Who do Americans trust and why we should elect a nurse for President

Conservatives—studies show they are better organized than liberals—are great at spreading cherry-picked facts (better known as propaganda, lies and misinformation) to fool and confuse America, and I read an example of this recently. I wasn’t sure it was an example until I did some Google digging.

Newsmax.com (March 23, 2014) reported a Fox News Poll that claimed President Obama’s Approval Ratings Keep Sliding. “The Fox poll shows 54% of Americans disapprove of how he has done his job.” Reverse that and he enjoys a 46% approval rating.

But what happens when we compare President Obama’s approval rating with others. For instance, the Republican Party.

Examiner.com reported in January 2014 that “According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 80 percent of Americans don’t trust the Republican Party.”

Wow, does that mean only 20% trust them—less than half Obama’s trust factor?

I wonder why neoconservative Rupert Murdock’s Fox News didn’t report that fact.

Did you know that the Libertarian Koch brothers are spending tens of millions to influence the 2014 Congressional elections? Probably not, but they are. You may want to read “Covert Operations” published in The New Yorker to discover just who these billionaire brothers are and how they are subverting democracy and don’t forget, they are libertarians.

The New Yorker says: The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation.” In addition, “Koch Industries (is) one of the top ten air polluters in the United States.”

Do you trust the Koch brothers now?

Then I wanted to know how many American’s trust libertarians—after all the Koch brothers are the wealthiest, most powerful libertarians in America—according to Politico.com on September 11, 2013, “The poll surveyed all voters, not just those on the right, and overall 27 percent said they didn’t know enough to offer an opinion of libertarianism. About 40 percent of 18-to-32-year-olds view the word ‘libertarian’ favorably, although about a third don’t know what it means.” Having 60% of Americans either ignorant of what libertarianism means or against it still isn’t as good as the 46% who trust President Obama.

What about the tea party movement? After all, they are very loud. DailyKos.com says, “Americans still wouldn’t trust them with scissors.” A recent Bloomberg National Poll asked “Do you consider yourself a supporter of the Tea Party Movement?” Only 24% said yes and 66% said no. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll had the same results.

The Democrats don’t do much better with 72% of Americans lacking confidence in them—doesn’t say anything about not trusting them, just a lack of confidence. However, according to Politicususa.com, “Americans View Democrats as More Ethical and Honest. … Despite spending years attacking the character of President Obama and the Democrats, a new Pew Research Center survey found that the American people trust Democrats more than Republicans 41% to 31%.”

Is there anyone Americans trust more than Obama? Gallup answered that question with a December 17, 2013 poll. I think that’s recent enough to still be trusted.

Eighty-two percent of Americans trust Nurses and 70% grade school teachers. At the bottom are political lobbyists at 6% and members of Congress at 8%. Even newspaper reporters were trusted by only 21%. In fact, 34% think the wealthy are less honest.

I then wondered why a nurse or grade school teacher hasn’t run for president. But since we don’t have a nurse or grade school teacher as President, I guess we’ll just have to live with President Obama who does a whole lot better with the trust factor than everyone who’s badmouthing him in the media—like neoconservative Rupert Murdock’s Fox News and all those negative political ads the infamous libertarian Koch brothers are paying for to make democrats running for reelection look bad so Americans lose trust in them and vote for a Republican instead.

Since I was a teacher for thirty years and taught mostly 7th, 8th and 9th grades, I wanted to know what Americans thought about all public school teachers, not just grade school teachers. The Christian Science Monitor reported last August 2013 that “Americans remain largely critical of the US education system as a whole, but parents, especially, are increasingly pleased with their neighborhood schools and more displeased (unhappy) with the rising use of standardized, multiple choice tests to evaluate, and potentially punish, teachers, a new Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll suggests.” And “72 percent of respondents say they trust the men and women who are ‘teaching children in the public schools.’”

Maybe a nurse should run for president and a teacher for vice president. In fact, let’s fire Congress and fill those seats with nurses and public school teachers and let them run the country. In the meantime, President Obama still has the highest approval rating compared to both parties, Congress, the tea party people, the media, neoconservatives and libertarians. Do you think we can trust the media to report that?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. This is the love story Sir Robert Hart did not want the world to discover.

