as they always have. The Democratic and Republican Parties of 20 years from now may look quite different. I doubt the GOP is going to cling to its present agenda and slowly commit suicide. I doubt the Democrats will always be able to hold together their divergent elements. But whether “conservative” or “liberal”, urban diversity is going to win out over rural home-town simplicity and homogeneity. Demography is Destiny.

  3. zoidknight

    zoidknight said, almost 4 years ago


    The only reality is that the lazy wellfare clans insist we support them and that the democrats have delusions of entitlement programs.

  4. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, almost 4 years ago


    Of course THAT reality only exist in the heads of folks how know that ‘those peopele’ are ALL too lazy to work.

  5. walruscarver2000

    walruscarver2000 said, almost 4 years ago


    I can’t decide if you’re really, really stupid or
    a joker playing really, really stupid. Either way, you do it very well.

  6. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    Howie, I wouldn’t bring up the racial and gender profiles of congressional leaders there in your glass house.

  7. emptc12

    emptc12 said, almost 4 years ago


    I like your post, especially the one part that equates being an outsider “consciously or subconsciously …actually or mentally” with being a minority. We tend to think of minorities in racial terms. It’s become a politically-correct euphemism, somewhat snide. As so-called minorities become obvious numerical majorities, I wonder if use of the term will fade?
    The joys and problems of small towns contrasted to life in big cities were dominant themes in American literature around 100 years ago, plus and minus. The U.S. often thought of its rural population as the bedrock of society, urban centers as the swamps. I’m thinking offhand of prominent examples such as SISTER CARRIE, SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY, WINESBURG, OHIO, and OUR TOWN, and several Sinclair Lewis novels.
    All over the world, societies increasingly cluster around urban centers. Even far-flung areas in Africa and Asia are connected through modern communications. What does this mean for political systems? Will isolated areas be affected severely, if not brought over to urban attitudes? What will the systems be called – republics, democracies, commonwealths, or weird hybrids with many hyphenations?
    There are outsiders within outsiders in groupings of human society as if in a Mandlebrot factal. Is the minority within a minority the most despised, or is it the most influential? Are bacteria in charge, or are the organisms they occupy? Are people in charge or is Nature? Will monarchies return, will smartphones eventually connect us as if through telepathy and erase all artificial boundaries?
    Consideration of “location, location, location” is the optimum method to buy real estate. In the near future “Demographics” will be the key to political success, as you say. Right now, both U.S. parties try to cheat this by outrageous gerrymandering and tricky scientific means.
    As the older generations die, as the complexion of our population morphs to brown, as our cultures and traditions become even more consumer-based, will separate demographics be obsolete? How then will parties easily operate? It could no longer be through fear toward the outsiders, the minorities.
    Maybe, at last, our ingrained primate tribal imperative would no longer be “See the outsider, fear the outsider, kill the outsider.”

  8. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago

    I can honestly say I have not seen a group of comments on this site (with the usual exceptions) as literate, nuanced, and researched as what I see here. Thanks, everyone.

    As a Virginian, I am worried. Our best hope, Mark Warner, has chosen to stay in the US Senate, and he will be an asset there. McAuliffe is energetic; that is all the positive I can see to him. He is an organizer, and he will run an efficient campaign. If his opponent is Cuccinelli, he has a good chance of winning, because Cooch is abrasively and adamantly my-way-or-the-highway, and that is far right tea party republican.

    I would hope, however, that another democratic contender will come along. There is no chance that a better Republican contender will announce after what the Lt. Governor went through before suspending his campaign. Cooch has his nomination sewed up, but I fear he will be a poor choice, and any republican has a decent chance in Virginia, regardless of who they are. (Recent example:a Republican running for state legislature was found to have had an arrest for domestic abuse, and that his wife had had a restraining order taken out on him, but “God has forgiven him, and therefore so can we” and he’s now in the state house.)

  9. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    “Because Obama will tax anyone working to death”
    All you have to do is stop working! Then you too can join the gravy train!
    "As so-called minorities become obvious numerical majorities, I wonder if use of the term will fade? "
    No, former minorities, such as Native Americans, that become obvious numerical majorities can be further subdivided into new minorities, such as tribal distinctions: Apache, Cherokee, Navajo, etc. And if those start to become numerical majorities, just start subdividing again: Baptist Navajo vs Protestant Navajo vs Catholic Navajo. And on and on. The Spanish were particularly good at this when the starting encountering native peoples in the “New World”. The Spanish came up with dozens of racial and ethnic divisions, with the Spanish at the top of the list. The GOP is just following this model. White GOP voters will always for for white GOP candidates, non-white GOP voters will always vote for non-white GOP candidates if any are running, if not, they vote for the white GOP candidate, and so forth. Romney’s 47% comment is reality to him and the GOP.

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