First of all, thank you to everyone who has been patient with me in these past few weeks. My good friend, the Anonymous Howard Beale, saved the day by resolving my PC issues. In return for his excellence, I have offered him free China Buffet for a year. A round of applause for the man that saved my sanity!
I have taken all of your suggestions into consideration, and I will write on all of the topics suggested to me soon. But I figured, what better way is there to get back on track than to piss off my conservative readership? I figure that if I'm not pissing someone off then I'm doing something wrong.
Since the election, I've noticed a considerable amount of articles that usually have some variation of "Why Romney Lost," as the title. I'm noticing a theme here, and that theme is denial. Most articles I've read have blamed either money--the idea that Romney didn't have good campaign momentum because of poor fundraising--or low voter turnout on the conservative side. In typical Jack Camwell fashion, I think they're both wrong.
The problem is hard-core social conservativism.
Let's look at some statistics, shall we? There was a Gallup poll that conservatives touted as proof that the pro-life movement was gaining momentum. "For the first time in history, more Americans are pro-life than pro-choice," the poll claimed. I'm not disputing the poll numbers, but I will dispute the interpretation of the numbers. I will use myself as an example.
Personally, I am pro-life. I am not morally okay with abortion. I think in most cases it's wrong. If I were a woman, I do not think I could abort my baby (unless I was raped or the baby was going to kill me) and live with myself. I know a few women who have had abortions and who are of the same mind. It's a moral line that I cannot personally cross. However, politically I am pro-choice. My theory is that many Americans who identify themselves as pro-life feel the same way.
Now, the poll asks the question of whether or not abortion should be legal. The numbers are a bit misleading in my mind. According to the poll, over 30% of Americans feel that abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances. Another 40ish % of Americans believe that abortion should be legal in a few circumstances. Only 17% of Americans think abortion should be illegal in all cases.
Seventeen percent. I think someone should have shown those poll numbers before the RNC went off the deep end and adopted "pro-life without exception," as the official Republican Party platform. They turned off a lot of voters with that nonsense, and those who were in the extreme minority clearly ignored the majority of registered Republicans.
The second big mistake is the whole gay marriage thing. Right now, a majority of Americans believe that same-sex marriage should be legally recognized, according to Gallup. Call the poll skewed all you want. Most people I know--and I know a very diverse group of people--think that gay marriage should be legally recognized. 53% of Americans think it should be legal.
When you break it down by political affiliation, the only thing that really matters to Republicans in this case is the independents. In 2011, 59% of independent respondants said that they supported the legalization of gay marriage. How many independents you think are turned on by the GOP's stance on gay marriage? My guess is that at least 59% of them disagree pretty strongly.
When broken down by age, young people overwhelmingly support gay marriage legalization. It's no surprised that people over 55 were the ones who disagree with it most.
I for one could not vote Republican this year partly because of the blatant fraud committed in the primaries, but also because of the sharp right turn the party took. If the Republicans ever want a chance to be in the Whitehouse again, they're going to have to wake up and smell the social evolution. No, this is not the sign of the degredation of society. It's a sign of social evolution. It's a sign that much of the country is finally realizing that the government has no business dictating morality to the people.
The government has no business telling me how to make my life so long as I'm not hurting anyone. "But what about all the aborted babies, Jack? They're getting hurt!" Yeah, well so did a lot of innocent Iraqi children, but the Republicans still beat the war drum pretty loudly when we went in and stomped a mud hole in Sadam's guts.
Stop being hypocritical, Republicans! Either you believe we should be free to choose and live by our own morality or you don't. Either you believe that I alone have the power to choose my moral actions or you believe the government should choose for me.
The Republicans lost because the extremists somehow got a hold of the reins. Don't believe me? Just look at the poll numbers. I am sure that I'm not alone in how I felt about the party.