His latest novel is the multiple-award winning Running with the Enemy. He was a public school teacher for thirty years (1975 – 2005)

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Government Shutdown—no big deal—it’s all political razzmatazz

NPR.org says, “Drawn-out fights over spending bills are nothing new for Congress. But that’s where the fights used to stay: in Congress. The rest of the country didn’t have to pay much attention to countdown clocks and all this drama. In the ’60s and ’70s down until 1980, it was not taken that seriously at all,” says Charles Tiefer, a former legal adviser to the House of Representatives, who now teaches at the University of Baltimore Law School. 

If budget battles were pretty much ignored by the voting public before the 1980s, why is a federal government shut down such a hot-button issue today?

The answer is simple but shocking: after President Ronald Reagan’s veto killed the Fairness Doctrine in 1987—an FCC policy introduced in 1949 that was designed to keep the media more transparent and honest in its reporting and opinions—an industry that was dying, AM radio, saw the explosion of Rush Limbaugh and others like him as they launched conservative talk radio claiming to be the voice of a ‘silent majority’.

With the Fairness Doctrine gone, these conservative voices were free to mislead all they wanted. After all, the 1st Amendment that protects the freedom of expression in America from government intervention says nothing about being honest.

I think that most Americans have heard of the liberal media and its bias—after all the conservative media machine never let us forget—but few may realize that there is also a conservative media machine much larger than just AM talk radio.

The following list is not complete but it will give you an idea of how large and influential the conservative media machine has become: Source: Watch.org [to see a list of liberal news outlets, click on this link from Watch.org].

Accuracy in Media

Avinu News Avinu News.com

Citizens United

The Conservative Voice conservativevoice.com

Conservatives Forum conservativesforum.com

Constitution Society constitution.org

Cybercast News Service

Drudge Report

Ether Zone etherzone.com

The Federal Observer federalobserver.com

The Third Report ThirdReport.com

Federal Review federalreview.com

Fox News: Bill O’Reilly (O’Reilly Factor); Shepard Smith; Greta Van Susteren; Brit Hume; Rita Crosby

Free Republic

FrontPageMag.com

GOPUSA

Hannity & Colmes (Fox News)

Human Events Online humaneventsonline.com

LewRockwell.com lewrockwell.com

Media Research Center: “Tracking Liberal Media Bias Since 1996.”

MensNewsDaily.com

Move America Forward

Mullings mullings.com

National Review Online

NewsMax NewsMax.com

The Northern Right northernright.com

The Patriotist patriotist.com

The Third Report ThirdReport.com

Restoring America restoringamerica.org

RightMarch.com / rightmarch.com

Right Wing News rightwingnews.com

Rush Limbaugh

Sierra Times sierratimes.com

Talon News (see article)

Town Hall

Wall Street Journal Opinion opinionjournal.com

Washington Times

Weekly Standard

WorldNetDaily

Now that US citizens have been stirred up by these two battling media machines, how has this political propaganda influenced America?

On September 25, 2013, a CBS poll reported, “Eighty percent of Americans say threatening a government shutdown during budget debates is not an acceptable way to negotiate; only 16 percent think it is.”

A Washington Post ABC News Poll found that “Barely one in four (26 percent) approve of congressional Republicans’ handling of budget negotiation …”

Reuters reported, “Forty-six percent said that if government agencies and programs start closing on Tuesday, they would fault Republicans in Congress while 36 percent said they would blame Obama, the CNN survey found. Thirteen percent said both would be at fault.

“About 60 percent of the 803 U.S. adults polled said they want lawmakers to pass a budget agreement to avoid the shutdown, according to the telephone survey conducted over the weekend.” Note: Reuters is an international news agency headquarters in London, United Kingdom, and Reuters has a strict policy toward upholding journalistic objectivity.

The truth is there is nothing to worry about.  Gallup reported on October 1, 2013 that “History Suggests Shutdown Stakes May Not Be That High—As the U.S. government shuts down for the first time since 1996, historical Gallup data show the shutdown 17 years ago had either no effect or a short-term impact on Americans’ views of the U.S. and of the political players involved.”

