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Obama - 50%
Romney - 48%
Other - 2%
We had elections on tuesday and nothing changed. Obama gets four more years. The Democrats still control the Senate. The Republicans still control the House.
These are pretty odd results in a country where most people think we're headed in the wrong direction, which we are. If someone would have told me four years ago that President Obama would be re-elected after running up $5.6 trillion in debt in less than one term and with unemployment at 7.9%, higher than when he took office, I never would have believed it. But that is exactly what just happened.
The day before the election, Mitt Romney said if the election was about the economy and jobs, he should win. I agreed, and that's why I voted for Romney. Here was a man who had spent virtually his entire adult life turning around distressed economic entitles. He seemed tailor-made for this moment in American history, because our national economic entity sorely needs to be turned around. We are heading for certain economic disaster, and our current President has done nothing but make matters far worse. I have stated the ways this is true numerous times on this blog, so I won't bother to repeat them again here. My post-election feeling is that America just missed a big opportunity for a better economic future.
What we have is a divided America. On tuesday, half the voters chose Obama, and half the voters chose someone else. It doesn't get much more divided than that.
A look at voting demographics from the exit polls illustrattes the nature of the divide.
Gender - Romney won the male vote 52-45%. Obama won the female vote 55-44%.
This shows that men were focused more on the economy, while many women were influenced by other matters, such as Planned Parenthood funding, ObamaCare handouts to woman, and abortion. Obama's "war on women" strategy worked with women who, as it has been crudely put, voted with their vaginas.
Race - Romney won the white vote 59-39%. This is a dramatic turnaround from four years ago, when Obama won the white vote. But Obama trounced Romney in the minority vote. Blacks voted for Obama 93-7%. Latinos voted for Obama 71-27%. Minorities are a growing percentage of our population, and they vote Democrat.
Age - People 44 years of age and under voted for Obama. People 45 and older voted for Romney. All I can say there is, with age comes wisdom. The great irony in the age demographic is that Obama's biggest supporters, those between ages 18-29, are the very people who are going to bear the cost burden for Obama's wild fiscal irresponsibility and big government expansions. In that sense, the young are voting for their own demise. Go figure.
Marital Status - Married men voted for Romney 60-38%. Married women voted for Romney 53-46%. Single men voted for Obama 56-40%. Single women voted for Obama 67-31%. This runs partly alongside the age demographic (young people are more likely to be single), but the Obama landslide numbers with single women restates the women's issues theme.
If you look at all these demographics together, a common thread appears. What do Obama's supporters all have in common ? Minorities, young people, and single women (think of all the single mothers out there) are Obama's biggest supporters, and they propelled him to victory on tuesday despite our nation's economic woes. When these voters vote for the "economy", they aren't voting for the economy in the grand sense. They aren't analyzing tax and economic policy to determine how productivity and GDP will be affected. These Obama supporters are the least well-to-do people in the country on average. They are voting for their own personal economy, and Obama is the one they see giving them free stuff, whether it's free health care, food stamps, Pell grants, welfare, Obama phones, or whatever. It's not much more complicated than that.
Former presidential contender John Edwards was right. There are two Americas. A commenter on this blog wrote that the two Americas are "Freedom America" and "Free America".
Freedom America wants the government to leave them alone and allow them to pursue their own self-interest. Freedom America wants to be independent.
Free America wants the government to give them stuff. Free America is dependent.
From tuesday's election results, we see that Free America is on the rise. That is a definite negative in my book. A weak and dependent populace is a bad thing. I realized long ago that the endgame of the Democratic party was to get the majority of Americans dependent on the government for their survival. That way, those people are sure to vote Democrat to keep their goodies flowing. It's a brilliant and devious plan, and it appears to be working. The Democrats philosophy was implemented long ago in Europe, and is precisely why Europe is drowing in debt and struggling today.
Our elections aren't getting meaner, nastier, and more dishonest by accident. This was the most dishonest political campaign I've ever witnessed. The whole process was disgusting. The Democrats even accused Romney of being responsible for a woman's death, for chrissake. The lies flowed like the mighty Mississippi. Character fell to a new low. The Dems realize their long-awaited goal is within sight, and they aren't about to call off the attack dogs when they can see the endzone. The tipping point has nearly been reached. Maybe it has been reached. ObamaCare will now go into effect. There is no way to stop it. The government will slowly take over another huge slice of the economy. Freedom America may never recover.
I'll leave you with the immortal words of Alexander Tytler, which were never more apropos than they are today - "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largesse out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits, with the result the democracy collapses because of loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship."
And today the federal debt stands at $16.241 trillion.
Congratulations, America. You'll get what you voted for. I just hope you realize what that was.