People of color didn’t re-elect president by themselves, Ed

Ed Wells column , “Election ’12’: This one was personal,” described President Obama’s re-election as a proud result of the persistent will of people of color. He wrote that blacks registered, went to the polls and overcame – what?

Apparently, the uncaring white-guy Republican Party mentioned in the column. Ed Wells views members of that party as the enemy and voted for the first time, against every Republican on the ballot.


I’m proud of what black Americans did to re-elect President Obama. There were no marches, no big speeches, no talking about what we were going to do. We just did it.

Well, Mr. Wells, I have news for you. People of color didn’t do it by themselves. President Obama was re-elected with lots of help from white people!

More whites (34 million) voted for Obama than all the people of color combined (27.4M) according the election results, while the president was elected by slightly more than 1% of the popular vote cast.

Approximately 120 million people voted on November 6th. Over 87 million of them were white and if 93% of whites had voted for the white candidate, as blacks did for Obama, Romney would have received 81 million votes, triple the votes of all people of color combined, who voted for Obama in the election – a total of 27.4M million blacks, Hispanics and Asians.

So Ed, where’s the thanks for the 34 million white men and women that pushed President Obama over the top on November 6th? It was only a “personal” issue to those who base every action, thought and deed on racial preference.

This election was personal for Ed and he claimed that “people of color are just as American, or more so, as some of the yahoos who have slammed the president and his programs.”

These “yahoos,” as you call them, didn’t slam the president because he is black, but because his programs haven’t worked – with unemployment at almost 8%, only 27% of Illinois teens had jobs last year, only 10% of Chicago black teens were employed.

Poverty has increased and 47 million people are on food stamps, the deficit increased by 50% during Obama’s term and the fiscal cliff is on the horizon. I know Mr. Wells, it’s that uncaring white-guy Republican Bush’s fault.

He also opined that as a result of the election the political table is now round, “and the traditional white male is no longer at the head (of the table)” and “where no one group is superior to the next.”

What you fail to understand Mr. Wells is that it isn’t the configuration of the political table or one’s position at the table that is important; it’s what you bring to the table. Everyone may have a seat at the table, but superiority is based on educational achievement, ambition, a stable and caring family structure, not simply because a group has a seat at the table. 

That seat at the table is more than just political equality upon which this country is based, and any respect must be earned through sacrifice and hard work. The table may be round, everybody may work to prepare the food and everybody might eat, but someone has to pay for the food, set up the table and clean up after everyone is finished.

Mr. Wells wrote, “the Republican Party and their core group must be satisfied with only a seat at the table. Sure they get to eat but only their share and that “We the People” means all of us.”

If their share is what each group brings to the table, there will always be inequality unless those at the table live by the rule, “from each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.” That philosophy has never worked in a “free” society, Mr. Wells.



  1. The number of states run by conservative administrations made a concerted effort to suppress “urban” voters because of the myth that fraud was so rampant. Credit should be given to people of color for resisting those efforts, standing in long lines along with white voters and casting their ballots.

  2. Ted: Since World War II, only one Democratic presidential candidate — Lyndon Johnson in 1964 — has carried the white vote. Absent the black vote (and, in recent years, the Hispanic vote), Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama would never have been elected president.

    The non-white vote has been essential in the situation recently described by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post:

    “In the past six presidential elections, including 2012, the Democratic nominee has averaged 327 electoral votes while the Republican nominee has averaged just 210…

    “During those two-plus decades dating back to 1992, the most — repeat most — electoral votes a Republican presidential candidate has won is 286, when George W. Bush claimed a second term in 2004. In that same time frame, Democratic nominees have received more than 300 electoral votes four times…”

  3. I should add this:

    In five of the past six presidential elections, the Democratic candidates have carried the overall popular vote — without even once carrying the white vote.

    Ironically, all six of those elections have come after right-wing radio blabber Rush Limbaugh’s rise to national prominence, and five out of six have come after the launch of the right-wing Fox News Channel. So much for any notion that those voices reflect the American political mainstream.

  4. .”Credit should be given to people of color for resisting those efforts, standing in long lines along with white voters and casting their ballots.”

    Or this is just proof that the Republican efforts to make the vote accurate and fair don’t result in voter supression.

    This leaves us with 2 conclusions. Liberals are stupid (some are) or they were trying to demagogue this issue to improve turnout by using baseless scare tactics.

  5. So Ted what your saying is actually true! Except you really have not called Ed a racist yet. You let guys like Pat walk all over you, and still your a nice guy.
    The fact that most white voters know very little about Hispanics and blacks is not your fault. But from what I see neither group will ever accept or work with whites once the power is on their side. They only act like they are friends to get what they want from stupid people like Pat, who surrounds themselves with liberal thinking like a warm blanket.
    But now the truth is quickly coming out about race relations in America. And that is simple, No one likes white people, not even other white people.

  6. Pat forgets that he is one of those fomenting hatred against whites, by “stirring the pot” with his nearly continuous race-baiting, and various other forms of Leftist hate-mongering. That is because denigrating their opponents is the only method they have of gathering support, since the rest of their socialist/Marxist agenda would be rejected outright by most thinking Americans, who believe in our Representative Republic, and the Constitution.

    Sadly, I see the Democrat party as James Carville described it:

    “Ideologies aren’t all that important. What’s important is psychology.

    The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd.

    Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don’t have a clue as to political reality.
    What amazes me is that you could take a group of people who are hard workers and convince them that they should support social programs that were the exact opposite of their own personal convictions. Put a little fear here and there and you can get people to vote any way you want.

    The voter is basically dumb and lazy. The reason I became a Democratic operative instead of a Republican was because there were more Democrats that didn’t have a clue than there were Republicans.

    Truth is relative. Truth is what you can make the voter believe is the truth. If you’re smart enough, truth is what you make the voter think it is. That’s why I’m a Democrat. I can make the Democratic voters think whatever I want them to.”

    Gov. Romney said that the president had followed the “old playbook” of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups — “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”

    “In each case, they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said, contrasting Mr. Obama’s strategy to his own of “talking about big issues for the whole country: military strategy, foreign policy, a strong economy, creating jobs and so forth.”

    Or, as Rush Limbaugh said: “It’s hard to beat Santa Claus”.

  7. Seems odd Doc that as soon as we have a black president there’s voter fraud and efforts must be taken to make it “accurate and fair”. Just another reason folks didn’t vote for Willard and Gilligan.

  8. There was plenty of Democrat voter fraud before Obama, and there will be more after Obama.
    “The Chicago Way” has existed for a long time

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