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Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Leonard Jackson


Don’t Blame Us – We Won

Before the Republican Party moguls dismantle the old GOP to “get back in touch” with the American electorate, they might seek some guidance from their party brothers and sisters out here in fly-over country. During the next election cycle rather than trying to out bid the Democrats’ profligacy in appealing to the so-called swing vote, they might learn that a number of their stay-at-home party members of 2012 would be motivated with the old approach that worked in the past. It worked out here.

In Kansas Governor Romney carried the state by a margin of 679,000 to 428,000 votes for President Obama. That’s 60% to 38%. In Missouri despite some extra-curricular distractions in lower races the margin was still a convincing 1,479,000 to 1,215,000 or 54% to 44%. That’s also in the midst of an all-out full court press for the President from the Kansas City Star which is every bit as liberal as the national media.

The Star tried to influence the Kansas primary by promoting a slate of “moderate Republicans” to run against the Democrats in the general election. Only one of their choices out of 23 made it and their record in the general election wasn’t much better. In Missouri they fared slightly better, but not nearly enough to influence the conservative makeup of the legislature.

My point is that I don’t believe it’s imperative to buy into the Progressive narrative to gain a workable majority in future elections. If it is, and the present direction cannot be reversed, it won’t matter anyway. The country will collapse of its own debt weight just as Greece, Spain and Italy and most of Europe is in the throes of doing today. It won’t be overnight, but it will be inevitable and a dreary process along the way. And it could be a great deal faster depending on the success or (hopefully) the failures of ObamaCare as it bungles across the national scene.

ObamaCare may actually cause the national awakening. As this catastrophic boondoggle unfolds and the provisions that we are not even aware of today begin to be discovered, the electorate may finally pay attention and become so frustrated many will realize what they have done to the nation through their apathy and gullibility. Time will tell.

But it doesn’t have to be. These are comfortable margins of victory. It means that there are still many of us who don’t buy into this progressive movement. There are old white guys (I’m one of them) who vote and believe in those values that have made us an exceptional nation and who have been the backbone of the conservative movement in recent years. We are not alone. Let’s remember that nearly half of the people voted the right way.

The progressive pundits are all atwitter about the demise of the Republican Party due to the “new” demographics. Rather than accepting this premise at face value, I believe the party might take a deep breath and make an honest appraisal of their own remembering who it was that “brung ‘em” in 2010. I don’t think it’s a very good idea to seek advice from your political enemies, especially down here where their results were less than stellar.

About the Author

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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