Election 2012: The Results Are Sure To Have Problems

The personality contest of Election 2012 told us little about 2013-2017.

Do you know the winner's path forward?
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What did we learn from Election 2012 about America's future?


Neither candidate for the presidency in Election 2012 gave us a clear picture of what their path forward is going to be. That fact alone creates problems the winner is going to have a very difficult time dealing with.

Election 2012 devolved into a personality contest, with each campaign contending that the other candidate has personality flaws. It was framed as follows, vote for "flip flop" or vote for "failure."

One candidate (Governor Romney) promised "12,000,000 new, quality jobs in the next four years" but didn't say how he proposed to accomplish that goal. Nobody asked the other candidate (President Obama) if he thought that he could also create "12,000,000 new, quality jobs in the next four years."

If either candidate had a plan for doing that, or better, no plan was offered, and even if the eventual winner can and will create those "new, quality jobs" that would still leave some 11,000,000 unemployed, underemployed, and discouraged Americans looking, wishing, and increasingly desperate.

Neither candidate spelled out a concrete plan for actually balancing the budget in the next four years. Neither candidate spelled out how he plans to pay down the out-of-control National Debt which is over $16.2 trillion dollars and growing. Neither candidate spelled out the issues he is willing to compromise on to achieve a new spirit of bipartisanship at the top.

There are so many unaddressed aspects of what should be a new national agenda, we are left with the personality we elected, but with no clearly defined agenda for the years 2013-2017.

It will be extremely hard, if not impossible, to exercise national leadership without a clear agenda, much less a mandate Americans will feel they have agreed to by voting for the winner.

The winner's State of the Union Speech at the start of the new Congress and administration will show the aftermath of the very bitter campaign strategies of Election 2012, and that will be evident to every American who listens and watches the speech, as one side of the assembled legislators applaud and the other remains silent on their key policy differences.

Will those seated legislators be any different than those elected to the previous House and Senate which had public approval ratings below 10%? If not, the lines were already drawn even before the bitterness of Election 2012, and the distasteful stalemate will be resumed; one in which Executive Orders tend to replace properly democratic legislation and laws.

If both the Republicans and the Democrats could have agreed that Election 2012 allowed Americans to choose between two capable and proven leaders, perhaps their policy differences and agendas could have been discussed, so that American voters could have made clear their own willingness to be led down a particular path ahead.

As it is, the winner has already been tarred and feathered as flawed, and he will have to win the public's confidence in some other way, starting from scratch, and in an even deeper hole than the previous winner found waiting for him in 2008.

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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SommerDalton profile image

SommerDalton 4 years ago

Another great hub:), we will have to wait and see! Voted up plus


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

perspy , your writes are truly inspiring but you still will not say that the better man who serves our country will be MITT ROMNEY.! you philosophize about this that and tell us how neither one will do what has to be done but your weakness of character shows that you are afraid to alienate your readers with a choice of the better man Take a stand for once in your writes and get off the fence . I thought you would do us better than that . Romney /Ryan 2012


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cleaner3: As SommerDalton writes, "We will have to wait and see!" This is not a Hub intended to do anything except to criticize both campaigns, and point out that the shallow, demeaning nature of Election 2012 assures us that it handicaps whoever the actual winner is. I have stated elsewhere that I will vote for Governor Romney and do so for reasons not made apparent by anyone during the campaign (much to his campaign strategists' discredit.)


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Just be glad you don't live in OHIO. My phone rings off the hook! There are so many Obama/Romney commercials I don't even want to watch TV anymore. They come here so many times and each time they come they say ( each one of them) this_____( fill in the blank) is my favorite city!

Today has been quiet. After 6 calls, I took my phone off the hook. Now I feel better.

Heavy sigh......


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Michele Travis: Just stop and think though, after November 6, 2012 the phone won't be ringing off the hook, no one will be knocking at the door, and worse than that sudden feeling of aloneness, the winner will not be calling you personally to thank you!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

No, actually I have friends. We talk on the phone, go out and eat, ride horses. But, what I am doing now that is the most important thing, is I am on the Ticket to Work Program. I had surgery for epilepsy 2 years ago, and have improved very much. So, I qualified for the Ticket to Work Program. I am now taking classes to activate my inactive nursing license. I will only be able to work part time for a while, but that is ok.

