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Rural Democrats: Party Ignored Us

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posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 06:24 AM
Democratic party political strategists re-evaluate the reasons for their loss:

Party Ignored Us

Democrats in rural America have a blunt message for the rest of their party: We saw the electoral disaster coming — and it’s your fault.

Strategists and party officials say their warnings about the party’s lackluster outreach to rural voters went unheeded by Democratic leaders for years, culminating in this month’s shock defeat to Donald Trump. A presidential candidate who actually performed poorly in many cities and suburbs nonetheless scored an upset victory because of a surge in support from small towns and rural areas.

To these old Democratic political hands — many of whom hail from well outside the cities where most party professionals live — the outcome would have been preventable if the party had developed and sustained an effort to win over these voters. Instead, they say a Democratic Party that focused on only the urban and suburban vote either ignored rural America entirely or badly mishandled the outreach it did undertake.

“The Democratic Party ceded rural America to the Republicans quite some time ago,” said Vickie Rock, a member of the Nevada State Democratic Central Committee from rural Humboldt County. “They invested nothing, they built no bench. They don’t even send out signs anymore, which is a staple of rural politics.

“All Trump had to do was peel off a small percentage of urban votes, and he was going to win,” Rock said. “Because he already had, in his back pocket, rural America.”


The article (linked above) goes on to talk about how the one of the main factors in their loss was their failure to adequately campaign in rural areas. In fact, this is the main thrust of the article.

Will democrats never learn? No, what really happened was the democrats turned their collective backs on the hard working rural Americans a long time ago. It's not about their campaign efforts, but rather about their ever expanding socialistic policies which actually cause HARM to rural America.

There was a time when the democratic party had broad support and appeal among rural Americans, but In the past couple of decades this support has been largely lost due to policy, not campaigning. Speaking as a rural American myself, not one initiative of the democratic party resonates with me. Granted, I am a republican, but I say this with open eyes. I am a republican for a reason, and this reason is the democrats work hard to destroy, diminish and devalue everything we work for. Were this to ever change, and the democrats were to work "for" me, and not "against" me, I might give them a look.

Take global warming as an example; not one single element of any of the myriad of initiatives associated with this work to the favor of rural America. Environmental regulations are heavily stacked against rural America, and democrats are the biggest champions of ever ballooning environmental regulation. In fact, virtually every platform the democratic party stands for works to the disadvantage of rural America! The list goes on and on. Energy, FDA, Agriculture and even foreign policy making all work to our disadvantage.

If the democratic party wants to have credibility with rural America they need to focus on less regulation, not more. They need to focus on helping rural America survive economically and personally.

If the democratic party wishes to survive and thrive, they need to focus the backbone which puts food in the mouths of ALL Americans...rural Americans.

That the democrats lost rural America should come as no surprise at all to them. That they have lost virtually all their support across vast swaths of the interior of the US should be no surprise at all. Just a simple look at the electoral map tells the story with exquisite accuracy, blue in densely populated areas stricken with poverty and unemployment and vast regions of red across rural America.

No, if the democrats want to start winning elections they need to look at the REAL reasons why all these states and counties are red. They need to step back and realize all us 'dumb rednecks' out here in rural America are smart enough to see "campaigning" for what it is...just a bunch of hollow lies and broken promises. It's actions that speak louder than words, and until democrats realize this these states will continue to be red.

That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.

edit on 12/1/2016 by Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 06:41 AM
Many rural areas are not poor. The cost of living is just way cheaper than dense populated blue cities.

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 06:46 AM
I read something today that I found enlightening

Overall Trump won approximately 2,600 counties to Clinton’s 500, or about 84% of the geographic United States. However, Clinton won 88 of of the 100 largest counties (including Washington D.C.). Without these 100 largest counties she would have lost by 11.5 million votes.

I really dont think the MSM narrative is anywhere near correct.
Trump trounced Clinton and all this evaluation of the situation is bunk.

If the Democrats wanna win they need to start putting real people in instead of token morons who are there based on melanin or lack of penis

Trump slaughtered her and everyone needs to accept it and move on

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 06:51 AM
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

Its truly amazing to me that the Democrats have not lost the urban plantations they have cultivated over the last 60 years or so.

