Low information voters pushed Obama across the finish line. His demonization and use of smears and an overall social media strategy of fear of Romney and Republicans won it for him. The Lapdog Media also did its part in advancing his narrative but Obama’s use of symbols and images made the difference. Here’s how I know this.
A particularly foul opinion piece was published in the gay magazine ‘The Advocate’ on November 27, 2012 and titled, The Mystery of Gay Republicans. This loathsome rant of bigotry is instructive in the “facts” this especially low information voter used. While professional dancer John Carroll vents his spleen over gays and lesbians who dare think critically of The Party, he reveals just what made him support the failed presidency of Barack Obama. He nicely illustrates how Obama was able to use outright lies, deception, and stage scenery to keep his office. We will need to know what they did because they will use it again.
“When I got word that “we” had won, I felt like I could finally breathe again. We had four more years with a president who, unlike his opponent, believed whole-heartedly in LGBT equality.”
His elation was as poignant as our disappointment. It is as though he was looking at the past four years of economic despair and uncontrolled debt and saw promise and hope. Carroll seems oblivious to the issues of the day. That is because he is. He could only see the painted scenery and the elaborate costumes and not the grease paint or the scaffolding. He is ignorant to the context of reality and refuses to see past the false narrative.
Like when he meets a gay Republican.
Instead of engaging in some conversation to find out what the other person thought, he walked away. Carroll records his inner monologue like this:
“What kind of internalized homophobia and self-loathing must one possess in order to stand behind a political party that would put our civil rights’ accomplishments back decades when President Obama and the Democratic ticket were so vocal in their belief in LGBT equality?”
Notice his visceral reaction to this other person whose political beliefs are different than his. Supposedly, Democrats and progressives are open-minded, intellectually curious, and as tolerant as the day is long. Yet, Carroll doesn’t react like that. In fact, he presumes the worst without exchanging a word with him. What could have made him believe a gay Republican was a self-loathing, self-hating, backward person?
From the Wall Street Journal:
“Using a version of Mr. Obama’s 2012 slogan – Forward – campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt issued a statement Tuesday saying on gay rights issues Mr. Romney “hasn’t evolved – he has regressed.”
“The president has done more to advance gay rights than any other president – from securing hospital visitation and medical decision-making rights for gay partners, to repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to advancing equal rights and benefits for gays and lesbians,” Mr. LaBolt said in a statement. “The country has moved forward since 1994, when Governor Romney was supposedly an advocate on these issues, yet Governor Romney has moved backwards. He would turn back the clock on all of the progress this President has made to advance equal rights.”
This was a major theme throughout the Obama campaign. His advocates would constantly parrot this idea Romney was going to turn back time. Remember this little tidbit from Biden:
"He's going to let the big banks once again write their own rules - unchain Wall Street!" Biden said. Then he added, "They're going to put you all back in chains" with their economic and regulatory policies.” This was to a largely black audience but the same kinds of claims echoed throughout Obama’s social media efforts to target groups. From as far back as September 2011, the Obama campaign was using the following to push this anti-discrimination meme with GLBT voters.
“The campaign is also taking aim at Facebook users with a message focused on the President's support of repealing the Defense of Marriage Act. "Stand for Equal Rights," declare the ads seen today and in recent weeks. "Repeal the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act. Join President Obama now!" The ads appear to be targeted to people who like left-leaning and liberal groups on Facebook, including gay rights related groups.
"The President has certified the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"…. But the fight for equal rights goes on," states the ad landing page. "President Obama has called for the full repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act - a law that has been discriminating against same-sex couples for almost 15 years."
Never mind these “unconstitutional” laws were on the books due to Democrat Bill Clinton and quite a few Democratic votes in Congress. The Obama camp didn’t need to answer that question because the low information voters like Carroll wouldn’t know that anyway. It was a background screen painted like the sky with absolutely nothing behind it, nothing but canvas and acrylic. But, it persuaded people like Carroll that this was reality as he expresses this bizarre statement.
“And what would gay Republicans, who voted for Mitt Romney’s version of America, do when their beloved jobs that gave them their beloved money were taken away from them because they were gay? Who would they call: Lambda Legal, HRC… Ghostbusters?”
Huh? Mitt Romney’s version of America is firing all gay people? There is evidence the Obama camp really did push this cockamamie idea. Carroll wasn’t alone in thinking things like this. Twitchy recorded one leftist as saying “do you think their (sic) will be gay concentration camps set up the day after Romney gets elected? I hope we get rainbow colored gear at least.” She wasn’t the only one thinking this. Where did this come from?
Human Rights Campaign, an openly Democratic Party operative of Obama, made Romney’s stance on gay issues sound positively Dark Age. Here is their characterization of his stance on discrimination against gays and lesbians.