I am still very excited:)


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

I'm afraid neither candidate will do anything for the common man, as has been the history of politicians in the last decade or so. It seems that since you have to be rich to run for office, Congress and the White House is only filled with the rich watching out for the rich. The rest is all hype to make us thing they're fighting for us. We fought the Revolutionary War partially because of Taxation Without Representation. I wonder how long it will be before that has to happen again? Great hub!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Michele Travis: That's good news I'm sure, with new challenges and interests.

rcrumple: The common man? Health insurance for all, or not; bank reforms, or not; immigration policy, or not; more debt, or more debt; tax reform, or not; Patriot protections, or not; foreclosures, or not; quality new jobs, or not; clean air, or not; bipartisanswhip, or not? Will the common man survive, or not?


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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

Neither candidate can offer an exact plan that shows with accuracy just how many jobs will be created with any plan. If such were possible, the economy would be easily fixed by pressing buttons. Broad policy arguments, such as Romney's plan to repeal Obamacare, at least shows a way toward removal of a proven jobs killing program - It kills jobs by replacing business planning with enormous uncertainty.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rfmoran: There are reasons for vague campaign rhetoric and obfuscation. Some reasonable and others absurd. It is reminiscent of Robert Frost's poem about two paths diverging in the wood, which one either candidate takes will certainly make "all the difference," but what the difference will be is sadly what this election should have been all about.


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jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Soon we will know, what the change will be, and have to hope for the best,. We need renewal, and solutions, let`s all pray they start turning around for the better for the people.


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sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

I believe that Mitt Romney did say that he would provide jobs by opening up the pipeline, allowing for more domestic oil production, allowing coal plants to continue and not overregulate them and put them out of business, provide less regulations so that small businesses can start up instead of being afraid of being overtaxed and therefore not being able to start new businesses. Mit Romney has laid out his 5 point plan for the way he will run the government. Obama has done nothing but lie to the American people every single day. Look at the Benghazi situation and facts alone - he watched as Americans begged for help and did nothing then lied about it being a movie when he knew and watched what was happening in real time. The American people deserve way better than what we have had for the last four years. As for the Election Results - Check out the news regarding all the polling machines with votes for Romney automatically being changed to Obama - voter fraud has run rampant ever since Obama began running for office in 2008. He should be held accountable for all he has done - VOTE HIM OUT


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

sallieannluvslife: Now we need an Obama supporter to show what that Hubber believes President Obama has spelled out as his agenda going forward.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

It's 12 hours later, and so far at least, there have been no takers from the Obama side?


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Dear Demas - I feel your frustration and don't see an end to this rigged 2-party system. Other independent candidates were running, but the majority of Americans did not know about them, hear their platforms or give a thought to voting for someone who wasn't wasting millions of dollars on fluffy marketing, instead of putting all those funds into building the country. Blessings, Debby


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Debby Bruck: My wife and I agree that spending of that magnitude presumes some payback, though Romney is very familiar with charitable giving on such a scale. There should, indeed, be a cap on spending and the dollars should come from the public. At present that would run against free speech, but out there somewhere there is a good solution capable of keeping things fair and equal.


cleaner3 4 years ago

Well Persy, still no reply from any obama supporter..?? lets hope that the country wins in this election and we have the needed change the Country wants. a president who will reach across party lines and bring democrats along with republicans to make some sane decisions and put aside the partisan politics. Romney/ Ryan.

Now we have the disaster in the east , gas rationing, cold weather, people in need, but the politicians posture and slap each other on the back and it shown that big govt. can not solve all of our problems , The american people help each other more than the govt does . !


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

cleaner3 : Well said, and they always have. "Faith, hope, and charity, but the greatest of these.... ." We do have the chance to find new hope tomorrow, or to live with the same approaches of the present. May God inspire voters to choose wisely, and strengthen us to live united.


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gramon1 4 years ago from Miami

I really can not understand how anyone can not see a humongous difference between the two men, the two parties, and the two campaigns. Romney's campaign was fed by Billionaires, who thought they could buy the United States. Obama's campaign was fed bu millions of middle class people with average contribution in the fifties ($50,00), not in the millions. This is enough to tell us the interests that each campaign carried.

Romney's campaign was focused on the anti-abortion/anti-contraceptive agenda. Obama's campaign was pro-choice.

