One of the more interesting questions I’ve heard lately is “What happened to the Republican Party”?
Now, you would expect that to be asked by shell-shocked conservatives after American voters apparently slapped them in the face on Election Night, but in this case, it was asked by a liberal.
I’m one of those annoying people who skulks about online, reading liberal comments on the news and views of the day only to occasionally make my presence known with some wildly irrational, radical comment like “hey, guys, if you raise taxes on businesses, it’s only going to increase your costs when you buy the stuff those businesses make.”
That was how I came across the comment about Republicans. And it wasn’t just one liberal asking, it was a whole gaggle who seemed confused on the point.
I’ll skip over the gorier details, but the gist of the conversation went: Lincoln freed the slaves. Lincoln was a Republican. Now Republicans are racist, misogynistic, anti-freedom anti-intellectuals who want to turn the country into the Fourth Reich. So what happened to the Republican Party?
I know. Where do you begin, right?
But that demonstration of colossal ignorance is only possible because that’s literally all most Americans know about American history and the history of the two big political parties.
Into that mental vaccuum rushed all the propaganda churned out by the Obama camp during the campaign until it swirled around like cake batter inside voters’ heads. There are few voters who seem capable of explaining their support of Obama and their outright hatred of Mitt Romney. In the end, all most voters needed to “know” was that “Romney sucks.”
And even conservatives are susceptible to that same effect. Liberals voted for Obama because he supposedly gave them phones, when the program they so love was in fact started under President Bush. But Independents also went for Obama, and even some conservatives crossed over to the Dark Side.
Basically it boils down to anything “good” being associated somehow with Democrats and anything deemed “bad” getting dumped on conservatives. Democrat operatives are so confident of their coverage under this phenomenon that they have even openly begun a new website, WageClassWar.org, trumpeted in the Huffington Post, to promote — yes, promote — class warfare, under the claim that the majority approved of it when they voted for Obama, therefore it’s a winning strategy, not the evil, divisive, fascist concept you or I might perceive it as being.
During the campaign, Obama could have eaten his family’s dog (if he hasn’t — anybody seen Bo lately?) and it wouldn’t have registered a blip in his support.
Only now that the relentless campaigning has stopped are there signs that a few voters are waking from their Obama-induced stupor as companies face the reality that they have to lay off people and cut back employee hours to avoid some of the costs of Obamacare and stay afloat.
The immediate reaction on Wall Street to Obama’s re-election was for the savvy investors to dump stocks and take their gains this year, before an increase in taxes after the first of the year.
Now a poll by Wenzel Strategies has found that almost 55 percent of respondents believe America is on the wrong track and only 35 percent believe it’s headed in the right direction.
And the irony is, the big change since the election is among independents and conservatives.
Before the election, the poll found, 72 percent of Democrats, 37 percent of Independents and 13 percent of Republicans thought America was going just fine. In the recent survey those numbers are 72 percent of Democrats, 25 percent of Independents and 9 percent of Republicans.
Et tu, Brute?