By Rawlein G. Soberano, Ph.D.
GERMANTOWN, MD (Nov. 16, 2012) — In all the years that I had voted, I have never seen such long lines than during this election. It was very encouraging to see this enthusiastic voter participation.
One wonders what made them come out to vote. When you try to take away from people this right, either through voter intimidation, voter suppression, voter ID requirements, cutting back early voter days and/or hours, et al. you make them angry; this makes them more determined to do what you prohibit them from doing.
Though a registered Republican, I had not voted for one since Ronald Reagan under whose administration I served in the US Department of Education and the US Small Business Administration. I should have recognized the signs then that the Republican Party did not want anyone with advanced degrees because it went against their goal of “starving the beast” to destroy the government sooner rather than later. I did not vote for Ford for pardoning Nixon. The two Bushes did not appeal much to me.
Mitt Romney was not ready to concede the election to Barack Obama in the early hours after the polls were closed because he thought he was going to win, based upon the flawed intelligence and the different strategies they concocted to steal the election. How would you explain the fact that there are still some 600,000 votes in Arizona that remain uncounted because of that anti-Latino goon sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County. You can imagine what would have happened if the race was close, like in Florida in 2000 and in OH in 2006.
Why did it take longer for Pres. Obama to be finally declared the winner in Florida? Their consultants got paid big money to steal this election and failed. In OH secretary of state, Chris Koback, a well-known extremist Republican partisan, appointed Tabitha Lehman, Sedgwick County’s election commissioner a year ago but the difference in the votes for Obama was overwhelming. In FL, Gov. Rick Scott cut down on early voting, hoping to turn the election to Romney’s advantage. Sadly for him Obama won the Cuban votes as well. In PA House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said the state would go for Romney with its strict voter ID; it was turned down by the Judiciary. Many of them predicted not only a Romney win but a landslide. You see a similar scenario looking at other counties in the US where the governor is Republican. Was it by coincidence? Not on your life! The goose was cooked but was inedible!
The published polls which the Romney campaign and Republican pollsters/pundits discredited, to their detriment, were accurate. Republicans in the Senate were supposed to gain seats according to their pollsters, but they actually lost seats, decried GOP pollster Frank Lutz. Is it surprising they lost the election when their support is focused on the wealthy (50%), big business (48%), taxpayers (28%), middle-class (23%), small business (18%), special interest (17%), families (16%), the poor (3%). How could Romney expect to win when the bulk of his supporters were persons of low intelligence, poorly educated and low information level?
Ten of ten best educated states in the US voted for Obama, while nine of ten worst educated states went for Romney. To make matters worse, conservative entertainers like Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Steve Doocy et al. deceived their own conservative base by feeding them misinformation. If Romney won, he did not have qualified people to work for his administration besides the old Bush appointees, e.g., Condolezza Rice, Elaine Chao et al. who are unacceptable.
The blame game continues as to why the Republicans lost badly in this election—the electorate was stupid (Sen. Ron Johnson of WI), Hurricane Sandy, BHO suppressed the votes by focusing on Romney’s lies (Karl Rove was the biggest loser for spending more than $300 million in various races and has nothing to show for it; this is the worst excuse from Rove who was paid big bucks to come up with this nonsense without questioning his incompetence), Obama had an early advantage over Romney (Jonathan Collegio, American Crossroads). They haven’t looked beyond their own crowd for the reasons of this defeat: extremists have taken over the party, Romney’s lies and lack of proper identity, and the big turnout from women, Latinos, blacks and students in this election. It was a big coalition from among various groups, except for the white male and senior citizens’ votes. It’s not enough to criticize Obama; they never came up with the reasons why the American people should support Romney. It is not enough for Ann Romney to say that her husband has a lot to give to this country (Hell is full of good intentions) and it’s now Mitt’s turn (we have a meritocracy, not a dynastic oligarchy). What is more painful to the Romney family and these birthers, is that Romney lost to a black man who was better than him in every way. He’ll never be president!
America’s obsession with race makes her an enigma to the rest of the world. While many countries across the globe are happy to embrace democracy, the US is shying away from it and gives it only lip service. We are a walking contradiction to these people. As a matter of fact, there were ongoing devilish efforts by Republicans to turn the clock back through voter suppression, denying various groups in this country the right to vote, fraudulently registering ineligible or non-existent voters as recently shown in FL, spreading fear and hatred of this president “because he is not one of us” and accusing Democrats for their evil machinations and criminal malefaction. I don’t think I would want to be in the same country with John Sununu whose mouth oozes disrespect against and contempt at the president as “not knowing this country.” He is no different from Romney who repeatedly fans the fire of birtherism, just like his surrogate Donald Trump that he and Ann were born in Michigan and no one had ever asked to see their birth certificate.
Republican officials used hysteria about alleged voter fraud as an excuse to support measures that disproportionately block Democratic voters, but furiously tried to distance themselves from a growing number of voter registration drives that either submitted false applications or throw way many authentic ones. The Republican Party has a lot in common with Nazi Germany, from using strategies of intimidation, voter suppression, invasion of its neighbors (in their case–attacks on the Muslim world), use of violence and torture against the enemy (as seen in Iraq), promotion of white superiority and inferiority of people of color, fraud which they often project to their opponents, e.g., Florida GOP voter fraud, et al. and their inability to prove same on their opponents.
Paul Ryan is the worst thing the GOP could have fielded in this election. As if one extremist (Romney) is not enough, two are a crowd. When he was picked, some pundits called the selection brave and unique. His extremist budget makes him courageous and different from other right-wingers in the House, conveniently depending on who his audience is. With Ryan at his side, did Romney plan to win the presidency with massive lies? In the debate, Romney lied about so many issues when he holds the opposite view, e.g., more teachers, police officers, and firefighters, no tax increase for everyone, increase in gas and oil production on federal land, regulation of banks and financial institutions, healthcare, et al. Republicans operate under a different light—“It’s not a lie if you pretend to believe in it.” In the end, the American people rejected these dangerous pretenders to power and the GOP may not recover if they persist in their cold-hearted meanness (if you’re poor you’re on your own), illegal intrusion into people’s private lives (opposition to contraception and women’s choices, vaginal ultrasound), and political stupidity (not understanding the changing demographics).