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This is basically what I think Obama’s speech was about at the DNC. Some say the speech “fell flat”, others that it wasn’t as good as Clinton the night before. I think that in many ways it was a much needed dose of reality about what our country faces at home and abroad and spoken in a way which moved many in the audience to tears (including this C-Span watcher). I’m really tired of the carping and snarky sniping and whining I’m hearing and reading from so-called “progressives” and “liberals”. Do we really want the sick and elderly to be left to the mercy of the Insurance companies? Do we want the special interests and the super rich to take over more of our government than they already have? Do we really want to forget about living as a community working toward common purposes and plunge into a hellish world of social darwinism that takes us back to the era of Oliver Twist?

No human being is going to produce the instant perfect solution to all our problems that some seem naively to expect; certainly not Romney-Ryan. In an effort to be fair, I went and watched as much as I could stand of Romney’s Speech to the RNC. In his description of his family roots and growing up, I was stunned to see how little emotion that history seemed to give him in spite of what might have been a bit of tearing up. What does his father’s love of his mom and the daily giving of a rose have to do with Mitt the son or the Mitt of today? Especially when the son speaking of his parents seems to ooze condescension for his listeners, as if he were telling a story to small children who couldn’t possibly really understand. The emotions that Obama arouses so easily were totally absent from Romney’s audience. I didn’t see any adoring looks or teary-eyed folks there. There were cheers, but even the cheers didn’t seem too enthusiastic.

Obama really believes in what he’s saying; you can see it in his face. I never get that feeling from Romney’s speeches, no matter how fast he talks. We can measure a person’s success in life by what he does with it; whether he spends it accumulating vast wealth, sometimes at the expense of others, or whether he lives it by some guiding principles that have to do with community and fairness and equal opportunity. Which do we value more?

Enjoy the music:

Music Video

Off my usual beaten track, but this is fascinating:

Putumayo Presents: African Blues-Playing For Change featuring Tinariwen “Groove in G” from Putumayo World Music on Vimeo.

It’s such a huge contrast between the perception given here of musicians from around the world cooperating and playing together and the perception given in an article in The Atlantic Monthly by Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Fear of a Black President”, which emphasizes the visceral fear among some whites, most often conservatives, of black men in power like our Commander in Chief. Much as they love and promote their myth of American Equality, Freedom and Democracy, it is stunning how little Republicans practice it. The underlying racism has been apparent since the first Tea Party rallies after Obama won the Presidential election. Remember these?

 

And they say they aren’t racist?!!!!!

Even the bit in Romney’s Convention speech where he says:

I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division. This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we CAN do something. With your help we will do something.

seems patronizing and insulting to me, especially since it’s a lie. Romney doesn’t wish any such thing, nor does his party. They’ve spent all their efforts over the last 3 and a half years trying to engineer Obama’s failure as a President.

In an interview with the National Journal’s Major Garrett, McConnell candidly acknowledged that he feels his “single most important” job is to defeat President Obama in 2012:

MCCONNELL: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”

NATIONAL JOURNAL: What’s the job?

MCCONNELL: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

Quoted from ThinkProgress Oct 25, 2010.

Unreasoning fear took over the Republicans in Congress to the point of nearly halting government operations and causing the downgrading of the US credit rating by Moody’s. What Congress needs is a few more musicians to show them what tolerance and working together can do.