Take middle class wage-earners and convince them that the poor are just lazy, that safety net programs are the bane of a free society, that government is an impediment to the free market, that healthcare is already affordable because their employers pays for it, and that they should vote for those who would curb socialism, stop any progressive reforms, and remove regulations and unions from their beneficent captains of industry.
In short, start with Conservatives.
When they elect a moron to lead, the markets and banks collapse because of unfettered deregulation and lack of oversight, the industries become the benefactors of the wealthy foreign nations, and the plants close because the robber-baron owners can get cheaper labor overseas, then these middle class Conservatives lose their jobs and their income. With no healthcare, no welfare, no social security, and no unemployment insurance, they lose their savings, their homes, and then their health.
The middle class Conservatives soon remedy their mistake; they become Liberals.
But be of good cheer. In other lands, these newly created Liberals would have risen up and redistributed the wealth the old fashion way… by killing the remaining Conservatives and Captains of Industry. Here, they elect the Democrats, and under their control, the long Republican-maligned government spares Conservatives the gallows, regulates the thieves and robber barons in industry, levels the playing field… giving the oh-so grateful Conservatives a new government worthy of their ire.
**Written in 2008 but wait… It’s coming, and certain if they reelect the moron.