Burch: Dinosaur Demographics

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 9:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney may have saved the American middle class, depending on what Romney may or may not have done after assuming the presidency. Now we’ll never know. But Romney was gracious and conciliatory in defeat and hereafter the focus falls squarely on President Obama and the obstructionist GOP — a rudderless, captain-less ship rushing headlong toward destruction by an immense iceberg called Demographics.

The GOP’s main appeal is to aging white Christian alpha males — the kind who go to church, read the Bible, sing a few hymns, then try to chauvinistically dictate how other people should live their lives. Thus the GOP has lost all appeal for the majority of women, gays, minorities and increasingly liberal-minded young people. The GOP’s problem is obvious: the American public is becoming more diverse and tolerant, so racism, sexism and homophobia increasingly alienate voters, driving them to Democratic candidates, even in tough economic times.

Because the economy has been in the doldrums for Obama’s first term, this should have been an election in which the GOP won back the presidency and picked up seats in Congress. But an interesting thing happened on the way to the quorum: women, gays, minorities and young people didn’t vote for economic saviors. By resounding margins they preferred life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Some of them stood in line until the wee hours of the morning to make their voices heard. And they voted for equality and progress, even if it means paying higher taxes to help the less advantaged. In the end, there weren’t enough white men voting their wallets and narrow-minded parochialism for Republicans to win. And there will be fewer and fewer white patriarchs voting in each new election.

Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington said “yes” to gay marriage. Minnesota voters rejected an attempt to ban gay marriage. Wisconsin voters elected the nation’s first openly gay senator. Voters in Colorado and Washington approved the recreational use of marijuana. So the handwriting is clearly on the wall for backward-looking Republicans: “You have been measured and found wanting ... .”

Tea Party types who were fired by voters included Joe Walsh, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin and Allen West. Even Michelle Bachmann was in danger of losing to a Democrat in a heavily Republican district, despite outspending him by a factor of 12 to 1. Is there any doubt that lunatic-fringe “crackpottery” was a major cause of voter displeasure?

Romney was obviously not the main problem. The blowout would have been even worse if the Republican presidential candidate had been an arch-conservative like Santorum, Bachmann, Cain, Perry or Palin.

How can we be sure? Well, the GOP had 17 viable Senate candidates, most of whom ran far to the right of Romney. In 12 of the 17 states in question, Romney outperformed the more conservative Senate candidates, often by wide margins. The five candidates who bested Romney in their respective states all ran as moderates. So voters rejected conservatism and the presidential race was only as close as it was because Romney ditched being “severely conservative” by morphing into Peace Butterfly Mitt in a carefully calculated and orchestrated Etch-a-Sketch campaign. But he lost credibility in the process, a victim of his party’s medieval worldview that required him to play a warlike hayseed in the early going.

The handwriting may also be on the wall for the pro-Israel war hawks and neocons. (Ironically, the majority of Jewish voters also rejected conservatism.) Sheldon Adelson was 0-7 on the night as all the candidates he funded — George Allen, Shmuley Boteach, Adam Hasner, Connie Mack, West, Romney and Pat Ryan — were defeated. Since the hawks tend to be wildly regressive on social issues, their plans to ally Israel and the U.S. in new Holy Wars may be going down the tubes, thanks to Demographics.

Demographics also suggest that the GOP will have trouble winning elections as long as nearly every plank in its platform remains a creaking anachronism: anti-equality, anti-choice, anti-progress, anti-peace. If the economy continues to improve, and the Democrats are seen as being better on both economics and social issues, Republicans may go the way of the dinosaurs, plodding inexorably toward extinction. If they want to survive, they need to admit that it’s now the 21st century and start to evolve.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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206 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 11/9/12 at 2:02

B2,

Your comment at 7:34 means nothing in Romney winning. The election wasn't planned for him to win.

I suggest you got back in a little history and check some of the comments made by the prior presidents. Obama is just the next step into one world government and they're using him because of his race. The UN was started under FDR and Harry Truman finished getting the UN after he took over when FDR died.

Don't you think many of our congress know Obama isn't legally eligible for that position but used him because of his race?

By: brrrrk on 11/9/12 at 2:24

Here you go......

Matt Taibbi: Mitt Romney Would Have Won If Republicans 'Were Self-Aware At All'

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/09/matt-taibbi-mitt-romney_n_2099894.html?icid=maing-grid7|aim|dl2|sec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D232513

Modern Republicans "have so much of their own collective identity wrapped up in the belief that they're surrounded by free-loading, job-averse parasites who not only want to smoke weed and have recreational abortions all day long, but want hardworking white Christians like them to pay the tab," Taibbi wrote. "Their whole belief system...is inherently insulting to everyone outside the tent – and you can't win votes when you're calling people lazy, stoned moochers."

By: brrrrk on 11/9/12 at 2:26

As per my previous post......

WAKE UP DUMBASSES!!!

The problem isn't everyone else, the problem is you!!

By: BenDover on 11/9/12 at 2:32

Once you've been generous you can never be fair. Greece is learning that... as we will when the world stops lending us money at a steep discount and we have to resort to Weimar wampum to try to continue to keep the Huns at bay.

