Why Romney Lost the 2012 Election

by Richard H. Frank

Five months following the 2012 Presidential election and the defeat of Mitt Romney by Barack Obama the pundits  from both parties have attempted to spin their message and place the blame on everything from one candidate having no message to the other having a superior ground game for getting out the vote.  There is an element of truth in every theory presented but I believe the real reason resides in the changing demographics in America experienced over the past 50 years.  The demographics not so much in terms of ethnic origin, race or economic status but the demographic of an individual’s collective life experience.

As our nation prepared to celebrate the Bicentennial in 1976, I had the occasion to view a video entitled “What You Are is Where You Were When” created by  and featuring Dr. Morris Massey, then an Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

My first impression as I viewed the video was that I was watching a fast-talking used car salesman that resembled a flim-flam man or carnival Barker.  As I listened however, it become apparent that he had a lot of valuable information to convey in a relatively short span of time limited by the video itself.

His message was all about values  The values every human being possesses, where they were first introduced, what life forces imprinted them upon us and how they became part of our belief system.

According to Dr. Massey there are three major periods in each person’s life during which values are developed:

  1. The Imprint Period, up to age seven, when we are like sponges absorbing everything around us, accepting much as true, especially when it comes from our parents.
  2. The Modeling Period, between the ages of eight and thirteen where we tend to copy others, often our parents.  We may be impressed by religion or teachers.  Often times outside influences may take precedent over the values of our parents.
  3. The Socialization Period, between 13 and 21 when peer pressures largely influence our behavior and often are in conflict with values previously introduced by parents and teachers.  Other influences include media, and in today’s rapidly changing technology the largely uninformed social media.

If Dr. Massey’s theories are correct the country has been bombarded with secular-based values over the past 50 years, many of which are in direct opposition to those of people born in the first half of the 20th Century.  For example:

  • The distortion of our Constitution with regard to the separation of church and state (words which cannot be found in the document as written by the Founding Fathers.)
  • The role of the Federal Government taking precedent and usurping the power of the state – disregard of the Enumerated Powers within the Constitution.
  • Expansion of the welfare state to include redistribution of wealth, not through voluntary, charitable institutions or individuals, but by the fiat of Government.
  • A disregard for human life by advocates of abortion and a practice in this Country that makes the Holocaust pale due to the wanton disregard for the life of the unborn through millions of abortions performed in this Country.

Take a look at what has occurred in our public institutions of learning beginning in the 1960s.  Religion has been removed from the classroom and the very mention of God is no longer tolerated.  Music celebrating any form of religion is no longer included in the secular curriculum taught in our schools and holidays acknowledged for centuries under the law are now renamed for political correctness.

So how have we as a nation allowed all this change in our values to occur since the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776?  According to Dr. Massey any change in values must be preceded by a “Significant Emotional Event.”

Looking back over the past 100 years it is easy to mark the most “significant emotion events” and see how they impacted the value system of Americans living at that moment in time.

  • 1914 World War I and a call to America to protect and defend the principles upon which this Country was founded.  The significant event came with the sinking of the Lusitania Passenger Liner by the German “U” boats and the loss of American life.
  • 1929’s Black Friday crash of the stock market leading to the Great Depression.  Millions of Americans were out of work and lost their homes.  This significant event imprinted the value for  hard work and property on millions of Americans living through the Depression.
  • December 7, 1941 and the Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor once again awakened the patriotic values of America to return to its core values and defend the world against Imperial Japan and facism in Europe.
  • November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas and shook the nation to its very foundation.  Politically, our Government leaders embarked upon social justice programs such as the  Great Society,  the War on Poverty and others that nurtured a growing segment of society addicted to entitlements which cannot be sustained.
  • September 11, 2001, the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon shook America awake and focused the threat of Muslim extremists directly on our security here in the homeland.
  • November, 2008 the election of Barack Obama, the first Black President in this nation’s history that campaigned against many of the values that made our Country the most free, most prosperous nation in the history of the world.  His promise was to “fundamentally change America” through his actions for social justice to correct in his words “a fundamentally flawed U. S. Constitution.”  The significant emotion to elect a black man regardless of his lack of credentials and experience to hold the office, and the fear of being judged as being racist, overrode logic and common sense of the electorate.
  • November, 2012 Barack Obama is reelected with a campaign based solely upon the premise that he could not fix all the economic problems created by  George Bush in a mere 4 years and that General Motors was alive and Bin Laden was dead.

