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The Democratic ConventionPosted Monday, September 10, 2012, at 7:54 AM
Because I wrote about the Republican Convention, I inadvertently started paying attention to the Democratic Convention.
I event went so far as to watch the President speak on television.
So, how did the Democrats fare?
To start with, it is no surprise that they are obsessed with fairness. They are all but fixated with fairness in taxation. I didn't catch anyone explaining what was meant by fairness. I guess it means something like, "I pay less while they pay more," or whatever the hearer wants.
The Democratic Convention was very well scripted. Virtually all of the speakers, with the notable exception of Joaquin Castro, hit all of the main points: Abortion and contraceptives whether you can pay for it or not, the plight of the middle class, fairness, the auto bailout, killing Osama bin Laden, the economy is George W. Bush's fault, and the 150-year-old socialist slogan, 'Forward.'
The Democratic speakers, overall, did a better job of pretending to believe what they said than the Republicans did.
They very effectively bashed Mitt Romney and attacked what they presented as his platform. The Democratic Convention was much more high energy and connected with people very well on an emotional level.
In short, it was about as good as a party's convention could get.
The Republican Convention had a bit more "substance" to it. The Democratic Convention had more vague idealistic platitudes. But such is the differing nature of conservatives and liberals.
Both the Democrats and Republicans bulldozed their delegates on party matters.
The Republicans changed the rules to take power away from the Tea Party members over the objection of the majority of the delegates.
The Democrats adopted their 2012 platform unanimously. When they caught flack for removing God, God was reinserted over the objection of the majority of the delegates.
It was very refreshing to hear the Democrat delegates chanting USA, USA, USA! It started to seem like that had become the exclusive property of the Republicans.
On the other hand, when allegations of a Republican war on women is such an important part of the Democratic campaign, it struck me odd that the only U.S. President to have been accused of rape was the keynote speaker introducing President Obama.
But former President "Bubba" was such a charismatic speaker, the female delegates actually started to swoon.
The President's speech was inspiring if vapid and empty. You couldn't help but notice that he connected with his audience in a way reminiscent of Ronald Reagan.
Despite the fact that we know nothing about President Obama's medical history, educational history, who his friends and girlfriends were, who his classmates were, who his students were, or how he was able to travel to Pakistan when U.S. citizens were not permitted entry, he is a known political quantity.
President Obama personally walked General Motors through bankruptcy court to liquidate the interests of corporate bond and shareholders while protecting the union employees.
President Obama finally managed to socialize the American medical system and resumed federal funding of abortions in foreign countries. The president's administrative agencies have produced tens of thousands of regulations to regulate business owners and benefit their employees.
He has also opened the floodgates at the U.S. Treasury to provide more federally funded benefits to the citizenry than at any time in our history.
When 150 million people, in a nation of 300 million, receive some sort of payment or benefit from the federal government, it doesn't take much of a math wiz to calculate the electoral results.
As I said nearly a year ago, anyone who thinks that President Obama can't win re-election is either an ardent partisan or has substantial inside information.
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