How these neglected slums of brainwashed Democratic voters cant see through the BS of lip service every 2 to 4 years is beyond me.

Case in point. Scathing article.

As I’ve detailed in dozens of previous articles about the 30 Blocks of Squalor, West Philadelphia is a product of the “Great Society” welfare state and sixty years of total Democrat control of Philadelphia government. While white working middle class Americans voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump on November 8, the reality challenged voters in Philadelphia cast 82% of their votes for a corrupt establishment hack and only 15% for Trump.

edit on 12 1 2016 by stosh64 because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 06:59 AM
a reply to: LifeMode

Nor did I suggest rural areas are poor.

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:09 AM
The Democrats are majority run by out of touch and demented 70+ year old people with no relevance to modern society who have no ideas about technology.

Hence wikileaks.

Just look at he average ages of Republicans and Democrats.

Maybe that's why the Republicans aren't putting all their dirt in e-mails.

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:21 AM
a reply to: IkNOwSTuff

Aside from acceptance and moving on, the democrats need to redefine their focus for the future.

I thought the statement about lack of campaign signs to put in peoples yards was laughable. I don't know about everywhere else, but around here a democratic campaign sign would have been grounds for words. It's not about's about representation.

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:27 AM
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
I think this election more than any other showed the cultural divide between the leftist urban cities and the rightist (is that what we are called?) rural areas.

The "city dewellers" call us gun toting, redneck, deplorables.
The "country folk" call them social justice warriors.

There has to be some way to bridge these two groups together.

(post by BlueMule removed for political trolling and baiting)

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:28 AM
a reply to: BlueMule
I rest my case! SMH

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:31 AM
The left ignored them, because they despise them.


Representing rural America is incompatible with representing their coalition of snowflakes, imported voters and SJWs. In fact, the reason I believe they are doubling down on that strategy is because they think it's only a matter of time before they can ignore forever middle America.

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:34 AM

originally posted by: BlueMule
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

If You dumb rednecks think you've seen broken promises, just wait til trump is through with you.

You really are a jackass, aren't you?

Keep posting though. It reminds people what a disease of the mind the left has become.

edit on 1-12-2016 by loam because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:34 AM

originally posted by: BlueMule
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

If You dumb rednecks think you've seen broken promises, just wait til trump is through with you.

yes, let the butthurt flow through you, feel its power

Once again it wasnt the Dems who let America down, it was all the dumb Rednecks who let Hillary down

edit on 1/12/2016 by IkNOwSTuff because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:35 AM
a reply to: BlueMule

You see, and it's just that mentality which will cause democrats to continue to fail. Rather than looking inward for better, more creative, ideas; rather than looking for ways to better represent people, they just lash out at everyone else. And then they wonder why they lose appeal among voters.

Trump hasn't even done anything yet and y'all are busy howling about what he's "gonna'" do. Why not give him a chance? Look, I gave Obama a chance. That was a tragic mistake, but I did.

I do give Obama and the democrats credit for one thing though; under Obama's administration the true motivations and end game of the current crop of democrats became crystal clear. There was no ambiguity about their end-game, and this end game didn't represent the working people of this country, plain and simple.

(post by BlueMule removed for a manners violation)

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:37 AM
My uncle is a rural Democrat.
I ignore him around election time.
He's what I call a union Democrat, but doesn't realize how the union failed him.
Old dog new tricks thing.

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:39 AM
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk

Well cowboy, one of the things we humans learn when we mosey off our ranch to explore the wide open world is that things can't be just boiled down to simple homespun wisdom about that mentality that the other has, but that we good simple rural folks don't.

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:40 AM
The democrats lost because of the way the system is set up with an obsolete electoral college.

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:42 AM
a reply to: BlueMule

I don't remember calling anyone names! Why the hate?

So I'm a redneck moron? You don't know me....but you just showed your true colors.

You act so high and mighty. Accepting as long as no one speaks against you. Keep it up...the redneck morons are taking our country back!

posted on Dec, 1 2016 @ 07:43 AM
a reply to: BlueMule


A coherent sentence or two would help.

In any case, aren't you a gem!

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