Burch: Dinosaur Demographics

Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10:05pm
By Michael R. Burch

Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney may have saved the American middle class, depending on what Romney may or may not have done after assuming the presidency. Now we’ll never know. But Romney was gracious and conciliatory in defeat and hereafter the focus falls squarely on President Obama and the obstructionist GOP — a rudderless, captain-less ship rushing headlong toward destruction by an immense iceberg called Demographics.

The GOP’s main appeal is to aging white Christian alpha males — the kind who go to church, read the Bible, sing a few hymns, then try to chauvinistically dictate how other people should live their lives. Thus the GOP has lost all appeal for the majority of women, gays, minorities and increasingly liberal-minded young people. The GOP’s problem is obvious: the American public is becoming more diverse and tolerant, so racism, sexism and homophobia increasingly alienate voters, driving them to Democratic candidates, even in tough economic times.

Because the economy has been in the doldrums for Obama’s first term, this should have been an election in which the GOP won back the presidency and picked up seats in Congress. But an interesting thing happened on the way to the quorum: women, gays, minorities and young people didn’t vote for economic saviors. By resounding margins they preferred life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Some of them stood in line until the wee hours of the morning to make their voices heard. And they voted for equality and progress, even if it means paying higher taxes to help the less advantaged. In the end, there weren’t enough white men voting their wallets and narrow-minded parochialism for Republicans to win. And there will be fewer and fewer white patriarchs voting in each new election.

Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington said “yes” to gay marriage. Minnesota voters rejected an attempt to ban gay marriage. Wisconsin voters elected the nation’s first openly gay senator. Voters in Colorado and Washington approved the recreational use of marijuana. So the handwriting is clearly on the wall for backward-looking Republicans: “You have been measured and found wanting ... .”

Tea Party types who were fired by voters included Joe Walsh, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin and Allen West. Even Michelle Bachmann was in danger of losing to a Democrat in a heavily Republican district, despite outspending him by a factor of 12 to 1. Is there any doubt that lunatic-fringe “crackpottery” was a major cause of voter displeasure?

Romney was obviously not the main problem. The blowout would have been even worse if the Republican presidential candidate had been an arch-conservative like Santorum, Bachmann, Cain, Perry or Palin.

How can we be sure? Well, the GOP had 17 viable Senate candidates, most of whom ran far to the right of Romney. In 12 of the 17 states in question, Romney outperformed the more conservative Senate candidates, often by wide margins. The five candidates who bested Romney in their respective states all ran as moderates. So voters rejected conservatism and the presidential race was only as close as it was because Romney ditched being “severely conservative” by morphing into Peace Butterfly Mitt in a carefully calculated and orchestrated Etch-a-Sketch campaign. But he lost credibility in the process, a victim of his party’s medieval worldview that required him to play a warlike hayseed in the early going.

The handwriting may also be on the wall for the pro-Israel war hawks and neocons. (Ironically, the majority of Jewish voters also rejected conservatism.) Sheldon Adelson was 0-7 on the night as all the candidates he funded — George Allen, Shmuley Boteach, Adam Hasner, Connie Mack, West, Romney and Pat Ryan — were defeated. Since the hawks tend to be wildly regressive on social issues, their plans to ally Israel and the U.S. in new Holy Wars may be going down the tubes, thanks to Demographics.

Demographics also suggest that the GOP will have trouble winning elections as long as nearly every plank in its platform remains a creaking anachronism: anti-equality, anti-choice, anti-progress, anti-peace. If the economy continues to improve, and the Democrats are seen as being better on both economics and social issues, Republicans may go the way of the dinosaurs, plodding inexorably toward extinction. If they want to survive, they need to admit that it’s now the 21st century and start to evolve.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

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206 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 11/10/12 at 6:46


By: Captain Nemo on 11/10/12 at 6:50

It comes back to the Republican blame the other guy ploy. I just hope this time around the GOP does not waste time trying to keep Obama a two term President.

By: yogiman on 11/10/12 at 9:38

Barry has no idea about being a two term usurper, dumba$$. He has taken over permanently with congressional approval.

By: yogiman on 11/10/12 at 9:55


Grades have nothing to do with presidential eligibility. Qualifying under the Constitution is the only requirement for that office. Common sense is often the better of the two factors with grades. I've known many people who were straight A and A+ students but didn't have enough common sense wipe their a$$.

Go back and read a little history about why the founders put that "natural born" citizen specification in the Constitution as a requirement to become President.