Greece ain't nothing compared to when we take back Obamaphone from hordes only for them find, with that distraction gone, that there's no more free bacon at the Piggly Wiggly either.

In truth they'll start by eating the rich... only to discover that the top 10% only has total resource and assets to support the country for about 9 months at the current burn rate. Once the confiscation begins the hope of selling public property goes away because property rights will be a distant memory... gone the way of the bond market in the wake of Obama nullifying secured bonds' first debt position in favor of giving GM to the labor unions in an eerie foreshadowing of things to come.

You guys have seriously misjudged where we are and it's not the evil rich people who are out of control but those with a zero sum mentality who see no other way to survive but to feed upon them. "Brains... Brains..." moan the zombies of fiscal confiscation until America is "fundamentally changed" in Barrack's own image.

Greece, indeed, with no where else to run.

By: brrrrk on 11/9/12 at 2:44

BenDover,

Rhetoric of an authoritarian with no empirical evidence....

By: slacker on 11/9/12 at 2:45

Zorba is no longer dancing.

By: brrrrk on 11/9/12 at 2:46

Ben

With all due respect, you're just a yogi with the ability to form a cogent sentence with words containing words of more than three syllables.... nothing more.

By: BenDover on 11/9/12 at 3:00

I cannot decide whether it is that you over-estimate or underestimate the hordes, brrrrk. Do you expect them to act with civility or do you expect they won't be able to pierce the fortifications of civil society when we can no longer cover the costs of their growing expectations?

By: bfra on 11/9/12 at 3:01

brrrrk - Amen on that!

By: RWinLA on 11/9/12 at 3:02

The majority of Americans did indeed vote their economic interests last Tuesday. The Republican remedy for the nation's economic doldrums was exactly the same policy that put us in this horrific position to begin with.

What the American people said on Tuesday was no to turning back the pages of history in economic and social policy.

The Republicans are not the economic saviors, just the opposite!

By: brrrrk on 11/9/12 at 3:06

BenDover said

"I cannot decide whether it is that you over-estimate or underestimate the hordes,"

"Hordes"? Interesting choice of words.... at least John Adams had the decency to refer to them as the "Rabble" I personally prefer the word citizens....

I'd prepare the barricades if I were you.... you're special privileges aren't as special as you think they are.

By: BenDover on 11/9/12 at 3:22

"The curious task of economics is to teach men how little they know about what they imagine they can design."

Friedrich von Hayek

Your attempts to re-order society around your ideals of fairness rather than on essential liberty will escalate until there is neither liberty nor any surplus left for us to civilly bicker over. After this incivility will likely rule... in the form of riots and in government's response to them.

By: Loner on 11/9/12 at 3:28

Great article....Brrrrk.....but hey, I like the idea of born-agains working their asses off, so that I can collect my pension and enjoy gourmet Cannabis....they pay me NOT to come in...what a country!

By: Loner on 11/9/12 at 3:37

Of course, I am an old man...out of the work force, out of the gene pool, out of the mainstream....like a drone wasp...of little value to the hive....should I go out into the cold, to freeze, or starve, in stoic silence?

Or does the hive owe me some honey?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 3:38

By: yogiman on 11/9/12 at 12:44
Your face is too damned ugly to look at, dumba$$. I don't want to vomit by looking at you.

That is a coward’s excuse yogi; the only dumb ass face you've seen is the troll in the mirror.

(LIAR)

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 3:45

By: yogiman on 11/9/12 at 1:02
B2,

Your comment at 7:34 means nothing in Romney winning. The election wasn't planned for him to win.

But wasn't you the dumb ass that said Romney would win, Tuesday morning. Flip-flopping away old fool.

(Looser)

By: bfra on 11/9/12 at 3:45

Nemo - He wears that LIAR tag with every comment.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 3:49

He now has a brand new losers tag to go with, bfra.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 3:52

Welcome to our little site, RWinLA. Don't let the troll yogi scare you off, we mostly don’t pay any attention to him.

By: slacker on 11/9/12 at 3:53

brrrrk, forget Huffington's rag.. shes Greek you know. I explained it all yesterday, after the voter breakdown was revealed. The Evangelicals didn't come out in force for Romney, probably because of his Mormon faith. More young people voted this time than in the prior election, that surprised me.
The hispanic & black vote, sealed Romney's fate. Romney never had a chance, a large segment of the pop. just doesn't like him. Issues.. tissues.. nothing to do with it. The pundits were wrong, it really never was close. They do love Obama, and they have him for the next 4 years. I wish him the best.
.

By: brrrrk on 11/9/12 at 3:57

Captain Nemo said

"Don't let the troll yogi scare you off, we mostly don’t pay any attention to him."

And Ben's getting close....

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 3:58

The Greeks are the founders of Western Civilization, slacker. Do you suppose that what is wrong in America? ;-/

By: brrrrk on 11/9/12 at 3:59

Captain Nemo said

"The Greeks are the founders of Western Civilization"

And Democracy...

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 4:02

Roman was a Christian Republic.

Is there a pattern here?

