We're Such a Bunch of Geniuses
The curiosity continues.
I've seen more analyses of the election, why it went as it did, what could have been done differently, etc, this time around, than I can ever recall. And the funny thing is, they're not dealing with anything that wasn't known before the election!
Just recall anybody you ever saw interviewed, before an election, about who they'd vote for. Don't they always profess some sort of patriotic allegiance to the candidate who's going to address the very issues that concern them personally? Students want the one who will help with tuition or student loans or jobs after graduation, the un- or under-employed want the guy with the plan to grow jobs (which government never does anyway...), or the one who will extend welfare, the businessman wants the candidate elected who will extend capital gains treatment by the IRS, and will get government off business's back, big oil wants the guy who'll get the pipeline done, coal folks want fracking ok'd, and on and on and on.
Things like National Security come up only in times of heightened National Peril .. which leads to heightened National Fear .. or so it seems to me.
So .. why is anybody surprised at the outcome of the election? Most everyone I know of was outraged at what happened in Benghazi. Well, everyone except Mitt Romney, that is. Why was that? Was he afraid somebody (read: Democrats) would accuse him of something? If I'd been the candidate, I'd have been pounding the podium in the debates, telling Mr. President that he didn't have the RIGHT not to know about that and not to disclose exactly what was going on, to the American public.
Or worse yet, to mislead us.
Voting preferences by ethnic group? Gee .. what part of that was a surprise?
One of two conditions exists: one is that the growing diversity of the USA population has not been noticed by the politicians, and they simply missed the mark on their message, despite how obvious our diversity had become.
The other is, given the diversity of the USA, and the trends over the past 50 years or so at self-gratification, worldliness, and the disappearance of the sort of selflessness that marked the "Greatest Generation", what we saw Tuesday was the inevitable result. And it would take a cataclysm on the order of WW2 to wake us up. This time, I doubt the USA, as we know it, will survive.
SO go ahead with your post mortems and your analyses, pundits. But I'm afraid it's a "Rocking Chair" exercise. It's something to do, but it's not going to take us anywhere.