“Romney doesn’t support equal rights in employment – he has called a federal employment non-discrimination act a burden that would “unfairly penalize” employers. As for hiring LGBT advisors, Romney stood by silently as anti-gay extremists drove his only openly gay team member out of his campaign in early 2012. And appointing LGBT judges is another one for the history books – according to the National Organization for Marriage’s “marriage vow,” Romney will only appoint anti-LGBT judges.”
This is bunkum from the first sentence. Romney stated he didn’t believe in the “gift to trial lawyers,” ENDA, so he must want gay people fired from their jobs? This is an absurd leap from not favoring a piece of legislation to wanting gay people unemployed, but the HRC are pathological liars and low information voters like Carroll don’t question the illogic they employ. Romney supported marriage as being between a man and a woman and supposedly that means he wants gay people locked in cages and fed bread and water, right? These are the kind of ridiculous arguments the Obama camp and their advocates pushed and were never questioned. Take this for example. HRC makes this audacious and spurious claim:
“Romney’s flip-flops run the gamut and impact every aspect of an LGBT person’s life – from the ability to marry the person you love, to starting a family and raising children, to ensuring our nation’s youth have the resources necessary to stay safe in school, to providing badly needed protections for LGBT employees in the workplace.” Sounds like we are all a bunch of Julias!
If you don’t agree with the leftwing agenda HRC proposes, you must hate gay people. You want to destroy every aspect of their lives. This isn’t just disingenuous. It is destructive and leads to people as simple-minded as Carroll to say this:
“Don’t even get me started on lesbian Republicans; I’ll need smelling salts. What kind of mind numbing drugs does one have to be on to be gay and a woman and still identify as a Republican? All the debate from Republicans over who does or does not own the rights to a vagina makes my head spin. I haven’t heard that much talk about “lady business” since the time I drove Eve Ensler home from the gynecologist.”
This shows how the idiotic “war on women” worked across gender lines. Republicans weren’t talking about vaginas or voting with your “lady parts.” That was the misinformation machine that was the Democratic Party-controlled media and the Obama advocates. Conservatives were laughing at this mind-numbingly stupid drivel but with low information voters like Carroll it sank in.
For example, that Virginia law about ultrasounds before an abortion fueled a firestorm it didn’t warrant. The Party-controlled media made a huge deal out of a provision that didn’t make it into the final law, the wands. But, it gave them fodder to make low information voters believe the whole GOP wanted to use wands on all women. Never mind the abortion procedure is far more intrusive and brutal. The “rumor” of it was enough to make it seem positively gothic.
This kind of pathological lying was targeted toward all low information voters throughout the nation. How many rural men voted for Obama because they feared Romney would outsource their job to China? How many seniors believed Romney was going to push them off Medicare? All the while, it is the Obama policies of exploding regulation and robbing the Medicare trust fund that are threatening jobs and entitlements.
The Obama campaign’s use of misinformation and big, audacious false narratives persuaded enough low information voters that Romney meant them harm. Carroll’s empty-headed belief of that is evident in this sentiment:
“Gay Republicans are today’s version of Uncle Tom. They give their time, money and voices to a political group that aids in LGBT oppression. To me, it’s as if, in 2012 you heard of an African American writing a check to support the KKK or of a Jewish person defending the work of skinheads.”
This isn’t even Carroll’s own original thought. His hero Barney Frank called gay Republicans “Uncle Toms” in an interview with the Puffington Host.
“They’re accepted on [the GOP's] terms,” he continued. “They’re willing to be accepted with no rights — no right to marry, no right to serve in the military, no right to be protected against hate crimes, no right to be protected in employment. I’ll be honest: For 20 years now I’ve heard how the Log Cabins are going to make Republicans better, but they’ve only gotten worse. I now understand why they call themselves Log Cabin: their role model is Uncle Tom.”
Carroll, like other low information voters, simply sopped up whatever nonsense the Democratic propagandists fed them. Like baby birds, the media fed them chewed up bits of misinformation. Carroll then arranges those ridiculous ideas into an opinion piece that exposes just how foolish he truly is.
I guess we should be grateful to him.
We can now see people like Carroll were fed a series of disingenuous images. Gays will get fired from their jobs and rounded up into concentration camps. Blacks will be put back in chains in economic slavery. Women will be subjected to intrusive ultrasound wands. Obama’s fear mongering didn’t inspire his voters. He terrified them by using completely false narrative images of Romney and the entire Republican Party. For people not savvy enough to seek out the truth, these ideas took hold and the Democratic Party-run media never corrected these lies and often augmented them.
Now, we are left with a failing president and a dominant political party without ideas but filled with deceptions. They didn’t win with any moral authority. They won on a dark, scary series of images that don’t describe reality whatsoever. That is why they are now stumbling around and scratching their heads. They don’t have a plan and they don’t have a consensus. All the Democrats have from the election are the playbills for Sweeney Todd or Phantom of the Opera.
And their sets are looking rather threadbare.