Forsetti’s Justice makes basically the same point that I make, but goes further on why facts don’t matter to the white working class, especially the religious right white working class: They basically have created their own bubble universe where any facts from outside are rejected. It doesn’t matter how much outreach we do to these religious white working class types. They will reject anything that does not reflect what they believe and what they want to believe.
The reality is that you can’t get by on what is equivalent to an 8th grade education on the world stage anymore and have a middle class lifestyle. Yet the white working class continues to sneer at intellectuals, dismiss education beyond what’s needed to read the Bible as Satan’s work, refuses to enlarge their horizons beyond God, guns, and family. Even their smart kids don’t go on to college, and the uptake for job retraining programs amongst the older laid-off workers is abysmal, and of those who do go through the job retraining programs, only 0.5% are willing to relocate to where the jobs are.
Meanwhile, the brown working class goes where the jobs are, accepts those jobs, works hard at those jobs, and votes for the Democrats who make their lives easier. And the white working class hates them for all of that. And there isn’t a bloody thing us liberals can do about that, because we’re outside the trilogy of God, guns, and family and thus are “the enemy”. We encourage their children to get an education, which makes us “the enemy” because too much education ends up with their children rejecting their bigotry and closed-mindedness. We push knowledge that they don’t want upon them, knowledge like evolution and cosmology that doesn’t comport with what their preachers tell them and what their Bible tells them so that makes us wicked and evil.
What they want back, in the end, is the 19th century. Their problem is, in the end, the 21st century. They don’t like it, they don’t want it, and they vote for anybody who says they can go back to when all they needed was a strong back and a closed mind to get ahead. And anybody who doesn’t tell them that is The Enemy. And since liberals can’t tell them that — because it just isn’t true — they view liberals as The Enemy, and always will, and that’s just how it is.
– Badtux the Former Working Class Penguin