November 12, 2012 By Jack Jodell
Like most non-deluded, centrist, liberal/progressive Americans, I was delighted to see Mitt Romney and the conservative Republican agenda go down to defeat on election night. It reaffirmed what I have maintained all along: that the massive Republican/Tea Party victory in 2010 was an aberration. I knew that, when the larger number of voters went to the polls in a presidential election (as opposed to the far-fewer voters which typically show up in off-year or midterm elections), many of the extremist, far-right crackpots would be voted out of office. Whenever the more sensible majority of voters cast their ballots, the crackpots nearly always lose. That is why the mean-spirited and defiant deadbeat dad Joe Walsh was defeated by 10 percentage points and the argumentative, crazy ideologue Allen West went down as well, even though both were the recipients of a huge amount of far-right political action committee secretive campaign funds. There are, after all, a few standards one must adhere to in order to be worthy of being on the public payroll, and both od these men failed to meet these standards, according to voters.
I laughed uproariously when I heard the news that Mitt Romney and a number of other high-ranking congressional Republicans were “shellshocked” that they had been defeated in their quest for the presidency and control of the Senate. How ignorant could these people be to think that they could easily saunter into the White House and total control of Congress on the “strength” of outdated and harmfully failed economic ideas, or taking anti-women and anti-Hispanic stances? Then I realized the horrible mistake they made: they had been ignorantly listening solely to the endless echo-chamber provided by the heavily biased far-right Fox “News” channel, and had virtually ignored all other legitimate media resources. Indeed, Romney himself steadfastly refused to give any media interviews for the final 27 days of the campaign! Such haughty arrogance (or was it fear?) certainly did not work out in his favor!
Perhaps the biggest losers of all on election night were those billionaires who set up and/or donated to secretive, far-right political action committees like Karl Rove’s notorious American Crossroads. The cocky Rove was dumbfounded to discover how failed his nefarious effort was, in that his effort to defeat the President and elect far-right Republicans to Congress yielded only a paltry 1.29% success rate among the electorate. In fact, fellow traveler and big blowhard Donald Trump termed it “a waste of money.” Likewise, the notorious Koch brothers were deservedly stymied in their multi-million dollar attempt to defeat Obama and secure a pliable, completely bought-out Republican congressional majority. But the biggest loser of all was the cantankerous old anti-labor Las Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson, who dumped an estimated $100 million of his own fortune and countless millions from others into his failed Winning Our Future Super-PAC, which failed to win anything substantial whatsoever. Though these attempts by the filthy rich to buy the 2012 elections met with failure, don’t delude yourself for a minute that they will easily give up. For the wealthy HATE being denied what they really want, and they will not disappear easily. They will try again and again, refining and changing their tactics repeatedly, until they are forced by US, THE VOTING PUBLIC, to cease this sordid effort!
There are many looming crises in the road ahead. Oil interests are still aiming to force through potentially environmentally dangerous gas pipelines, and the push for nuclear energy, despite all its serious dangers and drawbacks, is once again on the rise. Climate change, as well as atmospheric and water pollution, is a reality we must tackle IMMEDIATELY! Labor unions will continue to be attacked and weakened. Reactionary Republicans will resist any effort to raise taxes on the super-rich, will resist any attempt to reduce our growing wealth disparity, and will instead attempt to impose austerity measures here at home which will devastate the poor, elderly, and disabled. They will attempt to deceive us by telling us this is necessary to reduce our debt. We progressives must remain ever vigilant and resist these reactionary attempts to turn our economic and social clocks backward. Though we have won the battle of the election of 2012, we must persevere and win the all-out class WAR these backward-looking fools have been engaging us in!
That is our great post-election challenge, and we MUST NOT FAIL!