Six days after the election, and Republicans are still trying to figure out what went wrong. From a liberal perspective, it’s simultaneously entertaining, disturbing, and rather pathetic to see Republicans continue to grasp at straws, making up a number of excuses for the election that are so detached from reality that I’m convinced the 2012 election will be repeated many times over, until Republicans join the same world the rest of us are living in.
The Washington Post ran one such story today, describing bewildered Republican campaign workers and they’re coping (or not coping)with the loss. To far too many clueless Repubs, it’s not just an election loss, it’s practically a sign of the apocalypse, the start of America’s impending doom. From the Washington Post story, one reaction for losing Colorado was worded as follows:
- “Colorado? Who the heck lives in Colorado? Do they want drugs, dependence, and indulgence? Don’t they remember what this country is about?”
This seems to be one of the ways that “reality-challenged” Republicans are coping with their election disaster…labeling all Americans who voted for Obama as lazy, corrupt people who want government to take care of them. The idiot-master himself, Bill O’Reilly, said the people who voted for Obama voted for him simply because they “want stuff”, as if the entire electorate who voted for Obama are welfare recipients who live off all those fine, upstanding, hard-working Republicans. The same line of thinking has been picked up by a vast array of Republican pundits, politicians, and Republican voters.
I’m sorry, Republicans, but YOUR PARTY is the one that is completely out of touch with American values. Americans spoke last Tuesday, and Americans voted for what America is REALLY all about. Americans voted for EQUALITY, where your treatment under the law isn’t dictated by race, sexual orientation, or religion. Americans voted for COMPASSION, where access to medical treatment isn’t dictated by the size of your bank account. Americans voted for FAIRNESS, where the most fortunate and richest of Americans are asked to contribute their fair share to society, and help the less fortunate. America chose REASON, where science and fact, not ideology or religion, are the basis for how we live and how we govern. Americans voted for EMPATHY, where those Americans most in need of assistance are supported by their fellow citizens.
The Republican fantasy world they’ve been living in the last 15 years or so? In the Republican version of America, HATE and INTOLERANCE are used as tools to intimidate and to govern. For reality-challenged Republicans, America is a place where COOPERATION and COMPROMISE are dirty words, where every American must accept Republican ideology. For reality-challenged Republicans, GREED is the overarching driving force of how we live and how we govern, where the acquisition of personal wealth is more important than even the world we leave behind for our children. For reality-challenged Republicans, SELFISHNESS is what drives our behavior, where we would rather let the uninsured or poor die and suffer, rather than lend a helping hand.
Americans spoke on Tuesday, and Americans chose to RESPECT AND HONOR what America stands for. The very fact that Republicans are bewildered by the election speaks for how very small the Republican party has become. Given the reaction of Republican pundits, politicians, and voters over the last week, it should be painfully obvious why Republicans have only ONCE won the popular vote for president over the last 20 years. As a liberal, even a cynical liberal, the election was affirmation that America isn’t lost, that we are headed in the right direction. As a liberal, the election, the voice of the people, gives me hope.
For Republicans who feel the election is a sign of America’s doom? Your bewilderment, your disillusionment, and your bitterness are proof that the fate of your party in 2012 is bound to be repeated. Until your party sheds the ideological “leadership” provided from the likes of Ryan, McConnell, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, and Rove, until your party embraces true American ideals, until your party FACES REALITY, 2012 will be a recurring nightmare for Republicans.