Bucking protocol, President Obama and the Democrats are planning a full-scale assault on Republicans next week during their convention. Presidential candidates have traditionally kept a low profile during their opponent’s nominating celebration, but Democrats are throwing those rules out the window in an attempt to spoil Mitt Romney’s coronation as the GOP nominee. – Team Obama breaks precedent to try to spoil Romney’s convention
WE SHOULD ALL hope the Democrats cause a ruckus, and let’s hope Republicans do the same during Obama’s love fest.
Maybe this wouldn’t be a necessary element of these old time convention coronations if either party actually was secure enough in their own image and purpose to have a convention like the old days, complete with drama, awkward moments (see Teddy not shaking Jimmy’s hand), including some opposing views that exist inside both parties thrown in to mark what should be a momentously exciting occasion of picking a president.
But that’s not what today’s presidential elections are about, because my Virginia vote counts more than your California vote, because I live in a swing state and you don’t. Add to that the reality that our president is bought and paid for, which is now made worse in the Citizens United money era, and We the People have never had less influence.
Instead we get scripted yack marathons that have less excitement than your average TV drama. It’s not even as good a reality show. Throw in all the cash spent and seeing all those people sitting in a convention cheering their guy, both of whom are corporate and Wall Street backed, with the banks paying both parties to keep their executives from going to jail, and it all looks like exactly what it is.
A farce fitting our current financial situation, with the 1% parading around in front of the schnooks sitting at home watching it all play out, while knowing neither choice makes as big a difference as everyone at the convention is pretending either of them do.
In the end the poor will continue to get poorer and the middle class will not be saved, because both Obama and Romney represent different sides of the same austerity coin.
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