In conclusion, I think the American people should be more concerned about the fact that the private-sector media in America is no longer free to report objective news and opinions, because the media is mostly controlled by one political machine or the other and there is little we hear or see that can be trusted.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy that started life as a memoir and then became a fictional suspense thriller. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Two days after the first 2012 Presidential Debate

Two days after the debate, a report says the jobless rate dropped to 7.8%, the lowest since 2009. This matches the rate when Obama took office. The number of unemployed in America is now 12.1 million.

“An overall better-than-expected jobs report, consistent with most recent data that suggest the economy is gaining some momentum,” said Sal Guatieri, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, in a note to clients. “The sizeable drop in the unemployment rate could lift the president’s re-election chances following a post-debate dip.”

There are now 325,000 more jobs than when Obama took office.

In fact, Democrats do better at putting people to work than Republicans — twice as many per year.

“… year by year, at the net change in jobs, for every year since 1953 (Eisenhower’s first year in office). This was defined as January 31 to January 31, to best coincide with the presidential term. Overall, nearly 48 million jobs were created under 23 years of Democratic presidents (over 2 million per year; I excluded 2012) and nearly 35 million under 36 years of Republican presidents (just under 1 million per year).”

Source: Numerate Choir.com—Job Creation Stats under Republicans and Democrats


In the last eighty years there have been five-major financial crises in the US and they all happened with a Republican president in the White House,” says Bob Deitrick, co-author of Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box.

What about the rich getting richer? Who does a better job at boosting the wealth of the top one percent?

A. Democrats

B. Republicans

Rolling Stone Magazine offers the answer:

Today’s Republican Party may revere Reagan as the patron saint of low taxation. But the party of Reagan – which understood that higher taxes on the rich are sometimes required to cure ruinous deficits – is dead and gone. Instead, the modern GOP has undergone a radical transformation, reorganizing itself around a grotesque proposition: that the wealthy should grow wealthier still, whatever the consequences for the rest of us.

Modern-day Republicans have become, quite simply, the Party of the One Percent – the Party of the Rich.

Since Republicans rededicated themselves to slashing taxes for the wealthy in 1997, the average annual income of the 400 richest Americans has more than tripled, to $345 million – while their share of the tax burden has plunged by 40 percent. Today, a billionaire in the top 400 pays less than 17 percent of his income in taxes – five percentage points less than a bus driver earning $26,000 a year. “Most Americans got none of the growth of the preceding dozen years,” says Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist. “All the gains went to the top percentage points.” Read more: Rolling Stone.com

Read more: First 2012 Presidential Debate

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Manipulating Opinions by Leaving out Facts – see how it is done

An old conservative friend sent me a link to a post on a popular Blog. The post was about U.S. Health Care Waste Larger Than Pentagon Budget.

In this post, Walter Russell Mead’s Blog said, “It’s not exactly earth-shaking news that there’s a lot of waste in the U.S. health care system, but this item we came across still managed to stagger us: A report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that as much as $750 billion is wasted in the U.S. health care system each year.”

Mead’s Blog was correct. This news isn’t new. However, it’s how his Blog ends the short post that misleads:

“Obamacare doesn’t seem to do much to solve any of these problems.”

Both of these statements are correct, but it’s what’s missing that creates a bias and ignores the truth. The implied conclusion is misleading for the following reasons:

No President and/or Congress have successfully solved these problems in the U.S. health care system—ever.

However, that isn’t entirely true. During President Clinton’s second term in office, he was responsible for overhauling the Veteran Administration’s health care system turning it into a model of efficiency, and the VA medical system now serves more patients, thanks to World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan, because the VA is allowed to negotiate prices with the drug industry in addition to a computerized medical system that tracks the health care of every patient with safeguards built in to help avoid making mistakes. The VA is my medical provider and I have no complaints.

In fact, recently, the VA found several polyps in my colon during a colonoscopy that Kaiser Permanente (my health care provider when I was still teaching) missed several years earlier. The VA removed them and possibly saved my life because they had not become cancerous yet.

Of the 24.3 million veterans alive at the start of 2006, nearly three-quarters served during a war or an official period of conflict. About a quarter of the nation’s population, approximately 63 million people, are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members or survivors of veterans.

Since Clinton did do something as president to fix one sector of the American health care system, to avoid misleading readers, I should have said, “No Republican president has accomplished anything to fix this mess. However, Democratic presidents have succeeded three times.”

