Thursday, September 6, 2012

Democratic National Conference Kicks Bootie!

My family made me watch the Republican National Convention. I could not swallow any speech in its entirety. Did not get what the Republicans were all about when the show was done. Except, maybe, lies are part of the course. Relating to the American people in any meaningful way is an impossibility. And, the republicans exist on hyperboles instead of concrete plans to govern. With their lack of humanity and Democrats lack of conviction and courage, I all about gave up on the U.S.

But, then the Democratic National Convention arrived. My family made me watch this as well. I predicted a more exiting show because the Republicans may have Eastwood, but the Democrats had all the other celebrities. To my surprise, I only saw Kal Penn (of Harold and Kumar fame), who temporarily gave up his acting career to serve for Obama as the Associate Director of White House Office of Public Engagement. The rest were folks that represented the American people: vets, moms, activists, just...people. 

There were many "wow" moments but the big WOW started with San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro. Let's put aside that he comes with a hot identical twin, Joquin Castros, Congressional candidate. Julian shared with us his grandmother's story -- came from Mexico as an orphan but then taught herself how to read and write. Then his mother, graduated from college to become a civil rights activist as a single mother of two boys. The twins themselves, attended Stanford then Harvard -- with the help of Affirmative Action! Now, landing on center stage at the DNC. Does the American dream get any more vivid than that? Every sentence promoting education first moved me, but the one talking about his high school mates hit closest to home. "They had the same talent, the same brains, the same dreams as the folks we sat with at Stanford and Harvard. I realized the difference wasn't one of intelligence or drive. The difference was opportunity."

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Then Michelle Obama came on. She did for Obama what he could never do for himself. She spoke about his history to reveal his soul. As she said when discussing issues of fair pay for women, health care, college Pell Grants..."So in the end, for Barack, these issues aren’t political – they’re personal." The great thing about Obama is, he is so complex, you'd need many more speeches to bring us to any kind of understanding of his diverse background. She gave us more than a good scratch of the surface, though. 

Then my boy, Bill, took the stage. Oh, man, he's bigger than life. He gave us a damn good economics lesson. My favorite line was, "People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets. What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic." I wish my high school math teachers were this easy to comprehend! Again, only Bill can engage the audience as well as he did in his typical longish speeches. Obama knew too the impact of Bill's speech when he prematurely took the stage to thank the former prez with a heartfelt embrace.

We have Obama's speech to look forward to! It's one thing to have competent and spirited supporters defend and speak on Obama's behalf. But there comes a point when Obama has to defend himself and go on an offensive. Dear Obama, the bases are full. There can only be one of two ways your speech ends, as a home run to the bleachers or one out of the ball park! Batter up!

Hillary Clinton 2016!

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