Friday, August 29, 2008

Obama Speech - Greaaat Expectations

August 29, 2008
Colorado USA

Did I say GreaaaAAAaaat Expectations? Yes, Tony the Tiger great. Did I say Extreme Makeover? Yes, I did... this is one job Ty, Ed and the crew could not handle.

Was the message new?

NO. Obama did not say one thing that we have not heard before, not just from the O-man himself but from every single politician looking to get elected or re-elected anywhere.

Did we learn about a new brand of politics?
NO. Evidently that new brand of politics where we don't engage in bashing the current administration or attacking our opponents is off the table.

Did we get specifics?
NO. We got more of the same lofty idealism we've been hearing for months with nothing we can sink our teeth into.

Did we hear a plan?
Yeah - generally - sort of - that's where I got great expectations and extreme makeover.

Sitting at home, watching the scene play out before you... it is so easy to buy into the popularity of the man and his message, the cheering crowds, the tears, the smiles, the fireworks and confetti, the back-slapping and hand shakes, until you remember that the 85,000 or so that filled Mile High Stadium last night were nearly ALL Democrats. They are already on board the O-Train... He didn't have to sway opinion in a mixed crowd. This crowd had already bought into whatever he's selling (whatever being the operative word here), all he had to do was reinforce what they already believe with inspiring rhetoric filled with a plethora of warm fuzzies. It is easy to look like a rock star when the venue is filled with people who adore you and apparently are ready to follow you blindly into the great unknown... because that's what Obama talked about - the fantasy world of hope and change aka the great unknown.

Let's say you were to take what he says seriously, believe in the promise of a New America... Just be practical for a minute... in order to even begin to do all that he proposes, he would have to clean house, literally, meaning wipe the Republican Party and probably a few Democrats and Independents as well off the face of the earth and convert the rest of the world into a congenial, moral society eager to have an American President stroke them into complacent decency.

Otherwise folks, it's gonna be a new face in the Oval Office and business as usual in Washington.

It's exhausting just reading what he thinks he can accomplish in four years... unless he manages to change his tenure as President... at one point he says he'll eliminate our dependency on foreign oil in ten years... a tall order for a four year term.

Here are a few promises Obama made...

Let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am President.

•Change means a tax code that doesn't reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.

•I will stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.

•I'll eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

•I will cut taxes -- cut taxes -- for 95 percent of all working families.

•I will set a clear goal as President: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

•I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power.

•I'll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America.

•I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars.

•I'll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy -- wind power, and solar power, and the next generation of bio fuels -- an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced.

•I'll invest in early childhood education.

•I'll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries, and give them more support.

•And we will keep our promise to every young American: If you commit to serving your community or our country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.

•If you have health care -- my plan will lower your premiums. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves.

•I will make certain those companies [insurance] stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

•Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I've laid out how I'll pay for every dime: by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don't help America grow.

•I will also go through the federal budget line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less.

•I will end this war in Iraq responsibly and finish the fight against Al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

•I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts, but I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression.

•I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation, poverty and genocide, climate change and disease.

•I will restore our moral standing so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future.

Did I say TALL order? Especially that last one -- restore our moral standing -- hmmm... One has to wonder how you mandate morality among countries who do not recognize basic, human rights (like: LIFE). I don't have the energy to argue each point. I'd like to believe he can do it. I'd come more believing some of it IF instead of saying I have a plan he'd say let me spell out the plan.

I ask again... is there anything new here? Haven't we heard all of it before in one form or another? It would be greaaaaat if Obama could deliver even one of the above... or possibly reveal exactly how he proposes to do any of the above. OK - give me change I can believe in -- give me details. I need details.

Listening to planned oratory delivered in a contrived setting is sort of like surfing the internet... once you get past all the eye candy, well you gotta have content. Content. I need content.

Politicians have been promising to deliver us from ourselves and the evil politics of the opposing party since they first crawled out of the abyss. Apparently, none have been able to fulfill those promises. Because, here we have yet another one promising the very same thing.

The Democratic Campaign 2008, this far, aside from fireworks and confetti and pretty rhetoric delivered in a hugely extravagant venue that inconvenienced 75 percent of the population in Denver and travelers along Interstate 25 - did not deliver anything new. It was more of the same under a clear Colorado night sky.

Let's see what those Rascally Republicans have to say now...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bills says: in two words - not much...

August 28, 2008
Colorado USA

America is a place of:

OK - Is it me or did we get a Clinton-esque spin on tired Obama rhetoric? Talk about needing a new direction! Did Ol' Bill seem sincere in the delivery of a speech where every other sentence began or ended with Barack Obama? Maybe if Bill says the name often enough he'll get over the fact that it is Barack Obama who will be holding court tonight at Invesco (Mile High) Stadium... not Hillery. Or maybe he had a quota of BO's dictated to him for this speech - who knows?

Barack Obama is...
Barack Obama can...
Barack Obama will...

Good Ol' Bill. Outside of a few uninspired verbal attacks on Bush and McCain and Republicans in general, all I heard were lots of pretty, uplifting words strung together rather poorly in clipped and far too frequent sound bites. His speech gave us nothing more than the same BS we've been stepping in for months. Bill Clinton is known for his oratory talent. This speech missed the mark by a mile or more. My conclusion is: his heart was not in it.