Back to the U.S. Health Care system and its wasteful spending.

The reason for the waste in health care has nothing to do with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA: popularly known as Obamacare).

However, the waste in health care has everything to do with lawyers, doctors, hospitals, and the drug industry that has spent billions blocking any attempt to reform the system. If these industries saw the PPACA as a threat, national health care would have failed as it has before.

It may surprise many that the earliest health care proposal at the federal level was in 1854.  Both houses of congress passed this bill but President Franklin Pierce vetoed it. The next attempt was by Theodore Roosevelt in 1912, but the American Medical Association (AMA) did not approve and there wasn’t enough public support, so it failed.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried again in 1933, the AMA attacked and succeeded in blocking this proposal. Then in 1965, with public support, President Lyndon Johnson established Medicare to provide health insurance to people age 65 or who meet other special criteria. (Note: Medicare has been under attack since it was established and its critics may be responsible for the financial mess Medicare is facing today–if you cannot destroy it one way, bankrupt it.)

In 1974, President Richard Nixon called for comprehensive health insurance for the nation in his State of the Union address. Nixon’a plan would have mandated employers to purchase health insurance for their employees.  Nixon, a Republican, also failed.

Then in 1994, President Bill Clinton attempted to enact a national health care plan but failed just as everyone else before him did.

However, that wasn’t the last attempt. President G. W. Bush, in 2001, supported a patient’s bill of rights but the AMA and the pharmaceutical industry came out against that congressional health bill.  In 2004, both the Bush and Kerry campaigns again offered health care proposals, and during Bush’s second term, there were two more attempts (one in 2007 and one in 2008) in congress to pass health care reform. Both failed.

From 1998 – 2010, the health care sector spent $4,222,427,808 lobbying to block reforms to the health care system and lobbyists donate money to both Democrats and Republicans.

1. Formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), this group of plaintiffs’ attorneys and others in the legal profession now goes by the name of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and boasts 56,000 members worldwide. A lobbying heavyweight, the association has been battling any attempt at tort reform, including recent proposals to cap awards in medical malpractice lawsuits.

The sector total for Lawyers and Lobbyists for 2011-2012: $156,747,409 — 65.3% went to Democrats Party and 30.2% to Republicans

2. Critics of the American Medical Association, including economist Milton Friedman, have asserted that the organization acts as a guild and has attempted to increase physicians’ wages and fees by influencing limitations on the supply of physicians and non-physician competition. Profession and Monopoly, a book published in 1975, is critical of the AMA for limiting the supply of physicians and inflating the cost of medical care in the United States.

3. The American Hospital Association represents 37,000 individual members at more than 5,000 hospitals and health care systems. With one-third of the nation’s hospitals in the red, the association’s primary focus is lobbying against any reductions in Medicare payments.

Total spent on health care lobbying in 2011-2012: $147,136,594 — 35.7% went to Democrats and 43.2% went to Republicans

4. The pharmaceutical and health products industry includes not only drug manufacturers but also dealers of medical products and nutritional and dietary supplements — is consistently one of the top industries for federal campaign contributions. Annual Lobbying by the Pharmaceuticals/Health Products industry for 2011: $241,481,544.

Top Recipients, 2011 – 2012 – Barack Obama: $785,385, and Mitt Romney: $622,986

STOP! You may have noticed that President Obama (D) received more money this year than Romney (R).  However, when we look at 2004, campaign contributions from this industry to President G. W. Bush (R) were $1,125.915 while John Kerry received $684,423 (D).  What does this tell us?  That lobbyists may donate more to the candidate they expect to win and Bush was already president.

Average Contribution to Members of Congress in 2010:

1. House Democrats: $27.1 thousand
2. House Republicans: $30.62 thousand

3. Senate Democrats: $103.67 thousand
4. Senate Republicans: $79.69 thousand

Source: Open Secrets.org

Is it possible that Walter Russell Mead’s Blog has a political agenda of its own?

A proper conclusion to U.S. Health Care Waste Larger Than Pentagon Budget might have said, “Both Democrats and Republicans have done little to nothing to solve the waste in America’s health care system, because the health care industry owns too many politicians on both sides from presidents to members of Congress.”

