Divided we stand

Watching my allotted hour of the Democratic convention tonight I was struck by the unity. Despite the moratorium on Bush bashing, every speaker had the same message: George Bush has wrecked America in four short years.

News stories are already labeling the night with titles like, "Democrats open convention with Gore call to harness fury of 2000," and, "Democrats issue call to arms," and my personal favorite, "Democrats bring out big guns to boost Kerry's lacklustre profile."

...Jimmy Carter ...harshly attacked President Bush as he declared the "achievements of Camp David a quarter-century ago and the more recent progress made by President Bill Clinton are now in peril" because of policies of Mr. Bush that have allowed the Middle East to be "swept by anti-American passions." He also made reference to questions about Mr. Bush's service in the National Guard during the Vietnam War. ..."Democrats want to build an America of shared responsibilities and shared opportunities," Mr. Clinton said, according to prepared remarks circulated before he spoke. "Republicans believe in an America run by the right people, their people."

...Mr. Gore said, in a speech that mixed easy humor with poignant anger about his defeat four years ago.

..."Is our country more united today? Or more divided?" he said in a speech that lasted a scant 13 minutes. "Has the promise of compassionate conservatism been fulfilled? Or do those words now ring hollow? [nytimes]

Are we more divided today? Are we divided because Republicans are warmongers who want the American people to be sick and poor, the air and water to be dirty, and children and seniors to starve because the federal government didn't feed them and clothe them and provide for their every need?

If we are divided today it is obviously because Republicans refuse to accept the premises of liberalism.

And let's not forget Mrs. Kerry's call to civility, "Shove it!"

I didn't hear Jimmy Carter's speech but I've read it. Some of the more interesting parts are the new democratic qualifications for President. Military service-- in Combat.

...my first chosen career was in the United States Navy... ...ready for combat and prepared to give our lives... ...Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower... ...faced their active military responsibilities with honor... ...knew the horrors of war, and later, as commanders-in-chief... ...our Democratic party is led by another former naval officer... ...one who volunteered for military service... ...He showed up when assigned to duty... ...he served with honor and distinction.... ...knows the horrors of war and the responsibilities of leadership, ...Lieutenant John Kerry my shipmate... ...I am ready to follow him to victory in November... ...You can't be a war president one day... ...When our national security requires military action... ...John Kerry has already proven in Vietnam... [Jimmy Carter's speech]

Someone tell Bill Clinton that his draft dodging exempts him from serving as President. And is there anyone in America who doesn't know that John Kerry served in Vietnam? The American people may not know who John Kerry is yet, but they know he served in Vietnam.

Much of this first night was the same old tired class warfare rhetoric we have all heard before. "The Republicans are for the rich and the democrats are for the workingman," or as I like to say, "The rich get the gold mine and the people get the shaft."

Posted by Eric Simonson at July 27, 2004 1:32 AM