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How Many Informed Voters Will Stay Home

September 11, 2012

Recently I talked with a young lady whose opinion, I believe, is like that of enough others that if I were the Rove-Bush-Priebus faction of the Republican Party, I would reconsider my cavalier attitude pursuit to disrespecting voter intelligence.

The person I spoke with works as a member of the housekeeping staff at a hotel where I was a recent guest. She earns approximately $9 hourly. She is married with two young children. A relative baby-sits for her. She drives a used automobile and by her own admission enjoys smoking cigarettes. She doesn’t believe in global warming or the save the planet nonsense.[quote style=”boxed” float=”right”]She cannot stand the Obamas, but unfortunately for Romney she does trust view him as the solution. There lies the problem for Karl Rove who fancies himself the Republican king maker, and who absolutely despises true conservatives.[/quote] Growing up, her family saved the grease from bacon and used it to season other foods. She doesn’t understand why it costs more for food that was grown without chemicals, than it does for foods grown with the aid of chemicals, and she laughed about those who will only purchase organic items.

Elitists reading this will leap to the conclusion that this young lady is an uneducated, slovenish peon who cleans hotel toilets. Therein lie both the arrogance and the ignorance of those who believe persons such as this young lady are inferior to them.

The young lady I am referencing was born in the town I happened to be visiting, she is articulate, and more informed than a lot of wild-eyed liberals I’ve met.

She cannot stand the Obamas, but unfortunately for Romney she does trust view him as the solution. There lies the problem for Karl Rove who fancies himself the Republican king maker, and who absolutely despises true conservatives.

For those who may have forgotten, Rove constantly ridiculed Sarah Palin when she was the Vice-Presidential candidate, even as he now lauds Paul Ryan for having the same skill set that Palin displayed as governor. And let’s not forget his recently saying that conservative Senatorial Candidate Todd Akin, R-MO, should be murdered. But I digress.

The young lady I reference expressed deep concern for the country and the future of her children. But, as she told me, she simply could not bring herself to vote for Romney. She wished there were another candidate she could vote for. Frustrated and disgusted, she said, that she’ll probably stay home.

I should here mention that her husband is a union worker who makes $34 per hour – when he’s working (something he isn’t doing at present). As we talked, she shared that her husband might gross $1,800 in a week, but bring home only $800 after union dues and taxes. His union dues must be paid even when he is out of work.


Here’s my point to Rove and the Republican hierarchy: I don’t believe this young lady is the exception, I believe she is one of the many people they arrogantly dismiss. They are convinced that fear of what another four years of Obama will mean, and contempt for his policies, will make people vote for a Romney.

I’ve said that the Republican Party is not interested in conservatives and I’m correct – they aren’t. That said, I purposefully did not ask the young lady I was speaking with what her political affiliation was. We focused on who she was voting for and not voting for, and the reasons for same.

Even though her husband is a union worker, she understands and agrees that unions are taking more than giving. She knows what it is like for her husband to work six months and be out of work for another six months. She understands that, thanks to Obama, union officials are getting more graft than ever – while her husband is out of work more than he has steady employment.

She wants a solid candidate she can vote for. You won’t find her working at a precinct, etc., but you will find her and her husband talking. And you will find her talking to her friends and her family. Some of whom feel exactly as she does.

Unlike the Republican hierarchy and Karl Rove, I believe many voters are just like this young lady. They just want trustworthy, competent leaders who will let them live their lives and plan for their children’s future.

I’m not telling you not to vote for Romney. I am saying that with the number of people dissatisfied with Obama – shouldn’t Romney be doing better? And I’m not buying the comparisons to Carter-Reagan.

As I said, you probably won’t find this young lady or those like her stuffing campaign envelopes – but with candidates like these you won’t find her at the ballot box either.

Which makes electing the right Congressional candidates paramount. Think about four more years of Obama with the current Republican leadership.

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Mychal Massie

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Mychal Massie

Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here

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