Frank does write that ?somewhere in the last four decades liberalism ceased to be relevant to huge portions of its traditional constituency,? but he doesn?t have a clue as to why. That is not surprising for someone who refers to the ?hallucinatory appeal? of cultural issues.
Apparently, Frank finds it hard to imagine that people might genuinely believe that the sanctity of life and preserving the traditional family take precedence over their pocketbooks. They may wish that they didn?t have to choose between the two, but their votes reflect sincere priorities, not gullibility.
In the end, for Frank and others, the ?matter? with Kansas and places like it is that, like a century ago, people aren?t voting the way ?polite opinion? thinks they ought to. And now, as then, it?s the people?s, not the elite?s, fault. It?s the kind of ?reasoning? that makes every post-election cycle a case of ?d? vu all over again.? Once again, they just don?t get it.
For further reading and information:
Today?s BreakPoint offer: In the BreakPoint CD ?Setting Your Moral Compass,? Charles Colson addresses key moral issues facing America: from terrorism to sanctity of life, marriage, religious liberty, human rights, the media, marginalized citizens, faith-based solutions, judicial roles, and education.
Read William Allen White?s essay ?What?s the Matter with Kansas??
BreakPoint Commentary No. 050202, ?Political Payback: Does Bush ?Owe? Religious Conservatives??
David Tebaldi, ?Moral questions we ignore,? Boston Globe, 11 March 2005.
Jean Torkelson, ?Faith important to left and right,? Rocky Mountain News, 10 March 2005.