Why Conservatives Predicted A Romney Victory…And Why I Predicted They Might Be Wrong…
Back in September, 2012 I posted the following article in another venue. The title was different, and I did some minor editing, but it turns out the underlying premises seem to have been proved rather accurate..
Why Conservatives Predict A Romney Victory….and why they may be wrong….
It goes without saying that there is a disconnect between Liberals and Conservatives. The upcoming election will make it clear which side represents the majority of the electorate. As we get closer to November, 2012, the conservatives are becoming increasingly optimistic about the results. The problem with this view is that it is predicated on the belief that liberals and conservatives continue to share certain “universal” moral values. What these conservatives fail to realize is that those values are no longer shared and that the election really is about which party best represents the moral and ethical values held by the majority of today’s electorate.
There is a certain irony in the fact that the same party which bemoans the demise of traditional values and pledges to restore them with vigor is the very same party which campaigns in a way that seems to assume that both parties continue to pay homage to the same ones. The real disconnect can be best understood by analyzing how moderates attempt to combine their general acceptance of the conservative value system with the prescriptive solutions advocated by the left. It is because of this mistaken idea that the left offers an a la carte issue menu that some fiscally conservative moderates feel comfortable supporting the left on certain “social” issues. This attempt to support positions advocated by each side of the political spectrum results in a complete misreading of the situation. These moderates, and conservatives along with them, are so used to the outlandish accusations made by the left about the right that they fall into the trap of thinking that similarly unfathomable accusations against the left should also be discounted as reflecting a biased perspective motivated by a politically partisan point of view.
The point is that conservatives feel a Romney/Ryan victory is inevitable based on their view that even those who do not agree with the specific policies and solutions being offered by the Republican ticket will vote against one which seems comfortable repudiating virtually every value previously understood to be held in common by the vast majority of the American citizenry. This election is about more than one’s position on gay marriage, abortion, and other apparently contentious issues, rather it is about deciding on the actual mechanics of how Americans wish to address such issues now and in the future. It is truly a referendum on the system itself.
Nothing could bring this issue into sharper focus then the recent brouhaha many of us witnessed as we watched the television coverage of the Democratic Party Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am referring, of course, to the debate over the party platform addressing the issues of God and Israel. The specific issues, to me, are individually irrelevant for the purposes of this article, but they do serve as vehicles to discuss and explain the larger issues at stake. It’s true that the deniability factor has been ripped away forever and ever, but that covering has been increasingly threadbare for quite some time.
There is no question that the quasi-official, if not official, position of the Democratic Party is, and has been, to banish God and the Christian religion to some dark corner of political and social irrelevance. There are many reasons for such a move, but the primary one is that God stands in the way of those who wish to enforce their own self-serving value system on the rest of us without worrying about being contradicted. The irony is that, in so doing, they are essentially combining church and state and claiming that the state is the final arbitrator of what is and is not moral. Once we understand this important point, we understand that we can either support a value system subject to the whims of the leadership or we can support a more enduring value system which has the capacity to hold that leadership to rules which are not within their power to abrogate.
In any event, let’s take a look at the values, and I use the term loosely, evidently supported by those in the Democratic Party. We’ve already discussed how the party wishes to take to itself the right of determining and enforcing moral values, but can we use the example above to determine what those values really are? I would suggest that we certainly can, and they are values which I adamantly oppose. In the first place we saw a party in complete disarray and chaos. I truly cannot understand why those delegates of any integrity didn’t simply stand up and walk out, and I might add, from both sides of the internal Democratic political spectrum.
The obvious antagonism against those who either believe in God, or support those who do, by those who don’t, could not have been more obvious. At what point are those who believe in God and/or religious freedom going to see the writing on the wall and abandon the Democratic Party for a more welcoming environment? At what point are they going to stand up for their beliefs and repudiate all that the Democratic Party stands for? Tradition may have its place, but continuing to support a party which no longer reflects your values and is attempting to totally eliminate you from the political, if not societal, scene seems irrational at best.
On the other hand, and from the other side of the political spectrum, how can those whose votes were over-ridden continue to support a party which completely ignored their point of view? Further, regardless of which particular outcome one advocated, how can delegates from either side fail to see how the actions of the Committee, in repudiating the results of the vote, shows the true face of a party which, in the grand tradition of leftist parties, has complete disdain for the democratic political process?
The lessons to be learned are as stark as they are chilling which is why conservatives are now even more energized to replace the President. We have a party which rejects the concept of morality. We have a party which endorses the top down model of government. We have a party who claims the right to change the rules anytime the leadership sees fit. We have a party which ignores the results of a free and open voting process. We have a party which believes that the truth is fungible and that truth is determined by what the leadership says it is. We have a party that openly presents one face to the general citizenry and a completely different one internally. In short, we have a rogue party that needs to be repudiated.
(And some Christians still voted against themselves and their value systems…bizarre)