Romney's campaign was TOTALLY against any tax increases for the wealthy. Obama's campaign was about tax increases for the wealthy.

Neither Romney, nor Obama can provide an item specific program for the economy. The economy is a dynamic system that has unpredictable shifts with every adjustment. Both men offered a general ideological foundation for what they will do.

Obama inherited an economic disaster. Bush inherited the healthiest economy in the USA. From the time Obama took power, unemployment has dropped over 2% In the first four years of Bush, unemployment increased by above 3%. To claim that Obama has done a bad job is to look at the world in a vacuum.

OK, this is a response from a pro Obama Democrat.


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gramon1 4 years ago from Miami

Regarding the means Romney suggested to improve the economy, all would have lead to an environmental disaster. I guess you guys are waiting for nature to destroy us totally to believe it.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

gramon1: Pro-X or Anti-Y, the election is over and we are all in this for the next four years and beyond. It won't do for any of us to be paddling against the stream when we all need to be watching ahead and working together to avoid the rocks.


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gramon1 4 years ago from Miami

What we all need to realize is that pro-x and anti-y is not just a matter of words. Every time a law passes regarding what we favor or oppose, our lives change.


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sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

gramoni - FYI - Obama more than doubled the amount of debt of Bush's 8 years in his 4 and Bush had 9/11. I am so sick of everyone blaming Bush even after 4 years - that is so childish when BO wanted the job but did not want to take responsibility for his failed policies. Gas was less than $2 per gal when Bush left office and now it is almost $4 per gal. Obamacare is not only causing middle class families to have to pay more for their healthcare but it is putting good doctors out of business as well and as long as we are talking about businesses - have you not heard about all the companies that cannot afford to pay for Obamacare regulations now and are laying off even more people or cutting their workers' hours to only 20 hours per week?? How does that help the American people who are already suffering?? The amount of people that are out of work under Obama is phenomenal and is only getting worse AND he still is shutting down domestic oil production and coal mines - more jobs taken away from the middle class he was so fond of purporting his devotion to....There are more people than ever before on Food Stamps and welfare and there is no end in sight - Taxpayers - hard working middle class families - pay for all those food stamps/obamaphones/etc., do you not get that? That takes money from hard working individuals trying to support their own families. I also guess you have not been listening to the fact that Obama and his Adm. turned their backs on our Navy Seals when they wanted to help the embassy in Libya and when they went to help anyway, everyone else who wanted to help them was told to stand down. They not only lied about a stupid video but he lies to the American people every day. Those who voted for Obama will see exactly what Socialism and Communism is first hand...Unfortunately, the rest of will too because of You. Free market capitalism is how America runs, when you take that away you will have nothing but those who reap off of others work and those who work now to pay for all of them will get sick and tired of it and they will not work either....


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gramon1 4 years ago from Miami

First oif all, it is pure ignorance to assume that the democratic government is against capitalism. In fact, I am a property owner, businessman, making over six figures. I would not be an idiot to desire a system that will work against my independence to do business. Second, when you think of social reform, you think of Cuba and Russia. I think about the scandinavian nations. You guys want less taxes. I relate that to the third world. We need a strong government, a strong infrastructure, and social biffers that prevent poor people from ending up in shanty towns. I don't hide behind a wall. I see the social needs that surround us.

You think that gas prices were under $2.00 when Bush left? The reality is that gas prices were almost $5.00 a few months before Bush left. They reduced the price for the elections. Do you even know what is the main family business of the Bush family? Or of Chenney? I bet you don't. The main reason for the increase in deficit after Bush is carryover effect. Did you know that the Bush administration fathered outsourcing? Well, I could go on and on. You look at the surface. I look at what is under the blankets. We will never see things the same way. That is why there can be no be a compromise. You see the $2.00 per gallon they provided for the election, I see Halliburton taking the exclusive contract for the Iraqui oil.


