3 Reasons Mitt Romney and Republicans Lost Big in Election 2012

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(Reason TV) Despite a rotten economy, a miserable foreign policy, and a terrible record of deporting Hispanic immigrants and raiding medical marijuana dispensaries that are legal under state law, Barack Obama handily won a second term as president and Democrats even picked up seats in the US Senate.

Here are three reasons Mitt Romney and Republicans lost big in Election 2012 — and how they might win future contests.

1. Welcome immigrants, don’t shun them.

Back in the day, Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to millions and George W. Bush pulled high percentages of the latino vote as governor of Texas and president of the United States.

Mitt Romney and the party’s palpable disdain for immigrants — Romney called for “self-deportation” for god’s sake — is not only grossly inhumane and un-economic. It’s no way to speak to an increasingly mutli-ethnic and gloriously mongrelized America.

2. Pledge Unconditional Surrender in the Drug War.

Voters in Colorado and Washington state have legalized marijuana, a substance Barack Obama once used heavily and now arrests people in record numbers for selling as medicine. The GOP should take the lead in ending the war on drugs, a life-destroying, money-wasting, Constitution-shredding tragedy that is antithetical to limited government and personal responsibility.

3. Stay Out of the Bedroom, For Good.

Marriage equality initiatives won in Maine, Maryland, and Washington and an anti-gay-marriage amendment lost in Minnesota. Republican candidate statements about rape and abortion turned off voters concerned about reproductive rights. There’s plenty of room for serious disagreement on these issues, but it’s clear that Americans don’t want these things controlled by the government.

The GOP should look across the aisle to the Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. The former Governor of New Mexico won over a million votes, the LP’s best showing since 1980.

Johnson’s success shows that Americans are interested in what the GOP has always said it stood for but never delivered on: A government that stays out of the boardroom and out of the bedroom.
“3 Reasons Mitt Romney and Republicans Lost Big in Election 2012” is written and narrated by Nick Gillespie and produced by Meredith Bragg.

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Richard O. Emanuel Jr., is an Information Technology Professional, Avid Blogger, and Veteran of The United States Air Force,. Mr. Emanuel is the Founder of “Reclaim America from The Lunatic Fringe!”a moderate political association, a member and former Secretary of The Association of Information Technology Professionals (Howard College), Fort Worth Campaign Strategy Examiner for Examiner.com, and the author of the upcoming publication “From Incarceration to Graduation”. He also authors and maintains 3 Blogs (Reclaim America from The Lunatic Fringe!{Politics}, The Diary of a Lost Soul{General Topics}, and The 1000 Yr Old Man{Technology}) He lives and works in the West Texas Area. The Author may be contacted at: RichardEmanuelJr@Gmail.com On Twitter @TooDamnEZ or @RAfTLF

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