Tell Your Friends
What if they gave a convention and nobody watched? Sasha Abramsky tried to find a bar in Clovis, New Mexico that was willing to show Barack Obama's speech. No dice.
In a town with numerous restaurants and bars, not a single one was showing the speech. Some had no televisions; others did have TVs, but they were tuned to one or another sports channel and the owners and bar-tenders were damned if they were going to change channel for the convention.
But, he argues, maybe it doesn't matter. [more ...]
[T]he sheer majesty of Obama's speech, the confidence he exuded, the promises he made, will, I believe, ricochet through the next two months. People in Clovis might not have watched the speech tonight, but you can be sure they'll be seeing extracts on the news and in political commercials from here until November. They'll see Obama going after McCain on economics and even on national security and military strategy, the Republican's terra firma. They'll see Obama pledging a new economic deal for working Americans. And they'll see footage of Michelle Obama and their two adorable children watching ecstatically as Barack spoke. That's all money in the bank for the Democrats.
It's true that huge numbers of people didn't watch the Democratic convention. But they won't watch the Republican convention either, particularly if the Weather Channel turns out to be more interesting. Some will get their political information from Rush Limbaugh, some from Jon Stewart, some from their friends. Let's hope their friends saw Barack Obama's speech, and all the other great speeches that explained the difference between Democratic policies and Bush/McCain policies.
John McCain doesn't get it.
For over two decades, he's subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy - give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is - you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck. No healthcare? The market will fix it. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps - even if you don't have boots. You're on your own.
Well it's time for them to own their failure. It's time for us to change America.
If your friends didn't see the speech, don't be shy about educating them. The difference between a Republican president and a Democratic president is real. It's meaningful. And it's time for a change.
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