Monday, June 28, 2010

Americans used to be for the Underdog

During the great depression and through the 1960s. Americans always rooted for the underdog. The Shirley Temple movies were about a young girl who came form a poor family but through pluck and talent was able beat the rich snobs in the neighborhood.

James Stewart  in "It's a Wonderful Life" is  a good example of an underdog movie. So is Black Beauty. Take a look at the following quote to see what Rightrardia means"

George Bailey (James Stewart) : You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn't, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider.

These movies are still being made; Rocky is an excellent example. Dodgeball is another good underdog movie. So is 'Rudy,''Chariots of Fire,' and the 'Revenge of the Nerds' series. The House Bunny and the Waterboy are also examples of newer underdog movies.

In the 1970s everything changed After Lyndon Johnson got the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed, many southern Democrats defected and became Republicans. Sen. Robert Byrd, who recently passed away,  was not one of them.

This led to the so-called "Reagan Revolution." Now America was about the affluent overlords and not the underdogs anymore. A new economic orthodoxy was created by Arthur Laffer called Supply Side economics. Americans were told that taxes needed to be cut for the wealthy to create jobs and improve the economy.

We heard the same story when George W. Bush was president. As George W. Bush stated during an inauguration speech, my base is the 'have mores."

When the economic performance of the Reagan and Bush administration is examined, Americans saw government running in the red, a massive increase in defense spending and underemployment. In fact, GWB had the worst job creation record of any modern president.

If you are a yellow dog Democrat, you are probably rooting for the Underdog. if you are a Republican, you would probably prefer the Overlord.

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