29
Aug
08

Obama’s speech: Our take on the final day of the Democrat’s show.

Here is Barack Obama’s speech from last night with out thoughts.  We skip the intro because who cares?

Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story, of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren’t well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.  (Obama seems to not have that belief in others since he thinks government should play that role now.  And didn’t his dad run off to Kenya when he was a kid?  Did he say, “You can do anything Barack, now I’m out of here”?)

It is that promise that’s always set this country apart, that through hard work and sacrifice each of us can pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams, as well. That’s why I stand here tonight. Because for 232 years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women — students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors — found the courage to keep it alive. (He admits that people can pursue their dreams but his campaign is basically based on promising that he will have government help fulfill them, which means, much like welfare, many people won’t work as hard for theirs and become more dependent on government.  That makes them Democrat voters.)

We meet at one of those defining moments, a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more. (What planet does he live on?  The American Dream is YOUR life can be what you make of it, not you’ll never have a rough time.  Even in bad economic times people who work hard and take risks are rewarded.  The Kennedy family made their fortune during the depression.)

Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit cards, bills you can’t afford to pay, and tuition that’s beyond your reach. (Five percent unemployment, the economy grew at more than 3 percent last quarter.  Yes, house values are down but that’s because they were inflated beyond reason before that.  Credit card debt is something people get themselves into because they want the latest, greatest gizmos and gadget.  There aren’t many people out there buying all their food on credit cards.  Student loans offer the opportunity for college to everyone whose parents can’t afford it.  As someone who went to school that way, it’s true.)

These challenges are not all of government’s making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush. (Failure to respond to people buying more house than they can afford?  Running up credit card debt?  Liberal colleges raising tuition through the roof?  First of all, none of that is a federal responsibility, second, none of that is the federal government’s fault.  Individual responsibility apparently doesn’t exist in Obamaland.)

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this. (Yes, we are. We are better than any time in our history because the people keep moving forward in spite of the obstacles government puts in their way, and he wants to put in more.)

This country is more decent than one where a woman in Ohio, on the brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after a lifetime of hard work.  (Um, Medicare and Medicaid will take care of her if she’s old enough of poor.  Total heartstring lie.)

We’re a better country than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment that he’s worked on for 20 years and watch as it’s shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news. (Did he just find out that day?  Or did he keep it from his family till the very end?  Does he even exist? Not sure how the government is supposed to help someone who won’t help themselves.)

We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty that sits that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes. (Studies show those vets are addicts and not going to the VA for treatment.  Again, it’s a choice. He must think this is a 3rd world country, which is odd since he once claimed he’s qualified to be President because he lived in a 3rd world country. The state and city government were responsible for New Orleans’ problems, not the federal government.)

Tonight, tonight, I say to the people of America, to Democrats and Republicans and independents across this great land: Enough. This moment, this moment, this moment, this election is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive. (Show us someone who thinks it’s dead and we’ll show you a loser who will never succeed because they’ll never try.)

Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here — we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight.

On November 4th, on November 4th, we must stand up and say: Eight is enough. .Now, now, let me — let there be no doubt. The Republican nominee, John McCain, has worn the uniform of our country with bravery and distinction, and for that we owe him our gratitude and our respect.  (Someone about to slam a person always praises them first, it’s called “Politics as usual.”)

And next week, we’ll also hear about those occasions when he’s broken with his party as evidence that he can deliver the change that we need.

But the record’s clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time.  (this is a meaningless “stat” since more than half of those votes are procedural votes they include that have no impact on anything.  By this measure every Senator, including Obama, has “voted with the President” more than 60 percent of the time.  He’s hoping people are stupid enough not to know this because the media won’t report it.)

Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but, really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time?  I don’t know about you, but I am not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change.

The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in your lives — on health care, and education, and the economy — Senator McCain has been anything but independent.  (No, he’s been principled, something Obama should look into.  The one thing that has never been done in health care is the free-market.  Socialism has been tried and is failing all over the world, however.)

He said that our economy has made great progress under this president. He said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong.  (Um, they are.  3.3 percent growth when everyone expected doom and gloom is nothing to sniff at, and that was based on exports, something Obama wants to cut by opposing free trade.)

And when one of his chief advisers, the man who wrote his economic plan, was talking about the anxieties that Americans are feeling, he said that we were just suffering from a mental recession and that we’ve become, and I quote, “a nation of whiners.”  (Does Obama really want to blame McCain for the (true) words of his associates?  That would be awesome considering who Barack associates with.  Please, bring this one on!)

