Let’s be fair, not all elderly Christian folks should be painted with the same broad brush that has been caught up in the political narrative since President Obama won re-election.
In fact, Obama got a decent number of senior votes, but Romney’s misleading message about health care, which did its level best to resurrect the specter of “death panels,” helped to keep a majority of their “old white” constituency firmly in the GOP column.
In contrast, some seniors took notice of the fact that AARP supported Obama in both elections. So, being an elderly Caucasian individual should not automatically preclude independent thinking.
Now, admittedly, senior Christians, who voted for Obama, may have done so because they couldn’t quite hold their noses long enough to vote for Romney, rather than because of a profound belief in liberal policies.
Unfortunately, older white, left-leaning Americans are getting to be an endangered species and face ridicule from their rabid, teeth-gnashing, angry right-wing counter parts.
Mr. and Mrs. John Smith (the names have been changed for privacy and to keep them from being stoned by their neighbors) from Sacramento, Calif., always voted Republican. But in 2012, they changed their political affiliation to Democrat and voted for, which alienated half their family, friends and church members.
The Smiths’ are in their mid-80s, with health issues, so they are less concerned about being social outcasts and more concerned about the economy and being able to pay for their medical bills. They saw that most folks who voted for Romney because they were sold on Obamacare being a spawn of the devil did so for purely ideological and ignorant reasons.
Unlike many old white conservatives, who frequently get misinformed into voting against their own, personal interests, some seniors were concerned enough about Republican proposals to reform Social Security/Medicare and other social safety net that they voted for Obama.
Republicans thought they could appease senior concerns by saying their entitlement reforms would not affect anyone over 55, but many people opposed the concept of leaving their children and grandchildren without any way to have a decent retirement in the future.
Battleground states in the 2012 election had a high concentrations of senior citizens include, which were Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arizona, Montana and Iowa.
In addition, here is the breakdown of ethnic voters in the 2012 election:
White: 39 percent for Obama, 59 percent for Romney
African American: 93 percent Obama, 6 percent Romney
Hispanic: 71 percent Obama, 27 percent Romney
Asian: 73 percent Obama, 26 percent Romney
Clearly, Romney got more of the old white conservative vote, and the GOP is still recovering from the shock that it wasn’t enough to bring them victory.
But, there are plenty of intelligent, well-educated, free thinking seniors in this country, who don’t want to be lumped in with the radical-right Evangelical stereotype.
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