This is more than an American political campaign logo and slogan: it is the iconic representation of the time America shed yet another layer of its divisive past; the time this massive North American continent went from its chrysalis of being the United States to embarking on its butterfly promise toward America and a more perfect union.
Whether it be demonstrated by way of marriage equality referenda, the record number of women being sent to a newly reconstituted Senate (one openly lesbian), or marijuana legalization, 2012 marked a decisive turning point in the American body politic where the share of the White male vote again fell against a backdrop of the rising participation of the majority of its citizens led by women and non-White Americans — and this is a good and democratic thing!
As both a White male (3/4s anyway) and citizen to the left of President Obama I see in the policy prescriptions thus far presented by the 44th President a 3rd-way, centrist pragmatism often too conservative for my personal tastes but “pitch perfect” to the slightly left-of-center nation we see we are when a plurality of participation occurs. This is the second national election where this reality became manifest so it is not a fluke nor is it likely to change with the speed that demographic change is occurring (50,000 Hispanics turning 18 every month).
In making these observations I do not do so as a wild-eyed dreamer nor a sage or seer. It should be obvious to any one not blinded with fear. Conservatives and conservatism will still have a place in this new American society and they should. But what the likes of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (we will see if he remains as such), House Speaker John Boehner and his cohort Eric Cantor best understand is that the brand of mythical, “Father Knows Best,” White nostalgic, Barry Goldwater/John Birch/Tea Party conservatism has been relegated to a fringe and regional philosophy once again proven by a massive second straight loss when these ideals are presented on a national stage.
During his resounding national rebuke last night Fox News pundit, “Bush’s Brain,” and American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS founder Karl Rove bent himself into pretzels trying to hitch his caboose to the new demographics train perhaps being led by Hispanics. Rove attempted to wax poetic about the Latino family, their devotion to faith and family, as if other groups somehow have not strived for this ability in the face of say Jim Crow, red-lining in housing and other anti-family, anti-stabilizing efforts. Indeed, we saw Jim Crow-era tactics at play in trying to suppress non-white and younger voters. Attempts which failed! Anti-democratic, Anti-American forces always will.
This is what Rove (we could name others like Glenn Beck, Charles Krauthammer, Rush Limbaugh, etc.) does not understand. Though Hispanics and other “minorities” may be receptive to a “conservative” message, it can not nor will not come from the traditional philosophy born essentially of White “supremacy” and privilege. It will have to morph into the quasi-socialist messages offered by the Christ these groups revere. It will have to teach people to fish and then encourage people to become fishermen themselves but will have to acknowledge that teachers of all types (including parents, caregivers, etc.) need to be groomed, appreciated . . . and paid!
The Democratic Party (the Green Party as well) is full of young men and women as diverse as a rainbow and if conservatives and/or the Republican Party hope to remain relevant in the 21st century and beyond, they had best look at themselves in the mirror and realize . . . they do not look like America.
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