A nation of whiners? Tell that to the proud auto workers at a Michigan plant who, after they found out it was closing, kept showing up every day and working as hard as ever, because they knew there were people who counted on the brakes that they made.  (We think he probably showed up to earn his pay and would take any and all time off he wanted to look for a new job.  Thanks to the Democrat control of Michigan taxing it into oblivion and the auto industry’s unwillingness and inability (thanks to unions) to adapt, the auto industry is dead in Michigan.  It’s not the government’s responsibility to stop companies from being stupid.)

Tell that to the military families who shoulder their burdens silently as they watch their loved ones leave for their third, or fourth, or fifth tour of duty.  (You mean the people that re-enlist voluntarily?)

These are not whiners. They work hard, and they give back, and they keep going without complaint. These are the Americans I know. (You don’t seem to know very many of them but look in the mirror and the crowd and you’ll see the whiners.)

Now, I don’t believe that Senator McCain doesn’t care what’s going on in the lives of Americans; I just think he doesn’t know.  Why else would he define middle-class as someone making under $5 million a year? How else could he propose hundreds of billions in tax breaks for big corporations and oil companies, but not one penny of tax relief to more than 100 million Americans?  (This is typical lies from the left to create class warfare.  It’s hasn’t worked in the past and won’t work now.)

It’s not because John McCain doesn’t care; it’s because John McCain doesn’t get it. (Cheap shot lie, but typical and simply red meat.  How could someone who went to the best private school in his state, then to the Ivy League have a clue what it’s like to grow up middle class?  He had to have had cash in high school, too, if he was buying coke.)

For over two decades — 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. (Class warfare.)

In Washington, they call this the “Ownership Society,” but what it really means is that you’re on your own. Out of work? Tough luck, you’re on your own. No health care? The market will fix it. You’re on your own. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, even if you don’t have boots. You are on your own.  (This is after spending more than $6 trillion on liberal programs for “end poverty.”  How did that work out again, we forget.  Is there still poverty?)

Well, it’s time for them to own their failure. It’s time for us to change America. And that’s why I’m running for president of the United States. (What failure?  Liberals seem to think market fluctuations are failures, yet never seem to notice that in socialist and communists economies black markets pop up and thrive because the government can’t run the economy at all compared to the market.)

You see, you see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country. We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage, whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma. (How about measuring progress by how many people get a mortgage and buy a house they can afford, not the other way around?  And who will be able to afford to put anything away if you tax them to death for their own good?  If Obama “worked his way through college” like he claimed, why can’t others?  College is not out of reach for anyone except those who refuse to reach for it.)

We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was president when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of go down $2,000, like it has under George Bush.  (Bill Clinton created none of those jobs, may of which were sham jobs in the phony dot com industry that ballooned up and popped on his watch.)

We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a new business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off and look after a sick kid without losing her job, an economy that honors the dignity of work. (And under Obama’s plan most small businesses will see their taxes skyrocket since most small businesses file taxes as individuals and he wants to raise taxes on people making over $250k.  That’s income, not profit.  What a liar!)

The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great, a promise that is the only reason I am standing here tonight.  (What is that?  That hard work can be rewarded?  Or that platitudes can fool a political party?)

Because, in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton’s army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the G.I. Bill.  (National service by proxy?  Not going to fly.)

In the face of that young student, who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree, who once turned to food stamps, but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships.  (Again, he and his family did it, why does he have such little faith in the ability of others to do the same?)

When I — when I listen to another worker tell me that his factory has shut down, I remember all those men and women on the South Side of Chicago who I stood by and fought for two decades ago after the local steel plant closed. (He failed to find them jobs, by the way, or stop the plant from closing.  He just stood by them.  Woohoo! And he didn’t stand by them very long, if you look it up.)

And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business or making her way in the world, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman. She’s the one who taught me about hard work. She’s the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me. And although she can no longer travel, I know that she’s watching tonight and that tonight is her night, as well. (Isn’t that what parents are supposed to do?  Make sacrifices for their children?  Why should the government reward someone for doing what they are supposed to do?  He has no faith in anyone else being able to do what he did.)

Now, I don’t know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine. (This is not his complete life, he doesn’t want to talk about that.)

