As always, there was talk that too many religious conservatives and libertarians stayed home, and that the latter wasted votes on Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. Reports on the Internet stated that 49 percent of the registered voters did not vote, meaning that Barack Obama was in essence elected with approximately 25 percent of the registered voters.
This gives those who preach that Romney was not a “true conservative” the ammunition to claim that if a true conservative had run, those who stood on the sideline would have shown up at the polls. This fear was expressed to me well prior to the election in a private conversation at a Republican Party rally in my own district. A young man who worked for the state GOP said the greatest worry the Republican Party had was the possibility of low turnout. The Party felt its best strategy was to work on getting those who were already registered to vote.
Now, startlingly, statistics show that fewer people voted in 2012 than in 2008. Considering how important this election was supposed to be to the fate of America, it is interesting that this would happen.
So, it would seem, those who believe a more conservative candidate could win have their statistics to prove it. However, many of the people with whom I spoke about the election have said quite the opposite. In summary, they said the silent majority is gone.
For those of you unfamiliar with this group, the “silent majority” were those designated by the conservatives as the hard-working, conservative majority of the country who were not out protesting and rioting in the streets, but held the majority opinion. Their silence was broken when they voted. In more contemporary terms, I have been told by conservatives that 70 percent of the American public is classified as conservative, and that as long as a candidate appeals to this already existing base, he or she will win.
The people I spoke with said that the 2012 election proves that this notion of the 70 percent is delusional. In short, the American majority is no longer right-of-center. From the point of view of the left, this undoubtedly means that the last forty years have paid off. The American education system has done its work well, the American mainstream media has done its best to bolster the education system, and the Republican Party may have made its most grotesque error in pushing Bush/Cheney on the American public from 2000 to 2008.
The American education system and the media have had a non-stop campaign for forty years to denounce the religious American heritage. And it is appearing to work. I read a quote on the Internet that summarizes it best; to paraphrase, a man said the election showed that the left wants to punish the right for tea party beliefs that interfere with the left’s idea of progress. I think punishment is important. That is the end of any tolerance toward an American religious ideal. The American press is a lost cause and will not be discussed outside of saying the conservative radio world never looked as foolish as it did on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, when it predicted a landslide for Mitt Romney. It, too, is showing signs of living in delusion.
To end this, I will take you on a short journey I took on November 9, 2012, a mere three days after the election. Once a year I have to go to Cincinnati, Ohio, which is about an hour away from my home. I try to plan an itinerary that allows me to stop at some of my favorite places and visit old acquaintances. Two of the acquaintances I visited yesterday campaigned for Barack Obama. We discussed the election and, as I expected, Mitt Romney was not the topic of discussion. Instead, it was Bush/Cheney, the Demons of the air that came to earth for eight years. Old hatreds seem to never die.
At some point in the discussion, I asked them both what they thought of the right-to-life issue that had had been so prominent in the election, especially as this issue affected women. They both told me the same thing.
“There is no right to life,” they said. “That’s a conservative religious myth.”
When you say your prayers tonight, think about the fact that these people put Barack Obama in office.