Dividing America: Day 3

“This [convention] is a very, very important infomercial that every American should watch.” -Al Franken

I have to give the Democrats credit for controlling themselves so well these three days. The partisan rhetoric has been toned down. Hidden. Forced way down into that deep dark place within their hearts where no one is supposed to know it’s there. Sure, you and I glimpse the face behind the mask in every speech, but can you imagine what they might have said without any restraint?

Hope is on the way... there are two more conventions coming up in New York after this one. One in Madison Square Garden and one outside of it. One is the real hope and the one outside of it is the real face of liberalism, not the mask of psuedo-centrism this democratic convention seeks to put forth.

To be sure the tightly scripted convention has all but eviscerated the substance of what the Democratic Party stands for. We have to strain to hear any concrete promises. The generic, "We will do it better," and, "they [Republicans] are hateful and negative," is fine for some. But I'd like details. Like how much higher my taxes are going to be when they give me the peace of mind of knowing, like John Kerry, that I won't have to worry about money anymore.

Or that I can finally rest easy knowing that my freedom and security are no longer at risk because John Kerry, who served in Vietnam, is at the helm of State.

Tonight, we stand with those freedoms at risk and our security as citizens in question.

I have come here tonight to say, that the only choice we have to preserve our freedoms at this point in history is to elect John Kerry the president of the United States. Al Sharpton

I am still waiting to learn who John Kerry is and what he plans to do if he were elected. Democrats are making sure that nothing of substance is said at their convention except that Republicans are dividing America.

EDWARDS: But what have we seen? Relentless negative attacks against John. So in the weeks ahead, we know what's coming, don't we?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

EDWARDS: ... more negative attacks -- aren't you sick of it?

AUDIENCE: Yes.

EDWARDS: They are doing all they can to take the campaign for the highest office in the land down the lowest possible road.

But this is where you come in: Between now and November, you, the American people, you can reject the tired, old, hateful, negative politics of the past. And instead you can embrace the politics of hope, the politics of what's possible because this is America, where everything is possible.

Which brings me to an observation: What does, "Uniting America," look like? It looks a lot like the New Deal to me.

One thing I do know is that there is no free lunch. Someone has to pay. John and John keep saying that it will just be the rich who pay for all of this new spending, but you and I know that the more they take the more they will spend. Everything is possible only when you are spending someone else's money.

By pretending to be going positive they are throwing away the only tool in their toolbox. How long can they promise in generic platitudes without being asked exactly how they will pay for their 'Uniting of America'?

...We have a plan that will offer all Americans the same health care that your senator has...

...We can give our schools the resources that they need...

...John Kerry and I believe that we shouldn't have two different economies in America: one for people who are set for life...

...And we will invest in the jobs of the future and in the technologies and innovation to ensure that America stays ahead of the competition...

...First, we're going to help you pay for your health care...

...We're going to help you cover the rising costs of child care...

...If your child -- if your child wants to be the first in your family to go to college, we're going to give you...

...We can also do something about 35 million Americans who live in poverty every day...

...we have children going to bed hungry? We have children who don't have the clothes to keep them warm? John Edwards

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Posted by Eric Simonson at July 29, 2004 3:32 AM