I have enjoyed the analysis offered concerning both of the major party conventions so far. The analysis has run the gamut from thoughtful and intelligent to downright idiotic. I'll leave it to you to determine what tag belongs to which talking head. From the first night of the DNC so far, I can only weigh in with my thoughts, which so far is that the entire episode is an exercise in the realm of the surreal.
Heading into the convention, those seeking to secure four more years of power for the current team haunting the West Wing have been asked the now famous Reagan question, Is America better off than it was four years ago? After spending the weekend fumbling around with experimental answers to that question, all of which only elicited laughter as a response, they settled on pure fabrication for the official party line. Absolutely America is better off we have been assured, as if we are not actually living through the Obama Presidency. After being told that Americans have experienced unprecedented job growth for the past three years, I look around and wonder, who? The labor force participation rate is at a 70 year low. 11 Million more Americans are receiving food stamps now than were receiving them a year ago, which represents a record setting increase over the year before that. Per capita income has decreased for the fist 4 year period since before the disaster which overtook the nation from 1929 through 1932. Our National Debt has topped $16 Trillion, a figure so staggering that it would take you 44,000 years to reach if you had the ability to spend $1 Million per day. Iran is now moments from having the bomb, and has confirmed plans to use it immediately against Israel.
Most bizarre of all however is the backdrop of irony that they are providing for their convention. At a week long attempt to paint the Republican Party as the party of white men who hate their daughters, wives, and mothers, they thought it would be a groovy idea to trot out an eight minute long video tribute for a former U.S. Senator who killed his pregnant secretary and then lawyered up prior to alerting authorities of the tragedy. This is the same man who created the waitress sandwich and propositioned Carrie Fisher on behalf of a Senate pal who apparently had a hard time leveraging his power for the purposes of soliciting sex. Tonight we get Bill Clinton, a former U.S. President who's own activities were so raunchy that he actually had to hire someone full time to handle what the White House termed as, "Bimbo Eruptions." One of the aforementioned, "bimbos," actually leveled the charge of rape, against the President.
One of the other bizarre sights will occur tonight, when princess Fauxcahontas, takes the stage. Fauxcahontas of course is really Elizabeth Warren, a Senate candidate who, and I am not joking here, has benefited from a minority status due to her very suspect claim of being 1/32nd Cherokee. A claim that even if it were true, would still rank in the world as one of the most spurious claims ever made during human history. Warren, besides being full of it, is also famous for the you didn't build that sentiment which made its viral travels in the world of youtube. What makes it bizarre now though is that Barack Obama was so enamored of the schtick, that he thought it would be a good idea to make it his own about a month and a half ago during a stump speech in Roanoke Virginia. As soon as it became cannon fodder for every Republican and their pundits, Team Obama backtracked from it so fast that even Newt Gingrich lost his balance. Warren though, has never backed away from it. In fact, her rhetoric has been doubled down on the whole, "we'd like to share in your fruits, whether you agree or not," meme. Tonight, both speak in prime time, and no doubt we will be reeducated about their messages afterwards.
The Bamster's acceptance speech has been moved from the outdoor coliseum sized stadium of four years ago to an indoor venue this time around. The claim is that this is due to the whether, which I would almost believe if not for the forecast of the storms being over by Thursday night having already been made public. Several media outlets have already publicly complained about the Democrats broadcasting background crowd noise at too high a volume, a transparent maneuver which has no other purpose than to create the illusion of enthusiasm. Last night was speech after speech which I like to call destituteapalooza. Each and every speaker got up on stage and told a tale of personal hardship in childhood, which they each were able to overcome due to America being the land of opportunity. The contest was to see if their beginnings could be presented as something which was even more depressing than those of the speakers before. What was bizarre was the fact that they then promptly advocated for policies which would put an immediate end to that upward social mobility potential, and replace it with a system that would pigeon hole all Americans into Obama approved social classes.
Perhaps most bizarre of all has been the President's complete avoidance of the national media wishing to ask him any actual questions. The last month has seen Barack Obama's only interaction with reporters occurring in the hard hitting forums of Glamour Magazine, People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, and of course the bevy of morning radio talk shows. While attempting to recreate the image of Barack Obama being the only actual adult in the nation, he has taken to answering only questions about what his favorite color is, or what his favorite fast food is, which the Obama's are allowed to eat, but not we mere mortals. The media's treatment of the Zero has been anything but critical. Chris Matthews even claimed to have a thrill go up his leg while listening to the President read from his teleprompter, and he did this with a serious face, a hot mike, and rolling cameras. Even with that kind of attention, the man who's entire administration is little more than slickly produced kabuki theater can not take the chance of an actual policy question sneaking through.
There is a reason why the DNC appears to have been produced in some bizarre alternate universe where everyone with a clean shaven should be sporting that famous Star Trek goatee. If these people ever told us the truth of what their agenda was in an open and honest manner, they would never win another election on the national level. So, they will continue to couch their speeches in deceptive phraseology, or just out right lie about what their intentions are, and much of America will continue to be surprised when they do things like nationalize 20% of our economy of put people in jail for drinking milk straight from the cow rather than traveling to a government approved grocery store. History will look back at us and wonder, how could these people have been fooled repeatedly into purchasing the snake oil?