The presidential election of 2012; ah, I remember it like it was yesterday. You remember; The Republicans really thought they had that one boy! A week before the election Mitt Romney had a lead in the polls, the debates were so one sided on the issues that Candy Crowley had to save the President's bacon by insisting Romney was wrong on a detail he was absolutely correct on and the country was in an uproar on its' way to a divisiveness like we had never seen. This divisiveness was not just a racial or gender divide either. The economy was not doing well, health premiums were skyrocketing due to an unpopular health care law and what new jobs were being created were part time or hourly with no benefits. Small businesses were crumbling. Romney was going to win.
Then Hurricane Sandy hit. The President correctly travels to New Jersey to survey the damage and offer concern, hugs the Republican Governor of New Jersey and pulls off a stunning come from behind victory. The aftermath of that election result was scary.
If you don't remember allow me to refresh your memory. Election night at the Romney campaign headquarters was devastating to all of his followers; tears were flowing to the point that senior citizens were almost in convulsions from crying so hard and loud. Facial contortions never seen before or since as if every household pet in Republican homes across the country had been hit by a car all at one time; even the goldfish! Romney himself was so overcome with the emotion of not winning a position that was totally owed to him just couldn't drag himself to the stage to express his gratitude to his campaign workers for all they had done for him, having to be convinced that it wasn't really their fault he lost. He sent his campaign manager to the stage to tell everyone to go home while we finished counting the votes, only to concede the election five seconds later. He did manage to drag himself to the stage the next day to make a short speech before going back into hiding and sending his wife out to shake hands and thank everyone.
College campuses at places like Liberty University and Bob Jones University had to call in grief counselors from all over the country and cancel classes for a day to help these poor, disillusioned students get past the destruction caused to their psychological systems by a constitutionally mandated election process that was somehow "unfair" because their guy didn't win. At Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, students marched and rioted because they believed that those that voted against Romney had to be anti-Mormon and voted against him ONLY for this reason.
In cities such as Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, Columbia, Austin, Jackson, Baton Rouge, Knoxville, Jefferson City, Kansas City and many more like them, Republican supporters marched and rioted, proving their points by using profanity and gestures to TV cameras, breaking store front windows, looting property and burning cars and buildings. Police in those communities resorted to riot and civil disturbance training to disperse those crowds because the Mayors in those cities sat on their hands, pleased that those in their party were upset that the political process did not yield their desired results. Those politicians showed them; we didn't get our way so tear it up!!
You remember that don't you? Yeah, me neither. Their is more than enough sample size to clearly state that this phenomenon is a left wing progressive extremist thing; and we don't understand. It's also something else. It is currently THE face of the Democrat Party. Turn on the TV and what do you see? No matter the reason you see the same thing. There is always the same excuse too; "the peaceful protesters are not the ones doing that stuff". Do you SEE any peaceful protesters? "Well, the media is only showing the ones causing the problems". You mean the media that has depicted this years Republican nominee in every negative light and from every negative angle they could find? You would think that a media so left wing biased could produce some intelligent interviews of these non-violent protesters or better yet, interviews of the Mayors of these cities that would at least speak out against tearing up their own cities. Of course, the media is also not reporting that these "events" are only occurring in cities that are being governed by left wing, progressive forms of government. These cities are notorious for disorganized chaos and allowing these events to grow and fester. They seem to want and welcome these types of uprisings as opposed to a legal uprising, such as a constitutionally mandated election.
Again, take a look at these incidents and tell me what you see? I see a few things. With the exception of a few folks (like the professional rioters) I see a group of young people that probably only remembers our current President. Most college students were ages 10-13 the last time someone was President other than President Obama. They all grew up getting a trophy and have not been taught how to compete, how to handle losing graciously, how to handle adversity and how to work harder instead of complaining louder when something doesn't go your way. I see young people who have grown up not learning how to communicate by any other means than electronic devices and has been taught that angry rhetoric is a form of effective communication. I see young people that have bought into a "victim" mentality and bought into the left wing media biased reporting, taking what they read and hear as gospel and not bothering to confirm facts for themselves. I see young people buying into left leaning educators on college campuses and not bothering to seek other points of view.
