It's those selfish, white single people who elected Barack Obama

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      For decades, Ron Arnold has been an influential figure in the U.S. "wise-use movement", which aims to counter environmentalists.

      As the long-time executive vice president of the U.S.-based Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, he's been an outspoken advocate for the logging industry and a relentless critic of green groups.

      His Left Tracking Library and Green Tracking Library provide reams of information suggesting that environmentalists are engaged in a relentless resource grab led by the likes of billionaire George Soros.

      This, of course, will leave poor, rural residents without any means to support themselves. 

      As a propagandist, Arnold may be without equal.

      This is why I was so intrigued by his latest column in the Washington Examiner.

      Citing research by Democratic Party consultants James Carville and Stanley Greenberg, Arnold points out that there are 111 million single eligible voters in the United States.

      "Exit polls found that among nonmarried voters, Obama beat Romney 62-35, but marrieds went for Romney 56-42," Arnold writes. "It gets worse: Carville and Greenberg found that between the 2008 election and this year's, the nonmarried share of the total vote increased by 'a whopping 6 percentage points,' which meant 7.6 million more single voters than in 2008. That gave Obama a margin of 2.9 million votes, about two-thirds of his margin of victory, they said."

      Here's Arnold's clincher: "Marriage is what made America so successful. And it's declining."

      Then he launches into a tiresome right-wing shibboleth—civility, self-restraint, compassion, and personal responsibility are jeopardized when people aren't married.

      It's the classic language of division.

      It's designed to drive a wedge between married and unmarried people. And it plays into Arnold's claim that nonmarried people "turn out to be dominantly affluent, urban—and liberal-voting—white people".

      He closes by maintaining that big government "won't transmit compassion for property rights or resource workers".

      Consider that Republican Mitt Romney's top five financial contributors were financial institutions Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Wells Fargo.

      At least 42 billionaires contributed more than $33 billion to the Super Pac Restore Our Future. It spent another $153 billion trying to help Romney take the White House.

      In light of this, it's a bit rich to suggest that the Republicans are the party of the people.

      The real reason that Romney lost was the large number of Latinos who preferred Obama. The Democratic candidate took 66 percent of the Hispanic vote, largely because of the Republicans' cruel immigration policy.

      It's why Obama carried the swing states of Florida, New Mexico, Nevada, Virginia, and Colorado.

      But if Arnold and his allies on the right can persuade enough married Hispanic voters that selfish, white singles elected a callous government, the Republicans just might take back the White House in 2016.


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      Jake Daynes

      Dec 28, 2012 at 12:38pm

      Did they maybe happen to think that a lot of those "Single" voters happen to be LGBT? Or single women who want don't want to settle down and be house-wives? Maybe the fact that Obama has at least an ounce of respect for basic human rights etc was a key factor in the election.


      Dec 28, 2012 at 2:17pm

      O Bomb Ya with his little ounce is not enough, you set a very low standard. He is backed by the same people and was re(s)elected with another rigged election. The lesser of two evils is a poor choice for everyone.


      Dec 28, 2012 at 4:03pm

      I would assume that the people who voted for Obama were a mixture of the following: LGBTQ, low income, middle class, single people, human rights advocates, and women who are sick and tired of middle aged white men telling them what they can and cannot do with their own bodies.

      The US should stfu and count themselves lucky to have Obama in office again. He's the most decent man to set foot in the White House in a very long time. The US desperately needs an improvement in their world wide image, and Romney would have been the last nail in that particular coffin. The rest of the world is either sneering or laughing at them, for a variety of reasons.

      bitch please

      Dec 28, 2012 at 10:53pm

      Dear Republicans,

      There's a black dude in the White House who likes the lower income to middle class, anybody who isn't straight or cis gendered in the military and/or wants to get married, women, access to health care and education. The people have spoken, I guess his supporters also like that stuff too. You only have your crazy and out of touch candidate choices to blame.


      Self and unmarried white folk


      Dec 29, 2012 at 1:13am

      I'm tired of middle aged half white men like Obama telling me I can't use marijuana on my own body. Your Human Rights guy signed the NDAA and wants to distroy the Constitution and kills innocent civilians in drone attacks, Wow! Are Canadians stupid.

      ted alcuitas

      Dec 29, 2012 at 2:41am

      Hi Charlie,
      Pregnant and barefoot
      Overpopulation good says bishop

      Dec. 29,2012

      NAGA CITY—Bishop Gilbert Garcera of the Diocese of Daet, the capital of Camarines Norte, believes overpopulation has been advantageous to the Philippines and to the world because it has increased the number of overseas workers and migrants who could send remittances back home while taking care of ageing people abroad and spreading the Christian faith.
      Contrary to the aims of the reproductive health (RH) bill, Garcera said the huge Philippine population could be part of “God’s plan for Filipinos to be caregivers to ageing nations whose populations had become stagnant.”
      He also said many Filipino women would make “good wives” for foreigners in countries that have low population growth.
      Garcera said many countries such as Germany and the United States had a stable but ageing population that would need people to take care of them, and that purpose could be served by Filipinos.
      “Filipinos have a big mission to the world. Every Filipino child born is a blessing to the world. Let’s look at the increase in our population in a more comprehensive sense,” the 53-year-old prelate told the Inquirer in an interview at an orphanage in this city that he visited on Thursday.
      In light of the Christian faith, Garcera said, the big number of Filipinos should not be seen as a problem but as an opportunity to help other people in the world.
      “Filipinos have a duty to take care of them,” he said.
      He said that the overpopulation that breeds poverty was not a problem because poverty itself was not a problem.
      He said poverty even brought people “closer” to God and was instrumental in realizing God’s plan for Filipinos to take care of other nationalities by inducing migration and working abroad.
      Economically, he said, the country also benefits from the “mission” because the migrants and overseas Filipino workers send back money from working as caregivers.
      “When you help poor people they help themselves too. This is the reason we have so many pedicab drivers, for instance. Everyone, when given the chance, will strive to earn a living,” he said.
      In fact, he said, poor people were more willing to help compared to the rich. Hence, a poor person was not a problem, he said.
      “We should stop looking at poor people as a problem,” he added.
      He said the diaspora of Filipinos

      single unmarried

      Dec 29, 2012 at 4:29pm

      I believe the US uses the term "unmarried" in their census stats and 40% of those unmarried are either divorced or widowed and 12 million of those unmarried are living together as partners.

      Hiding their earnings in tax free havens instead of paying their share of taxes these billionaires are attempting to influence the political process. For their failed efforts they still received tax receipts from their political contributions which further reduce their taxes.


      Dec 29, 2012 at 7:41pm

      Anybody else get the feeling angry white Republicans have been trolling the comments section in this piece?

      Bobbybillybrianbruceybradly Boner

      Dec 29, 2012 at 11:17pm

      @Bruce, I think angry white Republicans may thing the Georgia Straight may be geared toward straight angry white Republicans from Georgia.
      Just a thought, I'm pretty wasted now anyways, after all it's Saturday night.


      Dec 29, 2012 at 11:19pm

      exit polls are all made up. any poll is for that matter. elections are always messed with. like stalin said it's not the one who casts the vote that matters. it's the one that counts the votes. then there are those funny electronic election machines that cannot be trusted as well.