In the wake of the 11/6/12 Federal elections, here are some of the realities that the Conservatives in the Republican party must deal with if they want the Republican party to survive as a viable alternative:
The majority of today’s voters have shown that they don’t understand or care about budget deficits or about how the economy works. They are like children who want what they want when they want it.
The majority of today’s voters have shown that they believe that most rich people are greedy, they got rich by stepping on poor people and they can’t be trusted. The majority of voters have lost the “American Dream” and don’t believe they can ever be successful on their own.
The majority of today’s voters have shown that they have no understanding of even the most rudimentary economic theories; they don’t believe that the government can ever run out of money (as long as they can print more).
The majority of today’s voters have shown that they feel that they are entitled to either free or dirt-cheap health care and also that they are entitled to a living wage (either from an employer or from the government, they don’t care which). During the past four years they have developed this entitlement mentality, they have accepted it as their lot in life and they are afraid to question it.
The majority of today’s voters clearly understand that that the two party system now consists of the Democratic party and the Religious/Conservative party (the Republican party died when the Moral Majority was born). The majority of today’s voters however have shown that they are not religious, that they don’t trust religion or anyone who brags about being religious and, since the Conservative movement in this country has chosen to so closely align itself with religious scripture, they don’t trust Conservatives either. They have seen evidence of what they believe is a conspiracy between Conservatives and the church to limit personal freedom and censor personal decisions based solely on Christian doctrine.
The majority of today’s voters feel that being gay is not a disqualifier for being equal and they have (as we all have) seen Conservatives treat the LGBT community like second class citizens, not for any Constitutional reasons but because gays don’t conform to Conservative religious beliefs.
The majority of today’s voters have also witnessed the Conservative’s hypocrisy! They have heard Conservatives loudly complain about how Obamacare allows the government to interfere in the doctor/patient relationship by taking away choices and then they see how eager and willing Conservatives are to interfere in the relationship between a pregnant woman and her doctor by limiting their choices.
In summary, Mitt Romney loss of yesterday’s election was a powerful lesson for the Republican party; it emphasized that in order to bring their message to the majority they need to present them with a candidate they can relate to — someone who can effectively speak about economics, freedom and personal responsibility on a novice’s level. That candidate should also view social diversity not as a the deterioration of society but as the evolution of society. The Republican message was the right one but the messengers failed.
The Republican party should have also learned the lesson that government should limit itself to the economy and national defense and govern by using the Constitution — not the Bible. The Republican party needs to return to it’s roots as the Grand Old Party by ridding itself of Social Conservative attitudes and religious harangues.