The Electoral Map
Take a look at the following maps, first of how the electoral college results turned out:
Green states are those in which a photo I.D. requirement is mandatory, as opposed to allowing for some other form of identification, such as recent bills, etc. Of course, without a photo I.D. there is no way to ensure that the person doing the voting is the actual person registered.
Do you notice anything? All states with a voter I.D. requirement were taken by Romney, and handily so. What does this suggest? In states where there was no way for, let's say, deceased voters to vote (or at least for someone to vote in their name), or for non-existent voters to be registered and then be used as decoys so people could vote in more than one precinct, Obama didn't stand a chance.
Notice that the Republicans are consistently in favor of both photo identification for voters and mandating that proof of citizenship be presented at the time and place of registration. Republicans are also the ones who call for regular "scrubbing" of the voter registration rolls, eliminating those who have deceased between elections and those who are not verified to be American citizens.
Democrats, on the other hand, are consistently opposed to the idea of verifying voter eligibility. Any attempt to ensure the legality of votes is considered to be an effort to suppress the minority vote, and in a certain sense this is true. After all, deceased and non-citizen voters are, hopefully, a minority. However, the claim that increasing the effort required for registration will disproportionately affect minorities is downright racist.
Think about it. To assume that requiring voters to present proof of citizenship at registration and a photo I.D. at the polls will disproportionately affect minorities, one must also assume that minorities are either less able or less willing to go through the trouble of obtaining these documents. In other words, there is an inherent assumption of laziness, disorganization, or stupidity. Such an assumption is racist on its face.
Republicans must push for laws that mandate the presentation of citizenship documents at registration and a photo identification at the polling place. This must be a consistent effort over decades, if necessary, until such laws exist in every state. The best bet is to push such legislation forward quietly during midterm elections, in the case of ballot propositions, so as to benefit from the turnout differential Republicans typically have in less-media-saturated election years.
Republicans must also push for laws that require the voter rolls to be inspected and "scrubbed" between each election cycle. This is essential. Opportunities to commit voter fraud (and yes, it is fraud when non-citizens vote) must be eliminated.
The Power of a Few Cities
The electoral college map above tells only a limited story. A much more interesting story is told when the election results are broken down by county:
As in the state-by-state map, red counties voted for Romney and blue ones voted for Obama. Geographically, it is evident that the vast majority of America wanted Romney for president. Even in most states Obama won, the geographical majority voted for Romney.
Having lived both in the San Francisco Bay Area and in a more rural area north of Sacramento, I am acutely aware that California is politically two states. The coast votes Democrat, while the interior is solidly Republican. Subtracting the votes from Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, California is a far-Right conservative state.
The same is true of Illinois, even more dramatically, as well as Florida and Pennsylvania. Were New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, Detroit and Miami eliminated from the equation, no Democrat would ever be elected to the presidency again. Before any insane Leftist jumps to the wrong conclusion, I am not advocating violence or even the mass deportation of American citizens. Nevertheless, the disproportionate power of these urban zones is troubling, both from the Republican perspective and for the preservation of our democracy.
What has occurred in California, Michigan, and Illinois is that the lazy have acquired sufficient numbers to force the rest of the state to pay for their wants and needs. Hence, people in Gridley, California pay taxes to enable the sloth and drug addiction of people in Los Angeles. Aside from simply abandoning these states altogether, there is only one solution to this problem. Republicans must push for ballot initiatives to divide electoral votes proportionately between the candidates, especially in key states such as California and Illinois. In fact, had Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Illinois and New York been split proportionately, the final tally would have been Obama with 259 electoral votes and Romney with 276. (You can do the math yourself using figures from here.)
Thus, Republicans need to make every effort, for decades if need be, to enact proportionate electoral vote laws in these states. Every time a Democrat sweeps California, forty percent of Californians are disenfranchised. This needs to stop.
A final nail in the coffin of Democratic shenanigans would be to pass a law to the effect that only citizens are to be counted during the census, or at least that only the number of citizens will affect reapportionment. This would dramatically reduce the electoral power of high-immigration states like New York and California. Why should non-citizens, many of whom are not even here legally, enable some citizens to be over-represented? If only full-fledged citizens were factored into legislative district apportionment, the balance of power would revert to something much more accurate.
There is still hope for America, but much work remains to be done. We cannot allow our democracy to be stolen from us. It is more important to ensure that the democratic process is still legitimate than to worry about the image we would present by making it so. Symbolism may make us feel good, but we're screwed if our republic has lost its substance.