You may remember this claim by Mead’s Blog: “Obamacare doesn’t seem to do much to solve any of these problems.” This is also misleading.

CNBC reported, “Health-care fraud is an $80 billion-a-year national epidemic, with some estimates at twice that much. President Obama’s signature piece of legislation is providing the blueprint for the government’s war against this fraud. The little-known provision in the bill provided an additional $350 million in anti-fraud funding, coordinated an unprecedented partnership among law enforcement agencies, and created real-time fraud prevention systems.”

Is it working? To answer that question, CNBC said, “In fiscal year 2011, a record $4.1 billion in taxpayer money was recovered by authorities, according to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.”

You may be thinking, fraud and waste have two different meanings. However, when has a Republican president or GOP dominated Congress ever done anything constructive to deal with one or both? Instead, the GOP wants smaller government and more freedom in the private business sector to do whatever it takes to make profits even if that means turning a blind eye to waste and fraud.

Now, I am going full circle back to that old friend that keeps sending me links to Blog posts similar to Walter Russell Mead’s Blog.  I’ve known this guy since I was a kid—more than fifty years. He wasn’t always a born-again fundamentalist evangelical Christian with far-right conservative libertarian political beliefs.

However, now that he is, I’ve complained to him in e-mails about the biased, misleading crap he keeps sending me links to. I’ve probably deleted and ignored more than I’ve been tempted to open and read.

Aside from a few funny photographs and jokes that were not religious or political in nature, most of this stuff turns out to be the same as what I’m writing about in this Post. This old friend seems deaf, dumb and blind to the misleading bias he keeps sending me.

I’ve threatened to SPAM his e-mail address but that hasn’t stopped him. I have accused him of being brainwashed. I’ve insulted him as ignorant or stupid, etc.  Nothing seems stop him. Maybe it’s time that I follow through with my threat and activate the SPAM filter to stop this endless garbage of propaganda that is biased and is misleading a nation.

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Lloyd Lofthouse, a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, is the award winning author of The Concubine Saga.

His latest novel is Running with the Enemy. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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Conservative Red versus Liberal Blue – a new way to see politics in America

Tired of the usual political lies and mudslinging, I decided to come up with another method to compare and contrast conservative Republicans with liberal Democrats—a method so different that no one had used it before and it could not be twisted by the usual, expected lies designed to confuse and mislead voters.

When most Americans think of conservatives, they see people that are anti gay, anti abortion, supporting lower taxes for the rich and less government in addition to the right to own a weapon such as assault rifles and automatic pistols.

For liberals, thanks to conservative talk-radio shows such as Limbaugh and Beck, many Americans see Democrats as evil liberals that will take away America’s cherished freedoms while supporting a woman’s right to an abortion (seen as murder by radical conservatives); will support laws that severely restrict the sale of weapons, worship the environment in place of God and for the most part believes global warming is caused by carbon emissions—something some conservatives deny with poisonous passion.

When I started researching this topic, I had no idea what the results would be. In addition, I focused on facts gathered from sources with no political agendas. If you conclude that I am biased, think again. The definition of bias says, “Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.”

However, I am opinionated, which means: “A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.”

In this post, you will discover that my opinion was formed from the facts that I gathered and if a bias is detected in my opinion, it came through that research.

Instead of the usual hot-button political issues, I turned to obesity, most racist, most corrupt, most violent, least violent and a ranking of the smartest states.

Then I used the facts from several reports/studies on these five topics to compare Red (conservative) to Blue (liberal) states as determined by compiling the average margins of victory in the five presidential elections between 1992 and 2008. Source: Red states and blue states – Wiki

In my opinion, the results of this study from facts gathered from sources without any political agenda may surprise you and change your perception of how average conservative and liberal voters think and what they believe. When you judge someone, do not judge them from what they say but what they do: lifestyle choices. For example, an alcoholic or drug addict may deny that he is not one when his habits and behavior prove otherwise.

OBESITY:

The Huffington Post published an obesity index ranking all fifty states. Of the first twenty-five states with the least number of obese people, sixteen (64%) were liberal Blue States and seven (28%) were Red (GOP). Of the twenty-five most obese states, fifteen (60%) voted conservative Red (GOP) and five (20%) went liberal Blue.

