Now that the election has [thankfully] passed, I have compiled several short memos to the various groups that seemed to be at odds with
one another during the campaign. Please feel free to read them all, but please also take special note of those that speak to a group with
which you identify.
Congratulations on the big win and the President’s triumphant return to the 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. However, please note that Governor Romney and the Republicans were not “crushed”, “buried”, “blown away”, “soundly thrashed”, or any other metaphor for losing by a large margin. You are the party that believes in math; since when does 2.4% represent a huge margin or landslide? And before you say it, forget about the abomination called the Electoral College. If ever there were election results that clearly pointed out the ability of the Electoral College to totally bastardize democracy, this was it. Regardless, it is the hearts and minds of Americans that must be dealt with going forward, and those hearts and minds are virtually split – well at least the ones that actually voted. Plus, the Republicans have a 40 seat lead in the House and a filibuster-able Senate. In short, things are not substantively different than they were on Monday, November 5th. As such, we are literally back to square one. All we can do now is fervently pray that both sides are going to change their respective M.O.’s and begin working towards a compromise. So please; let’s table the [undeserved] gloating – it’s divisive and destructive to the task at hand. Plus, it proves that your party is just as willing to ignore math when it serves your purpose.
To: Mainstream Republicans
OK, so you didn’t take back the White House. I’m sure that stings a bit; but not all is lost. You still have a 40 seat lead in the House and a filibuster-able Senate, so the President isn’t going to just have his way with you. Plus, you did take several steps toward resting control of your party from the far right with the unseating of several, shall we say, less than intelligent (see Todd Akin) Congressmen. I’m sure you won’t mind thanking the progressive groups who targeted them for ouster. The question now is; will anything be different this go-around? Will the Marco Rubio’s of your party win the day, insuring that absolutely nothing gets to a vote in the Senate, or will you reach across the aisle in search of compromise? I’m not asking you to give up your principles, but there simply has to be a way for everyone to get something. Please tell Marco to shut up and work to find it.
To: Tea Partiers
You lost, now please go away. That is all.
To: The Constitution, Green, Justice, Libertarian, and other third parties
Well, you gave it a shot; but don’t lose hope. Actually, perhaps you should. Together, you received less than 1.5% of the total popular vote; and considering that 90 million people didn’t even bother pulling a lever or punching a chad, that result is actually sadder than it looks. 90 million people didn’t care for President Obama or Governor Romney, and none of you couldn’t come up with a single candidate between you that they felt would be a better choice? Ouch. So, what did you guys and gals learn from this? What you should have learned is that you are wasting your time and efforts. Now I’m certainly no fan of the Big Two, but splintering farther to the left and/or right (some actually do both!) of the Republicans and Democrats is not what America wants. OK, apparently 1.5% of Americans want it. What y’all need to do is consider moving to the center. When one of you takes that position, you might actually stand more than a snowballs chance in Hades.
To: Folks that still believe social issues should be decided at the federal level
There’s this cool document called the Constitution of the United States. Some call it the greatest document in history! It provides us with a road map for navigating localized issues that tend to deeply divide Americans. Take, for example, the definition of marriage. According to the constitution, this matter should first be decided at the state level. When 3/4 of the states agree, the US Constitution is amended and it becomes the law of the land; just as was done in 1964. Thomas Jefferson called the 10th Amendment the cornerstone of the constitution for good reason. They had just escaped a fascist dictatorship and they didn’t want that recreated over here. Of course, the federal government has been moving in that direction for the past 20 years. Ever heard of the Patriot Act? This is exactly the type of totalitarian legislation that Americans don’t want. So until a time that there is a clear majority (75%) on any social issue, states should maintain the right of self-determination, just as happened en masse this election. Democracy worked and we should be celebrating that — not looking for ways to force others to adopt our belief systems.
To: The 90 Million Eligible Voters that Chose not to Participate in Democracy
While I am deeply saddened, I also feel your pain. I have spoken with many of you non-voters since the election and have heard a variety of semi-valid reasons — and unfortunately, plenty of lame excuses. So please understand that I am now addressing the former group. Of the many given, there were two specific reasons that were most often offered. First was the fact that your vote didn’t count. Whether a Democrat in Texas or a Republican in New York, you knew before going to the polls that your vote [for president] would not make a single bit of difference in the outcome. This is of course due to the very faulty system called the Electoral College that we desperately need to rid ourselves of; but that’s a topic for another memo. The other (and by far most popular) motive for non-participation was a total dislike of the candidates and their platforms. Decimated by the sustained barrage of negative, propaganda-filled ads liberally dished up by the two major combatants, you simply packed up and fled. And like most refugees you are still looking for a home. Well look no further. Party Recon has raised its tent squarely in the political center, offering something for everyone; or at least everyone who isn’t looking to game the system in an attempt at enhancing personal power and wealth. We have the plan for ridding our government of the liars and the buyers, and returning it to its rightful owners – The People. Please visit us at www.partyrecon.org to learn more about who we are, the principles we stand for, and how we plan to break up the logjam created by Republicans and Democrats alike and get the country moving forward again. If you are looking for a place to call your “political home”, please know that all are welcome here, and that we hope you will consider moving in soon.