Saturday, September 8, 2012
Mad Analysis: Politics Is Depressing
The only people with any zeal were the Ron Paul people who the party bosses ensured were soundly ignored after enacting a quick rule change to deprive them of their voice. I would feel more sympathy if they had not helped Romney win the primary in the first place and, I suppose, from the point of view of the GOP there is really little point in doing them any favors since they are most definitely not good, little, loyal Republicans. If Romney loses it will be interesting to see what had the bigger impact; picking a candidate who could not inspire Republicans to vote or disgruntled Ron Paul fans taking support away from the GOP ticket. Of course, the Republicans were perfectly excellent when it came to pointing out problems and listing all of the mistakes of the Obama administration but actual solutions were in very short supply. Like libertarian journalist John Stossel, I would have preferred to hear about what Romney plans to do as President rather than that his dad used to pick a flower for his mom every morning. Most of what came out of Tampa was simply, “Obama stinks but if you vote for us we’ll fix it”; even though that would require majorities in the House and Senate that I doubt Republicans have a prayer of winning.
But, of course, it was excitement central at the Democrat convention in Charlotte, entertaining at least in watching them scramble to deal with one misstep after another. Thankfully Chairman Debbie was there to tell us not to believe our own eyes and ears as only someone like her can. This is the same woman who once said that Republicans wanted to ‘make it against the law to be an illegal alien’. Don’t think about that statement too much or your brain will start to bleed. They got into a little trouble with their party platform, leaving out any reference to God or Jerusalem being the capital of Israel (there were some other items but none that threatened to cause trouble with key voting blocs like these). There was a fuss brewing and Obama ordered them put back in to head off any bad press. Unfortunately, not too many were pleased with that decision and there were boos when the convention chairman took a vote and declared a majority favored the changes in spite of this obviously not being so. The Republicans pounced on it of course, and rightly so. After all, they had been clever enough to simply change the rules on everyone to avoid a scene like this while the Democrats were silly enough to actually have the delegates vote on something. Amateurs.
The Democrats, of course, accused the Republican Party of going too extreme and being dominated by the Tea Party “radicals”, which seems rather odd when the GOP candidate is someone not terribly popular with the Tea Party, someone who was Governor of a very liberal state and who had previously been okay with abortion and gay “marriage”. Mitt Romney hardly fits as a hard-line conservative. About the only thing “radical” (a good thing in my view) that happened in Tampa was calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve (don’t hold your breath for that one) and otherwise it was typical GOP business as usual. However, it was at the Democrat convention in Charlotte that the radicals on the left really did seem to have taken over. It could be called the convention of the Abortion-Birth Control-Homosexuality Party. About one third of Democrats (they say) are pro-life but one would never know it from the convention where anyone opposed to abortion, publicly funded contraceptives or legalizing gay “marriage” is clearly not welcome. About the only humorous moment was seeing Sandra the-taxpayers-need-to-buy-my-birth control-pills Fluke speaking in a primetime slot at a national convention on cable and network television to an audience of millions about how women are being “silenced”. That was a riot.
We also had Caroline Kennedy who said that “as a Catholic woman” she supported the Democrat platform of pushing “reproductive rights” for women. Why was she there? Why does anyone care what she says? Because her daddy was President and anyone who says the United States doesn’t do royalty is living in deep denial. The first speaker was, of course, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, another pro-abortion, pro-gay “marriage” Catholic. The last to speak (though many networks cut him off) was Cardinal Archbishop Dolan of New York who gave the closing prayer, as he did at the Republican convention, calling for a greater respect for life. I admire the Cardinal for praying on such an issue in front of such a crowd but I have to scratch my head in confusion when so many Catholics promote what the Catholic Church says is wrong and that so many Catholics vote for these people. I live in a heavily Latino and heavily Catholic part of the country and it is so overwhelmingly Democrat that Republicans don’t even bother to run where I live and none of the social issues taken up by Democrats over the years have changed that. It really starts to look like the Catholic Church doesn’t care as much as it claims to or a whole bunch of Catholic politicians would be excommunicated -and don’t tell me the Church doesn’t do that because the Church excommunicated more than one southern politician for opposing de-segregation. Of course, if I’m missing something, feel free to let me know.