Why Did Romney Lose?
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.
― Alexis de Tocqueville
Well, three weeks after the re-election of Barack Obama, I have awoken from my coma and may be able to offer some brief reflections on how this might have happened. For one, it is not because the GOP needs to be totally destroyed and re-make itself as a left of center party. They do not need to grant amnesty to all illegal immigrants, they do not need to pander to certain groups or sexes, they do not need a new logo or YouTube channel, they do not need to re-brand. The re-election of Obama has nothing to do with the GOP. The GOP ran the most middle of the road, generic presidential candidate there ever was. He was a very viable alternative to Obama and should’ve appealed to many centrist voters. But, he did not. Why is that do you think?
The reason Romney lost is because many who voted for Obama, probably the majority of Obama voters, were paid off to vote for him. As I stated in one of my previous pre-election posts, Obama had bought, simply bribed and paid for all sorts of votes. Obama paid for union members (teachers unions specifically), those on welfare, those receiving federal student loans, those receiving food stamps, those receiving housing assistance, etc. Every form of federal “assistance” was expanded, from food stamps to welfare, which yielded a large voting base for Obama. All of those who are dependent on government to one extent or another were firmly in Obama’s pocket from day one. I said it a couple months ago. And Mitt Romney agreed with me last week when he said:
“What the President’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote, and that strategy worked,” Mr. Romney told donors on a conference call this week, according to a recording obtained by ABC News.
“It’s a proven political strategy,” Mr. Romney continued. The tactic at the heart of Obama juggernaut was “give a bunch of money to a group and, guess what, they’ll vote for you. . . . Giving away free stuff is a hard thing to compete with.”
When supposedly free born citizens went into the polling booth on November 6th, they were not choosing between two philosophical differences; between smaller government with big liberties vs. big government and supposed added “securities.” No, when the majority of voters went into the booth, they were voting to keep the “free” checks rolling in each month vs. possibly risking the gravy train drying up. The choice of the Obama voter was to keep a comfortable form of life rather than risking the loss of all the free stuff that comes along with socialist democracies.
That’s why Romney lost and while the fiscal problems we have now are only the tip of the iceberg. Once citizens realize they can vote themselves more, they never vote themselves less.