Count Republicans among the legions who will help keep Barack Obama in office for another four years. Loudly airing the most divisive conservative issues will drive undecided voters from the GOP and into the waiting arms of Democrats, a timeworn strategy that Republicans appear to have settled on for 2012.
Dissecting the State of the Union wish list is a time-wasting, futile exercise. The annual airing of the White House agenda is a constitutional holdover from a time when a president’s plans were greeted with something other than suspicion and dread.
Firings, contraception, immigration, gay marriage, and one-upping conservative values. Had enough? GOP candidates are sounding a little less attractive to Republican voters every time they open their mouths, but the alternative is grimmer than we dare to consider. By the time this winds up in Tampa and the gloves come off for the real battle against the Democratic machine will anyone still be listening?
If self-righteousness and sanctimony created prosperity, America would be thriving beyond our wildest dreams. There would be no worries about Medicare, Social Security, or debt. Full employment would be the norm, instead of an abandoned memory. Billions in social spending would be unnecessary.
Equality in America has taken an unexpected turn. Instead of using minority special interests as the familiar excuse to level the playing field, and to spend lots of money on social programs, we are trying a different approach. Hispanics, the president’s minority of choice, are slated to be our salvation (see: Are High Unemployment and Ethnic Favoritism a Good Mix?