One of things I’ve noticed over the past few years is that the purists on either side of the political spectrum seem to share a common delusion. That is, that they are a majority in this country. I spent some time in the early days of this blog talking about that when it comes to “the Left“, and along with that, how they pointed at polls to “prove” they were right. It’s also common to the Right, as this recent article over on CNN demonstrates:
Little of the discussion focuses on the changing demographics of the country, identified by exit polls and many analysts as a major factor in both Obama’s 2008 victory to become the nation’s first African-American president and his re-election on November 6.
Overall, though, hard-core conservatives continue to reject that they are a minority in a country built on the core principle of liberty that they embrace.
Which leads to many of their other problems, now and in the future.
According to their belief, the only reason they really lost was because their voters – or, as they like to refer to it, the majority of Real Americans – were overwhelmed by the Obama campaign turning out … “takers.”
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R), the irascible TV face of Mitt Romney’s campaign, told a Granite State audience Tuesday that President Obama won reelection thanks to a base that’s “dependent, to a great extent economically, on government policy and government programs.”
That puts Sununu squarely in the “gifts” caucus, the group of Republicans who — like Romney himself — believe Obama’s coalition is formed by people who want handouts rather than the self-sufficient, individualistic base that they envision as the GOP base.
Hence, the polling blaming “ACORN!” and “Fraud!” for the President’s re-election. Obviously, to them, because all those people who are dependent on government policy and government programs aren’t the majority! Except for one minor little detail. Yes, yes, they are. In fact, a great many Republican voters are.
It turns out people are just fine with “big government” when it comes to things like Medicare and Social Security. I notice that many of these “non-dependent” farmers and agricultural businesses are busily … taking government subsidies, government insurance, and pushing policies to regulate prices, demand, and protect themselves. It also looks like people have no problem with road funding, police, forest fire fighting, airport construction, air traffic control, dredging of harbors, construction of levees, and a lot of other things. Why, they even tend to agree that it’s not a good thing to dump raw sewage into streams, and think that it’s just fine that government helps provide aid after disasters!
That’s the reality they don’t want to face. It turns out that when you get specific, they’re very much a minority. If there was one thing this past election did show, it was that. No, they didn’t lose because they weren’t “pure enough.” They lost because 51% of the country said “No” to their ideas. The number would be even higher when you start pointing at specific things.
But that’s OK. You see, I’m a Democrat. I hope they keep deluding themselves. Maybe after getting smacked down in multiple elections by an ever growing margin, the message will sink in. They’re not the majority, they’re not even close. Until they accept that, they won’t change. I doubt they will, though.