As the presidential campaign neared its final throes, vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin seized on a theme her Republicans handlers hoped would reverse their imminent defeat. Governor Palin claimed small towns were “the real America” and anointed them as the “pro-America areas of this great nation.” Other GOP candidates quickly seized the theme, publicly impugning the patriotism of their opponents. The tactic backfired.
Eventually, Governor Palin apologized for the remarks. But the comment betrayed an underlying attitude of many GOP supporters. And this outlook, probably more than any other reason, was the cause of the Republican defeat.
Most African-Americans and Latinos clearly understood the Governor’s message. Non-Hispanic whites make up the overwhelming majority of America’s small towns. And small-town, non-Hispanic whites are precisely who Governor Palin and her ilk believe are the only “real Americans.”
The results of the presidential election will be a bitter pill for those who harbor such a narrow view. Many of these self-anointed “real Americans” are showing their patriotism by continuing their rumors, smears and scurrilous attacks against our president-elect. Is this how you show support for your country?
But the truth is simply this: the American electorate has spoken. They have rejected eight years of ruinous and divisive rule. They have rejected a war in Iraq with a dubious cause and no clear exit strategy. They have embraced a candidate whose election has already reinvigorated America’s image abroad and energized its citizens at home.
As has happened throughout its history, the “real America” has changed once again. And that willingness to change is what has made this country great.
Causes Raul Ramos y Sanchez Supports
Chicar Youth Empowerment
National Society for Hispanic Professionals