Compassion, Charity and Voting

Editor’s Note: Normally this blog focuses on technology and security and not on politics.  But as a former Republican officer-holder in the Reagan administrations, I was –as many were– deeply discouraged not only with the outcome of the election but, even more so, with the Republican messages. Below is what I think was wrong. –SDB

Compassion, Charity and Voting

 
Why did Romney and the Republicans lose the 2012 election?  There are experts and pundits offering a variety of explanations.  Like them, I have one too.
 
The modern Republican image is that of a successful person, likely Protestant, and certainly not ethnic. 
 
One of the striking and powerful ads on Romney’s behalf was that of an attractive, well groomed, upper middle class woman looking down at an IPAD with Obama on it, and complaining by asking what Obama was doing for her and for her family.
 
She was sitting in what looked like a beautiful room with windows in the background looking out on lots of sunlight.  She was prosperous.  She was well spoken.  She did not have an accent, or kids running around screaming, or something bubbling over on the stove.  She was polished.
 
Anyone struggling, really struggling, especially a woman, looking at the advertisement would have to ask, “Are You Kidding?”  The ad was run over and over. It seems the Romney campaign thought it was their best pitch to the voters.
 
What voters?  Hispanic? Black? Italian? Indian? Arab? Jewish? Ethnic? Workers? Unemployed? Poorly employed? Sick? Handicapped? Struggling?
 
And that to me is the problem.  
 
Certainly it is why Jews, who have a long and honorable record of social service, felt they had to reject Romney even though Romney embraced Israel.  If Romney had shown his charitable side, his caring side, compassion for people in a way that appealed to Jews, he would have won a lot more of their vote, and a lot more of the votes of the American people.
 
Some say that Romney should have fought back when he was smeared mercilessly by the Obama campaign.  Some say Romney let Obama and his supporters define Romney, instead of Romney defining himself. But Romney got his chance in the debates, and he was good for sure. But not good enough to get past the notion that he was a white Protestant big businessman who did not relate to a very large and growing part of the electorate that ended up mainly voting against him.
 
The Romney problem is much bigger than Romney himself.  It is a condition of the Republican party that is sinking like a rock because it is not relating to the majority of Americans.  Republicans today are split between the conservative Tea Party-ish block and the country club types, like Romney.  Neither has the right message for the electorate.
 
It starts, more than anywhere else, with compassion and charity — values that are especially important in hard times. Charity is not meant in the sense of the rich giving to the poor; it means justice and fairness for all. The Hebrew word for it is Tzedakah.  
 
Republicans need to think about the message and about the audience.
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One thought on “Compassion, Charity and Voting

  1. Marina Knife says:

    Excellent observation – it’s a British problem and I have heard French, German and others say it of their politico-professionals. “Haves & have-nots” is getting more and more members to the latter group, people who were never thought to be in a group that could’slide down’ find it hard nowand never expected themselves to be there. The lack of charity within the global banking corporate system is becoming more acute to more and more people. (proper sense of the word in english doesn’t mean a financial donation either) Best Regards Marina Knife P.S. (found yourpublication while surfing on Defence Discussion groupon LinkedIn – very interesting sent it outFYI to INFOWARS.COM writers)

    >________________________________ > From: Technology and Security >To: musedefenders@yahoo.co.uk >Sent: Wednesday, 7 November 2012, 22:09 >Subject: [New post] Compassion, Chairty and Voting > > WordPress.com >Stephen Bryen posted: “Editor’s Note: Normally this blog focuses on technology and security and not on politics. But as a former Republican officer-holder in the Reagan administrations, I was –as many were– deeply discouraged not only with the outcome of the election but, e” >

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