This may have already been discussed, but a recent study by the nonpartisan Bay Area Center for Voting Research (BACVR), concluded that to be liberal in America really means to be black. They concluded that that the true divide in America is not red vs. blue states or republicans vs. democrats, but rather, black vs. white. Surprise, Surprise...who would have thought this to be true? Of course I am being facetious in my display of dumfound.
The exit polls of the 2004 election showed 70 percent of whites voted republican while nearly 90 percent of black voted democratic. This dichotomy definitely shows a difference of perspective for the general rule of whites vs. the general rule of blacks. Black folks have been equating the republican vote with racism every since Southern democratic segregationalist abdicated the party in the 60's in opposition to civil rights. Black folks are not fools....at least most are not.
When racism became against the law and enforced, the only way to manifest racist goals is via the politics of denial. We all know before the civil rights passage, Jim Crow was all about denial. Denial of the right to vote through intimidation and other factors, denial from the attendance of good schools, denial of good paying jobs, denial of good accommodations in public places, denial, denial, denial. However, when that became illegal, the only legal conduit to denial was through politics.
Post civil rights passage, liberalism slowly grew into a code word black aspirations among many whites. The label working definition was thus transformed in the hearts and minds of many white Americans to be government policies and monies aimed at and or disproportionately going to black people. This needed to be denied and to carry forth the traditional anti black objective of many whites.
The label of "liberal" allowed whites to vehemently attack black aspiration, needs and initiatives, without being seen as attacking black and hence, being seen as racist. This was important because being seen or labeled as a racist was slowly becoming a scarlet letter placed upon a guilty party. Racism had gone underground or in the closet and the "Down Low" practice of racism thus manifested through the body politic as anti-liberal, which was a code word for anti-black.
All the passion you see white folks manifesting over politics is mostly about race, for the most part. Now matter how much a white republican claims to be repulsed by liberals, when a white liberal moves into their community or start infiltrating their kids school or dating their children, you will not see a "white republican flight" from these communities. However, when a black person moves into that same community, whether democrat or republican, many white folks start worrying about property value and the direction that the community and schools are going and are thus ready to entertain thoughts of moving.
Magic is essentially the work of master of illusion accomplished via misdirecting one's attention away from how things really work. America is full of magician and many people are credulous in there marvel. Politics and tricks concerning liberal vs. conservative is a magician's trick hiding the black white dichotomy and opposition. The illusion presented is that America is a less racist nation, in black and white, than it actually is.
I recently read a powerful quote from one Winston Churchill a pivotal and often quoted leader in Europe (Britain) during the Second World War. Quote: The farther back you look, the farther ahead you can see.
The wisdom of that quote is born from the understanding that there is nothing new under the sun, especially in regards to human behavior and proclivities. There was a reason or motive that white Americans were anti black for so long. I venture to guess that like most things, those reasons and motives were rooted in economics. Thus, when we look father ahead into the future and the decline of America, likely those economic reasons and motives for being anti black will simply retrigger anti black behaviorism, which has only been in remission and on the "Down Low".