Guest post: Report on the Democrat convention 2012 – day three (hallelujah!)
The third (and mercifully, final) report from Honey on her gavel-to-gavel coverage of the DNC convention. She writes, "I'm exhausted. It's like Chinese water torture or a reeducation camp."
Report on the Democrat convention 2012 - day three
*One good mention of Israel. But alas not one of Cuba.So that count remains Reps. - 5, Dems. - 0.
Last night they were back to their lying phase, making up fairy tales of their own accomplishments as they went about describing a Republican Party and a Romney and Ryan I do not recognize. Tonight's theme - How many lies can we pack into each minute?
At the very moment someone said about the Reps, "They say America's best days are behind us," they showed some tea partiers. (And who on our side ever said that anyway?)
The repeated idea was if you work hard and follow the rules, you are supposed to be okay. But the middle class has been up against it particularly during Bush years. (Not that I ever noticed that about the Bush years. How about you?) And if you make it, you must do your fair share to contribute and invest to make the world a better place. Translation - give money to Obama and he will spend it the way he wants to.
And can someone tell me how our side has raised taxes on the middle class and how Romney wants to do that and cost everyone except the rich thousands of dollars more every year? Do you know what these people are talking about? Doesn't matter - thunderous applause and tears of delight.
"Congress and Obama [BO again from now on] created 20 million jobs (the number keeps getting larger along with their noses)." If there were problems, BO lit many candles while the Reps. cursed the darkness.
Kerry assured us that under Bush our alliances were shredded and Iran was racing towards getting a nuclear bomb. He actually said this with a straight face. And if you don't believe me, he went on to declare that thanks to BO this has all been fixed. (Remember the Newt Gingrich syndrome? See Parts one and two).
Kerry informed us that Obama is in a fight to restore our values that were there at the beginning of the greatest country the world has ever known. When you listen to Dems., is that the impression you get, that they love this country or its beginnings? Neither do I. So we will put this in the lying column, plus a little Newt on the side.
Kerry actually said, about the lack of foreign policy experience of R and R, "This is not the time to outsource the job of Commander in Chief." They have no clue about how every policy decision of this administration has been destructive to American interests. I would take tabula rasa over what we have now, wouldn't you? (But, that said, I have heard Romney and Ryan in separate interviews on foreign policy and they each impressed me a great deal. Each was knowledgeable and had ideas I agreed with.)
Kerry complained that our side opposes every idea that has made this country great. Newt is here. (Hey, it's like Kilroy was here. Remember that?)
Kerry bragged that BO has worked cooperatively with Russia on nuclear weapons. Yeah, Obama won't place anti ballistic missiles in places the Russians don't want them and he told Medvedev after he is elected, he will be able to be more flexible. Oy.
And Kerry was upset that Romney considers Russia a major threat to us. "They are back in the cold war mentality." I'm with Romney on this one, aren't you?
Now we get a movie about veterans and we meet some. See, the Obamas are the best people for our veterans. The best that ever were in history, don't ya know. And Biden, too.
And I just love the way they tell us that the Reps. have been taken over by the most extreme people.
I have just been subjecting myself to a three day convention filled with communism/socialism where the majority of the members there are so off the wall that a mere mention of G-d and Israel in the platform is enough to make them go nuts with boos and shouts of NAYS. And they are trying to tell the world that OUR party is controlled by extremists?
One of the speakers said, "I love the phrase, 'We, the People.' That is what this election is about." Of course she doesn't mean the individual who has sovereignty. She means the collective. She then informs us that "The other side wants to take our voices away and make us invisible." What does that mean? Where do they come up with these things?
Biden was in rare form. The thing is Biden seems like a nice guy. It's obvious he loves his wife and children and they him. He loves the country too. But then how does he feel comfortable spouting things like this?
"The Reps are allergic to compromise. They are in hock to the bullies in their party." He even criticized the Romneys because they have an elevator in their house forgetting that Mrs. Romney has Multiple Sclerosis. But then this IS the Joe Biden that told someone in a wheel chair to stand up.
Biden in all seriousness told us, "A job is about your dignity and because of Obama we have turned the corner." 23 million out of work, over 8% unemployment, but really much higher, the longest period of unemployment benefits in our history, food stamp usage highest ever, and Biden is bragging about the dignity of having a job.
And "The Bain way may be the way for your balance sheets, but not for the presidency." That is if America gave up on industry the way Romney did at Bain... but we are lucky to have a president who cares and makes jobs and protects workers. Does this audience remember nothing from the real world?
And the best, "Obama (unlike Romney) knows that bringing jobs back to America is what HIS job is all about." They have no shame.
