Now that the Presidential election is over, I had hoped that the hate factor against President Obama, which I believe was the underlying theme of the Romney-Ryan campaign, would fade away into the political sunset. Unfortunately, that has not been the case with some top level Republican operatives. Most notably those include Donald Trump, Rush Limbaugh and Karl Rove, each of whom will most likely profit financially by continuing to fan the flames of hate around the country. It should be noted that none of these men were successful in their efforts during the General Election. In fact, each of them, because of their negative and misleading message, most likely helped Democrats at the polls in a number of races. I am convinced they helped re-elect the President.
The sad truth is that GOP campaigns were based largely on hating some person or hating some thing. For example, lots of things were said and accusations made against President Obama that would never have been made against any other sitting President. Groups of people were also singled out and senseless accusations made throughout the election process that were highly offensive. Not only was all of this sad and disheartening, it was also counterproductive for those in the GOP ranks who wanted to run their campaigns on important issues and also wanted to keep things on a high plane. I am firmly convinced the tactics used by the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party actually energized those folks who supported President Obama and even brought Independents over to the President on November 6th in significant numbers.
The time has come to put the politics of hate and division on the shelf and do it permanently. There is no place for this sort of thing in American politics. We in Alabama saw how our state suffered during the days of racial segregation and the fight for Civil Rights. I really thought we had learned our lesson from that painful period in our state’s history, and that things were heading in the right direction. But then the immigration battle erupted in Alabama last year. This unfortunate development created more problems for our state. Our leaders should come to their senses and allow the federal government to handle the immigration issues. I predict they will regret their efforts if they continue to politicize the immigration issue.
Finally, on the national level, it’s high time for both political parties to realize that the American people deserve for Presidential campaigns to be run on the real issues that face our country. Those who preached hate and division during this election, based on the result, should have learned their lesson. The politics of hate and division took a real beating in this election when the American people rejected this sort of politics. Hopefully, even the Tea Party zealots learned a lesson, but that remains to be seen.
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