Another day of inspiring speeches and this time a theme of exposing Donald Trump while trying to redefine Hillary from her caricature. I guess my basic feeling of comparing the two conventions, is the Republican convention was from the old folks home, most of whom are bitter and old, and this other convention, the Democratic, where we see youth, optimism, and talent. It is hard to imagine how Republicans don’t see this. Of course there are diddle heads in both parties, but the vast majority are Republicans.
One thing I need to mention before we get to President Obama’s speech, and that is the hacking of the DNC computers. Now not only security experts in the private sector, but our own intelligence agencies are pointing the finger at the Russians. I guess that makes the Republicans who still deny that look pretty stupid, but then again they are deep in looking that way with their denial of global warming and the failure of flow down. I wonder when and if they will ever figure out they have most things wrong and their solutions (bumper stickers) are non-existent.
Okay, President Obama’s speech was masterful and he covered a great deal in his speech that is important especially for Americans who are afraid of change. There were so many parts of this speech that touched many many important issues from correcting the record on where the economy is today from what the Republicans left us with eight years ago, to nailing the Donald as a real threat to democracy, and embracing Hillary. But for me, his attempt to define for Americans what an American is was ground breaking. It is about our values of hard work, fairness, and acceptance, not the color of your skin, sexual preference, or your religion. It was a bridge for older Americans to see we are losing nothing and gaining a great deal. It was a new way to identify American exceptionalism without the Republican status quo or thinking it is only white America. The man himself exudes exceptionalism.
And the best part was the “we the people part”. Barack, Hillary, Bernie, or Trump can’t really change America, only we the people can. That is an important insight for Democrats who have elected their leader and then disappeared into the night when the real elections in off years really decides who is in charge. Democracy is a work in progress and he identified our responsibility if we really want change. As he finished his speech I just wondered how we could be so lucky to have him and Michelle through these turbulent times. He has performed great service for this his country.
Most of the other speeches were exposing Donald Trump as the threat to democracy and peace that he is. I know some think this is tarnishing his character and part of the mud slinging people say they so hate and then react to. But exposing facts as opposed to innuendo is not throwing mud. Saying Hillary caused the deaths in Benghazi is a lie exposed by all the hearings. That is mud. Saying the Donald scammed people looking for an education or did not pay his subcontractors are facts in the record. Saying Hillary’s email system threatened the security of the United States is not a fact. No one could find anything that actually did that, only that some classified items were in her emails. I would guess they are in most of the people throwing mud if we could examine them because so much is classified.
But I will close with a diddle head Bernie supporter who is going to vote 3rd Party even after Day 3 and the impassioned speech of her President. A third party vote for a Bernie supporter is a vote for Donald Trump because it is not a vote for Hillary. One of those two are going to win and whether you like it or not, you make a choice to not participate in who leads this nation with that foolish vote. It is one thing if you are a Libertarian or a Green and were always going to vote that way. It is another to do it as a protest because you are choosing and the choice you are making could be disastrous. Note also that it is exactly what President Obama was talking about, thinking voting for your candidate is the end of it. Vote and then fight for change, don’t throw it away and make the next fight almost impossible to wage.
So many diddle heads, so little time.