So, for the past year or two, I have attended many Republican social gatherings in the Boston area (Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, etc.). I have also been present at three Democrat gatherings as well (that’s a long story, but fear not, I disagree with the Democrats’ core convictions profoundly). If you want to know why we are at 11% statewide and struggle in the cities, some explanation might be found in these differences. Note that I am simplifying just a little to make a point, but not substantially. Yes, I have attended only a small number of Dem events, but I know enough Democrats to feel I am not totally off-the-mark.
– 100% white people
– 75% men
– No openly gay people, no recent legal immigrants
– Conservative or ordinary clothes, some ties, traditional hair styles, no one from the cosmopolitan cultural vanguard
– People are from traditional Greater Boston corporations and industries
– Very few working for social causes and non-profits, usually none
– Very few in 18-28 age group (unless a YR event), many are 40+
– Most people not particularly tech-savvy (yes, most have Facebook accounts, but it’s not a big deal to them)
– Food is always traditional American, bar food, etc.
– Most have college degrees, but education does not factor into conversations. I agree with their principles, but I generally don’t get into sophisticated conversations.
– Little discussion of culture (arts, music, theater, etc.)
– 75% white people
– Roughly 50-50 male/female
– Gays and recent legal immigrants present
– Wide variety of clothes, almost no ties, small number of visible tattoos and unusual piercings – a few hipsters present
– People from small businesses and new industries
– Significant number of people who are working in non-profits
– Very tech savvy – multiple online tools, use them for advocacy
– Food sometimes is ethnic; vegan or vegetarian option there
– Most have college degrees, and education does factor into their conversations. I disagree very much with their beliefs, but their arguments are usually more sophisticated, even though there are often false premises and fallacies.
– Significant conversation about culture and the arts.
Is it even necessary to write a paragraph with conclusions here? Which party do you think is going to represent our population, which is increasingly diverse, educated, cultured, and employed by new industries? The changing demographics of this state are something we have to spend more time talking about.
I believe that Democrat gatherings probably have some things missing as well that I would notice if I went to more of them: corporate executives, small business owners, religious people, and people who have a useful understanding of economics and American history. But I think they have the better aesthetics overall.
I know this seems stereotypical, but is it wrong? Are your all-age GOP events full of educated young women? Are there significant numbers of blacks, Indians, and Latinos? How many are biologists and computer programmers and cardiologists?
I don’t mean to say this is happening statewide, or that who goes to events represents the party. Also, if your MassGOP events are far more diverse, more power to you! (Could you share how it is you’ve accomplished this?)