By: slacker on 11/9/12 at 4:04

Nemo, just a joke with brrrrk. We were discussing the problems in Greece earlier.

By: brrrrk on 11/9/12 at 4:05

Ben,

I'm curious.... do you have children?... do you tithe to your church?

If so, what's your ROI? I hear kids are a huge investment with very little monetary return. And how much is the dividend check from your church every year? Seems to me you'd be better off (and I'm talking purely economics here) investing all that money in the market. WWARD... What Would Ayn Rand Do?

By: slacker on 11/9/12 at 4:06

How much does a Grecian Urn?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 4:08

Here is a sad note

Gen. David Petraeus resigns as CIA director, citing affair

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83643.html

By: slacker on 11/9/12 at 4:10

The affair in Benghazi?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 4:11

LOL slacker.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 4:12

No another woman.

By: slacker on 11/9/12 at 4:17

A women wearing a pantsuit.. or Anne Coulter?

By: slacker on 11/9/12 at 4:20

Hillary is also giving it up, to take her place on the Supreme Court.

By: slacker on 11/9/12 at 4:21

Holder is thinking fast and furiously about leaving.

By: Mike Burch on 11/9/12 at 4:26

Yogi,

How many white presidents released their grades?

I once met a professor who visited Yale. While he was there, he tried to find ANY record that George W. Bush attended classes or passed. He could find no trace of Bush Junior ... does that explain why GWB has a hard time putting a coherent sentence together?

Bush even played hookey from his job as a pilot, so skipping out on classwork would have been a piece of cake for him.

Why pick on an intelligent, well-spoken black man, when Bush, Quayle, Palin, Bachmann and Perry can hardly speak English?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 4:32

Mike yogi is afraid that Obama’s grades are higher than his and he has every right to be afraid. Hell his dog, (the one he licks) is higher.

By: brrrrk on 11/9/12 at 5:09

Mike Burch said

"Why pick on an intelligent, well-spoken black man, when Bush, Quayle, Palin, Bachmann and Perry can hardly speak English?"

But Mike, thems yogi's folk..... that's different (wink wink).....

By: yogiman on 11/9/12 at 5:40

Tell me, dumba$$,

If you don't pay me any attention, why do you want to see me?

By: yogiman on 11/9/12 at 5:48

Mike,

I don't know, Mike. I never asked them. But can you tell me how many white presidents refused to identify themselves?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 5:53

(Loser)

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 6:01

By: yogiman on 11/9/12 at 4:40
Tell me, dumba$$,

If you don't pay me any attention, why do you want to see me?

Your response time yogi is as sharp and behind the time as yourself. You are the one that wants to fight anyone that disagrees with you, yet when you have the opportunity you hide in your closet.

(Loser)

By: bfra on 11/9/12 at 6:05

Watch it Nemo! He will bring the shotgun he has threatened everybody with. LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 6:19

I doubt that he has the strength to hold it to take aim or the eyesight to see what he is aiming for.

By: yogiman on 11/9/12 at 6:22

Mike,

Every one in the 'presidential arena' has proven they are natural born citizens as required by the Constitution. Obama refuses to. I don't care what Barry's race or intelligence is, but I do care what his authority is to sit in that office.

Don't you think if he was eligible he would have saved himself millions of dollars to identify himself?

By the laws of 1961, If his father was the Kenyan student he he would have been born as a British subject. At her age, his mother could not pass he citizenship down to him. But, as has been given thought, if Frank Marshall Davis was his father he would have been a natural born citizen.

But when his mother married Lolo Soetoro from Indonesia and he adopted Barry, he was given the name Barry Soetoro and became an Indonesian citizen thereby losing his American citizenship and when you loose that natural born status, you can't get it back through naturalization.

So, is he still an Indonesian citizen? If not, when did he repatriate to his American citizenship... if he ever had it before? Could that be the reason he refuses to identify himself?

Anyone who accepts someone who they don't know, and have no idea who in the hell he is sure makes you all look more like the damn fools you're exposing yourselves to be.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/9/12 at 6:26

(Loser)(FLUSH)(click)

By: BenDover on 11/9/12 at 7:10

"Ben
With all due respect, you're just a yogi with the ability to form a cogent sentence with words containing words of more than three syllables.... nothing more."

Translation:
"Ben, you use your tongue prettier than a twenty dollar whore"

lol -- have a great weekend guys.

bd

By: Mike Burch on 11/9/12 at 7:12

Yogi,

You would be a great comedian if only you had more than one joke in your arsenal!

Mike

By: BenDover on 11/9/12 at 7:14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37v-6Zs5T10

By: Mike Burch on 11/9/12 at 7:19

RWinLA

You said:

The Republicans are not the economic saviors, just the opposite!

I agree. The modern GOP has a very rigid Tarzan-like ideology: Federal government bad. Taxes bad. States good. Private business very good. Rich people even better. Tarzan give all money rich people, let them piss golden showers on bad poor people. That better they deserve!

By: yogiman on 11/10/12 at 7:17

Mike,

A usurper in the White House is no joke. It's a shame you're too blind to see what's happening to this nation with the blessings of fools like you.