Why white guys matter

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Short Sighted Analysis

C'mon man, I think everyone is caught up in this whole "population demographic over analysis." I'm a BI analyst that loves 538.com, and even I really don't see your numbers argument. You're talking about symptoms and not the cure.

The underlying illness is our "team first" political mentality. If we cure that, we can then converse, we can listen, we can debate, and ultimately we can honestly compromise.

If we rid ourselves of this selfish pride in our political ideology, then we get rid of nearly every issue that resulted in that "November disaster."

This INCLUDES democrats who have voted straight ticket. It INCLUDES gun owners. It INCLUDES home owners. It INCLUDES teachers. It INCLUDES farmers. It INCLUDES white men, like myself.

I've had conversations with my (generally) politically opposite relatives up north (nearly all rural farmers) and what opened their eyes the most is that I'm only coming from a point of personal experiences. I grew up on a farm, so I share some of their experiences. I used the shared experience to illustrate that I sympathize with their personal points of views and frustrations. I listened to what they had to say. Then I asked them to simply listen to my experiences which include getting positions over people of minority cultural status in college. My experience with seeing people who are as smart (if not smarter than me) having significantly more trouble getting professional experience simply because they started from the bottom as a racial minority and I didn't. I shared my experience seeing homeless people on a nearly daily basis in Madison. I shared my experience of seeing some amazingly diverse groups of people accomplish even more amazing things. This opened their eyes and started a dialogue where we didn't come from "teams." Our experiences may be different, but we aren't on different "teams." We all share the desire to live comfortably and pursue happiness.

Benjamin 21 days ago

Horrible, Racist Column

You are one of the reasons the Democrats lost and likely will continue to lose. It is not because the party has not taken care of white guys but because the party has taken care of elites and not taken care of average and working class people. Obama made many promises to get elected on the "change" ticket in 2008 and won easily, but he basically did nothing for average people and like you worked for the elites. Like him, thankfully, you are a spent force.

Francine Flambeau 22 days ago

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