Gee I wonder why women and people of color don’t vote Republican so often?
In a recent issue of The New York Review of Books, liberal Harvard professor Benjamin M. Friedman strongly criticized the Tea Party. After citing “surveys showing that Tea Party members are ‘predominantly white, male, older, more college-educated, and better off economically than typical Americans,’” he noted parenthetically, “they sound like, say, readers of The New York Review of Books.”
Come to think of it, these people who make up the Tea Party also sound like the people who attend classical-music concerts and endow concert halls, museums, hospitals, and universities, and fund left-wing causes (George Soros, for example).
Perhaps when this generation of aging white males dies off, aging women, aging Latino and black males, and young people will become the readers of journals such as The New York Review of Books, and they will endow symphony orchestras.
I suspect not. And if not, the Left may come to regret its contempt for this particular group. Without aging white males, I doubt the New York Times would survive. How many young people, females, Hispanics, and blacks subscribe to the New York Times?
Um… probably a lot, actually? Here’s a fun fact: You can actually find some of this stuff on the internet! Perhaps Mr. Prager doesn’t know how The Google works. Perhaps he should find one of those young people he so derides and ask them to teach him.
Even better, though, is his insistence that the GOP’s demographic problem isn’t one of values, but of just convincing single women and people of color to be more conservative — as if “conservative values” were not in fact overtly hostile to the groups he’s set on converting.
For conservatives, the issue is that for generations now, they have failed to make the case for their values. They haven’t even conveyed conservative values to many of their children. And when they have, the university has often succeeded in undoing what they’ve taught.
Or, when kids get a little knowledge, “conservative values” seem cruel, backwards and self-defeating. And they realize it’s an ideology constructed to benefit one narrow segment of the population — older straight white Christian men.