Around 10 million fewer people voted for Barack Obama’s re-election than voted for him four years ago. While Obama received the votes of approximately half of the 2012 electorate, an exit poll found that more than half of those surveyed still feel that the America he led for the last four years is headed in the wrong direction.
This dwindled popular support and general uneasiness proves that Election 2012 was not a mandate for the Obama Administration.
With this in mind, members of the Project 21 black leadership network are unwilling to consider the conservative agenda to be a lost cause. With undeniable concern shown by the majority of Americans about our nation being pointed in the wrong direction, and with so much at stake for the future prosperity and freedom of our nation, black conservatives do not and cannot feel defeated.
Project 21 members plan to continue to fight for free market and family values in the days and years to come with renewed vigor.
Driving this continued motivation of black conservatives is a love of country and the founding principles of our republic.
To follow are some of the post-election comments that were made by Project 21 members.
I have a very heavy heart right now, knowing that what we believe in was not in line with enough of our fellow citizens on election night. Some believe that a second Obama term will be the end of the country as we know it. Let me offer this: Our country has always depended on people that put cause ahead of self to become the great nation that it is and will continue to be.
Behind George Washington, there were countless nameless and barefoot soldiers during that winter in Valley Forge. For every Martin Luther King, there were countless nameless people who were beaten or killed without recognition just for what they believe in. I have had the pleasure to work with great people in the conservative movement over the past year. As long as there are people such as us who believe in something bigger than ourselves, this country will still be great — no matter how good or bad President Obama is in his second term.
When I cast my vote, I didn’t do so through a prism of victimization. I cast my vote representing personal responsibility, self-help, self-improvement, scholarship, initiative, determination and the grit, guts and heart to be the best that one can be.
I make no apology for who I am. I am proud of the man that I have become and the example I am setting for my son. My conscience is clear. I am a proud, conservative black man, and that’s what I will continue to be.
As much as l love my country and respect the electoral process, I’m tremendously disappointed right now. I am preparing myself for four more years of economic hell.
In defeat, it is important for conservatives to remember that our nation still remains the greatest hope for many who yearn for the freedoms we too often take for granted.
It is no longer appropriate to sound the alarm of destruction — that argument has been heard and rejected. It now falls to us to work with President Obama to right our ship of state.
This does not require a compromise of our principles — only a higher level of leadership that cooperates when appropriate, voices opposition when necessary and displays respect always.
People who have lived and those who still are living under socialism abroad must be amazed at out stupidity. I had more hope in America, but it looks like the handwriting is on the wall for the immediate future. I have pinched myself to make sure this is not a dream. The left will now try to steamroll over conservatives. That’s why it is time to work on new plans.
I’m going to need someone to comfort my aching soul. The only thing I can say is that I put complete trust in God. I’ll still be a voice for God in this polarizing political environment.