Barry Soertoro does not meet that specification and has proven why it was put in the Constitution several times already.

If you loved the original USA, get yourself a lot of Kleenex, you will soon start weeping.

By: bfra on 11/10/12 at 10:30

Face it yogi:You are a little pissant nobody that doesn't have the common sense to know who the President of the United States is & nobody is buying your BULL!

By: Rasputin72 on 11/10/12 at 10:31

Mike Burch......I had not thought of it, but the idea of pissing golden showers on bad poor people is an inspiring idea. They deserve to be seen and herded but not heard.

By: Ask01 on 11/10/12 at 12:43

I believe, bfra, the birther troll is truly slipping further into a delusional fantasy world.

Anyone who believes the entire government, all three branches, and all parties, especially after all the campaign mud slinging, is complicit in a scheme to install a foreign born president is truly out of touch with reality.

The goal of such a nefarious plot has yet to be adequately explained, although I feel certain somewhere, buried deep within the foil wrapped recesses of his rapidly deteriorating mind, there is an ultimate answer to the puzzle.

The mad monk troll constantly provides clear proof that money, if he indeed has any, cannot buy class, nor make a silk purse of a sow's ear. As far as his 'inspiring idea,' he should probably be among the first to purchase an umbrella.

By: Rasputin72 on 11/10/12 at 3:20

AsKO1............I don't know how you interject class into any discussion within this forum.

I have yet to read an opinion by anyone that remotely resembles a statement created by a person of class. I merely remember the historical advice of a wise man.

"When in Rome act as the Romans do"

The only class that I see is class warfare within this mongrel nation.

By: yogiman on 11/10/12 at 3:49


You're proving your ignorance every time you make a comment about my argument on the Constitution and your man Barry. I suggest you read the Constitution and learn it. Go back in history and learn why our founders put that 'natural born citizen' requirement in there.

Can you explain to me why you had to provide a photo ID to prove you was legally eligible to vote for Barack Obama, but Barack Obama didn't even have to prove he was legally eligible to run for that office as a US citizen, let alone a natural born citizen?

Can you explain why congress let him pull it off? Are saying to hell with the Constitution, it means nothing any more?

Should I say God bless her for her lack of knowledge, or should I say God damn her for rebuffing the Constitution?

By: yogiman on 11/10/12 at 4:07


All I have asked from you "intelligent" fools is give me unquestionable proof Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama in that office legally. My question now? Why haven't you just to shut me up? Don't you have any?

Are you in the game with Barry's attitude the Constitution is just another piece of outhouse paper?

According to the Constitution, the President Only has to be a natural born citizen, 35 years old and a resident of the USA for 14 years within the United States.

Now let's look at it: We know all three of those requirement on Obama. He was over 35 years of age and had lived in the USA for over 14 years when he went in office. We also knew (by his autobiography) he wasn't a natural born citizen.

So to raise my idiotic (to you) question, I asked: Why was he allowed to usurp that office in 2008 and repeat himself in 2012? That question goes to the citizens of this nation and the members of congress of this nation.

If you're all so willing to say goodbye USA, hello USSA, you've just had a new birthday party.

By: yogiman on 11/10/12 at 4:15

Another point, Ask01.

As a recently retired veteran, are the current GIs so different than they was when I was in service? Back in the 40s and 50s we wanted to know who in the hell that guy was that was the main responsibility for our operations.

Are the GIs of today willing to take anyone as their CIC when they don't know who in the hell he is?

By: yogiman on 11/10/12 at 4:43


Please explain to this old man where I'm out of balance... if you can. If you can't see what is happening in our nation today, may God have mercy on your soles.

By his autobiography:

1) Obama was born in Hawaii to an American mother and Kenyan father. That alone would deny him a 'natural born citizen' status.
2) His mother married Lolo Soetoro from Indonesia. Indonesia would not accept students who weren't Indonesian citizens so his stepfather adopted him and gave him the name Barry Soetoro. That also would have eliminated his natural born status... if he had it.
3) His mother sent him back to her parents in Hawaii. (why did she abandon him?)
4) In 1981, Pakistan would not accept US passports for entry into Pakistan. What nation's passport did he use to go there?
5) When did he repatriate his Indonesian citizenship to USA citizenship. And if he did, why has he kept it so quite in politics?
6) When did he change his name from Barry Soetoro back to Barack Obama... or has he?
7) Why does he refuse for his true identity to be known?
8) Why in the hell has Congress allowed all of this to happen?