Crist was there to tell us that he didn't leave the Republican party; the Republican party left him. It must be so sad for him. He is a nobody looking to be important. So he sold his soul to get even with the way he was no longer appreciated. Listening to this small minded, very tanned man speak, all I could think was how puny he sounded in comparison to Rubio.
Crist must already be taking lessons from the liars club of this party. He told us, "In a great environmental disaster BO came to our rescue. He didn't see a red state or a blue state. He saw a state that needed help." Does he not remember how long it took Obama to do anything when everyone was offering help? Fairy tales again.
If you have had enough, maybe you'd better skip the rest. I am getting ready to cover Obama's well received speech. The thing is Obama, too, has the most darling daughters. Michelle looked gorgeous and she sure hung on every word he said with the appropriate tears, wrinkled eyebrows of concern for him and smiles of love and admiration. When this is over, she can get a starring role in any movie. This is a pretty family to look at. You enjoy looking at them.
But when Obama speaks, he makes me definitely sick.
Not in any particular order:
"If you can't afford college, take my opponent's advice and get a loan from your parents." Knowing smiles and laughter with the audience. But didn't Michelle talk about how things were bad with her when she was young and they had to scrimp and rely on their parents somewhat? And how did anyone get to college before Obama?
"The essence of citizenship is that we must accept some obligations for others and for future generations." He doesn't mean voluntarily. He means we should give him our money and he will take care of doing what he thinks is best with it.
"You can choose to reduce the deficit without sticking it to the middle class or SPENDING [my emphasis] it on new tax breaks for the wealthy to add to the deficit. I won't do that. We will reduce the cost of health care. We will save social security by doing careful things and not fix it by turning it over to Wall Street." All of that should be read "We are not like them." But notice how Obama gives no particulars of how he will fix Soc. Sec. but doesn't trust Romney and Ryan because they don't give specifics.
Get this one. "As long as I am Commander in Chief we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known." Can you believe this BS?
And *"Our commitment to Israel must not waver."
"I will pay down the debt and build roads and bridges." All in one phrase. So darling.
"After a DECADE that was defined by what we bought and borrowed, you can choose the correct path with me." This I would plainly call Chutzpah.
There followed a litany of lies about energy. I can't stomach repeating them here.
"People are paying less for college because we confronted the banks and now they are forced to do what's right. We told credit card companies they could no longer rip off customers with fees and high interest rates." Raucous applause. Obama, the magnificent.
"Please help me recruit 100,000 new math and science teachers to help our children become the best educated in the world." Translation - I want to steal more from all of you so I can control more of the economy.
"We don't bail out banks that break the rules." (As Romney would) No, unless it was a bank which gave his campaign a huge contribution.
"If you buy into the cynicism that change we fought for is impossible, the change will not happen." What I am worried about is the change that will happen.
Big finish. Louder voice. Deafening roar of approval from the crowd. Standing and applauding, crying and screaming. Obama says, "If you reject the notion that this nation's promise is reserved for the few, your voice must be heard in this election. If you reject the notion that this nation belongs to the highest bidder, (ditto)." He actually said this last part. This from the man who vowed not to cater to lobbyists who does that all the time, who pays off unions and corporations big time because of their huge contributions to him. He has no shame and the audience has no brains.
"We must travel that difficult road together and with your help...." Deafening noise and emotion. No balloons. As Rush said they expected to have it outside but knew they couldn't fill the stadium. So, just confetti.
A few closing observations:
The confetti was red, white and blue. I guess they couldn't get aqua and orange and white to match his logo.
G-d may have only reluctantly been placed in the platform, but He was in evidence at the end of every speech.
The closing prayer thanked G-d for the rights of Life, liberty, etc. We were then told that our rights come from G-d. And then that without protection for Life there is no other liberty. The audience was ever so deep in prayer. If they had heard him, they'd surely have hooted this Pastor off the stage. What about the sacred woman's right to choose? Who does this guy think he is? But they didn't hear him. They weren't paying attention.
They were too busy trying to look pious. So he got a pass. But when they see the video, he won't be asked back again.
Missing was all talk of closed stores everywhere, people losing their houses every day all over, no Keystone Pipeline, offshore drilling being stopped, use of clean coal. You get the idea.
Also nowhere in evidence were any friends of his from school or his childhood. No neighbors who ever knew him. Except for his wife's association with doing good things for the military, his wonderful government takeover of whatever he could which then makes him the best guy in the world, there was no one for whom he personally ever did a good deed. Is he Chauncey Gardiner or is he the devil incarnate? I don't know, but I don't want any parts of him and I wish more than half of America also felt the way I do.
After four years with these guys, the country needs some R and R.
Over and out.