Sunday, November 11, 2012

America brought to its knees

It will take some time to digest what the reelection of President Barack Obama and the failure of conservatives to make headway in re-taking the U.S. Senate really means.

At the outset of this election, a friend said he was frightened that nearly half of Americans supported Barack Obama's reelection.  The notion that our country was so far gone that nearly half of the populace thought his policies were the right direction for the nation was disheartening.

As we ponder the meaning of this election failure, it seems first that America has faced great challenges before and somehow the populace has found a workable solution, so perhaps adopting an apocalyptic approach is unnecessary. After all, our friends in Europe have endured plagues and two world wars, and the society stands today.

But three thoughts stand out from these results:
  • We are in the position we find ourselves because of the lack of principle and resolve of the GOP and conservatives.  Years of half-hearted conservatism brought the Bush economic collapse that, perhaps unfairly, continues to define the GOP in the mind of the public today.  We must rise above these prior policy failures.
  • It is because of these failures that not only has the GOP been brought to its knees, but America has as well.  The American people accept the failures of liberalism because they seem "less bad" than the years under Bush.  A broken nation has taken the wrong path, because it seems the better path.
  • We must somehow appeal to young voters and black, Hispanic and Asian voters in a real sense without abandoning principle.  The GOP and American exceptionalism offer so much to these new Americans and underprivileged Americans, but the story must be told, and told compassionately and with respect to the diversity to our culture that these Americans bring.
So, make no mistake: We failed and have much work to do before 2014 and 2016.  Even worse than the election results, the trajectory (with growing minority population, and the disconnect from America's youth) is even worse.

Without a significant  reevaluation, the future for the GOP, and for America, is much worse than 2012 delivered.

1 comment:

  1. You sit here typing out this elaborate post wondering "what went wrong," when the answer is right in front of you. This post, this attitude - this is the reason why "conservatives" are losing.

    For example:
    "We must somehow appeal to young voters and black, Hispanic and Asian voters in a real sense without abandoning principle."

    You then refer to young voters, blacks, hispanics and asians as:
    "new Americans and underprivileged Americans."

    You do realize, that this country did nor originate solely with old, white christian men of wealth? Yet, the way you describe "others" here completely sums up the attitude the neo-cons have taken towards people not of their similar creed. You're unwilling to accept new viewpoints, new ideas - stuck in a past that never really existed: the moral conservatism of the white christian man that you feel you need to teach to everyone.

    Also, you missed mentioning women - they handed the election to Obama as well.

    The GOP didn't lost because of the reasons you mentioned - they lost because they don't hold up to fact checking. Look at every debate - the fact checkers and journalist gave evidence TIME and TIME again as to how Romney was full of shit. The newspaper isn't the only medium anymore - people have embraced technology and now the fact checking information spreads.

    Yet in typical stuck in the mud "conservative" fashion that must just be "the liberal media."

    Wake up. Your "white, male land owner" days are over. Your core voting bloc is dying off bother literally and physically.


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