CONTINUED from “The Democratic National Convention, Part I“.
Day Two of the Democratic National Convention brought a little more firepower than Day One. To start, the main event was Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party’s King of Cool and a former president who is looked at by many, despite his impeachment and scandal, as very favorable. Before getting to President Clinton however, we had quite a few speakers to listen to. There are four speeches that I am going to discuss. Those are the speeches by former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, congressman Steny Hoyer, congressman Barney Frank and growing progressive icon and senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren.
Unfortunately for those watching the DNC, we were treated to Nancy Pelosi a second night in a row. This time, Mrs. Skeletor was all alone and ready to talk our ear off in an effort to convince us that government is our friend and master. On a positive note, this legendary windbag only gave us eight-to-nine minutes of batshit nonsense before leaving the stage.
In a nutshell, Nancy Pelosi said that young people are the future of the Democratic Party. Um yeah, no shit asshole. The future obviously isn’t old blowhards like Mrs. Pelosi and her homies who got rejected by the majority of the Americans during the 2010 midterm elections when they lost the House and she got demoted to minority leader. This just segues into her talking about doing what must be done for Democrats to keep the presidency, keep the Senate and win back the House of Representatives.
Pelosi said that Democrats believe in “moving barriers”. What? Really? You mean to tell me that the political party that is most inclined to turn to government, as the solution to every problem, is the party that is “moving barriers”? Is this makeup-smeared slag fucking serious? Are people dumb enough to buy into this bullshit? Well, apparently so because they proved two things during Pelosi’s speech. The first, is that they are that dumb considering they roared so loudly in support. The second is that they solidified one of my greatest fears – they proved that zombies can clap.
Not too long after Speaker Pelosi, we got to hear congressman Steny Hoyer as he ignited the crowd. He came out and gave us a short speech as well. Man, apart from the final speaker or two each night, the DNC gave their people a lot less time than the RNC gave their speakers the week prior. Hoyer got right down to it though and immediately announced his proud support for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Hoyer praised Obama for rebuilding the economy, saving the auto industry and getting people back to work. Yep, if you talk to the Democrats, everything is just fucking peachy under Barry O but of course they are going to say that, as it’s a two party system and nearly everyone playing the game is a fucking hack. He pimped out the Democrats “Make It In America” plan which promises to invest in “out-educating, out-innovating and out-building our competitors overseas.” Here we go with that spending more money on education idiocy. And where are these libtards going to get this money? Check your pockets homie!
Hoyer did make some pretty good points however when he attacked the Republicans for what their top priority is, when he stated:
Mr. Romney said he wished President Obama had succeeded when he took office. If so, he was alone in his party. Let’s review the history. Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, said that Republicans’ number one priority was the defeat of President Obama. Not the defeat of terrorism, not the creation of jobs, not the reduction of our deficit and debt, not ensuring access to health care, not educating our children. But to simply defeat our president. As the Rev. Jesse Jackson describes it, they want to drown the captain, and they’re prepared to sink the ship to do so.
Well shit man, Ol’ Steny is seriously pulling some punk cards! Frankly, I completely agree with this point by Hoyer because just getting out Obama is the Republicans’ primary focus over all other things. I’ve written about and been highly critical about the GOP’s and the Tea Party’s favorite mantra going into this election. That mantra is “Anybody but Obama!” Instead of focusing on the issues, offering solutions and running on that, the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot with their angered and narrow-sighted vision for America in 2012 and beyond. When all you are focused on is defeating your opponent, at any cost, no matter how capable or incapable the alternative is, you are on a blind path towards self-inflicted genocide on your own party.
Hoyer went on to slam Romney and Ryan as bad choices and continued to praise Obama, who was put on a pedestal and sold to the audience as the savior of our economy. Hoyer is a party guy for sure, and it may have never been more obvious than it was in this speech. He is a well-respected leader in the Democratic Party, which means that regardless of how obvious and blatant the Obama love and Romney hate was in this speech, the hardcore liberal drones will vote for Obama and feel great when they do it regardless. These people don’t need Hoyer to tell them what to do, they just need another cheerleader to come out and get them fired up because they are under the impression that they are taking down the evil empire when in fact, they themselves are the blood of the evil empire. It is pretty pathetic yet funny when you really think about it. Although in the end, it is the American people that will take it hard in the ass.
