I found this over on Climate Denial Crock of the Week:
Hehehe, this is either a good time to laugh, or a good time to cry. Common sense however, remains questionably “absent” in whole lot of the country.
Maddow’s request to embrace the real world will go unheeded, no doubt. Too bad, because it is indeed exactly what we need, especially in this country.
I don’t endorse politics beyond wishing for a lawful, restrained and very limited government, one that (s)Elects qualified candidates that will actually keep their commitments (to the people) and minds its own damned business. I don’t like what I see. I don’t give my consent to all the evil going on.
Post-(s)Election means that at least half the country is pissed off. That would have happened anyway, irregardless of the outcome.
Take a look at the last several (s)Elections. While you do, consider the comment Maddow made about “mathematics”.
Bush vs. Gore:
Bush vs. Kerry:
Obama vs. McCain:
Obama vs. Romney:
Not hard to see the similarities, or where this is headed.
Update — the money spent on these (s)Elections:
5. What will $6 billion get you? (source)
We had a Democratic president, a Republican House of Representatives, and Democratic Senate going into the 2012 election. And we’ll have a Democrat in the White House, with a Republican House and a Democratic Senate after the election.
When all the bills are in, total spending for the 2012 election (all federal and state races) could top a record-breaking $6 billion. And what did all that money buy?
2012 election priciest to date: $4.2 billion tab and rising.
Some would argue … nothing.
The Big Picture in “The Problem With A Really Tiny Tent” has a opinion based upon Census data of why this has been happening. Go read it over there.
So, what is the GOP’s strategy going to be? Will it relax its stance on women’s reproductive rights or, alternatively, will women come to embrace unnecessary trans-vaginal ultrasounds? What about immigration law? How does it engage the Asian community? Attract more blacks? In other words, how is the GOP going to make itself attractive to groups other than older white males? If it can’t figure this out, its future is bleak indeed. The numbers are what the number are – and I’ll have more on them soon (focusing on 2016, 2020 and 2024). Denying them – BubbleLife? (which is, frankly, all we’ve seen since the election) – is only bound to cause more “shellshock” in the future.
I’ll summarize the article link above for those that won’t bother to read it: White America is in serious decline. Don’t get your panties in a bunch on the race issue, he’s just pointing out Census facts as far as I know (cursory look). So is CNN, described as a “Latino problem” by Paul Steinhauser, CNN Political Editor. The other America wants something that is different then this one. And it’s showing up in the (s)Elections.
I don’t think it’s just that simple. It’s part of it, but not all of it. I do think that the Republican party is seriously and severely out of touch with reality. Desdemona Despair republished an article from the Huffington Post, “Most Republicans Believe In Demon Possession, Less Than Half Believe In Climate Change: Report”. Still, 48 percent of Democrats are said to also believe this too.
Mathematics, polls and surveys do tell us something about ourselves. We don’t have to like it, however, or agree with it, but they do indicate what changes may be taking place or how we are divided.
Bill O’Reilly (forgive me for posting this clown), has this to say: “Americans want stuff”:
Is it as simple as that? With 47+ million on government handouts and support, did this “win” the (s)Election for Obama?
Again, not so simple in my opinion. Consider everything that Romney was supposedly offering. Much of it was seriously undesirable for many of us, but it was still a decision between Bad Choice #1 and Bad Choice #2.
I think it is much more complex then that. The face of America is changing fairly rapidly. Politics are always behind the curve, never in front of it. Our creaking socio-economic structures are adapting quite poorly to demographics, population and cultural changes. Nothing emphasizes this more then when we experience a regional disaster. That’s when the anger comes out. That’s when people feel disenfranchised, abandoned. That’s when our demands and expectations really surface, because of urgent, pressing needs.
Yet the media screws this up pretty badly. I suspect they’re too focused on their personal picks and favorites to pay attention to these things like they should. A case-in-point is just how wrong everyone was regarding (s)Election 2012. You can’t trust political pundits or the media to call this correctly. Frankly, from my perspective, they were trying to call the (s)Election weeks and weeks beforehand for Romney, and even I thought they were right.
The Romney / Ryan “team” was in effect, not what the majority of Americans wanted, whether Black, White or Hispanic. Much ado was made over the “women vote”, who rejected Romney’s anti-abortion stance. The same was said about climate science, energy policies and even Big Business. In the end, these candidates were rejected by a decisive majority precisely because of what this team was claiming to offer. Everything else is actually not particularly relevant to the outcome of (s)Election 2012 — as the maps above actually show.
High population density counties carry more “weight” and electoral votes then low-density, low population counties. The maps (all of them) show a “divided America” for at least 12 years. This is nothing new.
Supposedly, the blue areas are taken to mean areas where “entitlements” (government handouts) are highest, and thus the Democratic vote. Actually, it means where most of the jobs are. Rural America receives as high a percentage of government handouts as urban America (per capita), yet rural America has fewer jobs.
It’s easy to misread these maps because pundits try to persuade people to a particular interpretation. America is no more divided then it ever was, for all intents and purposes. Every four years we go through this hoopla and every four years millions of people fall for it.
I haven’t found any valid reason to “get excited” over any of this. As I shared before, most of this is simply not relevant to my life or yours. It’s interesting in a petri-dish sort of way, like watching mold grow, but it’s not particularly relevant.
I don’t care who won. I didn’t have a horse in this race. Truth is, no candidate represents me or my interests. An independent would have come the closest. My America remains the same as before. My worldview is the same, my life is the same, my future is the same. And in all reality, so is yours. Not much is going to change that was not already set in motion. Who claims the throne (temporarily) doesn’t really concern me that much. Nor should it. Life is much too short to focus on such temporary things. The names will change again. Life goes on.
The big picture remains the same. That’s what actually concerns me.