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Chicago : IL : USA | Sep 03, 2012 at 10:43 AM PDT BY Herbert Dyer, Jr.
On Jan. 20, 2013, when President Obama is forced to watch Williard Mitt Romney “solemnly swear to enforce the Constitution of the United States….,” he will have no one to blame but himself. So says celebrated “liberal” film and documentary maker Michael Moore. And, he is absolutely right.
Moore’s comments may be found in a video interview with the Huffington Post’s webcast. Coming from one of Obama’s most high-profile supporters during the 2008 campaign, and on the eve of the Democratic Party’s National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this cannot be taken as in any way other than disastrous for Obama and his campaign. “I think people should start to practice the words ‘President Romney,'” Moore said.
Moore offers two basic reasons why he thinks Obama will lose in November:
“To assume that the other side are just a bunch of ignoramuses who are supported by people who believe that Adam and Eve rode on dinosaurs 6,000 years ago is to completely misjudge the opposition,” Moore says in the interview.
Obama has turned off so many of his once eager and avid younger fans, followers and voters that they have simply lost the desire to even participate – at any level – in either the campaign or on election day.
As I have written elsewhere, http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12891670-senator-graham-appeals-to-angry-white-guys, registered Democrats certainly out number registered Republicans by a wide margin in this country. But it is becoming increasingly clear that Republicans are much more committed, organized and prepared to squeeze out every single Republican (or potential Republican) vote come Election Day. Their white-hot hatred of Obama has and will continue to focus their zeal “like a laser beam” on assuring his retirement. Many of them realize that this is probably a “make or break” election. That is, that this is the last time a “white majority” may ever be mustered in a national election. And so they want to make sure they get their last licks in. As to the disenchantment of Obama’s former youthful eager-beaver supporters: Moore points to Obama's early, constant and inexplicable “compromises” with Republicans (who were telling him to his face that they hated him). Moore says those unconscionable "compromises" have finally caught up with him. I agree. Obama has governed as though he were still President of Harvard Law Review rather than President of the United States. Sure, he has lately seen the light on a number of issues important to youth, to Hispanics, to gays, to women. But many see these efforts and measures as simple election-year pandering. The man is a terrific campaigner, speaker, promiser of all things good. But what he has shown in office as an executive has been less than stellar, has in fact directly contradicted many of his shiny promises, and has simply turned millions of people off. Enough people, according to Moore, to cost him re-election.
Moore also says that he thinks Democratic politicians understand their precarious position, and are depending on and pinning their hopes on the “lesser of two evils” standard in order to prevail in November. That is, the Republicans are so obviously bad…evil, in fact, that you just gotta keep ‘em away from the levers of power. This scare tactic will only go so far, however.
Again, enough once avid Obama supporters are turned off so as to make the difference (albeit a small difference, but a difference nonetheless) between victory and loss.
Moore said nothing about blacks during his interview. I am saying, however, that the zero percent support Romney has among blacks matters not. If Obama gets 100 percent of the black vote, the question is will the turnout, the raw numbers rather than the percentage, make a difference. And, just like the “youth,” there is a growing number of black people who are disenchanted with this man – for any number of reasons – and will simply not vote at all. Hello, President Romney.
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Herbert Dyer, Jr. is based in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
Practice saying "wait" when your kids say "we're hungry." I know that that scenario is already a reality for millions. It is about to become reality for millions more.
Gays practice getting beat up on the streets. I know it still happens but it at least is no longer considered to be a joke or justified. It's going to happen much more.
Get ready to return to the 1950's with no legal abortion or contraception.
Black people, poor people get used to not being able to vote - if you even think it would make a difference.
Unions based on New Deal Labor Law - get ready to say "goodbye." Time perhaps to study the history of the IWW?