THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION 2012: SUMMING UP: PARTY IS UNITED BEHIND RE-ELECTING BARACK OBAMA AND JOE BIDEN. POLICIES OF THE OF THE FIRST TERM WILL BE CARRIED FORWARD TO CREATE PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VISION OF AN EGALITARIAN SOCIETY.
Unlike Mitt Romney who is struggling to keep the base of the Republican Party from fracturing into sub groups of moderates and radicals, Barack Obama has his party solidly behind him. Romney had to swallow the bitter pill of nominating Tea Partier Paul Ryan as vice Presidental running mate, a man at opposite poles of the policies he endorsed as Governor of Massachusetts, a blue state which elected a Republican to Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. It is the only real indication of what he will be as a president if elected. Thus he sacrificed his chances of moving towards the middle and capturing more of the woman’s vote, the Hispanic vote and the more moderate independent vote which he will need to win this election.
Barack Obama had none of these problems and the convention unfolded smoothly and rationally with strong speakers who defined his qualities as a husband, father and a leader, and laid out his accomplishments so all that was left was for him to state was the policies that he would follow to create his vision of a future of America.
DEVAL PATRICK AND EZIZABETH WARREN
Deval Patrick, black Governor of Massachusetts, gave a powerful speech on what it means to be a Democrat in America and what needs to change.
Then came Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor, running for the former Senate seat of Senator of Ted Kennedy now held incongruously by a Republican. She is a long time consumer rights advocate and eloquent proponent for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Consumer Protection Act. She also spoke powerfully in behalf of woman’s rights as well as consumer rights.
DEFINING THE MAN AS A HUMAN BEING
Michelle Obama spoke with eloquence and passion about the qualities of her husband as a man, a spouse and the father of their two girls Malia age 14 and Sasha age 11. She also described the passion he held for the American people, not just the well off but for the middle class, the poor, the disenfranchised, America’s children, the disabled and for all Americans even the wealthy. It was a moving speech.
REBUTTING THE REPUBLICAN POLICIES LINE BY LINE
The piece de resistance of the convention was the speech given by former President Bill Clinton. He gave the Democrats answer to the proposals made at the Republican convention and particularly those of Paul Ryan which were full of misstatements and the twisting of facts. He particularly noted that Ryan had a “lot of brass” for criticizing President Obama for Medicare adjustments he himself had previously proposed. He took the Republican policy proposals apart by using “arithmetic” and facts, figures and logic to show how they had been tried over the last 30 years and would fail again. On a lighter note he noted after listening to Michelle’s speech on the previous evening he reflected how one could not but reelect a man with the good sense to marry her.
DEFINING PRESIDENT OBAMA AS A LEADER
Joe Biden’s speech added to Michelle’s speech by defining Presidential Obama as a man of the courage and vision to make the most difficult decisions and to make them after reasoned debate among his advisors.
Biden said he always put the welfare of the American people first even if what he had to do at times was politically unpopular. In effect it was a reasoned, stirring endorsement of the leadership qualities of Barack Obama.
THE PRESIDENT: POLICIES AND VISION.
That left the final speech for President Obama which had to be held in doors instead of a stadium as original scheduled because of rain. He again gave a resounding speech using his impeccable rhetorical skills and logic to define his vision of the future and the policies that would get us there. He spoke of universal medical care to create a healthier America, more educational opportunities for the young to help America forge ahead in the 21st Century, paying down the debt by balancing spending and taxation and in general strengthening the middle class along with business while providing a safety net for the poor, disabled and elderly. Policies in the long run that would result in jobs, profits and prosperity for all.
In the end the Democrats presented a united front with all sides in full agreement on policy issues that would allow America to continue as the leader of the world in the 21st Century and not return to unfettered pre depression capitalism, but improving on the capitalism that was reformed and improved by the New Deal, Fair Deal and the Great Society Programs that made us the leader of the 20th Century. Now the challenge is not from Communism or Socialism but Capitalism managed by a communist dictatorship vying for a preeminent economic position and thus power and political status in a new world.
Filed under: CONLEEZA'S SPEECH, THE GOP CONVENTION 2012: SUMMING UP: SCHISMS REVEALED: POLITICS OF POLARITY CONFIRMED.
