What’s wrong with the Republican brand? Most people whether they have been in the United States for generations or are recent arrivals have the singular goal of achieving economic success.
Isn’t that what the Republican Party’s message used to be? Small Government, less Regulation, God and Country, Unleashing the Free spirit of Individuals, Strong Defense, Personal Responsibility, so what went wrong? The messengers went wrong.
Many people voted and supported President Reagan not because he was next to God, as some Republicans will have you believe, but because he encapsulated within those characteristics a human component.
A component which recognized that there needs to be revenue to run a country, there needs to be common sense regulations in place to safeguard the populace, and there needs to be an understanding that this is a nation of immigrants and as such there must be a release valve which allows people here undocumented a chance to come out of the shadows.
Reagan understood that there needed to be revenues, as such he raised taxes numerous times, republicans who use Reagan as the holy grail of conservatism, will not mention that he raised taxes exponentially.
Reagan understood that a nation of immigrants will invariably attract, well… immigrants, legal and illegal, so he granted unequivocal amnesty to those who were here living in the shadows. Republicans today do not talk about that aspect of Reagan-ism.
Those people were allowed to come out of the shadows and become regular tax-paying members of society. Many of those people, mostly men, were Jamaicans who had come here to work on Farms, to this day they are loyal Reaganites.
Cubans in Miami will also tell a similar tale, as to why they are loyal to the Republican Party. In fact, as it relates to the Jamaicans, the values once espoused by Republicans were the very same values they were raised to believe in, it was subsequently pretty easy for them to become loyal fans of Reagan.
This is something that the last standard-bearer of the Republican Party, Willard Mitt Romney simply did not get, and arguably still doesn’t get.
In a conference call with fund-raisers and donors to his campaign, Mr. Romney said Wednesday afternoon that the president had followed the “old playbook” of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.” “In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said, contrasting Mr. Obama’s strategy to his own of “talking about big issues for the whole country: military strategy, foreign policy, a strong economy, creating jobs and so forth.”
In other words, Romney believes giving college students a break, giving young women access to contraception, allowing dreamers a little breathing room from deportation a gift. Those things which Romney denounces as gifts are what most people see as good governance, government delivering services to the people it serves.
What this statement revealed was the deeper inner core of what Romney actually and truly believe, juxtapose that statement with what he said about the 47% we are made painfully aware how America dodged the bullet by not electing this guy.
The shocking tragedy inherent in Romney’s continued disdain for the electorate, is proof positive that he cares nothing about average Americans.
This is the same candidate who wanted to continue tax giveaways to the richest Americans,wanted to dramatically increase the budgetary allocation to the Military Industrial complex, even though some military leaders say they did not need it.
Romney made abundantly clear who he wanted to give gifts to, and it did not include the moochers who do not take responsibility for their own lives.
Romney’s statements are not in isolation however, his running mate Paul Ryan suggested that the reason President Obama won the election was because people voted.
Quote:””What the president and his campaign excelled at doing is mobilizing turnout in their critical base areas, and they expanded the turnout above the norms,” he said. “They had record turnout in urban areas and all of our polling did not project that kind of turnout, and that’s why we thought we had a very good chance at winning this race going into election day(.“huffingtonpost.com)
In other words they lost the election because people voted.
The tone deafness of these people is amazing, these are the people who wanted to lead America,and in some way are still in leadership positions politically. That was not all Ryan had this to say about losing the very town in which he was born to his congressional challenger.
Quote:”When you join a national ticket for a party, you become more seen as a Republican guy than necessarily a Janesville guy,” he continued. “So I think my image, or the thought people had in their minds of me once I joined the Republican ticket, was more ‘Paul Ryan, Republican,’ than ‘Paul Ryan, Janesville guy.”(huffingtonpost.com)
Well you don’t say? So people saw Paul Ryan as a Republican in his hometown and as such he lost convincingly, yet the goodly Congressman/whiz-kid did not see their national defeat coming? some whiz-kid, some policy wonk.
The truth of the matter is that the Romney/Ryan ticket simply could not see the defeat coming, because they were locked away in the parallel universe of FOX misinformation, and racist talk radio which told them what they wanted to hear.
In fact they had people telling them they were winning the election by a landslide even the night before the elections, even though all of the polling data and other indicators were actually pointing to an Obama landslide.
The ideals of the republican party are still great ones, the problem is not the message, it rests with the messengers, who have become increasingly white, male, racist, unyielding , misogynistic, and dumb.
The Republican Party of white males are not going to really get the message of this election until the party suffers several more losses, it took several hundred years of telling themselves they are superior to others, one election cycle will not undo that misconception.