And don't tell me the Constitutional requirements doesn't make any difference. It may not to you for your heirs of the future but I'm sure as hell concerned about mine.

By: Ask01 on 11/10/12 at 7:01


By: yogiman on 11/10/12 at 9:39


A double click on those issues shows your ignorance on the issues and where Barry Soetoro is taking this nation, and it sure isn't the nation I want for my grandchildren. I feel sorry for any you might have.

By: yogiman on 11/11/12 at 7:15

Just wondering: Why did Obama, on Sept. 14 at a talk in Golden, Colorado, make the statement he was born to a single mom? Before he made that statement, I thought she was married to his claimed father even though no marriage license or divorce papers has ever been seen. Is he a bastard?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 7:31

It is a beautiful day.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 7:54

Yes it is Nemo! Hope you enjoy it.

People like yogi, bud, raspy & p3 are the reason the teapubs are fading fast & yogi has put so many lies on this board about Obama, he should be investigated as a traitor

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 8:51

You too, bfra.

By: Rasputin72 on 11/11/12 at 8:59

BFRA........You of another class may get my grandchildren's money but you will not get my. money or my children''s money. America rides on the investments of people like me.

If I am reduced to eating at a meat and three and living in a 2500 sq ft apartment people like you will be pennliless and homeless.

All men in your mind may be created equal, but some are more equal than others.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 9:10

Raspy - Dreamers like you don't even register in my World! Dream on!

By: ancienthighway on 11/11/12 at 9:28

yogiman said on 11/9/12 at 9:49: "Isn't it amazing he was trailing in the race until the end neared, then: WHAM!, hot damn!, he finally took the lead and won."

No, it wasn't really amazing. The west coast didn't close their polls until late, and Romney only won Alaska in the late closing states.

By: parnell3rd on 11/11/12 at 9:59

Well here we go, already blaming Mitt Romney for what "he may or may not have done after assuming the Presidency" Of course Mr. Burch also blames the "obstuctionist republicans"
How come you can not find any fault with the DemoNcratic party?
Mr. Burch is continuing with the American/Nazi propaganda machine!

Let see Billion dollar bebts under Pres. Bush, Trillion dollar debts under Pres. Obama. Which is worse? Oh, that is right it's all President Bush's fault 4 years later. I'm sure Hurricane Sandy and FEMA's failure is his fault too.

Correct, the republican party nominated the loser to McCain, why? Because Mitt Romney had more money to spend.
It's about time for some more Thomas Jefferson in this country.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 10:29

I don't blame Romney for the lost, I blame people like Rasputin, yogi, budlight and p3 for the lost. It is the over inflated egos like Rasputin, that thinks the world revolves around him. It is the hate fill rage of people like yogi, bud and itty bitty p3.

I'm hoping that the true Republican can stand up against these extremist and survive.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 10:31

It is good to live in America.

By: Rasputin72 on 11/11/12 at 11:34

Nemo.......If you thinkit is good to live in America, you cannot believe how good it is for the 2%.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 11:43

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama paid tribute at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington Memorial Cemetery to "the heroes over the generations who have served this country of ours with distinction."

He said the wreath he laid earlier at Tomb of the Unknowns was intended to "remember every service member who has ever worn our nation's uniform."

In a speech at the Memorial Amphitheater, he said America will never forget the sacrifice made by its veterans and their families.

"No ceremony or parade, no hug or handshake is enough to truly honor that service," the president said, adding that the country must commit every day "to serving you as well as you've served us

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 12:00

Don't you wish you were one, Rasputin?

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 12:36

By: Rasputin72 on 11/11/12 at 8:59
BFRA........You of another class may get my grandchildren's money but you will not get my. money or my children''s money. America rides on the investments of people like me.

If I am reduced to eating at a meat and three and living in a 2500 sq ft apartment people like you will be pennliless and homeless.

I love telling you old boy, that I get a long just fine now on your fictional wealth and I got plenty and food. Don’t you worry about the world stopping, without you, it got a long before you and it sure will after you.

I think you should rest that puffed-up self-image of yourself before it pops.

Life is good.

By: Ask01 on 11/11/12 at 1:10

Captain Nemo, bfra, I fear what our mad monk wannabe troll fails to comprehend is, if a true class war does erupt because the workers have had enough, his wealth, real or imagined, will not be sufficient to protect him.

In those dire and unthinkable circumstances, I believe the wealthy and corporate henchmen would likely be dragged from their homes and hanged by their own entrails.

