2012's Biggest Mistake Is Hindering Progress In 2014

As a history major I know that history repeats itself, but I'm not satisfied that should always be the case;  not if we learn from history.
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Lesson #1 - Don't always believe what your advisors tell you.

As early as July 2012 the die was cast and, barring something truly extraordinary, the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was going to lose in November.

His advisors didn't tell him that the electoral votes were already stacked against him. They let him go into Election Night in November 2012 thinking he still might win.

In the four months from that July to that November a golden opportunity was lost, one that could have been extraordinary.

Lesson #2 - Even when it hurts, the truth is still the truth.

With the writing already on the wall, Governor Romney should have taken the high road.

What might have happened, if recognizing that Senator Obama was completing a commanding lead in the electoral votes needed to win the presidency, Mitt Romney had stopped behaving like a politician and instead had called for all the sacrifices that would be needed to get through the next four years as smoothly, safely, and united as possible?

Two things would have happened.

American voters would have been shocked that a candidate was not sugar coating the rough days ahead in order to promise everyone everything without calling for the needed sacrifices.

Furthermore, if ultimately the election was lost (and it was), Mitt Romney and his supporters could have held their heads high for having been honest about the difficulty of the still unresolved tasks Americans face.

Such political courage and leadership, rare as it has been, is possible, and I cite one such instance: Senator Robert Kennedy running for the presidency spoke to college students at Creighton, and at Idaho State University and said that college students should not be exempt from the draft which was sending young men to fight and die in Vietnam because their deferrals placed an unfair burden on African Americans, Mexicans, and the poor who could not afford to go to college.

Indeed the truth can set us free and we need it.

Lesson #3 - Dividing and winning carries with it a terrible price.

Seldom does courting votes with the promises of everything for everyone (at no sacrifice for anyone) do anything but raise false expectations which are so high that everyone feels let down when they don't get everything that they were promised.

Americans know that endlessly denying even enemies their liberty without justice being done, is wrong.

They also know that, just like families and businesses, government cannot succeed without budgets that are conservative in hard times, and without everyone sacrificing something now, for a better tomorrow.

It is one thing to promise cheap and comprehensive health care for everyone, when reality says that "one size fits all" ignores regional and demographic differences in the nation's existing health care resources and needs.

Promising fair and equitable tax reform predicated on only a small percentage of Americans being made to bear the full burden of an indebtedness everyone had previously benefited from, was sure to repeat the mistakes other failed systems had made when sacrifices were not universally fair and equitable.

Promising that broken laws and a broken immigration system could be fixed by once again ignoring what was broken, would only guarantee that what comes next will be broken and not resolved to anyone's satisfaction.

Meanwhile the other promises of 2012 faced the winners with constituencies which would be pitted against each other to win the realization of the promises made to them at the sacrifice of promises made to others, each group expecting to sacrifice nothing themselves.

Lesson #4 - Learning from the past prevents "more of the same" in the future.

Politicians are not known for calling on the people to sacrifice.

Yes, we can wait until things are so bad that finally a real leader will stand up and call for the sacrifice of "blood. sweat, and tears."

Instead of candidate Romney being perceived as having no coherent policy, and candidate Obama offering a painless golden future of freebies for each and every special interest group, both of them could have stood tall and called for the actual sacrifices they surely knew would and will be required.

Had Romney or Obama done so, the other might have been forced to do so too. As it is, each distinct group of Americans has been played off against the others. The unity which has been America's strength in the past has been damaged, if not destroyed, and as George Washington cautioned: America's "liberty depends upon our unity".

2014 finds us moving toward America's next election. The public's confidence in its elected officials is at an all time low, and the different sides are busy blaming each other instead of all sides attending to the country's business.

We could have seen it coming. We might have been busy by now sharing the sacrifices. Sadly, no one asked us to. But they could have, and they still can.

"Everything for everyone"? Don't count on it this time. Other nations did and they are merely footnotes in history.

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© 2013 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very Interesting


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Do you really think it would have helped if either or both had been honest with us? I think that deep down most Americans know the truth anyway, but that doesn't stop us from voting for the candidate who gives us the most false hope. It is an interesting perspective, though.

Beautiful photo!


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Before I get attacked for taking sides I will honestly tell that I use to be a democrat and I voted for Obama his first term but I didn't really know him I just took him at his word well anyway I saw pretty quick (quicker than others apparently) his word was no good and there was many things he was doing I did not like. I did not vote for him second time. So I am not democrat and I am not republican but I cannot for the life of me figure out why Romney did not bring up the Benghazi lie. Americans were getting no facts but Romney had them and did not use them and it would have meant he would have won I am sure. He knew it was not about a video. Absolutely no one talks about that and I would so like to know! Maybe it is time for us to have a third party and clean house!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Jackie: Check out the NY Times research that was recently published on the murder of our ambassador and the Seals attempting to defend him in Benghazi. Admittedly security for the Consulate there should have been greater and there are those who are culpable for that failure, but it may well have been a reaction to the video that prompted the attack and killings.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

mizbejabbers: Your comment that voters "///vote for the candidate who gives us the most false hope" is inevitable, if candidates aren't direct and honest with the voters. The result? The winning candidate never secures the mandate to do everything necessary to take a corrective course. The only way a winning candidate can get that mandate is by being honest with the American people and "telling it like it is" so that a majority of Americans understand what is needed. That's the "interesting perspective" I am presenting in this Hub.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

As the disinterested, non-voting American of 2014 will say, "Here we go again!" How many Americans who are eligible to vote in what should be called "an awful year election" (not just "an off year election") will actually vote? 40% might be an improvement, but how do you run a republic with only 4 our of every ten voting citizens going to the polls? The fact is already plain to see: you don't!


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Your comment, Perspy, reminds me of something a disgruntled fellow employee said several years ago when his candidate for president lost the election. He said something like "maybe we do need a king, I'm beginning to think the people don't have enough sense to govern themselves." This guy was very political minded, and coming from him, the quote was funny.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MizBejabbers - I call that "the Saul-ution."


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handymanbill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

That is one of the biggest problems is that not enough people do vote. They use the excuse that I don't like either candidate, or I don't have time, or its useless or whatever. But then they want to complain when the person who they didn't vote for does something they don't like. It drives me crazy when then non voters complain. I have a soon to be 18year old that says I am not going to registrar to vote there is no one running that I care about. When I turned 18 I could not wait to vote.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

handymanbill - There can be, and are, cases today wherein your vote will not count, at least that was true in 2012 and looks as if it will be again in 2016. If you vote Republican in California, your vote will not count. All California's sizable electoral vote will go to the Democrats' candidate. If you are a Democrat in Utah, and vote for the Democrats' candidate for president, your vote will not count, as all Utah's electoral votes will go to the Republican candidate. Those are only two examples, and there are more. Gerrymandering extends that unfairness to state and county elections, as politicians set the rules that govern voters' votes. That having been done, the voters have lost control of the process. It will take a Constitutional Convention to correct such things, and guess who controls whether or not we have one.

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