By Anonymous (not verified) on November 12, 2012

President Obama won re-election in large part due to overwhelming support from women, African-American and Latino voters.

Obama's victory in the general election last night was not by a huge margin -- despite winning by almost 100 electoral votes, he squeaked by in the popular vote -- but his victory spoke volumes about America's new voice. According to exit polls, he won despite Romney capturing about 60 percent of the white electorate.

The fact that he won even though his first term was mired by a sluggish economy and not distinguished by strong political victories other than his health care reform bill was impressive.

But when you factor in the more than $1 billion spent by pro-Republican groups on the national elections, as well as various efforts to suppress minority and elderly voting in key states, it's clear who the new majority is.

Perhaps the biggest shift in favor of Obama this time around was in the Latino electorate, whose support for the president increased to almost 75 percent by some estimates. Romney's dismal rhetoric toward undocumented immigrants offended the community as a whole.

Just eight years after George W. Bush was elected in 2004, the GOP share of the Latino vote shrank from around 40 percent to somewhere near 25 percent. This change is a significant one for both parties.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly announced solemnly that the election proves "the white establishment is the minority." But while he was speaking the truth in a way, his contempt for people of color compelled him to say that it was because these groups "want things," implying a "free ride" from government.

O'Reilly could not have been more wrong. What the new majority wants is not entitlements, but equal rights and access to power.

We want health care policies that truly serve the majority at a reasonable cost.

We want an end to tax policies that favor the wealthiest.

We want real immigration reform that ends criminalization and the collateral damage of increased discrimination.

It is time for Obama to deliver on the promise of his candidacy. Bipartisan efforts are welcome, but only as long as they don't involve the imposition of unfair burdens on the poor, working and middle classes to satisfy the austerity agendas of bailed-out financiers.

The new majority has spoken, and it time for Obama to double down on audacity and deliver on what most of America has long been hoping for.

Ed Morales is a contributor to the New York Times and Newsday and is the author of "Living in Spanglish." He can be reached at pmproj@progressive.org.

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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