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Obama & Democrats Understood Dispositive Voting Interests

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By Griot Admin 1650 days ago

Voters are people who vote their interests. It seems an elementary notion, but in 2012 Republicans in the national presidential election did not seem to understand this simple principle. Also, certain dispositive interests take priority over the others. The dispositive interest of voters is what smart politicians attempt to comply with to win the support of major voting blocks.

The Republican party missed a selling major point in appearing to deal only with issues that were dispositive to white voters. This Republican position was clearly apparent to non-white voters whose primary and dispositive issue is whether their civil rights would be protected and their children and family protected from discriminatory practices. Very few voters historically subjected to ethnic or other racial discrimination would vote on other issues if they believe one side is likely to racially discriminate against them. Such voters automatically scrutinize campaign messages and actions to filter out potential discriminatory motives. The use of the term "Conservative" for example is held to mean the seem thing as "Racist" to many Black voters.

The history which voters adopt as theirs is extremely important to how they analyze issues. How one group views these issues may be very different from another group who may not have experienced history in the same way. History is important and politicians and electioneers attempting to gain the support of the electorate should be sensitive to the historical influences of voting groups. It is perhaps the most important factor in framing issues, and implementing them in actual practice.

After the 2012 Election many in the Republican party announced the need for the party to reach out to Hispanics. Meanwhile they have not announced or focused as much on a similar need to reach out to African-Americans. This apparent double standard and insensitivity to the message portrayed has led some African-Americans and other observers to note that the announced outreach to Hispanics may be a veiled attempt for Republicans to build a chasm between Hispanics and African-Americans. The message to some Hispanics could be construed that they are more White than Black, hopefully appealing to some Hispanics, and certainly more palatable to those in the racist base of the Republican party. This approach can obviously backfire as insincere and another attempt to paint Hispanics as less than sensible if they accept such a "Selling Stupid" Republican sales pitch.

Hispanics have watched the centuries old history of racial discrimination and White enmity against Blacks in America and are certainly concerned that the same does not happen in their regard.

After the 2012 election many moderate Republicans appealed to the Party to adopt and rely more on substantive policy and platform changes that would appropriately attract and appeal to minority voters. Continuous post election devisive remarks by Mitt Romney have drawn fire from his Republican colleagues, to the extent that some believe his many insensitive comments and gaffes rival controversial statements made by 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

In 2012 the Romney campaign did not seem to understand the impact of historical influences on voter groups. Their campaign inappropriately utilized statements, actions, and suggested policies which were in direct conflict to non-white voting blocks.

While other issues may have mattered, the issue of potential discrimination was the key issue in the elections, and the Republicans made it so.