So Obama is still POTUS and the world will move on from this hellish ordeal. At least the crazy amounts of junk mail and awful commercials will stop. During this election cycle, Romney ran a very competitive campaign and seemed to give Obama a run for his money. In the aftermath of this election, many people will try to find reason to why he lost. Here are mine:
The GOP losing the executive seat was a self-inflicted loss. During Obama’s 1st term, the Republican Party in both the House and Senate acted in a way that was unprofessional and unbecoming of a public servant. Sen. Mitch McConnell stated that the party’s objective was to deny Obama a second term (1). I’m sure the senator is a smart guy, but that is bullshit. That sort of behavior and attitude is contrary to what the founding fathers had in mind for the relationship between the legislative and executive branches. Congress is supposed discuss, collaborate and compromise legislation and work towards viable solutions, and not use the filibuster over a 100 times within the first 11 months of 2010 (2)(3). When half the legislature decides to act like a spoiled 5-year old, people will take notice and figure out why Congress is so dysfunctional.
The GOP forced Romney to adopt a position he did not genuinely support. The Mitt Romney of the 2008 elections was a very different animal to the Romney that we have been presented with this election cycle. Prior to being nominated as the Republican candidate for office, Romney had supported gun control measures, a form of universal healthcare, and pro-choice measures, all while serving as Massachusetts Governor. Now I don’t care what anyone says, but the Health Care Act was and will always be Romney’s brainchild. He can’t run away from that. Fast forward to 2012 and we find that Romney has done a 180 and tries to take back everything he stood for as Governor. The only conclusion that we can possible arrive is that Romney was not fully dedicated to the Republican cause. How can he be when everything he worked for as Governor no longer pleases the establishment that is supporting him? Instead of being forced to follow the party lines, Romney should’ve forced his party to follow HIS line and HIS rules. It’s not like the GOP had anyone better to run when it came down to it.
The GOP’s idea that business and only business can bring America back to greatness is downright ridiculous. It is definitely true that Capitalism is without a doubt the best economic system to grace this Earth. But to assert that raising taxes on business and rich people destroys our economic model is bullshit. Let’s not forget that we are enjoying the lowest tax rate in 50 years. In 1945 our tax rate for the top .1% – .01% was 60%. We were doing pretty well. In 1994 it was 24.5% still not doing badly (4). In fact between the 50s and 90s we’ve arisen as the sole military and economic superpower. So it can’t be that taxes are causing our economics to fail. They need to step away from this notion that government is evil and private corporations are good. It’s not working for them. Even the public doesn’t trust private sector – why would they when they rarely look out for their own and would easily screw people over? What we need to realize is that the best government isn’t one that governs least, but one that governs BEST. Our government needs to be flexible, not only with taxes, but with everything. It needs to be responsive and be able to hold a beneficial and cooperative relationship with the private sector and the public.
Last, let’s not forget all the bat shit crazy things Republicans have said this cycle. To be fair though, Democrats are no better. If anything they are weak, spineless cowards and losers who can’t stand up to anyone worth a damn.
With Obama re-elected, the Republican Party, now more than ever, has to take a really good look at itself, and re-structure and re-evaluate its stance on numerous issues. There is no way this country can move on without them.