|Posted by Olivia Lawrence on November 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
This post is inspired from an article on the New York Times website discussing the reasons in which Romney lost the election. Here is a link should you want to read it, it might make my comments a little more understandable.
Basically it attributes Romney's loss to his "gifts" to younger voters and minorities. These "gifts" being his policies on health care and student loan interest rates. Political policies are apparently considered gifts now. Funny, I didn't see that vocabulary used in regards to the Bush tax cuts of other business tax loopholes. Huh, odd that.
As a young voter, this article reads as condescending in a large way. As I think it would for low income and minority voters as well. Speaking about certain parts of Obamacare, the author says " that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.” So what, those darned young people, showing up and exercising their right to vote in favor of a better future for themselves, how dare they take an active role in government while there is still time to make positive change that will take effect in their lifetimes. Frankly, I still don't think that enough young people vote, and if this is the result of more young people voting, maybe it's a sign that you should change your policies to serve more than just the very well off in this country.
As far as the minorities and low income people, it makes it sound like their vote shouldn't be worth as much as the white vote because they have ulterior motives like health care. "The president’s health care plan, he said, was also a useful tool in mobilizing black and Hispanic voters. Though Mr. Romney won the white vote with 59 percent, according to exit polls, minorities coalesced around the president in overwhelming numbers: 93 percent of blacks and 71 percent of Hispanics." So what, the rich don't have ulterior motives for voting conservative? Like lower tax rates for the so called "job creators" who have threatened(and some have already fulfilled these threats) to fire people should Obama be elected.
I am so sick of this idiotic bullshit that has been spewed since last Tuesday about how this is an abominable loss for 'traditional america'. Guess what, times change, countries change, governments change! The whole two party system is something that developed well after the construction of the constitution, and is something that the founding fathers would likely be appalled to see. I am sick of people using the excuse of the past being so great that we shouldn't try to change anything, because we already have, and if we want to move forward as a nation we will need to continue to do so. The election is over, the people have spoken, move on, move forward, and try to get something positive done in the next four years other than continuous bitching! You may not like the way the election turned out, but things aren't always going to go your way. Democrats dealt with 8 years of George Bush, and you can deal with 8 years of Barack Obama.
Stop complaining about what unfair ways you think he won. He won because his policies appealed to a larger part of the nation. The nation is changing, the demographics are changing, and thankfully more young people are coming out to vote, so instead of whining about how Obama unfairly swayed their vote, maybe you should think of ways that you can appeal to those same people.
All voters choose to vote for the side whose policies best interest their lives, whether you be a CEO who wants lower taxes and votes for the candidate who promises that, or you are a young voter unable to pay for health care in a strangled economy and choose to vote for the candidate who is trying to revolutionize the health care system. Each person votes for their best interest, as they should. So why are you getting upset because your policies simply don't appeal to the majority of the population anymore? Instead of compaining about how many people of each demographic had the audacity to go out to vote, why don't you turn the focus onto your own policies and find out why they aren't working and attempt to change that. Otherwise you are going to continue to lose, because unfortunately for you there are more people who need health care than tax cuts in this country.