Four years ago I wrote about why I was happy that President Obama was elected. Or, more accurately, why I was anti-McCain/Palin. Once again, I supported Obama over the Republican ticket. Here’s why:
The biggest reason BY FAR that I supported Democrats in this election is that I am a social liberal. And I don’t want to support what I consider to be a socially backwards party. And a party that spends altogether too much energy on totally meaningless bullshit and doesn’t seem focused on making the country better. And that party is the Republican party. Forget the economy for a second — I will address that further down. The Republican party is ridiculously backwards — from my point of view. That’s not to say that every Republican is backwards. It’s people in the party leadership and people in the media who are prominent Republicans who make every Republican look bad. For instance, check out the Republican Rape Advisory Chart.
Republicans, to me, seem focused on silly things. Granted, they may be things that are important to their base. But they are not things that are important to me. Things like “protecting marriage” (which should not be regulated by the government in my opinion) and gun-control scare tactics (ie, “Obama is going to take away your guns, he was just laying low during the first term!!”) are total nonsense. Society is moving on. Republicans need to get with it. The Democrats might be silly in some ways but at least they get it to a MUCH greater degree that we live in a socially liberal society and not a Christian country. This is the way things are going and this is the way that things will keep going. Standing in the way of social liberalism is a waste of energy and it is not a winning political strategy — in my opinion. The internet and other communication tools will continue to spread social liberalism and social conservatives will see less and less support as time goes on.
So, the economy. It’s a big problem. Obama took the deficit from 10 trillion to 16 trillion. I am very unhappy about that. I don’t think Obama and other Democrats really take the problem as seriously as they should. They are seemingly fine with continuing to spend our way out of the big deficits. They might say they aren’t fine but their actions don’t seem to reflect that they have concerns. And, frankly, the economy was something that could have swung my vote to the Republican side. I am a social liberal but the economy is more important to me than whether gay marriage gets support. Here’s the problem: I never saw Romney’s plan laid out. I think Obama did a great job of drawing attention to this because his statements are what made me search for details on how Romney planned to cut the deficit. I didn’t find much of anything other than general statements and a couple of statements on cutting taxes. It just doesn’t add up that we’d actually see smart cuts in spending. I guess what it came down to is that I felt like neither candidate would be good for the economy. Romney and the Republicans are so hellbent on cutting taxes that I feel like they would do that whether or not economists recommended such a move. I don’t think cutting taxes is a good idea unless there are definite plans to cut way more in spending. We need to get spending under control and Mitt’s plan lists things that are pretty much peanuts in the grand scheme of things. The big issues are healthcare, military and a few other things that are the big items on the gov’ts bill each year. Privatizing Amtrak is not important. I’d love to see it happen but the bottom line is that Mitt did a very poor job selling me on the idea that he was the guy to reduce the size of our government. I know that Obama certainly will not do a good job of that but at least he wouldn’t try to set our country back socially like Mitt would have done (in my opinion).
Overall, I feel like the Republicans are total idiots. Obama was incredibly defeat-able this election. The Republicans, once again, put forward a terrible ticket. There’s a HUGE market in this country for a socially liberal and fiscally conservative party. Essentially, people find the Democrats more socially appealing (and it will continue to trend that way) but they don’t trust either party to handle the economy well. Firstly, the Republicans could easily move more to the middle on the social level and pick up a huge swath of voters. Way more than they would lose on the other end especially considering that the extreme social conservatives will not have anywhere meaningful to go. Granted, losing support (ie, social conservatives who simply stop voting) or votes to a third party is a potential issue but the current party platform is obviously not working either. Secondly, the Republicans need to convince me that they are not the party of hillbilly idiots who do not believe in science, evidence and smart decision-making. Because I currently think of them like a party of idiots — maybe because the loud voices of their party and outlets like Fox News make them look like total morons. I don’t think that fixing my perception of those things would require Republicans to give up their core values of smaller government, lower taxes, aggressive national security, protection of guns, belief in the free market and so on. They just need to dump some of their socially conservative policies and try to bring in more support from the middle.
Anyway, I feel pretty disgusted with the thought of what the economy is going to look like in four years but hopefully we’ll see something different over the course of the second Obama administration. I don’t think it’ll be different but we can always hope. The best thing I can hope for is that the Republican party stops acting so backwards and realizes that it has a huge opportunity in 2016 if they can get their heads out of their asses.