A quick note about a newer format that I’m adopting. In an effort update this site more often, and offer more content as well as an overall better user experience, I’ll be posting my thoughts here in a condensed format that I’ll be labeling “QP.” The label comes from the WordPress term “QuickPress” that’s available right from the dashboard. I’m using it as a “longer than Twitter, but not necessarily for Facebook” type post. So there’s that. Occasionally they’ll be pictures, or thoughts, or links, but whenever you see the header “QP” expect something short and sweet.
After having not been on a computer for an extended period of time, I will occasionally find myself trying to scroll large blocks of text by clicking and dragging on the text, à la smartphone usage. This is frustrating to me, but in the same manner, I haven’t liked my brief experience with Windows 8, even though it attempts to bridge this gap that my mind is already attempting to bridge.
Frankly, nothing went “wrong.” The people voted, a man has been re-elected, “justice” (as it were) has been served. No, the problem is not with who got elected, his name, or his policies.
I watched for weeks leading up to the election as an outspoken mass of conservatives puked their hearts out at their keyboards via the interwebz and vilified Obama into being all but an anti-Christ type figure who (from their estimation) was here to destroy America to the core. All along, I would quietly remark that Obama will win. Whenever I made such assertions, I was quickly branded a “moderate”, a fool who didn’t know what he was talking about, or one who has lost faith in the GOP. Frankly, if any of these is true, it’s the final one. And, as Tuesday dawned upon us, my predictions all became correct. Romney lost, Obama won, and his supporters continued to support the same man and “policies” they always have.
The problem with the majority of Obama’s supporters, and the reason the Democratic party is the now the popular party is really very simple; the cater to the majority in whatever way possible. When it comes to speeches, elections, debates, and so on, it’s really all about convincing whoever to do whatever you need them to do in order to get where you want to go. While the GOP rages on about issues like fiscal responsibility, abortion, and creating jobs, the left are championing ideas like statewide healthcare, and supporting homosexuality. Read: they’re buying the vote. I hesitate to say that, because most people instantly jump to a welfare mindset and apply racial overtones to this concept. That’s not what I’m referring to. Anyone with their head in politics can do the math and see we’re spending too much in numberless government programs, subsidies, and stimuli.
At the end of the day, a vote is a vote. Liberals understand that gays, the chronically ill or impoverished, and every ethnicity have one thing in common; they all cast votes, sometimes based on one or two issues that (as seen on Tuesday) they will vote on. The largest Libertarian vote was also cast within this principle. The GOP needs to step away from “reproductive” rights, and merely articulating a fiscal problem, (read: because they don’t matter) and towards protecting rights from an engorged government looking to fund it’s own payroll and show that they are truly in it for everyone as the left paints itself so brilliantly.
The moderate “stormin’ Mormon” Romney didn’t appeal to many on the right, on the basis of issues that they are concerned with, namely (for example); personal liberty, guns, and smaller government. To this generation (who take the time to research) the answer to America’s fiscal insanity and big brother’s trampling whatever might be in his path is one thing; smaller government. Neither the GOP nomination, nor his big spending incumbent Obama understand this, leaving a fragmented right (and I suspect part of the left) wondering who to vote for. In these instances, individuals like Johnson rise and garner widespread Libertarian support, or they opt for the guy that in the honest estimation looks like he cares about people; Obama.
Unless a worthy challenger arises, one who understands this debacle and can unite both of these mindsets, the office of President (and others) will continue to be hijacked by individuals who will spend us into oblivion under the guise of petty issues such as abortion, marijuana, same-sex union, while the GOP sits back and wonders what is happening to the country.