Despite the results of the 2012 election, America is still right of center, and if the Republican Party doesn’t straighten up and play to the majority, it will die within a few decades. And the country will eventually follow its demise.
Shortly after the Nov. 6 election, President Barack Obama declared a mandate to proceed with whatever cockamamie program enters the left hemisphere of his brain.(I’m convinced he lacks a right hemisphere.)
Never mind that 49 percent of the electorate rejected both the the man and his policies. He claimed a mandate.
And he continues to play on this theory. Instead of working with Congress, as presidents have done for centuries, Obama prefers to campaign and take his message to the people.
Obama is also ignoring the fact that America is politically right of center.
On Feb. 1, Gallup announced the results of its latest political survey with the headline, “Alabama, North Dakota, Wyoming Most Conservative States: Americans slightly less conservative, slightly more liberal.”
Most publishers who ran the story played on that theme. “Gallup: Here are the most ‘conservative’ & ‘liberal’ states,” Glenn Beck’s The Blaze headlined its post on the survey.
The Blaze and others, however, failed to look closely at the raw data. Had they done so, their headlines would have read, “Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 47 Out of 50 States.” That was, in fact, the headline in a CNSNews item on the survey. And that was the real news — America is still right of center.
So what happened in 2012?
The November election begged this question from the Washington Post and CBCNews: “Is America becoming more liberal?” The Daily Kos answered unequivocally that it is.
Most recently, conservative pundit Beck appeared on his Blaze TV show dressed as a doctor and celebrated the “fact” that the Republican Party is dead.
“They cave to political correctness rather than sticking to principles,” he said. “The principles are lost, and we drive Americans further into debt and economic crisis.”
Beck may have a point. I keep going back to that Gallup survey. If the results have any validity, 2012 should have been a rout — against the president. But it wasn’t. All of which tells me that those people whose vote we should have counted on sat 2012 out.
On “The Five” Tuesday, co-host Greg Gutfeld said Republicans keep reaching for Coke when they’re in the supermarket, but when they get home, they discover they’ve picked up Vanilla Coke by mistake.
Last week, 75 Republicans expressed support for gay marriage. Other GOP lawmakers have indicated they may be open to stringent gun control legislation. Still others have voiced support for giving illegal immigrants a free path to citizenship.
I say it’s time to stop all this nonsense while conservatives still hold a majority in this country. It’s time to leave the Vanilla Coke at the supermarket and lay claim to the full-bodied, high-caffeine, sugar-laced drink we remember before it’s too late.
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