Top Ten Lessons From the 2012 US Presidential Election
What Republicans can learn from the 2012 election
When the dust has settled on any election campaign, it is time to take stock. Both the winners and losers need to assess their campaign strategies and platform to determine how well they did, mistakes made and how they can improve in future election campaigns. The 2012 US Presidential elections provided many lessons.
Women and youth
1) Republicans can no longer ignore the youth voting power. Anyone looking at the the crowds gathered at many political campaign venues around the country, would see youthful exuberant faces in the crowd. These are the faces of the country's future; a reality we can no longer dismiss . The youth voting block is not sitting at home playing video games or in a bar drinking beer; they are a viable, smart and growing section of our population.
2) Women do not wish to be taken back to the 18Th century. Many women have fought difficult and sustained battles to be considered humans with the right to vote, the right to own their own bodies and the right to not consider rape a blessing from God. Stop treating women as chattels. They are capable, intelligent beings who account for more than half of the population.
The Latino vote and Diversity
3) Latino voters account for 10% of the total electorate. The threat of mass deportation of Latinos, including children who were brought here and born here, does not sit well with the general population, Latinos in particular and many employers of Latinos. No one is denying that immigration laws need to be tightened to ensure that those entering any country is doing so legally, but to target a section of the population that is making a valuable contribution to the welfare of the US and who are not responsible for the “sins” of their parents is political suicide
4) Embrace all people regardless of their beliefs, ethnicity or status in life. To eliminate half the population during a presidential election because they may seem insignificant in your world, is a bad idea. In fact, seek to bring as many diverse groups as possible into your fold. Of course, this may mean softening some hard lines and ignoring the party hardliners but it is necessary to acquire critical votes that may mean the difference between winning and losing.
Health care and social well being
5) The American health care system has been seriously flawed for a long time. It is perhaps the only country in the world where people can die because they can’t afford to pay for a medical procedure. This has begun to change and there is no turning back. We have to have compassion for human beings while making the tough decisions. In many undeveloped countries that I am personally familiar with, the one thing that is free is medical benefits. Now the health care may not be first class in many cases but people have the security of knowing that if their children get ill, they would not be allowed to die due to financial reasons.
6) We learned that the poor economy was not the only cause for concern for most Americans when considering who to vote for, especially when it was created by the policies of the previous party. Candidates must focus on other issues affecting the population like health care, national security, and education. Many of our children grew up on Sesame Street - an American tradition - and learn a lot from big bird while mom did the dishes; it is the simplest form of education and to threaten it with extinction doesn't go over too well with moms who are also voters.
Transparency and trust
7) Your own party has to believe in you as a candidate; they can’t just settle for you. A candidate for the presidency of the United States has to believe in his or her principles regardless of how unpopular they may be. Rather than changing your views to match those of a party that refuses to change, you can instead try to change the party.
8) A presidential contender must be transparent. If the public thinks you are lying or pandering to them for your own benefit, they will drop you like hot cakes. You cannot want to be president at any cost. In fact, you have to pause and count the cost. Saying and doing things that are designed to get you nominated by your party and changing your stance to gain acceptance by the masses will backfire.
9) Recognize the emergence of new swing states. The political map is continually changing and presidential candidates need to recognize that they can no longer put all their eggs in one basket or a few baskets.
10) Polls are not always accurate so don’t be surprised if while you are said to running neck and neck, your opponent wins by a landslide. Over reliance on calls made to homes at supper time asking the question “who will you vote for” is not an accurate measurement of the intricacies of the electoral college, the swinging states and other facets that make up a complex electoral system.
President Obama Victory Speech
A Guide to Winning the Presidency of the United States
1) Must love annimals
2) Must love people - all people
3) Love your wife/husband and family
4) Know that money can't buy everything
5) Tell the truth, always
6) Believe that there is a supreme being - God - that has the last say
7) Be true to yourself, regardless of the consequences
8) Help those who can't help themselves - You are your brother's keeper
9) Get smart - about everything
10) Respect Women