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   Perceiving Reality Remains a National Challenge 


The results of Election 2012 may also support a second hopeful proposition that: denying reality is not as good a path to political victory as it used to be.    


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Maybe.  There are portents, some straws in the wind: 


-    OBSTRUCTIONISM.  Republicans in Congress (and out) preferred to perpetuate economic suffering rather than risking the perception that the President had any success.  Enough of a less than grateful nation understood this treacherous blackmail to prevent it from succeeding. 

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-    CLIMATE.  Nobody talked about the climate, and nobody did anything about it, either.  Then Hurricane Sandy helped the President win re-election.  The big money still backs denial and continued planetary destruction. 


-    WOMEN.  Maybe it's not God's will when rape produces pregnancy.  Candidates who believed it was ended up losing races they could have won.  That was the will of the electorate. 


-    MARRIAGE.  The idea that two people who want to get married should have that right in modern America was endorsed by electorates for the first time.  False gender stereotypes and appeals to a false notion of "traditional marriage" lost some of their power to cloud people's minds. 

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-    MARIJUANA.  "Reefer Madness" propaganda failed to persuade voters in two states.  The dishonesty and stupidity of the "war on drugs" is becoming obvious to a majority of Americans.  Does that majority include the President yet? 


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