The GOP convention ended with a whimper not a bang. Mitt Romney was the last speaker and his speech was vague and full of meaningless slogans. Toward the end it turned jingoistic with veiled threats to Iran and Russia.
Nowhere in his speech were the nuts and bolts of specific steps he would take to achieve the broad policies he spoke about. Mainly improve the economy by cutting spending, cutting taxes and to take a stronger stance against perceived foreign enemies. Internally on a social basis we know he is against gay marriage, abortion, and other issues like gun control and for reduction of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. However he has flip flopped on these issues depending on whom the audience was and where he was speaking.
We know that his Vice Presidential nominee has taken positions on these issues quite different from his apparent stands. This was not reconciled nor was the party platform stance on these issues which are quite different from his reconciled at the Convention. This leaves vast schisms in the party yet to be healed. For instance the platform makes no distinction between abortion for incest or forcible rape. Would that be a no legal abortion situation? Will he follow the party platform, Paul Ryan’s stance or his own statements made from time to time that there would be an exception for those situations.
Ryan says he will save Medicare from The Affordable Health Care Act which he contends will take over 700 billion from Medicare. (Seniors would get the same care under the AHCA so this is another false issue). Yet he is on record as stating that he is in favor of a limited voucher system for seniors on Medicare. This means apparently they would buy health care through a private plan. Independent analysts estimate that it would cost an additional $6400 per year for a senior to obtain the same benefits they are now getting. The average Medicare recipient is on a yearly income of $22,000 dollars. Obviously this is not a solution but a ruse to end Medicare in order to lower taxes on the wealthy. If it is such a great idea why doesn’t he try it out on Congress before he takes it to all seniors to see how they like it? Of course the answer is obvious; the Congressional health plan is so far superior to Medicare as it is presently constituted or Ryan’s voucher plan he would be laughed off the floor when he proposed it. But the fact remains what’s good for seniors ought to be good for Congress.
Ryan’s emotional speech had many misstatements of fact like the innuendo that he was a working class kid who pulled himself up by the bootstraps. In fact he is the beneficiary of a trust based on the giant Ryan Construction company set up by his grandfather. He was a Congressman at 22 that dosen’t happen to a poor working class kid. He is worth many millions of dollars as is his wife who inherited $5 million. Both are lawyers. He is not mega rich like Romney but at least Romney made it himself.
Another misstatement, if it was a misstatement, was that somehow President Obama was responsible for the closing of the Janesville GM plant. Records show that this plant was destined for closure under President Bush and while Ryan was the Congressman for the Janesville district. If anyone bears responsibility it is Bush and himself. When President Obama took office he fought for policies that came too late for the Janesville plant but saved much of the entire United States Auto Industry including G.M.
Ryan’s speech was full of misstatements like he came up the hard way, Obama was responsible for The Janesville plant closing or the biggest one of all: he and Romney would fix Medicare with vouchers.
THE CONVENTION WAS A TRIBUTE TO THE POLITICS OF POLARITY
The convention was merely a meeting of the radical wing of the Republican Party to introduce up and coming radicals and to announce a foregone conclusion that Romney and Ryan would be the nominees.
The policies that would be followed are the same ones that George W. Bush followed: cut taxes on the wealthy by reducing government, limit government regulation, engage in fruitless foreign wars as a method to increase unfunded defense spending and in general starve government by creating huge deficets.
HISTORICAL ECONOMISTS SAY STUDIES SHOW IT TAKES SIX YEARS TO RECOVER FROM A FINANCIAL RECESSION.
Bush’s policies led to the current financial crisis which competent economic historians estimate will require at least 6 years for the country to recover from. This is based on research on financial crisis over hundreds of years where there are reliable records. This appears to be correct in the current case since the mortgage crisis which precipitated the problem still has over a million mortgages a year adjusting to new rates that drive the underwater mortgagees into foreclosure. Five years from 2008, the period when most mortgages will stop readjusting, is 2013 thus that is when we will see a general economic recovery and when new construction activity comes back. Construction activity is one of the main drivers of the economy.
Thus the convention was a confirmation of the GOP politics of the past and sharp political polarity. Polarity even within even in the GOP. This reminds one of Lincoln’s famous quote taken from the bible: “A house divided against itself cannot stand, Mark 3:25.”