These are my heroes; theirs are the stories that shaped my life. And it is on behalf of them that I intend to win this election and keep our promise alive as president of the United States. (But who are his friends and mentors?  Why does he never mention them?)

What — what is that American promise? It’s a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect. It’s a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, to look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road. (That’s what we have now, he just wants to punish them when they succeed.)

Ours — ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves: protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools, and new roads, and science, and technology.  (All of which failed to be mentioned in the Constitution, but that doesn’t matter to a liberal.  And homeschoolers score as high, if not higher, than people forced into union controlled schools that cost a fortune and are failing us.)

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work. (It should leave us alone to make of our lives what we can and are willing to risk and try and work for, not this Marxist crap.)

That’s the promise of America, the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation, the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper.  (A fundamental belief for some being made into policy is legislating morality, something liberals claim Republicans want to do.)

That’s the promise we need to keep. That’s the change we need right now.  (No, it’s not.  It’s called regression to the failed policies of a huge chunk of the rest of the world.)

So — so let me — let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president. (Finally, specifics from platitude man!)

Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it. You know, unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.  (Wait, these aren’t specifics.  Obama wants to tax companies that move some jobs overseas, which as anyone not complete stupid will tell you, will cause them to move more jobs overseas.)

I’ll eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow. I will — listen now — I will cut taxes — cut taxes — for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.  (What is a “working family”?  Do families that make a lot of money not work, too?  Classic class warfare.  The reason this crap never works is because people aspire.  That’s the one thing liberals never understood and why communism failed.  People aspire to better their lives and what they advocate doesn’t allow that.)

And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East. (This is impossible without drilling, but his enviro-fascist buddies won’t allow it because they don’t want it.  It’s not about the planet, it’s about econimics.)

We will do this. Washington — Washington has been talking about our oil addiction for the last 30 years. And, by the way, John McCain has been there for 26 of them. (And Joe Biden has been there for all 30 of them and has yet to solve or even address this issue.)

And in that time, he has said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil than we had on the day that Senator McCain took office. (So that would have to be quadruple, at least, the oil we imported since Biden took office.)

Now is the time to end this addiction and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution, not even close.  (Why would getting more oil be a solution to not having enough oil?)

As president, as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I’ll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. (He’s going to buy us all cars?  Awesome!  Wonder who he’s going to get to pay for this…Oh wait, it’s us.  Never mind.)

And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind power, and solar power, and the next generation of biofuels — an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced.  (By “invest” he means he’ll spend our money when private enterprise would do it just fine. So it’s essentially $150 billion in corporate welfare.)

America, now is not the time for small plans. Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy. You know, Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don’t have that chance. (You weren’t given a chance at an education, you took the chance everyone is given, jackass!)

I’ll invest in early childhood education. I’ll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries, and give them more support. And in exchange, I’ll ask for higher standards and more accountability.  (Just what the world needs, more tenured teachers who don’t do a good job, we can’t fire and don’t care.  Pay them more, fine, but be able to fire the ones who suck. But that’s not what the teachers unions want, so Democrats will never give that.)

And we will keep our promise to every young American: If you commit to serving your community or our country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.  (Isn’t being a productive member of society serving the country?  So free college for everyone?  He can have our student loans, thank you very much.)

Now — now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. If you have health care — if you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don’t, you’ll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. (He has a magic wand, or so it would seem, to repeal mandates like hair plugs and artificial insemination, and other insane state mandates that make insurance so expensive, but he failed to mention it.)

And — and as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.  (Why didn’t he handle those phone calls?)

Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their job and caring for a sick child or an ailing parent.  (So he’s going to tell every employer what to offer their employees as far as sick days goes and what constitutes a sick day.  Didn’t he just say he wanted to help small businesses?  This will cripple them, essentially making them allow paid time off for just about anything.  Disaster!)

Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses, and the time to protect Social Security for future generations. (Social Security is going to bankrupt this country, along with Medicare, without serious reforms and privatization.  But that will be long after he leaves office, so what does he care when he can scare people into voting for him?)

And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work, because I want my daughters to have the exact same opportunities as your sons.  (They do, douchebag.)

Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I’ve laid out how I’ll pay for every dime: by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don’t help America grow.  (Um, there isn’t enough money without seizing assets, which is kind of what we suspect he wants to do.)

