My theory about why people who don't benefit from conservative policies continue to believe and vote Republican
My sister in law used to ask me why I believed so adamantly in conservative policies when they were hurting myself and my family and everyone I cared for. I didn't have much of an answer other than "Because its what's right."
Now, after having a complete turnaround in my political ideology, I look back and see it clearly. My SIL thought I thought I would benefit from the policies one day, because I believed I would be rich. But really, for me, it was shame. I was ASHAMED that I needed help. And the constant shaming of the poor in my husband's then-preferred news source (Fox), the constant shaming I recieved from my family and the people I knew, and even moms on here (no joke, one told me I should give my baby up for adoption because I was asking where to go to find help affording a car seat before my son was born), I could not see how wrong I was. I was too ashamed.
And I think that's why many people cling to beliefs that don't benefit them or their loved ones, even when faced with facts to the contrary. They don't want to be "one of those people" and they look down on the poor, even while being a half step above (or even less) than them. I feel like the wealthy feed this infighting to maintain their position. If we 99% are too busy blaming the poor and each other for the problems we will never turn our eyes to the real issues.