I've had a couple of weeks to sit back and lick my wounds over the results of the 2012 Election. I quarantined myself from talk radio and conservative news websites because I just could not bear to read/hear the self-flagellation of conservatives for failing to deliver on a much needed new direction for this country. Despite my self-imposed exile, I could not avoid bits and pieces of news clips and stories proclaiming to have the REAL answer for the reason for the loss. Typically all the high-brow know-it-alls have it completely wrong. The loss had nothing to do with messaging, the wrong candidate or moderation. The loss was solely about the absolute ignorance of the majority of this country's population.
What else could explain the fact that people voted to continue down the road to fiscal ruin? Not just our country's fiscal ruin but our own personal fiscal nose-dive. Groceries are ridiculously high, gas (while trending down at the moment) costs more than it did 4 years ago, home values are in the toilet and wages are sinking as fast as the Titanic. Don't even mention the fact that our country is in debt so far over our head that it will be generations before we can balance the spreadsheet- if we even survive as a country long enough to get there.
Only abject ignorance would propel people to vote simply based on a candidate's skin color - it's not racism, it's stupidity. It's the years of mental beat-downs by racecard flashing media whores who blamed skin color for failure to achieve success instead of the absolute idiocy of sitting on your ass and waiting for someone else to hand it to you. It's the fallacy of believing that you are entitled to something because over a hundred years ago someone with the same skin color as you was treated poorly.
Voting with your "lady parts" or your dreams of a gay wedding can only be defined as ignorance in the voting booth. No one with any shred of intelligence can believe that a vote for a candidate could mean a ban on birth control or change the definition of marriage. I do have to hand it to the political power brokers. It was a masterful stroke of political manuevering against a population of those with no ability or desire to think for themselves.
Stupidity is what gives celebrity endorsements the edge in the current political climate. How else can you explain a multi-millionaire celebrity bemoaning the inequities of the 1%? How stupid do you have to be to believe that someone serving $3000 bottles of champagne or forking over $35K per person at a fund raiser would even truly care about someone making $10/hr - unless you are spending some of that $10/hr pay for one of their celebrity products?
No amount of messaging could overcome such a level of ignorance. Not when you've got people touting "Obama-phones", "free" healthcare, government bailouts and entitlements out the whazoo as the reason for continuing down the path of self-destruction. There is no perfect candidate to defeat the abject idiocy of those that believe the government can take better care of us than we can take care of our ourselves.
Those that supported the Romney/Ryan ticket failed to remember the most important thing - Never underestimate the power of stupidity. Now we are all going to suffer for THAT ignorance.