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.

September 9, 2012 by
Filed under: Barack Obama, Obama 

 DEMOCRATIC VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICA

 

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.

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