I don’t believe it. Not this time. Not in 2008. The pundits are trying to analyze the prospects of the candidates in terms of old ideas. Statistically, which means historically, demographics help predict outcomes. Not this time.
Tim Russert was on NBC News tonight – preaching the same old stuff. “…New Hampshire has had a female Governor…Many of the seats in their House are occupied by females…” Translation – Russert thinks this this translates into strength for Hillary Clinton. Why? Because she is a woman.
It is really too bad that the pundits think of the American populaces as being so shallow. This idea is a promotion and affirmation of discrimination. The idea suggests that people are only tolerant of others who look like them. Or have the same parts in the same places. Or make the same amount of money. Or are the same relative age.
The acknowledgment of humans as individuals – something psychiatry has recognized for generations, and theology has recognized for millenniums – seems to escape the pundits.
It is true that statistically (historically) one can evaluate trends by demographics. My argument today is that 2008 is an anomaly. The People are so generally disillusioned with government outcomes that they are uniting as Americans. They recognize that if the country fails then we will all fail. And they believe the government is failing in the mission.
The Mission: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
We the people do not believe that the application of our government the past seven years has honored the intent as described in the preamble. The issues are not exclusively about the demographics of gender, race, religion, origin, age, or geography.
Well, maybe for some – but not for the majority.