After Barack Obama’s victory in 2008, many a Republican tracked with the Kubler-Ross model of electoral grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. That sense of acceptance may not have lasted long, but initially al least, most Republicans acknowledged Obama’s legitimacy.
In 2012, things are different. Monitoring my Facebook pages, I see a new model in play. This one goes directly from shock to disgust, and, unfortunately, it is altogether justified.
Yes, there is a good deal of intra-party sniping, much of it predictable and painfully stupid – Jeb Bush, please go away – but the genuine disgust is directed elsewhere, specifically at the Democratic-Media complex (DMC) and the hell it wrought with the electoral process.
At first, the numbers coming out of inner-city Philadelphia and Cleveland – both crucial cities in battleground states – seemed like the kind of misinformation DMC Luddites thrill to hector us about.
On “Meet the Press” not too long ago, Tom Friedman of the New York Times and NBC’s anchorman emeritus Tom Brokaw fretted openly about the vast right-wing communication stream.
“A lot of people will repeat back to me and take it as face value something that they read on the Internet,” cautioned Brokaw. “And my line to them is you have to vet information.” Not to be out-preached, the Time’s Tom Friedman countered, “The Internet is an open sewer of untreated, unfiltered information.”
The Internet, however, now lets us see and hear information the two Toms and their pals have long tried to suppress. On Tuesday, for instance, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that in 59 inner-city voting divisions, Mitt Romney received no votes.
“These are the kind of numbers that send Republicans into paroxysms of voter-fraud angst,” reported the Inquirer glibly. Well, yes they do.
When Barack Obama outscores Romney by a combined 19,605 to 0 votes cast in these 59 districts, the stench of fraud is surely in the air. Saddam never did this well! Yet, as far as I could tell, not a single major media outlet picked up on the Philadelphia story.
If they had, they would have likely scolded the implicitly racist Republicans for imagining fraud in an attempt to “suppress” the vote. This the DMC has routinely done whenever Republicans have attempted to tighten the voting process.
Even worse than fraud, though, is the process that turned 20,000 citizens into sheep. Years of crude, vile, racist propaganda by the DMC and its local operatives have transformed the birthplace of democracy into a laboratory of mind control Goebbels would have envied.
Philadelphia is hardly unique. In one Cleveland precinct, Obama beat Romney 542 to 0. This was one of nine precincts in which Romney received no votes. The same pattern, in fact, was repeated in every American inner city. It is just that Democrats harvested and/or manufactured votes more aggressively in the battleground states.
The Democrats also harvested votes among the young. In Ohio, with its early voting, they staged campus rallies and then bussed their clueless lemmings to the polls.
Revealing Politics’ Caleb Bonham and Lacey Meeks attended an Obama event on the campus of Ohio University and asked the students what they thought about the attack on the Benghazi consulate.
“I have no idea,” laugh two girls. “I am really uninformed about that,” says another. “When did that happen?” asks still another. “I don’t even know what this is honestly,” says a fellow. When asked about Ambassador Chris Stevens, several just shrug their shoulders and say, “Who’s he?”
When queried about their reasons for supporting Obama, the students happily cited student loan relief and free birth control pills just as ghetto dwellers talked about food stamps and Obamaphones.
The students may outgrow their bought-and-paid-for ignorance. The ghetto dwellers will not. They are locked in, and that is the real scandal. The fact that they live in the crime-scarred hellholes that they do testifies to their routine betrayal by their presumed liberators in the DMC.
Today, the laborers of the NEA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party, teach their students that the Founding Fathers were guilty of ignorance and prejudice in limiting the vote to stakeholders. Alexander Hamilton, for one, knew better than the teachers.
Citing Blackstone’s Commentaries, Hamilton cautioned that those “under the immediate dominion of others” and lacking a “will of their own” would undermine those voting thoughtfully and independently. The 2012 election has proved his wisdom.