MOST racist states in America:

Top Ten.com listed the most racist states in America. Eight (80%) of these states voted conservative (GOP) in the last five Presidential elections, and two were considered battle-ground states.  None of the states on this list cast a majority vote for a Blue-state candidate (so-called liberal Democrats).

MOST Politically Corrupt states in America:

Information on the eight most politically corrupt states in America came from two sources: Fox Business.com (a known conservative media corporation) and iLook China.net.

Seven (87.5%) of the eight-most politically corrupt states in America voted Red and one (12.5%) went liberal Blue.

MOST violent states in America:

The Huffington Post listed the ten most violent states in America. Number 10, Maryland, was the only Blue state (10%). Two (Nevada and Florida) are considered battleground states in the 2012 Presidential election, and seven (70%) of the top ten most violent states voted RED (conservative).

LEAST violent states in America:

I turned to Bossip.com to find the 10 least violent states in America and discovered two (20%), Utah (#5) and North Dakota (#6) voted Red. The other eight (80%) went liberal Blue.

SMARTEST State Award in America:

The results of the 2006 Smartest State Award (based on 21 factors from Morgan Quitno.com – click to see those factors) of the top-ten states was: eight (80%) voted liberal Blue and two (20%) went with conservative Red.

1, Wyoming (Blue)

2. Massachusetts (Blue)

3. Connecticut (Blue)

4. New Jersey (Blue)

5. Main (Blue)

6. Virginia (Red – GOP)

7. Montana (Red – GOP)

8. Wisconsin (Blue)

9. Iowa (Blue)

10. Pennsylvania (Blue)

In conclusion: After this report, I may think of the average conservative Republican voter as fat/obese and/or a racist and/or politically and morally corrupt, and/or an Evangelical Fundamentalist Christian, violent and not very smart, while the average liberal Democratic voter is more into healthy living and/or is peace loving and highly educated—in fact, more of a free thinker instead of a Rush Limbaugh ditto head (Note: I once listened to Limbaugh, and during those years, he called his fans ditto heads. He also said he would do their thinking for them.)

Abraham Lincoln—a Republican and the 16th President of the United States (1861 – 1865)—is credited to have said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

It’s ironic that this quote—”You can fool some of the people all of the time”—describes the average Republican voter of today.

Note:  The word average, as used in this post, means applying the concept of an average to find a value about which recent data is in some way clustered.

– UPDATE added on August 24, 2012 –

EVANGELICAL FUNDAMENTALIST CHRISTIANS:

Thanks to a conversation sparked by Devin Barber, who writes Left of the Right at Gather, I’m adding this update as more evidence to help define the average Republican voter in America. It’s rather long but sometimes the shortest comment from an Internet Troll, in this case going by the name of Dan E, requires a lengthy response loaded with facts.

“The platform committee for next week’s Republican National Convention today approved a strict anti-abortion plank that prompted a rebuke from Senator Scott Brown as GOP candidates try to contain fallout from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comment about rape …” Source: Boston.com – August 21, 2012

Why does the Republican Party (GOP) run on a strict anti-abortion platform?

To discover the answer to this question, we need to look closely at the states that have not ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Six reasons have been given for opposing the ERA, but I will only mention one: The ERA would put abortion rights into the U.S. Constitution and make abortion funding a new constitutional right. Source: Arkansas Republican Assembly (ARRA)

The GOP must have a strong platform against abortion or  risk losing its largest block of voters.

Evangelicals have been recognized as pivotal players in the American political landscape at least since the election of President Jimmy Carter. As a vital component of the values voter bloc, along with conservative Roman Catholics, they are even credited with making the crucial difference in the 2004 presidential race. Source: US News.com

In addition, “One study found that 40 percent of the total vote for Bush in 2000 came from Christian Evangelicals, making it the largest single voting bloc in the Republican Party. …

“The most exclusionary and antidemocratic members of the Christian Right are often members of Christian political action groups such as Concerned Women for America. These are groups that regularly spread alarmist and frequently inaccurate claims about liberals, radicals, gays, and feminists. The more frequently a self-identified Evangelical/Born-Again person attends church functions, and the more conservative the theological doctrine and social beliefs they follow, the more likely they are to vote Republican. This especially stands out on the issue of abortion, with 73 percent of Evangelical Bush voters responding that abortion should be illegal in all cases, compared to only 23 percent of Evangelical Gore voters.

