As I was reading the election coverage from various races and ballot initiatives that took place yesterday, I have been fascinated by the media coverage. Liberal news outlets are stunned that voters listened to what they refer to as the deceptive campaigning of conservative candidates and conservative opposition to various ballot initiatives. The general premise has been that had voters actually understood the platforms of candidates or what ballot initiatives would actually do, surely they would have voted in support of these candidates and various new laws/ordinances.
Consider the following:
· Ohio voters rejected the legalization of marijuana in their state
· Virginia voters left their state senate in the hands of Republicans rebuking Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s efforts to the contrary
· Kentucky voters elected a Republican governor making this only the second Republican to hold that office in Kentucky in the last 44 years
· San Francisco voters rejected the re-election bid of the incumbent sheriff amid the sanctuary city controversy opting instead to elect a candidate who insisted there are instances in which the federal government should be notified that a jailed illegal alien is pending release
· Houston voters overwhelming opposed Proposition 1 (a.k.a. Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance), the controversial measure that would have required transgendered individuals be permitted access to all public facilities, including bathrooms, based on the gender with which they identify
Curiously, it doesn’t seem to register with much of the media that perhaps voters are unhappy with the progressive direction liberals are trying to lead the nation, many states, and local municipalities. Government of the people, by the people, and for the people means that when we the people vote, we are expressing our views, values, and desires in terms of the direction we want our leaders to go.
The presidential election cycle and all of the races downstream will be quite interesting to watch. The presidential field will inevitably narrow but we will be left with some candidates that are controversial to say the least. Leaders within Evangelical Christian circles continue to very vocally express their dismay (or disgust) at the fact that some in their flock would even consider casting their ballot for Donald Trump. Oddly, some of these same leaders enthusiastically endorsed the 2012 candidacy of Mitt Romney, a member of a religious cult in the eyes of most Evangelical Christians. The reality is many ordinary people are simply tired of all of what they see in our national politics and want someone, anyone, other than the usual politicos who, frankly, they simply don’t trust. And let’s be honest, who can blame ordinary people for feel that way?
If this year’s off-cycle results offer any hint about the mood of voters for 2016, it may be that we the people have had quite enough of the constant push to the left. Maybe, just maybe, the folks are tired of being politically correct. Maybe, the folks don’t think more people should be smoking marijuana or that men should be allowed into the ladies restroom just because some fella says, “today I’m a woman.” Maybe, the folks are ready to push back against the notion that people have a right not to be offended.
To be sure, there is a great shift in the culture of American society taking place. To deny this is to bury one’s head in the sand. However, that does not mean that all, or even a majority of Americans are eager to continue following the liberal pied pipers of our land now that they know where they are being led!