If you’re like me, you may have found yourself listening to recent political commentary and wondering when it was that your beliefs suddenly became radical and extreme. I must have blinked when the country shifted to the point where the liberals became the new moderates and everyone to the right of liberal became a radical. Some commentators have claimed that Republican policies are so radically right-wing that America simply won’t stand for them, and while it’s true that Obama won the election, the popular vote simply doesn’t support the ridiculous notion that Republican values are so outdated that they’re radical and extreme.
The percentages came out to about 48% in favor of Romney, and 50% in favor of Obama. If Republican values are as extreme as is being claimed, how is it that Romney got almost half of the votes and the House of Representatives has a fairly large Republican majority? If Republican values were only attractive to a dangerously unstable minority, then we should have expected to see Obama win the popular vote by a far greater margin than he did, as well as seeing the democrats sweep both the Senate and the House. But in reality, it just didn’t turn out that way.
Instead of being a nation of liberals with a treacherous minority of radical Republicans, our country is split nearly evenly into two halves. No matter how much you hear that you are in the minority, you aren’t. Your values are just as relevant as they ever were, and it’s just as vital that you stick to them. Now is the time to really examine what you believe, discover the reasons why, and commit to what you think is best for our country. If you don’t like the way the country is headed, it’s up to you to do what you can to change its course.