After Hoyer, we got a great performance by congressman Barney Frank, the guy who was one of the major architects behind the infamous and heavily criticized Dodd-Frank bill. Now it is believed that the teleprompter malfunctioned as he was giving his speech, so Frank went off the script and gave us a very memorable and amusing rant. Instead of paraphrasing it, it is short enough just to post it in its entirety. Here it is:
It turns out our governor was Mitt Romney and what we should have had as governor was ‘Myth Romney.’ Myth Romney is a wonderful private-sector executive who, when he moved into the public sector, can transform it. I wish Myth Romney had been governor of the state I had lived in. If it had been Myth Romney, I’d probably be riding the commuter train from New Bedford to Boston right now. But we had Mitt Romney.. ..Now maybe, as a Democrat, I should be grateful that we got Mitt and not Myth, because if Myth Romney had ever been governor and had done all of the things we’re told he can do, he would have been re-elected overwhelmingly.
Regardless of how you might feel about Barney Frank, his unscripted and unhinged rant was bloody fantastic! For me, this was most assuredly one of the highlights of the DNC. Frank owned that podium and presented his argument with a lot of passion and it showed. I’m not a fan of Barney Frank, at all, and I think he is responsible for a large portion of our economic woes today but I have to give him props for ripping Romney the way that he did. Barney Frank is not someone you would want to push into a corner.
A little while after Barney Frank’s A-plus rant, Elizabeth Warren came out to give the final speech before President Bill Clinton would take the stage. Warren, who is running for a Senate seat to represent Massachusetts, is one of the fastest rising stars in the Democratic Party. Swash contributor and economic wizard Tho Bishop has written an article about her called “Elizabeth Warren and Demagoguery“. While talking to Tho, he was concerned over Warren’s rise to fame and popularity to the point that he was genuinely concerned that she could become POTUS as early as 2016. Where I sit, that is a scary thought, as she is even further left than Obama!
One good thing worth mentioning however, is that her actions have been strange and her campaign has been starting to suffer because of it. She had a very strong lead in the senatorial race not too long ago and now her opponent has actually pulled passed her by a few points.
For those unaware, there has been a bit of a small scandal involving Elizabeth Warren’s heritage. Apparently, she has claimed on several occasions that she is part Native American. Upon being forced under the microscope, it has been discovered that Warren is either lying or the percentage of Native American blood in her veins is so small, it is really insignificant. According to some, this hasn’t stopped her from fraudulently benefitting from Native American entitlements. Now while there is seemingly no evidence to back up the claims of Warren’s accusers, she has come out and stated that she has never used her heritage for any sort of personal gain. From an objective standpoint, I choose to believe her unless evidence arises. So, let’s give her a fair shake and look at her fifteen minute speech at the DNC.
Warren started her speech by talking about hard-working people and how the system and the game is rigged and it is rigged against them. This is very astute of her and I give her props for admitting the game is rigged, which it obviously is. However, she isn’t honest about though. You see, she is rightfully pointing the finger at big business corporate-loving Republicans but completely ignoring that her party is comprised of a lot of big business corporate-loving Democrats. Both parties rig the fucking system but in this dog eat dog finger-pointing world, we only get half truths and full lies.
She went into her history and talked about how she came from a hardworking family that worked hard, she worked hard, they worked hard, everybody worked hard, you get the picture. It’s the same speech given by nearly every single speaker at both the DNC and RNC over the last two weeks. In her case, this is all a setup to talk about the struggling middle class. Thus begins the bashing of Wall Street and venom being spit in the faces of those who stash their money in vaults in the Cayman Islands.
Warren went on to pound over everyone’s heads that the game is rigged. Hell, she said rigged at least a half dozen times. She said that folks don’t care that others make more money because we “celebrate success” in America. Yeah, the Democrats celebrate it by bitching about others’ success and demanding that they share their success with the unsuccessful. Well shit, what’s the point of working hard and busting ass to be a success if we can just take money from the successful? This level of understanding behind the liberals’ idiotic whines of concepts like “fair share”, “shared prosperity”, “common good” and “greater good” isn’t a hard place to come to if you don’t fool yourself into buying into these weak pathetic concepts. We just want a “level laying field” she said. Well, level isn’t going into the system and putting up road blocks and regulations to make it more beneficial for yourselves and harder for the successes. Level isn’t tearing down the guy at the top to bring him down to your lower position. Hell, that is a destruction of success and an attack on prosperity! That in and of itself is “rigging the system”! I guess it is okay when the Democrats do it. That is, if you are a Democrat.
There is something I learned from Warren’s speech, or at least it became more clear to me – and this goes for not just Democrats but Republicans too. If you just shout out some nonsense that recycles the same talking points the twenty people who spoke before you repeated all night and just end it with the phrase, “and that’s why we need (insert candidate’s name here)!” – the people will roar and you will look like a fucking rock star. Despite that though, I was glad to see that people weren’t as solidly behind Elizabeth Warren as the Democratic Party would have probably liked. Sure, they chanted her name in the beginning but ultimately, as her speech went on, it seemed to fall flat. Maybe even liberals are getting tired of the same old message in their party. I mean, that’s doubtful but Warren didn’t deliver like most anticipated she would and for America, that’s at least a good sign.
