Why Did the Wave Become a Ripple? ⋆ Politicrossing
Connect with us


Why Did the Wave Become a Ripple?



If you wake up this morning still wondering why the expected red wave of Republican victories had turned out to be but a ripple, you’re not alone. Many pundits expected that the Biden administration’s liberal overreach had gone too far, and the midterm elections would send a message that the Left had gone too far. At this point, chances are that we will continue to have a closely divided House and Senate. The House most likely will be Republican, with a less than expected majority. The Senate is likely to remain equally divided or with one party having but a 51 to 49 seat advantage. How can we explain these unexpected results? Some evidence is emerging.

Abortion may have been an unexpected factor. An extensive exit poll of over 17,000 voters by Edison Research found that the top two issues for Democrat voters were abortion and gun policy in that order. For Republicans, the top two were inflation and immigration. That means that the single biggest factor in the wave turning into ripple may have been the decision by the US Supreme Court reversing Roe v. Wade. Even though that decision returned the issue to the states, many voters felt that the decision had outlawed abortions. Abortion gave Democrats a wedge issue to drive for the midterms. Normally, the economy would take precedence, but for some concerned voters, the intrusion of government into a woman’s right to choose was too much to accept. It sent many to the polls who might otherwise have stayed home. They were susceptible to the fear that Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate might outlaw abortion nationally as some states were doing. Kentucky voters rejected a ballot measure aimed at denying any constitutional protections for abortion, sending a message to Republican lawmakers who has already eroded access to the procedure in this deeply red state.

Big government pays off for far too many Americans. Far too many Americans either have government jobs or receive extensive government entitlement funds. A vote for Republicans puts their standard of living in jeopardy. We remain deeply divided as a country by party. Those voting for Democrats don’t want smaller government; they receive a lot of money from Democrats. It’s understandable in these challenging times. The pandemic has impacted the confidence of citizens. They’re seeing inflation impact their standard of living, and they look to government for relief. The Tax Policy Center estimates that 57% of U.S. households paid no federal income taxes for 2021, up substantially from the 44% before the pandemic. They have gotten used to free money from government, rent relief in tough times, and the promises of student debt relief. When you get more from government than you put in, you’re not sure you want a party in control that commits to ending the entitlements you depend on.

It’s clear now that Donald Trump is toxic! His victory and first term as president helped set the stage for needed conservative policy changes; he showed that a president could deliver on his promises. But his abrasive comments and personal attacks clearly contributed to Republican midterm losses in this election. Trump’s 2020 loss to Biden was not because of his conservative positions. His campaign was focused on demeaning Biden. More than half of Americans hated him so much that they gave the presidency to what we now know is an age-impaired president. In this election, not all of the Trump-endorsed candidates won. He may have endorsed them, but he did not take from his large political war chest to help fund their campaigns. His negative comments about Gov. DeSantis did not hurt the governor, but they did hurt the party. Trump made a difference, but his time has passed if the GOP is to win the future.

Many conservatives laughed at the mainstream media’s concern that democracy was in jeopardy with a Republican victory. But unfortunately, most people get no exposure to conservative media. The mainstream media are in the pocket of the left and that limits most Americans from the knowledge they receive from a clearly biased source. Social media is not much better than mainstream media. Most people use Google to search for information. Google and many of the major social media powerhouses maintain a liberal bias in their search results.

The lack of trust in election results can only grow. Both parties are already prepared to pursue fraud claims. We used to conduct elections in one day with marginal absentee ballots to be counted after that day. Now, we have extended days to vote and are given all the ballots we need to make cheating easier. With many votes are still left uncounted a day after the election, election denying is here to stay for both parties. When you can’t trust election results, America is in trouble no matter what party you support.

In short, we remain deeply divided as a country by party. The election of Senator-elect John Fetterman in Pennsylvania proves that voters don’t care whether their candidate is impaired. Americans clearly vote by party because they fear the other party. In all honesty, in today’s divided America, Republicans would probably do the same. Having power for your side is more important than the effectiveness of any one candidate.

There is some good news for the GOP. The Republicans will likely have a slim margin of control in the House and winning a small majority in the Senate is still possible. Even if the GOP controls only the House, that will be enough to slow leftist policies and give them the power to bring to light investigations the Democrats have refused to even explore, including the Hunter Biden influence peddling.
It’s also clear that Republicans can win if they have a strong candidate who can effectively articulate their values and lead. President Trump proved that in 2020, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proved that with his twenty percent victory in Florida on Tuesday. If he desires, DeSantis has positioned himself well to run for the presidency in 2024. But for now, we are in for two more years of heated division.

We'd love to hear your thoughts about this article. Please take a minute to share them in the comment section by clicking here. Or carry the conversation over on your favorite social network by clicking one of the share buttons below.

