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Updated Nov 7, 2012 - 12:05 pm

Obama re-election highlights divisions, inspires fear

President Barack Obama supporters celebrate televised reports of his projected re-election for president of the United States during a rally at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

While listening to News/Talk 92.3 KTAR on Tuesday night, the election became a different story than I had envisioned.

All my optimism, all my belief in the words of Karl Rove and his white board, all my opinions shared by the likes of Dick Morris, who predicted a landslide victory for Mitt Romney, all those pundits who made me confident that my choice would be in the White House come January; it's over.

The networks placed that dreaded check mark after the name Obama. It's over. Everyone projected the president has won reelection.

There will be time for analysis, there will be time for recriminations. I will spend time listening to your calls, many saying, "I told you so."

There is some good news. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was reelected. David Schweikert will return to Congress. Matt Salmon will go back to the House.

Here is what is for sure: America is a divided country -- severely divided -- and what is sad is that America is divided by color. Black and brown America thinks differently from white America. You may want to disagree with that -- and I'll accept your arguments -- but the numbers will tell the story.

One other thing is a huge segment of the population that has its collective hand out. The "give me," the "I deserve without work," the millions of Americans who want the government to support them, they were heard tonight.

I am afraid for my dear America.

About the Author

Jay Lawrence is a "true" conservative believing that less government is better government. Jay graduated from Columbia College in Chicago and went to WJPS in Evansville Indiana. Then on to bigger and better, Peoria. Illinois. Jay made it to Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Cleveland before coming to KTAR. Lawrence enjoys all sports and has played most, but has been a baseball fan above all and enjoys the Diamondbacks particularly when they win, tolerates the team when they lose. Favorite memories are opening day for Major League Baseball in the Valley and sitting in row three along third-base line when the D- backs won the World Series. One other memory he'll always carry with him, the time he spent with the Beatles and stood outside a nightclub finding dates for the Fab Four in Cleveland. Lawrence's musical tastes are eclectic, from classical to rap with country thrown in. He'd be just as likely to attend a Phoenix Symphony concert or ballet as he would a George Strait concert.


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