Friday, September 7, 2012
Reflections on the Conventions
I didn't watch all of the convention coverage but what I did see was interesting. The Republicans featured compelling personal stories that conveniently left out parts where they got government loans, grants, tax breaks,... The Democrats featured the same kind of personal stories but they all gave government the credit for college loans and grants, business loans and grants, ... Most telling were the speeches of Sen. Rubio and Mayor Castro. Both men told the same story. About how their parents worked, saved, and instilled a message that they would be better off than they were. In fact they used similar tag lines. Sen. Rubio, " my father was a banquet bartender so that instead of me standing behind the bar in the back of the room I could stand behind the podium in the front of the room". Mayor Castro, "my mom worked so that I wouldn't be pushing a mop". The difference was that the people in the Democratic convention seem to get it and the Republicans didn't. That is the real difference between the parties. One is a party of the working people the other is the party of the people who have theirs and either can't recall the struggles or were born on 3rd base.