President Barack Obama, the incumbent in the 2012 general election, has won victory over his rival, Mitt Romney. As the first African American-person of color president who won a second term, what has happened is a great symbol in American history. President Obama can now go forward and continue his goals for a more progressive America in the 21st century. What he now needs is cooperation from others, particularly those in Congress to make those goals come true.
Hats off to the voters who stood in line for hours. Hats off to African Americans and Hispanics who were suppressed by false ads, phone calls and notices of lies in the mail; but did not believe the insults and voted anyway. Hats off to white folks, who believe in a fair, diversified America and voted for Obama. Hats off to the poll watchers who were monitoring details at the poll sites. And hats off to everyone else not mentioned, who truly believe in democracy.
Shout-outs are also given to cable stations TV1 for carrying the Presidential election night coverage with NBC’s Craig Melvin and BET’s Centric airing “Battle 2012: Vote Night” from 10:30 p.m. to midnight hosted by Ed Gordon. Both stations viewing audience gears towards African Americans and both that night gave persuasive views on candidates from black leaders and reporters.
On the November 9th episode of Bill Maher’s HBO program “Real Time with Bill Maher,” that featured Samuel Jackson and James Carville, Maher gave a scathing analysis of white people and did a sardonic rendition of Republicans and Obama haters called “Farewell Douche Bags.” It has been reported that only 39% of whites voted for President Obama.
Romney’s loss was America’s gain. Americans want to move forward, not backward. Americans are tired of the same old rhetoric that does not produce anything. Americans are tired of being played by politicians as suckers.
The superrich multimillionaire thought he had a chance to beat the President due to his version of family values, belief in God, and making more of a fortune as a businessman in capitalistic America. He gave it a shot with his sordid ads, his flip-flopping and saying anything to convince Americans (and himself) that he was capable of turning the tide and bringing about real change.
He had his Republican backups with SuperPac dollars, Paul Ryan as a strong vice-presidential candidate, and even a win in the first presidential debate. He thought he could win the battleground states and get all whites on his side. But he didn’t win and now Republicans have kicked him to the curb.
No doubt the election was about race and class – particularly white against black, rich against poor, haves against have-nots. Romney blatantly stated to his rich colleagues at a secret fundraiser that 47% (that’s just about half) of Americans were a bunch of freeloaders. That tragic meet was one, if not the main reason he lost; he basically said that half of America did not count. The Americans he wronged are people who have jobs, pay taxes and are scrambling to make ends meet. They are senior citizens who have worked all their lives and now depend on Medicare for health support. They include students trying to finish college to better their lives through education. They are part of the 98% who is suffering from racial and class warfare.
Beyond the Pale
The racial aspects of this election were again in full force. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it his goal to make President Obama “a one-term President” and did everything he could, along with his cohorts, to do whatever was necessary to get Obama out of office. It has been proven since day one when Obama took office, Republicans united to scheme and do their dirty work to make Obama look incompetent. This was done by filibusters, lies about the president, and not willing to compromise on passing legislation for the American people.
Joan Walsh of Salon.com and author of her recent book “What’s the Matter with White People” gave her assessment as being white and why her racial group behaves in many instances, albeit negative. People of color, looking at what whites have done in the past and continue to do, can also give their assessments that would probably fill all libraries in America. Many whites (both in power and not) have treated President Obama with disrespect, with too many examples to mention. There is a tarnished, tainted history of race in America, with the highest form seen toward African Americans; due to America’s original sin, slavery, along with the Black Codes, Jim Crow laws, and now the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action.
Mychal Denzel Smith, a writer for The Root, gives a compelling article on white reaction to Mitt Romney’s loss in the article “White People Mourning More Than Romney.” Read the article below.
The complex relationship in America between blacks and whites will always exist. But white pundits now insist after the campaign that racial issues should not include just black and white, but other “minorities;” particularly Latinos. True, so should Asians (whose population in coming to America is also growing), other immigrants, and especially Native Indian Americans, who have suffered just as great as African Americans but in a different way. Latinos and Asians also have an unpleasant history of treatment in America. But in the recent PBS special “Race 2012” that was shown during the Obama/Romney campaign, in which the program identified the racial/ethnic groups in America, former RNC Chairman and Lt. Governor of Maryland Michael Steele, now a MSNBC contributor, stated that you can’t “erase 400 years of history.”
Until white America begins to realize that all people should be treated equally and respected for their differences, the country will change for the better. This also should apply to non-whites and their feelings toward each other. Racism is infused in American society; due to the white supremacy-superiority complex that exists; which whites started and created and will not give up, and continues to be a consequence of their behavior.
Presidential campaigns need revision. It did not make sense billions of dollars were spent in the 2012 election (an estimated $6 billion was reported). Campaign ads need to change, preferably eliminated. Most are negative and redundant. Both candidates spent millions on ads, but as an observer Romney’s ads were more negative than Obama’s.
Now that Obama remains, how will the Republicans, who still control Congress, react in his second term? This author believes they will defy Obama even more, continuing with their “No” attitude. Talks are now resuming on the “fiscal cliff,” the same crap that was brought up at the end of last year. Republicans have agreed to come to the table but today there is no compromise. Three Republicans are on a campaign to make sure that UN Ambassador Susan Rice not become Secretary of State due to the Benghazi tragedy. And some are still trying to find ways to repeal the Health Care Law (Obamacare).
The Congress remains Republican and the Senate remains Democratic, and though many women and Democrats won in this year’s election, there were Republican victories as well. The Root’s Keli Goff’s recent article “This Photo Shows the GOP’s Race Problem” reflects the challenges the President and Americans will continue to face. The article is below.
President Obama is a president of many firsts. Other than the obvious, he is the first savvy technology president, the first to vote in an early election, and the first to visit recently the Asian countries Myanmar and Cambodia. He is the most essential leader in this country and to the world in many aspects. He keeps America on top by his actions. In order to keep America first, its actions must constitute that. America was built on promise, progress and compromise. Those who oppose these essentials must be ejected. Americans can continue this task, just as they did this year, by voting in 2014.