Before we liberals are told that we should reach out to our brethren on the political right in the interest of finding common ground, allow us, please, a moment or two to rub it in a little after yesterday’s election.
Some of us won’t quickly forget all the ugly invective aimed at President Obama over the past four years — all the crap about the foreign-born, terrorist-loving, anti-American, socialist, Muslim interloper in the White House. And now that a majority of voters have approved this man for a second term as president, the people on our side have every right to tell his nastiest detractors that it is they, not us, who are outside the American political mainstream.
So shove it, bigots!
Even those rightists who haven’t been as blatantly offensive as the fire-breathers deserve some blowback. Their claims that Obama has been woefully out of touch with folks in the American heartland have been refuted. Their claims that the polls predicting an Obama victory were either willfully fixed or incompetently miscalculated have been disproved. Their contention that this country’s political future will follow the socially conservative path they have mapped has been shown to be fallacious.
The one magnanimous thing we liberals can do for the Republicans among us is to warn them that their party faces a truly disastrous future if it doesn’t recognize that America is running out of angry white men. The GOP’s prevailing agenda is not suited to this country’s changing demographics. The party of xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny and plutocracy will have to change if it is to survive.