Sad about the marriage amendments all passing, of course, but relieved that S. Dakota abortion bill got stomped. And mostly, just really happy to have a divided leadership again. I hope we don't get gridlock -- I'd much rather see quiet progress on issues that a majority of Americans actually agree on. But I'll take gridlock over a rampaging unchecked Republican agenda.
Sometimes I wonder why it is that the country has shifted so far to the right -- my understanding is that the Democrats of today most closely resemble the Republicans of fifty years ago. The entire country is much more conservative than it used to be. And I know almost nothing about politics, but I wonder whether it might simply come down to wealth. America has become a rich country by world standards, getting richer by the day. And one of the exit polls I was reading about suggested that if your family's income went up in the last two years, you were likely to vote Republican. If it held steady, you were likely to be vote Democrat, presumably based on other issues. If it went down, you were overwhelmingly likely to vote Democrat.
And it's certainly true that those of my friends who hold conservative views tend to be among the wealthier ones -- although there are quite a few exceptions to that. The exceptions, however, tend to be highly-politicized folk who have an ardent liberal background and convictions. Whereas some of my wealthy friends who aren't particularly political do tend to lean conservative on a lot more issues -- much more so than they did in college. I don't really have a large enough sample size of wealthy friends to make big generalizations about all this -- we're talking about 6-8 people, depending on how you define wealthy. But it's interesting to think about, especially in the light of those exit poll results.
Maybe it's just a question of maintaining the status quo -- if you feel like the system is doing well by you, you naturally become more invested in defending the system as it currently stands, rather than trying to reform it.
What do you think? Does your income level influence your politics?