There is a narrative gaining popularity with members of the Republican Party that President Obama’s re-election victory was somehow due to “unworthy votes.” Mitt Romney even claimed that the President won by handing out “gifts” to different constituencies.
Former Virginia Congressman Tom Davis, when interviewed by Hardball’s Chris Matthews on MSNBC, demonstrated the GOP’s core beliefs in no uncertain terms. Watch the video clip below; it is stunning. What is more stunning is that he does not realize that he is implying that some voters are “not worthy.”
This should not surprise anyone: many people who spend much of their time attacking others are doing nothing more than indulging in “projection.” In other words, they are seeing–and then disparaging–a reflection of their own personal failings in those whom they attack.
The “underclass” typically does not feel entitled to have their wants, needs or grievances taken seriously by our elected officials. If they did, they would vote–or vote more regularly than they do. Many do not vote because they think they do not matter: that is hardly a spirit of entitlement. In fact, it is a spirit of unworthiness that Obama’s political campaigns–from their inception–have worked diligently to address: “Yes We Can!” was his rallying call to everyone.
Republicans, however, show a certain type of arrogance when it comes to governance. They act as if the President’s mandate is suspect. They act as if–irrespective of what the masses have elected the president to do–that their own policies are more popular than they are, and that they should be pushed forward regardless of what voters have indicated they want–something that recent election results should have indicated to the GOP.
Fortunately for President Obama, his goals to speak for all citizens and to empower everyone to vote and be heard took hold in the 2012 election. Those in what Tom Davis sneeringly referred to as “the underclass pulled out of their apartments” came out, voted, and in doing so proved their worth. They showed that while they had little independent political clout and perhaps owned very few valuable material goods, their individual votes changed the direction the country would have potentially taken if Mitt Romney was elected. In effect, they saved the middle class; they protected themselves.
It is imperative that as the Republican Party attempts to marginalize and silence these new voters from further participation in the electoral process using Jim Crow 2.0 tactics, the liberal base and President Obama continue to do the necessary work required to ensure they remain engaged and relevant. This can only be done by ensuring policies are effected that move every demographic forward.