“While attacks on civil liberties can come from any direction, the political and Christian Right use skillful marketing that exploits the public’s desire for quick solutions and capitalizes on today’s hectic information flow. With clever slogans that oversimplify complex public policy issues, the Right routinely scapegoats others in pursuit of their agenda.” Source: PRA: Political Research Associates

The twenty states that have not ratified ERA are:

1. Arkansas: In 2008:
Democratic Governor
Democrats control both houses of the legislature
51-100% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections.

2. Alabama:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

3. Arizona:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Democratic candidate carried the state in all four of the most recent elections

4. Florida:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate each carried the state in two of the four most recent elections

5. Georgia
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

6. Illinois:
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– Democratic Governor
– 11-20% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Democratic candidate carried the state in all four of the most recent elections

7. Louisiana:
– GOP governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections.

8. Mississippi:
– GOP governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

9. Missouri:
– Democratic Governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 31-40% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The  Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections.

10. Nevada:
– GOP governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 11-20% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate each carried the state in two of the four most recent elections

11. North Carolina:
– Democratic Governor
– Democrats control both houses of the legislature
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

12 . South Carolina:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

13. Oklahoma:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 51-100% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

14.Utah:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 6-10% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition. In addition 61-70% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states), and the Mormon Church opposes abortion. About 61% of the state’s population are members of The Church of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Utah has the highest birth rate in the US.
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

In a setback for the ERA, five states have since rescinded their ratifications thereby requiring ratification by eight more states.

15. Virginia:
– GOP governor
– one chamber of the legislature controlled by the Democratic Party and the other one controlled by the GOP
– 31-40% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

16.Nebraska:
Note: It is unique in that it is the only American state legislature that is unicameral. Unicameralism is the practice of having only one legislative or parliamentary chamber.– – — GOP governor
– Membership of state legislature by party affiliation (GOP 34 – Democratic Party 15)
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

17. Tennessee:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 51-100% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

18. Idaho:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– In addition 51-60% believe their religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life (one of six states)
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

19. Kentucky:
– Democratic Governor
– one chamber of the legislature controlled by the Democratic Party and the other one controlled by the GOP
– 41-50% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in three of the four most recent elections

20. South Dakota:
– GOP governor
– Both houses of legislature controlled by GOP
– 21-30% of population affiliated with Evangelical Protestant Tradition
– The Republican candidate carried the state in all four most recent presidential elections (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008).

One of several sources used to gather this information for each state: Pew Forum.org

In fact, “The notion of compromise is alien to the radical religious right, because from their point of view either a belief comes from God, and is therefore absolutely and eternally true, or it comes from the secular world and ultimately from Satan, and is therefore utterly false, no matter how reasonable it may seem.

“For their part, the Republicans in the United States have been happy to see their party energized by the fervor and commitment that religious right true believers can bring to the political process. Since the late 1970s the religious right has steadily transformed the Republican Party from a basically secular, conservative, civic-minded party to become the public face of legitimacy for the otherwise alien values of the radical religious right.

“For almost three decades the leaders of Christian fundamentalist groups have increasingly radicalized their followers by using certain explosively emotive issues. Principal among those has been the legality of abortion, which they consider to be the murder of unborn children.” Source: Sklatch.net

Note: Where you find Democratic majorities in states where voters mostly vote for GOP presidential candidates and there is a high percentage of Evangelical Christians living in that state, the odds are that you will find Blue Dog Democrats representing the values of those same people. Blue Dogs are conservative Democrats that do not support abortion, gay marriages or gun control. Arizona has the only state chapter of Blue Dog Democrats.

Conclusion: Fifteen of the twenty states that have not ratified the ERA are controlled by the GOP, while only one of the twenty is controlled by the Democratic Party.  Four of the states may be  considered swing states.

To arrive at this conclusion, I gave each state four points:

1. One point for the governor

2. One point for the legislature (if the state legislature was split, one-half point went to each party)

3. One point for Evangelical Christians (This point counts only if 31% or more of the state population are Evangelical Christians)

4. One point for Presidential elections (if the state split between Democrats and the GOP, each party received one-half point)

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