I do apologize in advance for the somewhat disjointed nature of this post. However, that's what stream of consciousness is all about. Hey, it's called a masterpiece when Faulker writes this way, so cut me some slack.
Well, I’m sitting here watching the Democrats go crazy over John Edwards, so I thought I’d blog about it as I watch.
Right now they’re introducing a bunch of retired generals and admirals and other servicemen. It’s so amazingly phony. The crowd is cheering them. You’ll never see a room full of Democrats, especially a room in which 95% are to the left of Joe Lieberman, cheer for members of the military like this ever again. Even CNN couldn’t swallow the line that Kerry and Edwards are “strong on defense.”
John Edwards’ daughter seems to have rummaged through some bins at Princeton and found a leftover 60’s hairstyle.
And what does Edwards’ wife start out with? Why John Kerry’s Vietnam service! He was in Vietnam? Really? Gosh, I must have missed that.
Now she’s pretending that John “trial lawyer” Edwards was just a champion for the little guy while he was out there making his fortune by making a mockery of the legal system.
“Faith and moral core?” The delegates must be confused by that one. That’s not what the Democratic Party is all about…
As much as I respect Lieberman, you have to admit, Edwards is one photogenic guy. Just repeat to yourself, “trial lawyer, trial lawyer, trial lawyer.” Is it the end of August yet?
You know, if Edwards was a Republican, the Dems would be laughing at his Southern accent like a bunch of braying donkeys… No, I’m not making fun of his accent; I like it. Just pointing out the double standard.
And what does Edwards start out with? John Kerry served in Vietnam! Well, that’s it! The election’s over. Kerry served in Vietnam, so that makes him the best candidate for president. Never mind that this is from the party that spent the last 30 years decrying Vietnam and anyone who was associated with it. They chided conservatives for making political hay out of military service. This is the party that said it was no big deal that Clinton went to Canada, yet they’re convinced that Bush shirked his duty.
Edwards: “More negative attacks. Aren’t you sick of it?” Yeah, and it’s only been three days.
Edwards is discussing equality of opportunity. He’s a couple decades behind. Don’t you know it’s all about equality of result now, John?
And here comes the “Two Americas” nonsense… We don’t have to have 2 health care systems, where one gives people quality care, we can drag them all down together! “Schools shouldn’t be limited by where they are.” But no vouchers, nope.
Hahaha, wow, did anyone else see the lady making “I’m madly in love with you eyes” in the CNN shot?
Haha, Edwards talked about tax cuts for American corporations creating jobs for Americans and the delegates weren’t sure whether to cheer or not. But, but, corporate America is the enemy!
Tell me John, how ARE you going to pay for it? By soaking the rich of course! They don’t create jobs or anything. They’re pure evil.
35 million Americans live in poverty? I’m guessing they’re working with a special definition of poverty…
Hey, raise the minimum wage! That’ll help create jobs! Why didn’t I think of that? If employers have to pay their existing employees more then they’ll certainly have more money left over to hire new ones at the higher wage.
Now Edwards is equating his “Two Americas” with segregation? Wait a minute, isn’t “Two Americas” all about class, not race? “We want our children and grandchildren to grow up in an America not divided by race.” Well, here’s a hint, John, stop using race to divide America!
Edwards says they’ll do everything for homeland security, everything! No specifics, of course, nor anything about how they’ll be able to do a better job than Bush, but it sure sounds good.
He certainly sounds like he’s convinced about the threat of terrorism, and I hope that he is, but his voting record doesn’t necessarily square with what he’s saying.
Wait, was Edwards just talking about getting countries to forgive Iraqi debt? Wasn’t that absolute folly back when Bush was trying it in December? I thought it was fiscally irresponsible. What “loophole” in the NPT is he referring to? As in if nations don’t sign it, they’re not bound by it? I’d like to hear an elaboration on that.
“We choose optimism over cynicism. We won’t listen to people who say ‘You can’t do that!” Wait, I thought he wanted to strengthen ties with the French?
And now that the speech is over, they’re using that “Let’s get it started” song that ESPN used to promote the NBA playoffs. I kind of liked that song, and now it’s irrevocably tainted. Too bad.
Ah, here’s the key: “American soldiers don’t have to fight the War in Iraq or the War on Terror alone.” That sentence says a great deal in that it makes clear that Kerry and Edwards really don’t regard those as one and the same. And therein lies the distinction. They don’t understand the War on Terror and how Iraq is a crucial piece of it. They’re stuck in the Democratic mindset that the War on Terror equals the War on Al Qaeda. It’s much, much more than that. This war may be unconventional and it’s certainly being fought differently than the wars of the 20th Century, but it shares a crucial characteristic with them in that it’s about ideology. Like fascism and communism, the ideology of Islamofascism is about oppression and brutality. Freedom is antithetical to its followers and those societies that exhibit and export freedom are its enemies. Freedom is dangerously subversive to these ideologies and that is why their fanatical followers are so desperate to destroy it. President Bush understands this well, as does Dick Cheney and everyone in the president’s cabinet. That is the real important difference in this election, and the Democrats just don’t understand it.
I have to give Edwards credit for something, though. I may not have agreed with almost any of the content of his speech, he did a marvelous job of being upbeat and optimistic. He spoke a of a vision for this country (an indistinct and potentially ruinous one though it may be) that was forward-looking and positive. It’s very much like his primary campaign speeches. It is a breath of fresh air for a party that has been the party of hate, pessimism and bitterness for the last 4 years. Though most people at that convention are there as Bush-haters rather than Kerry/Edwards supporters, Edwards did a commendable job of trying to get away from that.