Therefore, if one is to believe that Dr. Massey is correct, and I do, what will the next “significant emotional event” be that awakes America and returns us to our senses?

Possibly without real fiscal reform the collapse of the dollar which would throw this Country into the worst depression ever witnessed in modern history.  Continued deficient spending and growth of the Federal Government to support social justice at the expense of the free market and eventually individual freedom. Or perhaps another event might be millions of people protesting in the street in America because their handouts no longer can be sustained.   Simply put “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”  When the Government runs out of other people’s money to spend we will become Greece and that’s when the real revolution will begin.  God Help the United States of America should we ever reach that time.

Obama’s Legacy 2.0

by Jayne D. Frank

It has been quite a few months since we have posted on our blog; quite simply, our entire extended family was “stunned” at the naivety and ignorance of the people who elected Barack Obama to continue denigrating and transforming this Country into a declining economic and military force in the World.  Our blog mission has always been to educate the country in the agenda of a man totally unequipped and inexperienced to handle the job of President and Commander-in-Chief.  It was our desire to allow visitors to the blog to actually think for themselves and to understand the difference between the words and hyperbole of Barack Obama and his actions, so that we could  put this 4-year disaster behind us.  Our final reaction to the 2012 election was “Now they deserve what they get…..”

It is amazing, however, how many Americans we have run into in our travels who were similarly shocked at the election outcome and are going to continue to resist the takeover of our private economy by our Government and to try to preserve our God-given freedoms.  Our blog readers deserve nothing less than that.

One of the most high-profile issues that will have to eventually rear its ugly head in Barack Obama’s second term, is the issue of Entitlements.  Today I asked my husband “Who could possibly feel good about what this man has done in the last four years?” and the answer was obvious.  The more than $8.8 million people on disability, the people on unemployment who no longer even try to work who still get unemployment after so many Government extensions, and those on welfare.  Those include those at the lower end of the poverty spectrum who continue to irresponsibly have more babies in order to collect an ever-growing stash of money from the Government for doing so.  The values of many in this entitlement system are truly warped, but who can blame them when money is just being thrust at them with no accountability in exchange for taking it.  The takers also demean and diminish the people who truly need assistance from the Government (i.e., the truly disabled and those that find themselves, through no fault of their own needing financial assistance just to survive).

One example comes to mind which simply illustrates the absurdity and waste by the Government in providing disability money.  We had recently been looking around for a used pontoon boat and we ran across a 29-year old man selling one such boat from his driveway .  He said that he and his dad had just finished totally stripping the old boat of its furnishings and fixtures to rebuild the boat from the ground up, which obviously took a great deal of time, money and manual labor to finish. He then told us that he was “retired” now and was getting disability because he was having some problems with his back from being in a car accident.  He explained how he now has the leisure time to do landscaping in his new house as well as fix it up as he and his wife had always wanted to do.  This young man, not yet 30 years old, was far more healthy and able to work than hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans that pull themselves out of bed every morning to get to their waitressing job or work in a factory.  What we felt at the end of meeting him was shame!  Shame that this young man exemplifies thousands of others who are scamming the system.  Shame that our Government would even grant this claimant a lifetime of disability benefits on the backs of taxpayers.  And shame that my paraplegic sister who was cared for in a nursing home, and thousands like her, are in danger of losing their benefits because of people abusing the disability system.  This young man and others who abuse the disability system would rather subsist as a parasite on the Government dole rather than take responsibility for himself and his family.  Between 2008 and now, disability benefits have skyrocketed  – an increase of $5 million.  Who ultimately pays that bill?  You do!

A recent newspaper article also highlighted the abuse of the welfare system.  A young man under the age of 35 had recently died.  His obituary talked about the 15 children that he had fathered (by numerous women.) The article went on to describe how much of an “entrepreneur” he was – that through Federal and State welfare monies for those children and their mothers, his “extended family” was able to bring in over $100,000 annually in income without having to lift a finger to earn that money.  Who pays for all those children?  You do!

There is absolutely nothing that Barack Obama is going to do in his second term, as illustrated in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, to fix this broken system.  His social justice makeover of America is alive and well and abuses like those illustrated above will only continue to flourish if there is no accountability and cuts made to those programs.  In this SOTU address, he also had the audacity to tell us that his programs, just as with Obamacare, “would not add one dime to the deficit,” including a brand new useless entitlement program such as “preschool for everyone.”  Who would pay for that additional program?  You would!