The rhetoric coming out of Dem-mouths is nothing extraordinary. I cannot figure the cause of all the hair-pulling and jumping about. Last I checked there was nothing wacky in the Denver water supply so from what fount flows the tears and cheers of Obamarites? Perhaps it could be said the O-crowd is simply hard-up for entertainment? Otherwise, why would we need a stage worthy of a rock star in the middle of a football field? All the analysis in the world cannot give weight to the mere use of keywords. Like so: America was founded on the premise of unity by people of vision. People who changed their lives in the hope of founding a better life for themselves and future generations. That promise is why we still have people coming across our borders in droves, some of them risking everything to be in the USA. So how bad can it be here?

Barack Obama did not discover America and he cannot make a new America in four years. I am not certain America needs an Extreme Makeover on the scale he prescribes but has yet to actually define. His exasperating play on the same old mandate makes it seem like the masses (that's you and me) are poor, befuddled and downtrodden. Let us remember Barack Obama is the one who said many of us are so bereft of dignity that we cling to our guns and religion and antipathy toward others because we have no other recourse.

That statement does not describe me or anyone I know. Does it describe you? Barack Obama's description of America is not the world I live in.

And about change, change, change... The White House is not OZ, Dorothy -- you can not click your ruby slippers three times and make the world go away if it is not to your liking. We are gonna need a little more magic than you can find in Glenda's bubble.

The literate masses (again, that's you and me) who can read between the lines need more than Ol' Bill's reluctant assurance that Barack Obama is our guy. Just for the record: BO is not my guy. Bill did not get around to the details of how and when and more importantly - how much hope and change are gonna cost us (you know, you and me).

Letu's hope (pun intended) we get more out of the man himself tonight before we are inclined to change (yep, intended) the channel.

Afterword: I said Barack Obama is not my guy. That doesn't mean John McCain is my guy. But, we only have two choices -- so my thinking is: I'll take old age and treachery and reality over the fantasy world of hope and change any day of the week.

See the speeches again here:
Source: Transcript of speech

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hillary Definitely not Ho-Hum

August 27, 2008
Colorado USA

Well, I have only this to say about Hillary's speech at the DNC last night... well done!

Perfect execution of a well-written, well ordered speech by a consummate politician...

I am not a Clinton fan by any stretch of the imagination but one has to admire both of them as top notch orators. Hillary had the crowd mesmerized after the first three sentences and by the end of her speech, I think she likely had a few O-Delegates second-guessing their decision.

Here's one thought about the success of the speech's intent, assuming that intent was all about Party Unity: If I were a Hillary supporter, still angry about Obama's rather precipitate nomination, I think despite her admirable efforts to swing loyal supporters in Obama's direction -- well, I think I would be even more pissed that she is not the chosen one.

I guess the question is now - will they or won't they?

Source: Transcript of speech

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The softer side of Michelle... Zzzzz....

August 26, 2008
Colorado USA

So, did you watch Michelle's speech at the last night? I sat through it, but not without squirming and hitting the pause button on the remote a few times to get up and rummage for snacks, magazines and even the exercise ball for my hand. NO, I do not suffer from ADD, I just had a hard time staying focused on what she was saying or not saying. My opinion - in a word then - SNORE!

Frankly, I expected more. Here we have this intelligent, educated, articulate, passionate, aggressive, and yes, powerful woman reduced to playing the sappy, happy home-maker card. Oh Pleeeeaaaaaase! She said all the things that she was told to say to make hubby O and herself more palatable to the conservative masses. Did you buy it?

As a person of the same gender, with a modicum of intellect -- I was mostly insulted by the softer side of Michelle.

Source: Transcript of the speech

Monday, August 25, 2008

DNC HEADLINES say it all...

August 25, 2008
Colorado USA

Denver, CO: Just a few headlines from the news channels and papers in the area... beginning to sound a bit like the ten plagues of Egypt have descended upon us... smart people are steering well clear of Denver this week.

Part of Pepsi Center Flooded by Sprinkler System

The Pepsi Center is DNC Central

Suspicious Package Blown Up, Street Closed

Oh Boy! - This was near the Civic Center

No Mass Arrests as Unauthorized Protests Block Street

Traffic Delays Follow Protesters

Protesters Confront Fox News

Clinton Backers Cloud Obama Show

Protesters Collide with Police

"Rednecks" for Obama Make a Stand in Denver

Protesters Block Broadway & Lincoln

Protesters in Jail Clothes, Hoods March

Protesters Interrupt Pelosi Speech

2008 Majority Isn't Silent

Michelle Obama Tours Pepsi Center

I hope she had an umbrella.

Weapon Toting Man Arrested in Hotel Lobby

This yahoo is from Wyoming, of course

Biden Stops in 16th Street Mall

Tent State U. Now in Session

and... my personal favorite...

Code Pink Makes a Stink

first runner up...

Group Gathers to Protest Protesters

LOL! It's going to be one heck of a dog and pony donkey show this week in Denver. Add to all of the above, a man found dead in hotel with mother-lode of cyanide last week, mysterious white powder found in envelopes at McCain headquarters, tornadoes touching down yesterday where they are rarely seen, more tornado warnings today, traffic shut down on westbound I-70 for 5.5 hours this morning - no snow, 39 vehicles have their tires slashed in Broomfield, 8 of nine felons on the loose out of New Mexico, nut-cases like Ward Churchill roaming the streets, assorted ding-a-ling celebrity sightings and more. Plus thousands of bikers will be passing through for Thunder in the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado (north of Denver) at the end of the week... oh boy!

Nope, no frogs falling out of the sky... but depending upon how you view politicians, pseudo celebrities, rabble-rousers calling themselves protesters and news media from every corner of the earth -- well hey - it's early, yet.

What a hoot!