Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon 1 Tell A Friend 2 (3 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Article Stats   2 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

The Fat Lady Finally Sang

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 11/7/12

Become a Fan
  (2 fans)

I finally gave up and went to bed last night at 3:30 am, having followed election night as far as my weariness (and wariness) would take me. Here in Prague we are six hours ahead of New York and nine ahead of the West Coast, so the outcome was unclear election-wise at that hour. As I closed down my computer, the map of America was awash in blood-red states falling to Mr. Romney. I awakened this morning to much the same surprise Harry Truman must have felt, beating Thomas Dewey in the '48 election. Pundits are not reliable. The Chicago Tribune misspoke Truman's demise with a famous wrong headline, "Dewey Defeats Truman," 64 years ago and the bleeding stopped across America while I slept.

I view this as a watershed victory, without ironic reference in to Hurricane Sandra. Old white America has finally lost its 236 year grip on the nation and its politics. It's a well-earned loss, the nation recently becoming more ethnically mixed before the very eyes of a heedless old white power structure. It's a celebratory loss as well and, after a hundred years singing in the shower, the unheard finally found their voice at the polls. Blacks and Hispanics are no longer a tiresome annoyance to the old white men. They are a power, ignored at the cost of political survival and I don't limit that circumstance to Republicans. Democrats were co-conspirators every step of the way.

So it's a new day in American politics and we have yet to see what influence that will have on our disfunctional Congress. Partisan politics will either give-way (and ultimately disappear), or those who fail to assimilate will be weeded out in coming elections. They know it. Paul Ryan retained his seat in the House, but he's a smart and certainly sobered guy whose future depends on distancing himself from his inevitably narrowing base. So it is with Blue Dog Democrats and the Republicans who coalesced to stymie the American legislative process. The American voter wants jobs, a recovered middle class, affordable health care, more equal voice given to women, an end to Wall Street's stranglehold on their economic choices, honest banking and a Congress no longer bribed to carry water for the corporations. Those wants have become needs. They will have them. Have them from both sides of the aisle or change the composition of the aisle to suit the need. This election is not an anomaly, it's a new and nearly missed awakening. The fat lady has finally sung.

Personally, I was more impressed by who re-elected President Obama than the victory itself. Young voters, who were so disappointed by his first term performance, did not turn away or sit this one out. Brown and Black America flocked to Obama in breathtaking numbers. Women, another power that will no longer be taken for granted, showed their strength at the ballot box. We are not a nation in retreat. "We are" (in the words of Marine General Oliver Prince Smith) "advancing in a different direction."

The pundits will have their say, as pundits do and blame the loss or celebrate the victory for all the wrong reasons. They will claim Hurricane Sandra or last-minute negative campaigning as the driving force and they will be wrong. Wrong, because they live and practice their punditry in a closed loop, chattering among themselves from inside the Beltway in Washington. The zoo no longer remembers the jungle. The electorate is beyond the Beltway and polling is at best an unreliable prophet of what is to come.

We may (and likely will) make missteps along the way. It won't be smooth and certainly won't please everyone during the process, not me and not you. But that's what watersheds are about and why they are so rare, defined as "events marking a unique or important historical change of course.' The process many had begun to believe didn't matter, suddenly mattered.

The American electorate advanced in a different direction during this election.

 

Take action -- click here to contact your local newspaper or congress people:
Montana

Click here to see the most recent messages sent to congressional reps and local newspapers

http://www.jim-freeman.com

Jim Freeman's op-ed pieces and commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, International Herald-Tribune, CNN, The New York Review, The Jon Stewart Daily Show and a number of magazines. His thirteen published books are (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

WASHINGTON POST DEAD-WRONG IN CHILD PORNO EDITORIAL

The Trans Pacific Partnership, Yet another Opportunity to Chop-Shop America

Eric Holder Exposes A Nation of Law, Going Lawless

Liar's Poker at the Federal Reserve--"Can't anybody here play this game?"

Dressing Up Space Defense in Dominatrix Clothing

ARRIVAL TIME, 2010; A VIABLE THIRD-PARTY OPTION

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
2 people are discussing this page, with 2 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

I would ask where you got the idea that "Old white... by Kansas Bright on Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 at 9:09:59 PM
Maybe you should re-read the article and see what ... by Jim Freeman on Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 2:15:40 AM