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Friday, August 06, 2004
Timeliness is so overrated
Well, due to problems at the old site, I was unable to provide any lush commentary during the Democratic National Convention last week. The world managed to keep spinning somehow, but I wanted to note a few things.
It looks like John Edwards is truly going to be an asset to Kerry. I suspected he would be, as I have followed his political career since he ran for Senate in 1998. The incumbent he ran against was a fat old cracka-ass-cracka named Lauch Faircloth, whose entire campaign was to soak up as much oil and tobacco money as possible, and use it to buy TV ads that showed Edwards with Bill Clinton at a campaign event, with the voice over essentially saying nothing more than, "See? He likes Clinton!" It was just miserable, and happily, not even North Carolinians were dumb enough to re-elect that worthless twat.
Edwards gives a good speech, and he's certainly fast on his feet. He is relatively inexperienced politically, but I truly doubt that there is much he can't learn in a short time. I still can't get over how a man whose father was president, vice-president, CIA director etc could run for the presidency in 2000 and call himself a Washington outsider, but GWB did it. Now he's still an outsider somehow, and bashes Edwards for not knowing enough about how the game is played. Well, I'll bet Edwards wouldn't have sat in a classroom, glassy-eyed and paralyzed for seven minutes after learning the country was under attack. But then, George has had very few shining moments inside of a classroom.
As for Kerry's speech, he said some things that needed to be said. Things that I was afraid no Democrat would have the balls to say. Things like "we need a President who believes in science." I mean, that was mainly in regard to stem cells, but it also covers Evolution, the morning-after birth control pill, and a score of other issues. The government has to lead the way on these things, because the private sector won't unless there's money in it. And some diseases are too rare to have a profit margin.
He also spoke of how the American flag did not belong to one party, and that was good to hear. I don't consider myself a patriotic person even though I love my country. It's not perfect, but it's mine. And it's easy to talk about how much you love America while you dodge combat, and get deferments, like certain people. I suspect the reason so many of these self-righteous jerks want a flag-burning amendment is because they are afraid someone might set the flag ablaze while they are wrapped in it, shitting on my civil rights.
Another key section was when he talked about his choices for the people with whom he would surround himself:
"I will have a Vice President who will not conduct secret meetings with polluters to rewrite our environmental laws. I will have a Secretary of Defense who will listen to the best advice of our military leaders. And I will appoint an Attorney General who actually upholds the Constitution of the United States."
Ashcroft still scares the hell out of me. A man with his hangups about women has no business holding any political office, let alone being the top law official in the United States. You put a turban on this man, and his views are indistinguishable from a Taliban cleric. Ashcroft did one six-year term in the Senate and proposed SEVEN amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The founding fathers? Hacks! Idiots! Ben Franklin? John Adams? Pinheads! Alexander Hamilton? Thomas Jefferson? Didn't know shit! John Ashcroft knows more than these lightweights, and did everything he could to scar up this beautiful guarantee. I will likely vote for Kerry for as much as anything, to be rid of this delusional Attorney General.
There were several other good moments, despite Kerry's general lack of chops at fiery speech making. He seemed to bring the heat pretty well when the chips were down, so I'd give his speech an overall B+.
Lots to do around here before the GOP convention starts, but I will try to be a bit more prompt with the updates. I think I have a handle on it for the moment.
posted at 2:29 AM
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