For instance, Donald Trump liked to stick his foot in his mouth quite a bit during this election. That still wasn't good enough for left wingers. By the time November 8th rolled around they had convinced all of their minions that Trump was an unequivocal racist. Does he want to properly vet Muslims entering the country from terrorist inhabited parts of the world; yep. Does he want to prohibit illegal immigration and deport feloniously convicted illegal immigrants; yep. Does that make him a racist? Nope.
Trump was endorsed by David Duke who he does not know. He was endorsed by other KKK publications as was Hillary Clinton. Does that make either of them racist? Nope. Does Trump have any direct ties to the KKK or ANY other ring wing extremist nut bag outfit? I haven't seen any such reports; only left wing liberal media innuendo.
Ever hear of US Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia? Hillary Clinton credits him for being her mentor and offered a very public and heartfelt eulogy when he passed away. He was also an admitted member of the KKK while he was in office! How about J. William Fulbright? He was President Bill Clinton's admitted mentor and a Senator from Arkansas. President Clinton offered a heartfelt public eulogy when Fulbright passed away while he was a sitting President. Mr. Fulbright was also a devout segregationist. These are examples of direct ties to racism yet left wing progressives routinely dismiss these relationships.**
The point is that the American middle class rose up and said "enough". Yet progressives still make excuses.
They voted for Trump because they are racist. Hillary Clinton is white.
No, they are racist because they were really voting against Obama. Obama wasn't running.
No, I mean they were voting against her because they were against Obama because they didn't like his policies because he is black. Every election is an exercise in voting for someone new or for/against the incumbents record and policies. The US electorate gave President Obama the benefit of the doubt in 2012. Hillary Clinton decided to run her campaign in large part based on staying the Obama course. There are no policies or philosophies that I have read about or researched that contained or was dependent upon the fact that President Obama is black.
Polling has shown for the past 4 years up to this election day that 70% of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. 70% of the country is not Republican. It is statistically impossible that the 70% is all white. It is statistically impossible that the 70% is all uneducated, deplorable white males. It is entirely possible that the 70% is made up of what middle class may be left in this country and probably current or former union workers who have seen little from a progressively run federal government and switched their voting tendencies because they actually heard a voice that included them. That shrinking middle class isn't entirely white, uneducated males either.
In its' simplest form, what happened last Tuesday is this; Americans were tired of progressive, divisive policies that have failed at every level of government in this country. They are tired of being blamed for every "social injustice" that comes down the pike as if they are personally to blame. They are tired of a double standard when it comes to the laws of the land. They are tired of an apologistic attitude to our foreign enemies and the ridiculous policy of trusting governments whose radical religious beliefs consider it honorable to lie. They are tired of excuse making and a lack of use of common sense. They are tired of social and educational enabling that has encouraged dependence on government for everyday existence. They are tired of being bullied and being categorized when voicing opposition to left wing policies. They are ready for a new way, a new direction and a person not consumed with his own political ambition. They are tired of a government that not only does not work for them but one that does not work, period!
This election produced two candidates that the majority of citizens did not personally like. This left most voters, myself included, to consider the policies and philosophies both candidates represented. Fortunately, the differences were stark allowing for a decision based on those differences. The accusations by those on the left that everyone that voted for Trump are racist, misogynist, homophobic, etc. are ridiculous and indicative of why the Democrats lost big in this election. The country is tired of the bully pulpit.
This election was about the economy and the direction of the country. Donald Trump and the Republicans offered a different economic prospective. Hillary Clinton had no record of achievement to run on; hers or the Democrat's. Election over and all the marching, rioting and vandalism will not change it.
"Elections have consequences"
President Barack Obama, 2009.
"So does a record of failed policies and misguided social enabling"
Marc Ridgill, 2016
** If you google "Bill Clinton mentor" or "Hillary Clinton mentor", these individuals and their beliefs are revealed.