It is election day 2012. The polls are closing in a couple of hours, and absolutely no numbers of any kind of have been posted. No exit polls, early voting… any of it. I have some thoughts and theories about the election I wanted to post.
All of these thoughts are 100% my own, not recycled from political media
Voter fraud is being reported heavier than normal, and it is being reported earlier than normal. Of course, everything has been against Obama. Sadly, voter fraud is both common, and effective – edge goes to Romney
Power outages and general hardships created in New York and New Jersey. For people who are largely inconvenienced and already disenfranchised, they may not bother to vote. Many folks in NY and Jersey are literally having to vote in the dark. We can agree that Dems are not nearly as disciplined as Republicans about voting. Admit it, we are lazier as a whole. – edge goes to Romney
Race – I think tons of folks voted for Obama last election because he was black. It was so they could tell themselves they are not racist. I’m not racist, they think, I have a black friend at work. YET… many of these people still don’t trust a black guy anywhere. Hence, now that they have proven to themselves that they are not racist by voting for Obama the first time, they can revert to their racist mis-trusting selves and vote for the white guy – edge Romney
The “devil” theory. There is a saying that goes “I’ll take the devil I know over the devil I don’t know any day.” I truly believe this is almost the entirety of how Bush got re-elected. I mean, I know John Kerry is creepy… but a rotting orange should have beaten Bush in the re-election. Advantage goes to Obama
Using the Clintonism “are you better off now than you were four years ago?” I would argue yes. Unemployment is down from 11% to 8%. Gas is cheaper, the Dow is record high, we have ended (or are ending) 2 pointless and unnecessary wars. We got Bin Laden. Chrysler and GM were saved from themselves due to the president’s intervention. – advantage goes to Obama
Manufacturing jobs. Both candidates say they want to bring back the middle class and manufacturing jobs to make America great again. However, it is almost squarely the fault of us Dems*** that manufacturing jobs have left. Why? I see 2 pieces to this. The first is environmental regulations. We worked to make our environment safer. This means drastically cutting all forms of pollution. Well, this runs factories out of the country. The second piece of this is unions. The Dems pander to the unions big time, and the unions are fucking us as a country by driving wages up to the point where it’s only reasonable to outsource. Why in the world would ANYONE want to do business here when you have to pay someone $45 an hour to run a drill press and give him lifetime health care on top of that? Anyone who pays wages like that isn’t a “good American”, he is a fucking idiot. In this specific aspect (manufacturing)… the Dems are bad for business.
However, it is a compromise. Do you want rivers on fire, like what happened in downtown Cleveland of Buffalo (Love Canal)? You can’t have both. You can have a pristine environment, or you can have manufacturing. Anyone who says we can have both is lying to you. Edge – Romney
Religion – do you know that the Mormons believe? It is ridiculous. I am an atheist, so I believe most religious texts are total nonsense. However, Mormonism is up there with Scientology as far as total jive. Edge – Obama
So, who is going to win? I am not going to say, because that isn’t the point of this piece.
*** I want to make sure to point this out. If you read here often, you know I strongly dislike the GOP and their ‘sorry you weren’t born rich, but that isn’t our problem’ ethos. I want to make it loud and clear that the Democrats are the ones who fucked us on manufacturing. It isn’t coming back, and that is because of the Dems. Please note why that is, though. We had to choose, and we chose the environment. Though I lament the continued destruction of the labor working class, I support making the environment a priority.
Would you please write a piece on the ‘electoral vote?’ I still don’t get it. Maybe it made sense 200 years ago… but not now. Please explain it to me.
Also… as I was watching the election… I knew Obama needed to win California. The polls closed at 8:00… and at 8:05 he was declared the winner. How is that possible?
I say… do away with the electoral vote and use the popular vote… and let’s never have another ‘2000 election.’