Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled dose of gems/jams, but the RNC was infuriating, was it not?
The bottom line is this: distraction through a narrative rich with overwrought sentimentality and ‘down-with-the-good-ole’-boys’ rhetoric might confuse the deluded republicans, wishful independents, disappointed Clinton skirt-chasers who court anything with two pairs of lips and salaried news anchors but for anyone with long-term memory that can recall McCain’s voting history and a computer with functioning internet, the information is out there for those who seek to combat maniacal, non-inclusive power with the bizarre notion that it’s might be someone else’s turn to try.
Sarah Palin is a poorly-selected political pawn that will excite and enthuse a very select group of men and women who think words/ideas like ‘victory’ are appropriate terms for the reckless violence in Iraq that is currently crippling America’s standing not only in the global arena but in the “homeland.” The cries of sexism, double-standards and invasion of her privacy across the board on “liberal” media channels is ludicrous; these issues surface from the party itself playing up their own insecurities about their nominee.
I went into this convention with an open mind and I waited for John McCain to impress me, sway me or make me shake in my boots with less-than-stellar confidence for Barack Obama, but instead his insincere, bi-partisan bull turned me off so much that I had to change the channel. His blatant ploys to win the presidency at any costs including dismissing loyalty to a party he’s voted with 90% of the time for the last 26 years in senate terrify me to the core. What allegiance has he to me? A brutally militaristic, capitalist, pro-life, pro-war, anti-homosexual, anti-enviromental agenda being glossed over under the guise of condescending stand-up act followed by a half-hearted attempt to ‘reach across party lines’ serves me none.
These two nominees said two very imporant things that I think got lost in the roar of ‘drill, baby, drill’ chants:
1.] John McCain said that it doesn’t matter who came up with the ideas first. He doesn’t need the credit, the country needs to be in the right direction — yadda, yadda. It DOES matter who comes up with the ideas, wise “maverick.” These people are called innovators and visionaries, and more than anything they are validated in American eyes by their authenticity. Obama centralized his campaign on the reality of evoking change in Washington before McCain dangled the false notion that he could be an agent of it. Tonight is the first night I have heard that from him.
It matters SIGNIFICANTLY that a so-called “maverick” has begun to champion the ideas of a opponent he deems inexperienced and incapable of commanding a nation. Palin was wrong when she said that McCain was using his career to promote change and he demonstrated that quite plainly tonight; suddenly change is what will differentiate his career from the party he belongs to? Opportunistic drivel must taste like apple pie to a bunch of people who have watched their supposed morals and values rot under the inescapable scruntiny their current president has deservedly called upon himself.
2.] Aside from the offensively over-played clip about how, unlike community organizers, mayors have “actual responsibilities”, Palin made another jaw-dropping comment that scared me. “This isn’t a community and we need more than an organizer.” Couldn’t have been a Freudian Slip because she was reading from her telepromter. For the Republicans, the United States is not a community and under their govern is has not and will never be a community. It will continue to be the blessed Union of separate parts that come together in feigned tolerance with the common goal of “not punishing people for their success” but punishing those who haven’t even been given the opportunity to acheive that success due to poor economic conditions that have been affecting a majority of Americans before the “recession.”
Realistically, for most people this is not a recession; this is life. The economy is not fundamentally sound, McCain and Bush have both echoed, and portraying the reality of a lot of urban communities as a problem that does need an organizer but a maverick is absurd.
Lastly: I loved the token colored folk peppered in throughout the audience and as stage-props during the musical interlude. Hockey moms like smooth jazz? I hope they left before the convention was over or else they might have been mistaken for protestors.
Obama for life.