President Bill Clinton took the stage in Day Two’s main event and he held the crowd at attention for almost an hour! Well, he held people’s attention for a great while but as the speech got about two-thirds of the way in, some of the Democrats in the crowd looked to be ready to hit the sack in their nearby hotel rooms. It’s not that Clinton’s speech was bad, it wasn’t – it was rather good. In fact, I personally feel that it was the highlight of the entire Democratic National Convention. I mean shit, they should have ended the damn show as soon as Clinton walked off of the stage because there was no way Obama or Biden were going to top President Bill and the former-pres’ speech just made it clear to me, that politicians today can’t hold a candle to the politicians of just a few short years ago. Clinton out-shined Obama and he out-shined Romney the week before. Who cares about the man’s magic dick and it’s penchant for getting him in trouble with his wife. Bill Clinton is a solid statesman holding down that stage in the presence of lesser beings who do not fully grasp the level of awesomeness and charisma that is bleeding through their senses while in this man’s presence.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a fan of a lot of Clinton’s politics but I certainly respect him as a leader and no one can deny that on his watch, this country was back on track. You can certainly give credit to the Republicans in Congress as well but that also just goes to show how well Bill worked with his rivals in getting things done. It also shows how petty, selfish and borderline retarded our politicians are now, when they can’t even balance a fucking budget! Kudos to Clinton for ruling over saner and more prosperous times. I kind of wish he was running again for the Democratic Party.
So getting to his speech, he spent the first few minutes praising Obama and announcing him as the nominee for the Democratic Party. Well shit, that’s not surprising as he is the sitting president and all these progressive pissants worship the man like he’s wearing the goddamned Infinity Gauntlet!
After the Obama love and the nomination stuff, Bill gets down to fucking business. Bill attacked the Republican narrative from the RNC and claimed that they were wrong about their comments that the Democrats are against free enterprise, individual initiative and want Americans dependent on the government. Well, that’s kind of true Bill but that applies to the Republicans as well honesty. He added:
This Republican narrative — this alternative universe — says that every one of us in this room who amounts to anything, we’re all completely self-made.. ..We Democrats — we think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real opportunities for poor folks to work their way into it — with a relentless focus on the future, with business and government actually working together to promote growth and broadly share prosperity. You see, we believe that “we’re all in this together” is a far better philosophy than “you’re on your own.” It is.
What Clinton fails to realize, as most Democrats and Republicans – not in rhetoric but in action – fail to understand, is that it is great to be in this “together” and to help one another but that help should be voluntary, not by force and government shouldn’t play a role in it regardless. People should want to help people on their own and most people do. It’s when government tells you that you have to and if you don’t, you are forced to, that causes people to turn the other way and to lash out against such ideas.
President Clinton went on to boast about how Democrats – historically – have created more jobs than Republicans. He talked about former Republican presidents and leaders and how they and the Democrats were able to come together for the greater good of America but how the Republicans that lead the Party now see things in the terms of, “government is always the enemy, they’re always right, and compromise is weakness.” Bill then led into some sultry Obama and Biden love – talking about how they are great leaders and willing to find common ground and compromise with their political rivals. Um, really? He ended this portion of his speech by talking about how proud he is of his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The former President then praised the current President for his national security record. Again.. um, really? He gave Obama props on ObamaCare and slammed Republicans for being a major roadblock. He then had a fantastic line, which should have put a stick up many Republican asses. That line was:
In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president’s re-election was actually pretty simple — pretty snappy. It went something like this: We left him a total mess. He hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough. So fire him and put us back in.
Bill Clinton’s still got it and in a lot of ways he’s right – not that Obama is the guy that can clean up this mess but the point is very valid. This took Bill down the path of discussing small business, job creation, alternative energy and all the other typical talking points. He gave examples of how the Democrats while save the country and examples of how the Republicans will ruin the country. More than anything, he touts the foresight of the Democratic Party at the expense of those stone aged Republicans.
In the end, Clinton gave a fantastic speech and the crowd was going ape shit! It was the best speech of the Democratic National Convention. It was lengthy but it hit the mark and made the points it needed to make but it presented Biden and Obama with a challenge because it would be incredibly hard to follow up. I felt as if Bill Clinton were running against Obama right now, he’d have walked away with a landslide victory in the Democratic primary. He is the guy that can lead the Democratic Party but unfortunately for them, he had his two terms and they’re stuck with what they’ve got.
6. Day Three, Part I – Welcome to Prime-time:
CONTINUED in “The Democratic National Convention, Part III“.