“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
But Republicans learned nothing from the fact that President Obama easily won re-election last November. Their brief moment of contrition and self-reflection were quickly overshadowed by tea party extremists. Tea party actions have caused GOP popularity to hit historic lows. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY.) Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) have been the primary architects in agitating disrespect, contempt and outright racism toward the first black president of the United States.
Last week North Carolina Republican Don Yelton vocalized on national television the kind of bigotry that is usually only spoken behind closed doors when he explained his support for North Carolina’s new voter laws because "if it hurts the whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that wants the government to give them everything, so be it." Yelton made the statement on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Nevertheless, in choosing President Obama over Mitt Romney, the majority of Americans rejected conservative edicts that Republicans hold so dear on issues like abortion, gay marriage, immigration, social safety nets, climate change and legalized marijuana.
According to a report by Don Gonyea on NPR, the US population is steadily advancing to the day when whites will no longer be the majority, in particular ultra-conservative whites.
Paul Taylor, an analyst at the Pew Research Center, predicted that whites will dip below 50 percent of the population by 2050.
"Every year it ticks a little more. If you think about it in terms of the electorate, you know every year about 3 million new people age into the electorate and age into the workforce, and every year about 3 million people age out [which means] the people leaving are predominantly white. The people coming in are heavily nonwhite," explained Taylor.
The generation gap
In other words, older conservative voters are dying off every year and they are being replaced by the young and the diverse.
In his NPR piece, Gonyea pointed out that in the 2012 election, 23-year-old Joel Anderson from Iowa, whose family predominately voted for Republicans, said he voted for Democrats in legislative races because Republicans were too obsessed with demonizing social issues like gay marriage.
Younger voters of all races and genders are far less concerned about social issues and class warfare than older voters. Twenty and 30 somethings are more supportive of an active federal government. Whereas white ultra-conservatives want to limit government involvement for rights they deem worthy, like the Second Amendment, but they demand government intervention over rights they see as morally contemptible, like abortion and same-sex marriage.
Young voters, however, are more concerned about the economy, jobs and preserving Social Security and Medicare for future generations.
The minority electorate won’t override white voters for several more decades, but Republicans, who ignore the value of embracing diversity and social tolerance will likely pay for it at the ballot box sooner than later.
For example, Rob Paral writes in Politico about the dangers of Republicans feeling too safe in their gerrymandered districts:
“Demographic shifts carry political power. Together, the Asians, Latinos and immigrants eligible to vote for the first time in 2014 equal 3.2 million potential new voters — more than the entire population of the state of Iowa.”
The new generation voter may be in the words of comedian Bill Maher, “A young Latino lesbian who smokes a boatload of dope.” But in that scenario it’s doubtful she would vote for a Republican, who holds disdain for her very existence.