Reflections from a Brooksider on 2012 elections
The Kansas City Star
After a two-year effort to re-elect the president, many of us in the ”grassroots” are reflecting on the results.
I was a member of several teams, including the Brookside team, Claire team, MO Outstate for BO, and even made calls for the governor, and state candidates…and I wasn’t alone. There were thousands, hundreds of thousands of dedicated volunteers on both sides, focused on electing leaders we believed would do a good job representing us in our government.
Others are reflecting on the results, with comments like: Time for soul searching. How could we fail? And can the GOP survive? And that was on Fox News! The volunteers working for Mitt Romney, and other candidates didn’t fail. The most remarkable result from this election is that the American people, volunteers, and voters seem to have retained control of our government, rather than super-PACs or millionaires and billionaires. However, we have to recognize that this was an enormous effort…and not likely to be repeated for the midterm elections.
Depending on your point of view, we had some great victories for liberty and justice. Marriage equality was supported by the popular vote in three states, and an amendment denying LGBT people marriage rights was defeated. Many candidates supporting a women’s right to choose were elected. And candidates working for the middle class and a balanced approach to governing were elected and reelected. Many of us were celebrating… but it wasn’t the whole country.
The popular vote was 50.6% for President Obama, but that means many of our neighbors, friends, relatives and almost half the country voted for Mitt Romney. Although the election was divisive, brutal and repugnant to many, we still live in communities together. We go to church together. Our kids play. We work at the same company. Winning the popular vote, does not mean unitary rule. It means we still have to work together to determine what is best for all of us, not just 50.6%.
This election was a great success for all of us. We need liberals and conservatives, democrats and republicans and others to work together. We need to continue the discussion of values, principles and ideals. We need to stay informed, find facts and reflect on what decisions our elected can make for the greater good for the greatest number. It’s not easy. See you in 2014.