This possibility, as I alway try to imagine worst case scenarios, is what I warned about a year ago as a possible consequence of corporate America continuing to slash employment, stagnate pay, export jobs overseas, and generally amass unwarranted wealth at the expense of workers.

The best case for the 1% and corporate America, in the event of a worker revolt, is the government taxes them to the extreme and imposes crippling taxes and fines for moving compnies and jobs overseas.

The overwhelming compulsion to ruin the economy just to spite President Obama and those who elected him seems to have been too strong to overcome. The best strategy now is for those who claim to be risk taking, job creating enteprenuers to live up to the bravado and follow through, with or without the help of congress.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 1:45


By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 1:53

For anybody that reads the link I just posted, I am most thankful that Romney is not now the President.

By: yogiman on 11/11/12 at 1:53

It's funny, bfra.

You have constantly called me a liar on this site but you've never mentioned what I lied about. Hell, don't you even know?

By: yogiman on 11/11/12 at 1:59


I understand the time zones, but I've never been able to understand why he got more votes than registered voters in a lot of districts.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 2:03

Obama & Michelle both had their hands over their hearts during taps! Plus I saw another video during the Anthem & they had their hands over their hearts. also. This dispells another lie that has been told many, many times by the dodohead troll.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 2:04

ancienthighway - Don't ask for a link on that information, he can't provide one!

By: yogiman on 11/11/12 at 2:10


Is his "currant" feelings about the US the reason he clasped his hands over his crotch instead of placing them over his heart (if he has one) during the playing of the National Anthem? What made him begin to wear the National flag lapel pin?

Just wondering. Is it a heart felt American attitude or a: Boy, I've got them by the b@lls now.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 2:13

Another link well worth reading:


By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 2:15

Doodohead troll can't get his mind off of the a$$ & crotch areas. You know, where his head stays.

By: yogiman on 11/11/12 at 2:16

Sorry, bfra, but you're talking about after he usurped the office, not before.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 2:28

I don't know if Obama like syrup on his pancakes or not!

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 2:50

LOL bfra.

By: ancienthighway on 11/11/12 at 3:05

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 2:04

ancienthighway - Don't ask for a link on that information, he can't provide one!

I'm aware of that. Like a true Republican he fabricates facts, stretches the truth, and just ignores common sense. Wasn't the rash of voter ID laws supposed to stop voter fraud? And yet yogitroll claims it still happened. Obama carried all but one of the battleground states, then capped it off with big wins with the last of the poll closings.
In yogi's eyes, it was me voting 20 times for Obama here in the state of Tennessee that caused the loss.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 3:11

We are sure he is a true Republican ancienhighway. We are not sure he is nothing more than a troll.

By: Rasputin72 on 11/11/12 at 3:12

Nemo......I have no doubt that you and the other five members of the "Simple Six" have food shelter and clothing. This is good!

As long as the government that you elect (being the majority) do not want me to subsidze a standard of living you do not deserve, I could care less about your life.

As for your "Simple Six" postmate ASKO1, he is correct in that there will be civil insurrection in this country. I think not in my lifetime or my children's lifetime but my grandchildren's lifetime.

It will be caused by too many have nots wanting more. In the USA it will happen becsuse there will be not enough people like me to supply the entitlements of people who will be of the same thought process as you.

In the meantime the old rich white men will continue to play gin and golf at their clubs and be very distressed when the waitet tells them that Halibut is out of season.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 3:19

I find it amusing that this troll are still trying to make Romney the winner of this. After all it is people like are the dooms day for the GOP.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 3:28

I'm glad that you are so concern for our well being Rasputin. However I am not sure that your mental stability of your wealth is in fact true and that you are not on some sort of government aid. This must make you ashamed of your station in life.

We only have your on line boast that you are of the 1% and that is not very sound evidence, since you have been caught on many occasions in a lye.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 3:32

BTW Rasputin you have never said what Rats last name is. You don't seem to know any of the people I have mention in our old neighborhood.

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 3:32

Nemo - On just about every bragg he has ever made!

By: bfra on 11/11/12 at 3:36

Wonder, since he said his family had been associated with walking horses for a long time, if he ever learned that a walking horse has 3 gaits, without being sored. Walking, running walk & canter they are born with.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/11/12 at 3:42

braf if he is trying to make me feel jealous of his (riches)I first have to believe him. I also find it unusual that someone of his means would spend so much of his valuable time on us and not enjoying the good life he brags of.

This a sure sign that he is nothing but a lonely old troll.