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Midwest political thinking toward midterms 2104

I listened intently to discussions about politics while visiting Ohio this past week. Views were expressed across a spectrum of people including known liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans, voters young and old. By the way, young people are deeply distracted by their own needs and agendas, so you don’t hear much at all from them about politics. While this observation isn’t scientific, one can bet that youth will not likely vote in large numbers in the suburban Midwest. That would most certainly hurt Democrats.

Ohio's hope
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Voters are universally disappointed in President Barack Obama, and that includes ardent Democrats. He is gauged as being ineffective and unable to adequately represent the interests of his party. People feel insecure, even when the economy has improved.

Voters in Ohio are not thrilled with their elected officials even Republicans. They like some more than others. They seem to like Robert Portman more than John Boehner, for instance. Conservatives can light up a little for Mitt Romney because he is like a cozy blanket on a cool day.

One retired fellow approached me to ask if I am a Republican or Democrat? I replied, neither I am an independent. He said, “Well then, you won’t mind my saying that they ought to impeach Obama for letting all of those terrorists out of Guantanamo.”

I don’t mind his saying that because I agree that Obama’s action was an egregious violation of the law and disregard for the intentions expressed by Congress. His actions increased the threat to our national security without resolving the issues pertaining to how to prosecute enemy combatants.

Many people say that they don’t like Obamacare, however, as many wealthy Americans with whom I spoke met these conditions:

  • Have children receiving Obamacare
  • Have senior results benefiting from Medicare and Medicaid
  • Benefit from Obamacare themselves

There was talk about racism. Some believe that President Obama is a racist. Why is that? This is a delicate matter to dig into.

  • The Obama administration’s reaction to African American shooting deaths by white police
  • The Obama administration’s theoretical beliefs about wealth redistribution

Many people believe that African American communities are bastions for crime as evidenced by statistics. The same people don’t address responsibility for poverty in those communities, or for conditions that lead to segregated communities.

Many self-made Middle Class and wealthy Americans believe that they have worked hard and responsibly to earn their rewards and are unwilling to have their earnings taken away to support welfare. They don’t mind making donations, but they don’t want taxation.

In response, there is an excellent article in The Daily Beast by Jamelle Bouie.

“Conservatives Agree: Barack Obama is ‘The Real Racist'

An introduction to the conservatives who think efforts to ameliorate discrimination are as bad—if not worse—than actual discrimination.

For all of the fanfare around it, “My Brother’s Keeper” is the latest in a line of programs that are aimed impoverished, urban areas. If it differs from other efforts—including the “opportunity zones” of Republican anti-poverty thinking—it’s in its funding scope ($200 million over five years) and its specificity: It’s aimed at young, low-income minority men.”

Jamelle Bouie writes:

“I am a black American descendent of slaves. This ties to me a long history and beautiful culture of accomplishment and perseverance. I have no interest in “diminishing” that distinction. What I want is to live in a world where that distinction—or any other—doesn’t diminish my opportunities. What I want is to live in a world where being black, or Latino, or Asian, or a woman, or gay, or transgender isn’t a risk factor.”

When it came to talking about politics in neighboring Kentucky, Democrats wan Grimes to defeat Mitch McConnell. Republicans want the incumbent.

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