Our Country Is Changing, But Will Republicans Change Too?

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obama family 2012 election nightThe president has been re-elected, Governor Romney gave a gracious concession speech, and Republicans across the country persist in leaping to the worst of conclusions and losing their ever-loving minds.

This morning, I told my kids the election results and reminded them to be gracious and kind. They know that I have my reasons for supporting the president, and those who voted for Governor Romney have their reasons as well.

But when adults are literally weeping for the future and high school and college students still living on their parents' dime are lamenting the (false) prospect of paying for "lazy" people's health care, you know the hyperbole has reached epic heights. Even before reading Donald Trump's string of drunk-tweets.

It's hyperbole because President Obama is a moderate Republican of the old-school variety.

If the current breed of Republicans could cease wailing and leaping to the wildest of all possible conclusions for long enough to look objectively at the president's policies and positions, they'd see that he's not the socialist they erroneously believe him to be.

But that's not as much fun as self-righteous outrage. We love a good rivalry in this country, don't we? Perhaps that's one of the factors driving Republicans and Democrats apart, and blinding citizens to the fact that we're the ones who lose in this manufactured fight.

Would I be disappointed if Governor Romney had won? Of course. As I said, I have my reasons for supporting the president.

But I gave my energy to the election, not its results. I left it all at the polls, to borrow a swimming metaphor (leaving it all in the pool). Even last night, watching the concession remarks, I simply felt contentment. Had it been the other way around, I would have felt disappointment, not outrage.

I do hope that Romney voters will take his words to heart, along with the president's. As GOP strategist Mike Murphy said this morning, "Our country is changing." I'd love to have everyone along for the ride, Republicans included.

 

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RMT1995 RMT1995

My hope is that now the R party can stop focusing on "making Obama a one term president" (that's not my opinion, it's on record) and stopping bills they once agreed on, they can start focusing more on passing those items for the good fo the country and improving the opinion of their party. I'm registered as "unenrolled", but I almost switched to D just based on what's been shown to me by the R party this last year or so. I'm not opposed to voting for the right R candidate but they have to prove to me (and a lot of other people) that they are willing to work together these next four years before I consider giving them my vote.

MENSA... MENSAmamma

Have you ever heard of the cycle of nations? I'm safely guessing not, since you support Obama.


Here it goes...keep in mind this is not a prediction, it is HISTORY:


Bondage -> Revolution -> Freedom -> Apathy -> Bondage


You see the "apathy" part? That's where you are. You are unaware of how fragile our freedom is, which makes you are unconcerned with protecting it. Obama is not interested in a free America and his idealogy is dangerous. Some of us understand the weight of this election, but, obviously, the majority of YOU don't.

nonmember avatar krelia

@Mens. Freedom? You mean that basic thing Romney wanted to deny people? Got it.

Well thought out argument to this post Sir. I salute you and you analogical reference.

nonmember avatar Megan

Thank you Mensamamma.

MENSA... MENSAmamma

@ Krelia, please, name one freedom that Romney wanted to deny people.

Procr... Procrastamom

Such a great article, Julie!  Well said.  


The Republican party needs to refocus and bring their ideas and ideals into the 21st century.  Moving FORWARD is nothing to fear, it's something to embrace.

babyb... babybirch

I agree procrastamom, however it is not just Republicans that have work to do! Everyone is going to have to learn to both make compromises and come up with new solutions. We are all going to have to take the time to listen and learn from everyone, even people we might think we disagree with. Many times if you open your mind to these people, you can learn something new and even find common ground!


Looking forward with hope for a new age of peace, love, and understanding... 

nonmember avatar stella

I don't like Obama but I couldn't vote for Romney. It was the tea party that sunk him. I hope the Republicans learned something from this.

bills... billsfan1104

Why is it that only Republicans have to change? The democrats I have seen, to include Procrast, have hateful winners. Slamming it in our faces, laughing and so forth. I have been called bitter, racist and so forth. Quite frankly, I am tired of it.

purpl... purple_creeper

One freedom Romney wanted to take away..hmm i dont know.....maybe the fredom for women to do whatever the fuck they want with THEIR bodies!!!

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