Obama won because more Americans prefer Democrats
In the Nov. 23 Op-Ed piece, “For half of America, Big Government sounds good,” Rob Schwarzwalder and Cathy Ruse discussed what Republicans must do to win elections. They stated, “We must learn the hearts and minds and language of the other America, so that we can make the case for conservatism in every corner.”
Rob and Cathy mistakenly think Americans voted for Obama because we like being dependent on government. They wrote, “Conservatives know this is part of the strategy of the political left: get people dependent on government and you will get their votes.” Sorry Rob and Cathy, Obama won because a majority of Americans prefer Democrats over Republicans to run our country, and the margin is increasing.
Why? Because the Democratic message is better. It’s better for our democracy, for our environment, for women’s rights, for gay rights, for ending wars, for job programs, for automakers, for our educational and health-care systems and for helping the poor and disadvantaged feed their children and improve their lives.
We are more concerned about these issues than the conservative message of “limited government” and “traditional values.”
If Republicans can ever figure this out, they may have a future. In the meantime, as Rand Paul put it, they are going the way of the dinosaur.
Boyes Hot Springs