Dr. Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist and author of The Optimism Advantage, They Shoot Managers Don't They, Speak Like a Pro, Meditations for the Trail, and The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have. Since founding Paulson and Associates, Inc. in Agoura Hills, CA, Dr. Paulson has presented to such companies as IBM, 3M, Kaiser, Nationwide, SONY, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and hundreds of hospitals, government agencies, and associations. Dr. Paulson is a past president of both the Global Speakers Federation and the National Speakers Association. He’s been inducted into NSA’s CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor given to less than 230 speakers worldwide. Dr. Paulson is a long-time conservative Republican who has spoken to numerous Republican groups. He currently is a regular op-ed columnist for townhall.com and politicrossing.com. Terry brings knowledge, tasteful humor, and a passion for conservative principles to every presentation. Dr. Paulson graduated with honors from UCLA and received his PhD in psychology and an MA in theology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.


Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.


A Brief Timeline Which Reveals All

Alvin Briggs is a Soros-funded corrupt District Attorney and among NY’s most evil elected officials



March 6, 2022: The New York Times reports that the Manhattan DA’s investigation of Donald Trump has “unraveled;” thrown out of court. Stormy Daniels is ordered to pay Trump $300,000 for filing the junk law suit against him.

November 16, 2022: Donald Trump announces White House bid.

March 15, 2023: The House Oversight Committee, already having uncovered 150 questionable Biden family bank records related to payments from China, finds 11 more illicit Biden family business deals.

March 16, 2023: The Manhattan DA’s case is magically revived and somehow strong enough to prosecute Donald Trump.

– – – – –


Continue Reading


AI Says Women Should be Republicans!

When asked, This is What ChatGPT Wrote…



Want to Lead Like Jesus? Click Here.

We asked ChatGPT why women should be Republicans and here is what it generated (Screenshot below the article):

The Republican Party has long been committed to promoting policies that empower and benefit women. From supporting pro-life policies to promoting job growth and economic opportunities, Republicans understand the unique challenges facing women in America today and are dedicated to creating a better future for them. In this article, we will explore some of the reasons why Republican policies are better for women and why more women should consider aligning themselves with the Republican Party.

First and foremost, Republicans stand for the protection of life, which is a critical issue for women. The Republican Party is pro-life and believes in protecting the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. This stance is especially important for women who find themselves in difficult situations and need support. Republicans believe in offering resources, counseling, and adoption services to women who may be considering abortion. This compassionate approach shows that Republicans are not only pro-life but also pro-woman.

Furthermore, Republicans understand the value of strong families, which is especially important for women. Women often bear the brunt of family responsibilities and depend on strong support systems to help them balance work and family life. Republicans recognize that strong families are the cornerstone of a healthy society, and they support policies that promote family stability, such as tax cuts for families, pro-family legislation, and support for stay-at-home moms.

Republicans also believe in promoting economic opportunities for women. The Republican Party understands that women need good jobs to support themselves and their families. Republicans believe in promoting job growth and creating a strong economy that benefits everyone, including women. The Republican tax plan, which was signed into law by President Trump in 2017, has already created millions of new jobs and raised wages for millions of workers, including women.

Additionally, Republicans are committed to supporting small businesses, which are often owned and operated by women. Republicans understand that small businesses are the backbone of the American economy and that women are an essential part of that backbone. Republicans believe in reducing regulations and lowering taxes on small businesses, which allows them to grow and create jobs, benefiting women and their families.

Republicans also believe in promoting education and job training for women. Republicans understand that education and training are essential for women to achieve their career goals and succeed in the workforce. Republicans support school choice, which allows parents to choose the best educational options for their children, including private and charter schools. Republicans also support vocational training programs, which provide women with the skills they need to succeed in high-demand fields, such as healthcare, technology, and manufacturing.

Republicans also believe in protecting women from harm, both at home and abroad. Republicans support policies that protect women from domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Republicans also support a strong national defense and believe in promoting peace through strength. Republicans understand that a strong military is essential for protecting women from foreign threats and ensuring that the United States remains a global leader in promoting freedom and democracy.

In conclusion, Republican policies are better for women because they promote a culture of life, support strong families, create economic opportunities, promote education and job training, and protect women from harm. Republicans understand that women are an essential part of our society and that they deserve equal opportunities to succeed and thrive. If you are a woman who values life, family, and opportunity, we encourage you to consider aligning yourself with the Republican Party. Together, we can build a brighter future for women and their families.

Continue Reading


Our Newsletter

Become a Politicrossing insider: Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.

Sites We Like

Jesus, Master of Influence

Chris Widener, speaker and best selling author of The Art of Influence, teaches that Jesus is the master of influence. In sixteen sessions you will learn from one of the most influential communicators how the life and teachings of Jesus Christ is the best model for how to become an effective influence that can change people’s thoughts, beliefs and actions.


Our Newsletter

Become a PolitiCrossing insider: Sign up for our free email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.