Wednesday, November 7th, was a very dark day for America. Abandoning his trademark 2008 slogan of “Hope and Change”, Obama 2012 successfully relied on lies, bitterness, and division. It was not surprising. A couple of years ago, former Hall County (GA) Commissioner Ashley Bell, a young black man and a rising star in the Georgia Democrat Party, who spoke at the 2004 Democrat National Convention on the same stage as Obama, told me of his surprising decision to switch to the Republican Party. He said that he’d come to realize that the Democrat Party is a party of faction and division. They divide everyone along lines of race, sex, and socio-economic status, and then cobble together a majority for that district. That was proven decisively in this election. Obama relied heavily on fomenting hatred, claiming Romney and the Republicans were waging a war against women, hated immigrants, and wanted the poor, elderly and infirm to suffer. He encouraged his supporters to vote for “revenge”. Romney let Obama define him as evil and heartless, waging a very ineffective campaign up until the first debate, but then not quite able to close the gap by Election Day.
In the aftermath of the lop-sided Electoral College victory by Obama, every pundit on Earth has insight as to why Romney and the Republicans lost so decisively, and what they must do to remain a relevant party in a nation with changing demographics. To some extent, they are all right, and they are all wrong. After having had a few days to luck my wounds and reflect on the election, I’ll offer my own insights into this election, which will be just as insightful and worthless as any other.
Democrats have a superior ground game, aided by private and public sector labor unions, voter fraud (Obama lost every single state requiring a voter ID, and won four states that accept non-photo ID to vote), and a media that has abandoned all pretense of objectivity, and instead became active cheerleaders for and defenders of Obama.
On the other hand, Republicans continue to shoot themselves in the head by not figuring a way around the Democrat-media firewall. We know the media will never fairly portray conservative principles and policies, so it is idiotic to sit around and complain about it, as if that is going to change anything. The media will never point out that none other than Democrat icon John F. Kennedy said repeatedly that the best way to stimulate the economy is to lower tax rates, nor will they point out that every time tax rates are lowered, gross tax revenues skyrocket. This message is going to be especially critical with America having reached a point where half the citizenry is on the government dole in some way. We need to vigorously and effectively explain why our principles have led historically to great prosperity for ALL, not just the rich, because if we don’t, then the Democrats will continue to campaign on promises of more free stuff, and the threat that Republicans will take away their free stuff. Or, as socialist George Bernard Shaw so smugly declared, “”A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.” We must show them that it is far better to have an entire bakery divided unequally by merit and hard work, than to try and divide up equally a single, ever-shrinking pie.
The one thing that we keep hearing in the media is that this election proves Republicans must abandon their deeply held convictions in order to remain in the hunt for power. This is absolutely wrong for a couple of reasons. First, if the Republican Party abandons principled positions on abortion, traditional marriage, and illegal immigration/rule of law, then they will lose far more of their base than they gain in new converts. Second, I believe, is tied directly to the first; namely, the Republican Party’s conservative base has become disillusioned with a party that has done little more than pay lip service to true constitutional, limited government. This is the party that gave us George Bush (who pushed No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D, and signed McCain-Feingold while declaring that he thought it unconstitutional), John McCain (McCain-Kennedy amnesty bills, mockery of Christian conservatives, against Bush tax cuts), and Mitt Romney (who, fairly or not, never convinced the base that he was a true conservative). Mitt Romney received 2.5 million fewer votes this week than McCain did in 2008, which is unthinkable. Republicans need a leader(s) who can passionately and articulately be the standard bearer for conservative values of limited, constitutional government, traditional marriage, and American greatness (like Marco Rubio did in his farewell speech to the Florida House of Representatives - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5uugXEZY58). Conservatives will no longer support those who fail to support and defend the Constitution, just because they register as Republicans.
On the other hand, we should also not buy into the Democrat-media narrative that this was somehow a mandate for Obama and the Democrats. Nothing could be further from the truth. Though his Electoral College victory was decisive, he received only 51% of the popular vote, and he received nearly 10,000,000 FEWER votes in 2012 than he did in 2012, hardly evidence of overwhelming support for him or his agenda. In Florida, Virginia, and Ohio, Obama won by less than 300,000 votes out of 17.4 million cast, a margin of just 1.7% (if the presidency was decided by number of counties won, Mitt Romney would have won in a blowout, as Democrat votes are concentrated in densely populated urban areas - http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/results/president ). Republicans lost two seats in the Senate due to their candidates’ insanely idiotic comments on abortion/rape, views not shared by the vast majority of Republicans. They lost a handful of seats in the House (not surprising after their huge wins in 2010), but still hold a clear majority, in fact the second largest majority held by Republicans since 1938 (this Congress being the largest), a mandate to work with Democrats on a budget, but not to give in on even more massive new debt. Republicans also picked up another governorship in North Carolina, bringing their total to 30 states, a dominant majority.
This election has also put the issue of illegal immigration back in the spotlight, and new calls for immigration reform. Republicans have failed miserably at clarifying their opposition to ILLEGAL immigration, while fully supporting legal immigration. Democrats have used it as a bludgeon to dominate the Hispanic vote. While there should not be outright amnesty as there was with the Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986, where Democrats agreed to secure the border in exchange for amnesty (getting their amnesty while betraying their promise on border security), some compromise is going to have to occur. We should not reward lawbreaking, but at the same time we must realize that permanent impasse is unacceptable. I don’t know what the answer is, but it must be addressed.
The question Republicans must ask themselves is not whether their principles and positions are popular, but whether they are right. If they are right (and we know that they have historically been proven right), then we need not abandoned them for the sake of power; rather, we must proselyte to convince others we are right. Democrats must rely on anger, envy, bitterness, jealousy, and division to win elections. Let us not be like them. Let us be happy warriors in the cause for right, never losing hope, never giving in, compromising on policy but never on principle.
For those still despairing, I simply point to even darker days at the birth of our country, General Washington, having suffered a series of defeats and facing a brutal winter at Valley Forge, wrote “We should never despair, our Situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new Exertions and proportion our Efforts to the exigency of the times.”
Let us fight happily and valiantly, praying for God’s favor, praying that our president will abandon his divisiveness and truly unite our country. Let us pray for him, but fight against his efforts to undermine the freedoms won for us by our forefathers through the sacrifice of their blood. Let us seek God’s will so He may restore us to prosperity and greatness.