I have watched portions of the first two night of the Democratic convention (via a free feed from MSNBC
). Nearly all of the speakers come across a stilted. Since they have no rhythm (and since those subjected to the dreariness of contemporary American speech-i-fying
seem to have gotten use to that) the audience seems to respond in the wrong places. There is no cadence. But what passes for "substance" is even worse. The persistent theme of family and religion are insipid. There are way
too many victims - "widows and orphans," wounded veterans," "single mothers," ... the whole litany. None are seen as capable in any plausible way. And the closing prayer is, quite frankly, nauseating.
We don't need prayers and 'compassion' for the pathetic, the abandoned and the decrepit; what we need some plausible policies and the willingness to play political hardball necessary to get them implemented. we need that just not for the pitiable, but for the great majority of Americans who've been screwed by Republicans peddling deeply flawed policies and but who are willing to play the sort of political hardball needed to implement them. Unfortunately, the Democrats just don't seem up to the challenge.
I ave a very bad feeling that the Republicans will tear this lot to shreds.
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