NOW THAT THEY’RE OVER
By James Turnage
I watched both the Republican and Democratic conventions. I’m glad they’re over. November can’t come fast enough for me.
I watched the Republicans because I wanted to see if they were finally going to tell the American people how they would improve the economy, the actual plan, not just spew empty words. I heard nothing. I heard the usual rhetoric blaming Mr. Obama for everything but the hurricane outside. I heard them say they will undo everything that has been accomplished for the good of the middle class. I heard them praise women for being wonderful mothers and wives, but I didn’t hear them say that they would take away their right to choose what they could do with their own bodies. What I heard most was a negative message. I still have no idea what they stand for other than to repeal 50 year old gains for the middle class.
I’m not going to say that the Democrats were great either. There were high points. Speeches by Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton were intelligent and truthful. Mr. Biden’s and Mr. Obama’s were good, but I’ve heard better, especially from the President. The best part of Mr. Obama’s speech was when he said the Republican solution to everything was a tax cut. His final line of that part of his speech said, “Republicans will tell you take two tax cuts, roll back regulations, and call me in the morning”.
I heard a positive message, looking forward to making our country great again. I heard a complete understanding of foreign policy, a subject not mentioned in the Republican convention. I heard complete support for our men and women in the armed forces, while they serve, and when they come home. I heard about promises kept, and several that are still works in progress. What I didn’t hear was a philosophy of “trickle down” economics. Instead I heard what I’ve known all my life, that Americans cheer for everyone at every economic level. Fair is fair, we all have to share in reviving and renewing a once solid economy.
If I were to grade both conventions, and I will, I give the Republicans an ‘F’, and the Democrats a ‘B-‘. I’ll make a small wager with myself that the percentage of those on the right wing who watched even a part of the Democratic convention was extremely small. They don’t want to hear what Liberals have to say. I was an independent most of my life. I watched both conventions because I’ve been hoping to hear intelligent ideas from even one candidate from the right. I hope I live long enough to accomplish that goal.