I just did the thing I’ve been contemplating a long time, something that I have not been able to do until now. It’s been very difficult reflecting on the election, and I had not been able to bring myself to watch Governor Mitt Romney deliver has concession speech, until now. I just watched the full speech, and it was painful. But I’ve moved forward (No pun intended), and I’ve moved on.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I urge you to watch it. You don’t need to watch it now, but when you are in the right mindset. The extreme majority of the Republican party have not been protesting for recounts, we have not been rioting, and we have not been causing political and social tension among society. There was a Democratic movement, if Romney were to have won, to riot and cause social disorder. This was visible through several social networking website, namely Twitter. (This article has further images of some of these Tweets and descriptions of this movement.)
And when I was attending an Election Night Watch Party with nearly 200 people present, we hired 4 armed Sheriffs Deputies, per recommendation of the Police Department. These armed Deputies were present in the event of violence and rioting outside the building had Romney had won. This was simply for our security.
Conservatives are not violent, and we don’t resort to vandalizing our opponents buildings, signs, and vehicles. And yes, our building had been vandalized, hundreds and hundreds of signs stolen, and our vehicles were vandalized, simply because of the Romney Ryan bumper sticker on it’s rear. All these things happened locally, in my own little town. And did these things happen to the Democrats? We wouldn’t dare touch the Democrats’ signs. Don’t get me wrong- most liberal people I know do not do these things, and there are some conservative people that would vandalize a sign, but in my community, this is present among a strong liberal majority.
This brings me to the point I’ve been trying to make with this post- in Romney’s concession speech, he congratulated the President and his family. He said that he prays that it will be a better four years, and that he encourages all of us to pray with him. He thanked his wife, Ann, and his running mate, Paul Ryan. If Romney had won, I can only imagine what President Obama’s concession speech would have been. He probably would not have given one that night, because the SEIU would already be protesting about recounts.
That concession speech Romney gave was a great speech; Mitt Romney is an amazing American. Mitt Romney is a amazing person, and would have made an even better President. That concession speech was a beautiful speech. His speech revealed the civil nature behind our party, his speech manifested the true Republican; We are willing to work hard, and when we don’t succeed, we continue working, and working even harder than before.
This is a classic Conservative principle, hard work. Hard work is one of our greatest virtues.
American Conservatives are considered by English Textbooks (Yes, this has actually happened) to be ‘Closed Minded.’ But it’s really the American Liberal who is the close-minded one. The American Conservative is moving forward, and getting back to work. Most Liberal Americans are not closed-minded, and there are many closed-minded Conservatives, but the ideological trends and movements in both parties describe a rise in close-mindedness among the left side of the political spectrum.
The Closed-minded view I am describing is prevalent through society (Although it may just be the media with this argument). One of my fellow bloggers at the Right Pundit, Dave Flanagan, used an example to describe this close-mindedness:
“Before the election, Romney was seen pumping his own gas, and was called out-of-touch for wanting a ‘Photo-op.’ And after the election, he’s pumping his own gas, and is called a ‘Loser’ for having to do it himself.”
This example above is readily seen through society, and is similar points are common among bumper stickers on cars, members of the media, and the like. An example of this is seen through Toure’s (Co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle) discussion regarding a racist comment made by Joe Biden.
This is the growing, trending movement in the political spectrum. This video of Toure describes this movement.