Rachel Maddow: 'Ohio really did go to President Obama'

| November 9, 2012

Ohio really did go to President Obama last night. And he really did win. And he really was born in Hawaii. And he really is legitimately President of the United States. Again. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make up a fake unemployment rate last month. And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence that cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy. And the polls were not skewed to oversample Democrats. And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad. Nate Silver was doing math. And climate change is real. And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes. And evolution is a thing! And Benghazi was an attack ON us, it was not a scandal BY us. And nobody is taking away anyone's guns. And taxes have not gone up. And the deficit is dropping, actually. And Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction. And the moon landing was real. And FEMA is not building concentration camps. And UN election observers are not taking over Texas. And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry and the financial services industry in this country are not the same thing as Communism.

Listen. Last night was a good night for liberals and for Democrats for very obvious reasons. But it was also, possibly, a good night for this country as a whole. Because in this country we have a two party system, in government. And the idea is supposed to be that the two sides both come up with ways to confront and fix the real problems facing our country. They both propose possible solutions to our real problems. And we debate between those possible solutions. And by the process of debate, we pick the best idea. That competition between good ideas, from both sides, about real problems in the real country should result in our country having better choices, better options, than if only one side is really working on the hard stuff. And if the Republican party, and the conservative movement, and the conservative media is stuck in a vacuum sealed, door locked, spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good, and denying the factual, lived truth of the world, then we are all deprived, as a nation, of the constructive debate between competing, feasible ideas about real problems.

Last night the Republicans got shellacked. And they had no idea it was coming. And we saw them, in real time, in real humiliating time, not believe it even as it was happening to them. And unless they're going to secede, they're going to have to pop the factual bubble they have been so happy living inside, if they do not want to get shellacked again. And that will be a painful process for them, I'm sure, but it will be good for the whole country - left, right, and center. You guys, we're counting on you. Wake up.

There's real problems in the world. There are real knowable facts in the world. Let's accept those and talk about how we might approach our problems differently. Let's move on from there. If the Republican party, and the conservative movement, and conservative media are forced to do that by the humiliation they were dealt last night, we will all be better off as a nation. And in that spirit, congratulations everybody. Big night.

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President Obama really is a war president. The war in Afghanistan is continuing. And U.S. drone strikes are still killing innocent civilians in Pakistan. And the U.S. poverty rate is still 22%. And U.S. corporations are making record profits while wages have fallen drastically. And nothing has been done to stop home foreclosures and nothing will. And Obama still plans to cut billions from medicare, medicaid and social security to reduce the defecit while maintaining war spending. And public education is still being privatized. And coal companies are still blasting moutain tops in West Virginia. And natural gas fracking is still poisoning water tables across the U.S. And Obama still does not have a concrete plan to combat global warming.

Left liberals in the United States can congratulate themselves all they want that the candidate who represents diversity and tolerance won against the candidate of hate, intolerance, sexism, racism, and homophobia. That voter supression efforts did not give the election to Romney. That those who represent the future of the United States elected their candidate for president. But unless they face up to the reality of what both the Republican AND Democratic parties stand for when it comes to the economy, social spending, foreign policy, and the environment, unless they recognize the barbaric nature of the capitalist economic system those parties support, and unless they get politically organized independent of the Democratic and Republican parties to do something about it, none of the most pressing problems facing our planet, the U.S. working class, and the poor majority in the global south, will get serious consideration from the U.S. government.

Last night, the people of the United States voted for the status quo. A status quo that is killing innocent civilians, impoverishing and immiserating millions, and cooking our planet. And for the most part they had no idea what they actually voted for. Hurricane Sandy was not an abberation; it is increasingly the new norm. And if the people of the United States don't want to keep suffering the consequences of these storms and the woeully inadequate government responses to them, they're going to have to pop the factual bubble that the mainstream media has kept them living inside.

There's real problems in the world. Let's acknowledge that the Capitalist economic system is first among these problems, and that most of the other problems in the world are the result of this economic system. Let's accept this and begin to discuss how we can move beyond capitalism. If we can get to a place where the mainstream media and the Republican and Democratic parties no longer have hegemony over the political discourse in the United States, maybe we can begin to have this badly needed discussion and figure out a way forwards beyond capitalism. And if that happens, the planet, the U.S. working class, and the poor majority in the global south, will be better off for it.

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