Robert Knight

* Big Bird’s Food Stamp Army is for real. Millions turned out to ensure that the government will support them from other people’s earnings. As Obamacare hits harder and companies lay off more employees, it’s hard to see how this will decrease anytime soon.

* Featuring minority faces on primetime doesn’t help the GOP’s demographic problem. Republicans have got to get to know the communities and make the conservative case to them.

* It’s okay to cast your vote based entirely on race, as long as neither you or the candidate are white. Despite endorsing the anti-biblical notion of same-sex “marriage,” Mr. Obama still garnered 93 percent of the African-American vote, slightly less than in 2008. You could say it was “the economy, stupid,” except that the black community has been hardest hit under Mr. Obama’s policies.

* The media, who are unrepentant hack partisans, continue to worsen. They suppressed, Soviet-style, anything remotely unflattering to Mr. Obama, allowing him to continue the absurd fiction that his failures are George W. Bush’s fault.

I talked with a 20-something grad student in the Midwest (she’s afraid to say in print which school) who told me that her female classmates were for Obama because they believed that “if a Republican gets in, he’ll take away the rights of women.”

None mentioned the economy, the student said. One classmate did not know that the U.S. ambassador to Libya had been slain. All they knew is that Romney was out “to control their bodies,” the young woman said. “The Obama campaign and the media have been able to make people believe total lies.”

Indeed, the single-women and “youth vote” went for Obama again. It’s not surprising that after years of school indoctrination under left-wing teachers unions and a steady diet of music, TV and films that attack faith and promote sexual license, that a majority of young voters buy into government-subsidized sexual anarchy. They’ve come to regard church-going Christians as crazed scolds who might interfere with their limitless entitlements. Sandra Fluke is no fluke. The phony “war on women” found eager ears.

This was not inevitable. Nor were the “gay marriage” victories in four states. It happened because the party of traditional values hides under a green eyeshade. Being the Silent Majority worked once upon a time, but now GOP candidates must learn how to make the full conservative case. They cannot cede powerful cultural issues to the Left. They need to make a compelling defense of traditional morality, without which free enterprise will die. It’s not that hard – start by noting the consequences of moral decline. The same goes for the rule of law, without which diplomats die, constitutional liberties are lost, cities are ruined, and guns get shipped with murderous results to Mexico.

The Romney campaign has shown, decisively, that it’s a mistake to politely ignore lies and abuses of power. Maybe I don’t watch enough TV, but I didn’t see any political ads about the Fast and Furious scandal, Benghazi, Obamacare’s attack on religious freedom, Obama’s chilling “After my election, I have more flexibility” remark to the Russian president, or the outrageous order to Boeing not to build a plant in South Carolina. “You can’t build that” would have been a nice lead-in to an ad about government tyranny under Obama.

The GOP put all its marbles on the economy. It surrendered lots of marbles to people who long ago lost theirs.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.