Democrats – Losers in More Ways than One

Written by Jill Chapin. Posted in Opinion, Politics

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Published on November 12, 2014 with 10 Comments

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By Jill Chapin

November 12, 2014

That big “L” affixed to the foreheads of most Democrats across the country doesn’t stand for their party losing big in the midterm elections. It stands for their gutless loser mentality by not challenging Republicans’ derisive talking points about their party’s significant accomplishments.

The Republicans have mastered the art of repeating something so often that it becomes ingrained as truth in the minds of those who don’t have the inclination to doubt. And why should they, when there is no counterpoint to what they are hearing?

Add that to the Democrats’ baffling decision to have willfully distanced themselves from their own successes. What kind of winning strategy is it to demur from pummeling the airwaves nonstop with the undeniably positive direction in which so many markers are currently pointing?

Gas is now under $3 a gallon and unemployment is under 6%. While not a harbinger of good times for everyone, these milestones are for the vast majority. Yet Democrats feel guilty if good news doesn’t feel good to all, so they refrain from exercising their well-deserved bragging rights.

Did you hear persistent chatter about the unemployment rate falling from a high of 10.1 in the fall of 2009 to 5.9 today? I didn’t.

Anyone tout the Dow’s remarkable all-time high which benefits millions of Americans with 401K investments in the stock market? Must have missed it.

Hear much about the deficit shrinking by two-thirds during Obama’s tenure? Hardly a word.

How about our being in the midst of the longest period of private sector job creation in American history? Huh?

Why didn’t anyone run on the fact that our dependence on foreign oil has shrunk due to record domestic oil production, combined with improved fuel efficiency standards? Beats me.

Did any Democratic candidate at least take ownership for the Affordable Care Act, which has so far insured at least 7 million more Americans, while having the slowest rate of increase in healthcare costs in decades? Really? I didn’t know that.

Why have we heard nothing about the fact that despite record violence and unrest around the world, we nevertheless currently have fewer American fighters in war zones than at any time in over ten years? Good question.

Anyone hear a lot about how this administration has deported more illegal immigrants than ever before, targeting mainly those with criminal records? Me either. Couldn’t hear their message over the louder Republican barrage of fear-mongering about how many terrorists are crossing our borders as we speak.

Does anyone appreciate Obama’s passing credit card reforms that protect consumers from excessive fees, rate hikes, deceptive marketing and unreasonable due dates? Gee, that would have been nice to know before we voted.

What kind of logic prompted them to distance themselves from the President, knowing that they would then have to distance themselves from filling the airwaves with all of the above successes for which those who benefit were unaware? What exactly was left for them to campaign on?

This country is thoroughly fed up with both parties and were ready for a change. But they only listened to the sound bites without wondering just exactly what the changes might be and who would be doing the changing.

When young people sit out an election that has major ramifications for their future, such as student loans, jobs, minimum wage, their environment and their energy supply, they are disenfranchising themselves at their own peril if they believe that the Republicans will have their backs on these issues.

And when Latinos say that they are disappointed with President Obama and want a change, what change exactly do they think will occur with a Republican-controlled House and Senate? Are they hoping for a taller fence, more deportations, fewer paths to citizenship, because these are the changes that will be on the docket.

The electorate has voted. It makes perfect sense for the powerful and the financially secure to celebrate this election. They are voting in their own self-interest, which is what most voters used to do. But lately, there has been an unlikely alliance between a party who prefers to govern with a tough love policy of pulling back on efforts to raise all boats with those whose boats are slowly sinking and are struggling to make ends meet. Why are the young, the elderly, the Latinos and the poor as in sync with the Republican philosophy as are the wealthier and more powerful part of the party?

Just as the squeaky wheel gets the oil, so do the most aggressive campaigners get the votes. But Democrats wimped out on their voting bloc with their reticence and timidity. Comedian Jon Stewart summed up the Democrats’ strategy best when he said that it seemed to be to curl up in a ball and hope the Republicans don’t kick them in the face too hard.

But even that strategy didn’t work.

Jill Chapin

Jill Chapin

Jill Chapin has been a guest writer and columnist in several Los Angeles area papers for over fifteen years. She has written a bilingual parenting book titled, "If You Have Kids, Then Be a Parent!" and a children's book entitled, "My Magic Bubble."

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