My uncle and I watched President Obama’s speech at the DNC tonight.
Something that Obama said that really irked was that he pledged to make sure government wasn’t “beholden to the highest bidder”. That’s bullshit. Of course politicians are beholden to campaign contributions, pay-offs, and the like. It doesn’t make a difference what side of the ticket you’re on. To beat a dead horse into an even deader horse, I’ve said many times that both parties operate in essentially the same way: in the end, every decision (or non-decision) comes down to money. The only real difference between them is that Democrats are actually of this Earth and possess common sense, qualities the wing-nut Republicans don’t have.1
Another comment that piqued my interest while listening to Obama was made by my uncle. He said that Obama’s effectively a lame duck, whereby anything he tries to do during his second term probably won’t mean much. I hadn’t thought about this before, but my uncle’s absolutely right. Even if Obama somehow morphed into the second coming of FDR, the odds are good that, come 2016, a conservative Prez would work his ass off to repeal every last shred of good legislation passed under Obama’s watch. And so it goes -- if Obama was going to do some truly transformative, revolutionary stuff, he should’ve been doing it already. That isn’t to say Obama hasn't cemented his place in history -- being the first African-American President, of course he has -- but I think it’s safe to say that, for the most part, he’s over-promised and under-delivered.2 Simply put, he ain’t going down as being in the same league as Lincoln and Roosevelt. It's not even close, really.
Overall, Obama’s speech was fine. The guy towed the company (no pun intended) line; it was unoriginal and not at all surprising. Myself, I’m just not impressed by Obama or his party. He’s clearly the lesser of two evils, and I strongly believe he’ll win by default; I can’t see anyone in their right mind wanting to be on the Ronmey-Ryan bandwagon for four years. And yes, I realize the almost 400 words you see here are overflowing with cynicism and jaded so much they could put an eye out, but they express how I truly feel. I am, without a doubt, a fan of liberal-bordering-on-socialist politics. Unfortunately, Obama doesn’t fit my vision. But then again, neither does Joe Biden or Mitt Romney. I like to provide equal opportunity skewering.
But, hey, at least I didn’t have a stroke watching this time.