By Rawlein Soberano
GERMANTOWN, MD (Dec. 1, 2012) — It’s time for Republicans to admit that they lost the election. Things would have been different if it was only a battle for one to two states to decide the winner. You can be sure that Republicans were planning to manipulate some of the votes in key states by holding off in counting them on time, e.g. OH’s 600,000 votes which were counted days after the election only after it was known that the die was cast.
The handwriting on the wall sent a message loud and clear—it’s hard to steal this election for Mitt Romney under these circumstances. It was harder to understand for Romney and his team why the election was lost which would have been a cakewalk for him. He was elected governor of MA for lying about his state of residence, his accomplishments, e.g., UT Winter Olympics was a success because of federal funds ($2.3 billion); he could not generate funds from the private sector and his Mormon friends. He did not run for reelection because he knew he would lose. And he was the GOP nominee for president in 2012? They should have known better.
During the last four years, Republicans were focused on only one thing—to make President Barack Obama a one-term president — to ensure that he achieved nothing even though his was a policy that featured some comprehensive Republican elements or otherwise defined the pundits and experts. Now they have a new goal after this year’s election—to make Obama a lame duck president.
If they have to, they’ll bring America to its knees to achieve their goal. They want to restore the management of this country in the hands of “white” people where they believe it “rightfully” belongs. It’s tough call and Republicans are defending 13 seats in the Senate where incumbents are running for reelection in 2016. One of them is the senator from KY who worked hard to block Obama’s reelection. This time around, he must start early and raise a lot of money to save his seat from a challenger, not just from a Democrat but a radical member of the Tea Party. Good Luck, Mitch!
Listening to Republicans explain their loss in this election, they did not expect to lose, especially to a black man, with unemployment high of which they are mainly responsible. What they did not expect was the consequence of changing demographics and the massive turnout of young voters, people of color and single women who did not trust Romney who gave them conflicting statements about issues, from education to affordable health care, almost anything the electorate would want to hear. They were comfortable with President Obama and the light at the end of the tunnel.
This election was a first among many voters, whether they were new or have already voted in the past. Long lines of voters waited for as long as six to eight hours in some instances, which beat the $1 billion poured by the Romney campaign and his Super PACs, to no avail. To blame his loss to Hurricane Sandy was just lame excuse to hide the consequent humiliation.
Speaking in coded terms was a secret weapon of Republicans which they used when they wanted to bring out the hounds of Hell for their racism towards and hatred of the black man. It has worked very well and effectively in the past until the changing demographics has neutralized this weapon. They have emphasized during the campaign that Romney would make a better president because he understands “the shared Anglo-Saxon heritage,” emphasized Obama’s “middle” name to imply he is a Muslim.
In the past 30 years Reagan referred to the “welfare queens” to arouse racial resentment among white working-class families against minorities. They talked about “state’s rights” to allow states to retain racial segregation if they so chose. They talked of the “southern strategy” used by the GOP in the 1960s to describe plans to influence the South by appealing to people’s racism. They argued against “forced busing” to oppose racial integration without them needing to say so explicitly.
They even use the Bible to justify segregation. If God wanted man to be integrated, He would not have created them to be diverse. The “evangelical Christians” among them are messengers of hate and division because they preach that Obama is the anti-Christ. These flaws thrive only in a community that is ignorant and consumed by ill will.
These coded words Republicans use in their “talking points” surfaced again when they attacked UN Ambassador Susan Rice for reading what she got from the CIA regarding Benghazi. They went berserk because they were really after Obama who even challenged them to go after him if they had a problem.
If these racists persist in unfairly attacking Ambassador Rice who did nothing wrong vis-à-vis what Condolleza Rice did (lied) about the invasion of Iraq to get rid of WMD or dispose of nuclear armaments. How much did that boondoggle cost American taxpayers in human lives and financial resources? It seems like these are a dumb bunch which did not learn from their beating last month and their propensity to eat crow.
Those who were born and raised in the South have heard these phrases all their lives and they’re meant as an insult. If you are black, you have to “know your place” or you will be branded as “an uppity.” Just some years ago, you could get a nocturnal visit from hooded white knights on horses to intimidate you, or burn down your house, or destroy other property to achieve their goal. You are judged solely by the color of your skin.
It’s quite hard to do this malfeasance these days because of federal law, but they are trying to do it some other way, like electing their minions to state legislatures so that they can do away with voter rights act, eliminate affirmative action, and restore voter ID laws (to eliminate blacks from voting), among others. Look at the preponderance of white male state legislators among this lynch crowd. They can only be successful in the South where IQ is lower than the rest of the country. The KKK (Ku Klux Klan) can only thrive in a community that is basically ignorant, uninformed, confused and hateful.
The victory of President Obama is a signal to the 96 signatories who opposed UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who has not yet been nominated by BHO, to be the next Secretary of State, that they have a long road ahead of them. They are being retired little by little, from Allen West of FL to Dan Lungren of CA to Roscoe Bartlett of MD. The year 2014 is just around the corner, and their ranks will be trimmed further for being out of touch with the American people and being extremist partisans. It is also a high price to pay to blindly follow Sen. John McCain who has never been right in gauging the political climate. His prognostications of the last 5 years, from his victory in the 2008 presidential elections to Romney’s landslide in 2012, are so bad that I doubt he would receive invitations to talk shows in 2013 and onwards. They describe Susan Rice as “unfit” for the office, because she is a woman and a black, or because her record puts her accusers on a weaker ground? Briefly, Ambassador Rice is a graduate of Stanford (B.A.), and Oxford (M.A. and Ph.D.). Compare her record to McCain’s Naval Academy record (294th our of 299 students; he was lucky his father was an admiral), or Sen. Lindsey Graham (U. of South Carolina), or Rep. Louis Gohmert of TX (Texas A &M). There is no contest here. If they are smart, they should shy away from the bitter McCain with his faulty judgment, whose political career is over. If they politicize her nomination (whenever it comes) they will eat crow again because they will lose.
Rawlein G. Soberano, Ph.D. is the President of the Asian American Business Roundtable.