Not only did the re-election of Barack Obama symbolize a new hope and trajectory for America, but it also manifested the changing face of American voters.
No longer will the older, white conservative electorate that Republicans bank on dominate the political agenda in our nation. And the re-election of Barack Obama, the legalization of marijuana and the passing of gay marriage through voter initiatives in a handful of states proves just that.
Compared to four years ago, the number of white voters dropped to 72 percent of the electorate, while black voters remained at 13 percent and Hispanic voter turnout increased from 9 to 10 percent in the 2012 election.
During his victory speech early Wednesday morning, Obama acknowledged the diverse group of Democratic supporters that helped win the White House in both 2008 and 2012.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or Native American, or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight. You can make it here in America if you’re willing to try,” said the President in Chicago.
History was also made last night in the states of Maine, Maryland and Washington, where voters approved same-sex marriage. In addition, Minnesota residents voted against a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in the state. Now nine states have passed marriage equality bills giving same-sex couples the same rights possessed by heterosexual married couples in their state. This is a drastic turn for the LGBT community, whose measures for gay marriage were cast down at the polls 30 out 31 times over the last decade.
In addition to gay marriage, another liberal initiative was passed in a few states last night – weed. For decades, pot advocates have been screaming at legislatures to legalize the plant, to tax it, and use it for the economic good of the country. In Massachusetts, voters passed a law approving medical marijuana, while Colorado and Washington took it a step further, becoming the first states to pass the recreational use of weed. On the contrary, Arkansas rejected medical marijuana usage and Montana approved a referendum to place restrictions on existing medical marijuana laws.
The new league of American voters who are black, Latino, gay and young have made it clear that they want their concerns to be represented in politics and the Democratic party has answered their call. Democrats hold a mass monopoly on all voters of color, young people from 18 to 29 years old and single women, while the GOP Party has a majority of white voters. Because their politics seclude minorities and concentrate on the maintenance of power among whites, the GOP is in jeopardy of losing political power.
It’s simple: American voters are growing louder and more diverse. If Republicans don’t keep up, they will become extincted.