America didn't lose I
The post-election editorial headlined “Obama wins: America loses (again)” (Nov. 7 and TribLIVE.com) prompts me to respond as to who really lost.
A record turnout in so-called battleground states demonstrated a backlash against those who acted to suppress voting by limiting early voting and challenging qualified voters.
Intimidation didn't work and neither did (sorry, state Rep. Mike Turzai) requiring poll workers to ask for IDs.
It certainly didn't help Gov. Romney win Pennsylvania.
The tea party lost where it supported U.S. Senate candidates who won primaries in Indiana and Missouri but lost winnable races in both states.
For the second consecutive election cycle, candidates were rejected as being too extreme (think Christine O'Donnell in Delaware and Sharron Angle in Nevada in 2010).
Ignorance lost, as those who believe President Barack Obama is not U.S.-born (think Donald Trump), that he is a Muslim or a socialist or worse, can now slither back under their rocks.
Racism in its ugliest forms lost. Xenophobes must cringe while Latino populations vote in increasing numbers. Remarks by Romney surrogate and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu about that great American Colin Powell were disgusting.
So did America lose, as the Trib opines? This proud American disagrees.
My confidence in straight-thinking American voters soars.
Glenn R. Plummer
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