I’ve noticed Tea Party and conservative outlets blaming Mitt Romney for what happened on November 6, 2012. As a Tea Party member and a conservative, I completely disagree with these assessments. I didn’t vote for Romney in the Republican primary– I voted for Herman Cain, and Romney was near the bottom of my list. But a few months later, Romney proved himself to the nation. The truth is that Romney ran a great campaign.
Romney spoke directly and clearly in the presidential debates, speeches, advertisements, and interviews. Countless blogs, articles, books, shows, youtube videos, and movies carried his message. We knew exactly what he was going to do and what he had done. Romney worked in a bipartisan manner with Democrats as Governor of Massachusetts, but he reiterated time and time again that he had supported certain state-level programs that should not be implemented at the federal-level. His so-called flip-flops were few in number (certainly fewer than Obama’s flip-flops on issues like gay marriage and the Patriot Act and equality of women). His positions were conservative: He would not raise taxes. He would cut regulations. He would slash spending with the help of budget-extraordinaire Paul Ryan. He would get Obamacare repealed. He would nominate Supreme Court Justices who ruled based on the Constitution instead of political sway. He would reverse the weakened image of America abroad. He would not grant amnesty to illegal immigrants– he would lay down the rule of law. Romney is pro-life and anti-gay marriage (for the social conservatives out there). Maybe Romney isn’t as right-wing or libertarian as you are. But that’s not the point. Romney is a conservative. And he was our candidate– the candidate who emerged from the primaries out of a panel that contained everything the GOP has to offer: as far libertarian as Ron Paul, as religious-right as Rick Santorum, and as “moderate” as Mitt Romney. The entire spectrum of “libertarian” to “religious-right” IS the Republican Party. If you want to change the types of candidates the party is putting out there, then invest in the primaries. Third-party voters and non-voters are the Americans truly to blame, from the Republican side.
But the ultimate blame doesn’t go to the Republican Party. On November 6, 2012, “the good guys” got slammed. Romney is a good man with American values and America’s best interests at heart– his defeat was an injustice. Obama has proven over and over again that he acts only in his own self-interest, willing to throw his own outspoken allies under the bus, not to mention the American people– his success was an injustice. The fact that this election was even CLOSE– let alone an Obama win– is a disturbing signal about America.
Obama won for two reasons, and two reasons alone: racism and benefits.
1. Racism: Human nature hasn’t changed, but the face of racism in America has. It’s incredible that liberals, who supposedly stand against discrimination, rant against Fox News for being “biased” while supporting MSNBC and Hollywood which emit vitriolic racism, judgment, and hatred. Jay-Z supports Obama because he’s black. His wife Beyonce, who posted “Take that Mitches” after Obama got re-elected, whose over-the-top expensive luxurious maternity suite at a New York hospital led to a series of indignities experienced by poor and middle-class non-celebrity maternity patients, who performed at an Obama fundraiser next to a champagne tower that was so flashy and excessive that it had to be covered up to prevent another scandal from hitting Obama— in other words, someone who doesn’t care about mainstream Americans– supports Obama only because he’s black. Samuel L. Jackson voted for Obama because he’s black. Forget the celebrities– what about the news? The disgusting Chris Matthews on MSNBC, a bad joke of a news station, is as much of a black racist as any 1860s or 1960s white racist: “I forgot he was black tonight.” How is this acceptable to the African-American community? Judging a candidate based on his skin color is racism in its purest form. It needs to be called out as racism: no matter what an American voter looks like, if that voter supported Obama because he’s black, that voter is a racist. Pure and simple. We need to call them out as “racists,” again and again, loudly and even more loudly.
2. Benefits. We can’t forget the “Obama phone lady.” We can’t forget that Romney was right about the 47%: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax… not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” Interestingly, Romney’s remark was more perceptive than any of us could have guessed: he was spot on. How did it come to this? It started in public schools. In my own public school experience, I knew a disproportionately high number of conformists and kids who simply didn’t care– there was a real lack of passion about international, national, local, and even personal events– and all of those kids became Democrats. Most public school teachers taught us that the Democratic Party is the rebellious, youthful option– when, in reality, the Democratic Party’s goal is to expand federal power and dictate to states/individuals how to live. Coercion simply isn’t cool– yet the weak-minded caught on to this liberal narrative, the conformists obediently followed, and the non-conformists had an attitude of moral relativism and were uncaring enough to stay quiet. Over the years, “the demographics of America have changed” (an acknowledgment of GOP spectators). But I don’t agree with that assessment. I believe that we can remind Americans why America is a great nation, and show that it’s cool to fight for liberty.
It’s a tragic decision to vote for a candidate based on the belief that he/she will benefit or advantage a particular group or groups of Americans. November 6, 2012 was a tragedy because, as a nation, we’ve lost our pride. As liberal Steven Spielberg releases a dramatized movie about Abraham Lincoln, we should save on the theater admission and read an actual quote from the man instead: “We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name– liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names– liberty and tyranny.” That’s the divide in America: liberty vs. tyranny.
All Americans– rich or poor– are in the top 1% of the world. Our standard of living is higher than 99% of the world, with Americans below the poverty line watching TV, talking on smartphones, and living a life of wealth that most of the world can’t even imagine reaching after years of hard work. Yet the Democratic Party has insisted upon a dividing line within the United States itself, seeking to diminish “the 1%” for the benefit of “the 99%”– doesn’t that logically imply that the rest of the world is justified in diminishing American prosperity? Of course it does, but the Democratic elite won’t tell Americans that consequence until it’s too late to avoid. The American capitalist system has been used successfully as a model for flourishing governments in the midst of the most poverty-stricken areas of the world: Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Israel, etc. There isn’t a static amount of wealth in the world– the richest aristocracy and royalty in the world in previous centuries didn’t come close to enjoying the standard of living that we do today. Individual freedom to innovate and expand production efforts has created wealth, spilling over into poverty-stricken neighborhoods that now enjoy the technological advances, diverse dietary sources, and abundance that “the rich” of the past couldn’t dream of. Yes, we have a right to live– and where there’s starvation, life turns Hobbesian. But American life was never meant to pit individual against individual or group against group– in fact, the U.S. Constitution and its system of amendments implemented all the way back in 1789 contained ingenious mechanisms to correct injustices (slavery, segregation, internment, etc.) that even the Founders of America and subsequent U.S. leaders were personally guilty of.
I’ve always had so much pride in America, specifically for standing apart from the rest of the world– who would want to conform? The rest of the world is screwed up and has no mechanism for improvement except violence. If you believe in peace, you must believe in the rule of law. While mis-guided liberals target America for “reforms,” businesses leave for countries with lower environmental and moral standards. Meanwhile, conservatives use the understanding of a self-interested human nature to incentivize, advance, and create more wealth. The Democratic Party has repeatedly trashed the Constitution, and so have its missionaries in public schools and the media. America– a historical aberration of freedom and prosperity– is cool. We have to make Americans realize that it’s cool. We should be proud of the Constitution, and strongly reject any efforts to re-define “liberty.” Liberty is the freedom to create your own prosperity– and keep it.