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sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

Sadly, Romney is a businessman and if you are what you say you are, you would know that Obama has absolutely NO QUALIFICATIONS for running anything but community organizing - he knows squat about business and governing or economics - as we have witnessed with his failed policies for the last 4 years. He is controlled by communist sympathizers - if you looked "under the blankets" you would see who he has been controlled by his entire life and all of those people are NOT friends of America -it is you that is blind or choosing to look the other way from the truth. I agree that we need to prevent poor people from ending up in shanty towns but if you look at the current headlines - the vicitims of hurricane Sandy are ending up in those "shanty towns" because Obama and big government has failed to do their JOB to help those people - a photo op was sufficient enough for BO - and you would see that it is individual Americans - those middle class hard working Americans - NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT - that are filling up semi trucks each week donating items those people who are suffering need - giving the Federal government more control to tax businesses who provide jobs for others is NOT going to help keep the poor people out of shanty towns - it puts them in them!! The Founding Fathers and their intention for the Federal government falls in GREAT contrast to the beast we have created of today...."A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have." Thomas Jefferson - and that is the slide we are slipping down very quickly under Obama.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

sallieannlvslife, Bravo you are a true American with your eyes open. Our country is going to get what barely half of them voted for . pray for the next generation for when they wake up and find out what they did they will learn what they voted for . Socialism . It doesnt work and never will . Free market capitalism is the process where jobs are plentiful and money is loose then the people are all doing goood anfd when catasrophes happen we take care of each other because we can , not the beauracratic federal behemoth who can only say what they want to do but never get it done because our tax money is usually wasted on bullshit leftist policies . " a house divided against itself can not stand "


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gramon1 4 years ago from Miami

sallieannlvslife and cleaner3, you really don't seem to know much about natural disasters. I was one of the first response volunteers when Hurricane Andrew hit us in 1992. My job was to go to the grocery stores in the area and rescue food and toilet paper. We received rubber pants, equpment, and transportation by FEMA. I don't think a group of a few hundred people without resources would have accomplished much. We took the food and toilet paper to National guard trucks that delivered it to the FEMA camps. This was the only food available on day 2 after the desaster. The groups of volunteers were put together by FEMA and the Red Cross. This way, we were effective. It wasn't magic. it was a centralized organization that made it work.

There were tens of thousands of people affected by Andrew. The tent towns expanded as far as you could see. This "shanty" towns were up for over six months. There is no way to even process so many people in a few days, or weeks.

Right now, the same process has taken place in New York and New Jersey. People will be in those tent towns for months, until FEMA can process their situation and give the money to relocate. This is what happens when tens of thousands of people are hurt at the same time.

A few years ago, there was a much smaller catastrophe in New Orleans. Katrina destroyed an area populared by many thousands of people. FEMA did not come to help until a few days later. The national guard was sent to keep the order and prevent looting. The red cross could not get cooperation from the national guard or the local authorities. Volunteers came in droves, but didn't know where to go. IT was a major desaster. People needed help everywhere, but couldn't find it. Many people had to walk to Texas because they couldn't find help in New Orleans. The president was Bush, a Republican.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Perhaps for the good of the country we can all move on now. We have a president for the next four years, and in January he and the next Congress wil be sworn in. Pray for the lame duck Cngress, and for the elected leadership and support them with obedience to the Constitution that protects us and our liberties. Be ready for the individual sacrifices which must needs follow. Let us fully exercise our shared citizenship as Americans for the unity and the well-being of all Americans


cleaner3 4 years ago

So... gramon 1 you still want to blame everything on bush ..

Read my lips .. BUSH is gone .. that is still the same federal govt that is here the same beaurucrats, the sane broken system the onlything that has changed is called obama . what is your rant about?... how you helped all those people , so what, there are many who helped many, you said all that just to blame Bush .. ? Bush has been gone for 4 years wake up and come outside it is 4 years later .


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I hope as many Americans as possible will search for and read George Washington's "Farewell Address." It is so timely now, even though it is 215+ years later.


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gramon1 4 years ago from Miami

So, cleaner3, you wanted to have a president who thinks that 47% of Americans don't count, who invests largely on corporations that outsource jobs, who wants to turn the national parks into oil fields. You want a party in power that gets most of its campaign money from the richest corporations. You want a party that will do away with the EPA and the public schools. I tell you, we will never agree.

Perhaps you are one of those people who don't want government. That is called anachy and it has been tested every time there is a war or a major catastrophe. It doesn't work.


cleaner 3 4 years ago

yea i know it is bush's fault . huh? In a couple of years when the economy has went down the tubes because you blind followers of this socialist president will be sorry ..!


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

There won't be any changes unless we get a new party with new ideas into the political arena. You're absolutely right, it was a personality contest and Mr. Roboto Romney lost. Great hub.

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