CHARLOTTE, September 5, 2012 - Tuesday night was the second night of the 2012 Democratic Convention from Charlotte. Some will insist that it was the first night, but this is false. The first night of the convention was canceled under a hail of ineptitude and failed fundraising.
Tuesday night is traditionally “attack night,” and the keynote speech was given by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Then, in a very curious decision, First Lady Michelle Obama gave the final speech of the night.
This is curious only because Wednesday night, former President Bill Clinton will have to compete with the 2012 National Football League season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and the defending champion New York Giants. Some would say that Mr. Clinton is a stronger speaker and the biggest rock star in the Democratic Party.
Only Bill Clinton could compete with the NFL. However, it still would make more sense to have Mrs. Obama speak at the same time as the NFL because there would be much less overlap in terms of target audiences.
The leadup to the speeches was filled with disaster. Like in Tampa, hard rain has befallen Charlotte. Yet this convention has had other severe problems unrelated to the weather. President Obama is moving his Thursday speech from the approximately 75,000 seat Bank of America Stadium where the Carolina Panthers play to the much smaller 18,000 seat stadium of the Bobcats.
The Obama team knew it was not going to fill the larger stadium, even if busing in college students.
Needless platform controversies erupted when the Democrats decided to shove the Jews under the bus. Language declaring Jerusalem the sole undivided capital of Israel was removed from Tuesday’s speeches. Palestinian terrorists from Hamas to Hezbollah should be celebrating this decision. Liberal Jews are expected to behave like obedient lapdogs, and so far they are carrying the pails of water with enthusiasm.
Removal of God from the platform also seemed like an odd thing to do, and was noticed.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro gave a speech that could have been delivered by his third cousin (no, not really) Fidel.
“Texas may be the one place where people still have bootstraps, and we expect people to pull themselves up by them.”
He then offered the “howevers” that justified the big government agenda of the Democrats:
“The difference was not one of intelligence or drive. The difference was opportunity.”
“You can’t be pro-business unless you’re pro-education.”
Of course you can. Businesses are what make America succeed. Public schools are laboratories of failure where kids go to die. Liberals think being pro-education means supporting public schools. Again, big government failure.)
“How do we multiply that success? The answer is President Barack Obama.”
Which is a meaningless statement.
“Governor Romney has no idea how good he’s had it.”
A nasty and false statement. That could apply more accurately to both Obamas.
“If we all just go our own way, our nation will be stronger for it.” so say the Republicans
This is a lie. No Republican has ever said that.
On supply-side economics:
“Their theory has been tested. It failed.”
Wrong. It has worked every time. Their God JFK was a supply-sider.
“Obama saved the auto industry and saved one million jobs.”
Detroit is bleeding. GM is crashing and burning again.
“Lift the shadow of deportation from a bunch of law-abiding immigrants called dreamers.”
Give amnesty to them so they will vote for Democrats.
“Invest more in education.”
Throw more money down a sewer full of rats and produce inferior results. Invest means spend.
“A leader who brings jobs home…”
Jobs? Where are the jobs?
Mayor Castro had a couple of flaws. For one, he comes across as incredibly smug. He needs to learn how to wipe the smirk off his face. When one is speaking in front of an adoring crowd, it is possible to forget that people at home do not like self-satisfied smart-alecks.
Beyond that, he lifted most of his entire speech from Marco Rubio. While it is admirable that Mr. Castro’s family is an American success story, he spoke the entire time about personal responsibility and then tried to show how it was government that made the difference.
Mr. Rubio gave his speech without the government handout theory, and without the smirking.
Michelle Obama then came to the podium and admitted that she was worried that being First lady would interfere with her family.
“I didn’t want to give up date night.”
This from the woman who wants the rest of us to sacrifice.
“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.”
The Obamas are many things, but humility is not something they possess. Being the good wife, she attempted to once again justify “You did not build that..” with her homage to those that did your business.
“Good jobs, jobs you can raise a family on, right here in America…”
Jobs? Again? Where are the jobs?
“For Barack, success is not about how much money you make, it is about the difference you make in people’s lives.”
He has every right to feel this way. His problem is forcibly trying to make the rest of us live the way he lives. Many lives have been hurt by his top-down approach.
“For Barack, there is no such thing as us and them…He is always ready to listen to others…We all love our country.”
This is nonsense. His entire presidency is demonizing anyone disagreeing with him and rejecting any ideas differing from his predetermined opinions.”
“My most important title is still mom-in-chief.”
Mr. Castro failed to tell anyone how his personal story was in any way related to Barack Obama’s policies.
Mrs. Obama showed that Mr. Obama is a good husband and father, but this was never in dispute. She did not show how anything they believe will help this country.
The entire convention will be judged on President Obama’s speech.
However, Tuesday was the Seinfeld night. It was convention speeches about nothing.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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