But I will also go through the federal budget line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less, because we cannot meet 21st-century challenges with a 20th-century bureaucracy.  (But he can’t name one, not a single ONE!)

And, Democrats, Democrats, we must also admit that fulfilling America’s promise will require more than just money. It will require a renewed sense of responsibility from each of us to recover what John F. Kennedy called our intellectual and moral strength. Yes, government must lead on energy independence, but each of us must do our part to make our homes and businesses more efficient.  (Legislating lifestyle.  Sounds like Stalin.)

Yes, we must provide more ladders to success for young men who fall into lives of crime and despair. But we must also admit that programs alone can’t replace parents, that government can’t turn off the television and make a child do her homework, that fathers must take more responsibility to provide love and guidance to their children.  (He’s proposing the government as parent, especially since his own life would lead a sane, logical person to conclude they can make it on their own.  Total hypocrite.)

Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility, that’s the essence of America’s promise. And just as we keep our promise to the next generation here at home, so must we keep America’s promise abroad.  (There is no such thing as mutual responsibility, it’s called charity and it has no business in the federal government.  No wonder liberals don’t give nearly as much as conservatives to charity, they’d rather the government mandate it while they shelter their money in trust funds like the Kennedys.)

If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament and judgment to serve as the next commander-in-chief, that’s a debate I’m ready to have.  (Maybe you are ready to have that debate, but we’ll never know since you chickened out of the 10 townhall debates he challenged you to because you’re only good when you’re reading words written for you.)

For — for while — while Senator McCain was turning his sights to Iraq just days after 9/11, I stood up and opposed this war, knowing that it would distract us from the real threats that we face.  (Just after 9/11?  We didn’t yet know who had attacked us for sure, we had a good idea, but we didn’t know.  If you had inside info, why didn’t you speak up?)

When John McCain said we could just muddle through in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights. (That was Bill Clinton who didn’t kill bin Laden when we knew where he was, and turned down Sudan’s offer to hand him over.  Thanks Bill and the Democrats, well done.)

You know, John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow bin Laden to the gates of Hell, but he won’t even follow him to the cave where he lives.  (Um, what branch of the service were you in?  If you don’t think John McCain would personally rip Osama apart with his hands you simply are an idiot.)

And today, today, as my call for a timeframe to remove our troops from Iraq has been echoed by the Iraqi government and even the Bush administration, even after we learned that Iraq has $79 billion in surplus while we are wallowing in deficit, John McCain stands alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war.  (So steal from Iraq to pay for the war?  Don’t really recall grabbing Germany and Japan’s cash to cover our costs.  Not very American.)

That’s not the judgment we need; that won’t keep America safe. We need a president who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping at the ideas of the past.  (That won’t keep us safe?  Then what has in the last 7 years?  Luck?)

You don’t defeat — you don’t defeat a terrorist network that operates in 80 countries by occupying Iraq. You don’t protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington. You can’t truly stand up for Georgia when you’ve strained our oldest alliances.  (You’ve been wrong on all of this.  Wasn’t Joe Biden supposed to make up for your stupidity on these issues?  You should have talked with him before you gave this speech.)

If John McCain wants to follow George Bush with more tough talk and bad strategy, that is his choice, but that is not the change that America needs.  We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don’t tell me that Democrats won’t defend this country. Don’t tell me that Democrats won’t keep us safe. (You’re now the party of Clinton and Carter, and they didn’t do a good job on this front.)

The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans, Democrats and Republicans, have built, and we are here to restore that legacy.  As commander-in-chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm’s way with a clear mission and a sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when they come home.  (Warmonger!  This is just stupid.)

I will end this war in Iraq responsibly and finish the fight against Al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts, but I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression.  (So you can’t defeat an organization that operates in 80 countries by fighting them in Iraq but you can in Afghanistan?  So the key is geography?  Or is that just what George Soros told you to say?)

I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation, poverty and genocide, climate change and disease. (Yeah, because no one is working on those issues now in the world.  There are freaking industries dedicated to these things, that make a ton of money, by the way.)

And I will restore our moral standing so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future.  (Why is it that liberals only care about morals when it comes to what other countries think of us, not when it reflects poorly on individual’s character?)

These — these are the policies I will pursue. And in the weeks ahead, I look forward to debating them with John McCain.  (Any time, bub, all you have to do is stop running and agree.)

But what I will not do is suggest that the senator takes his positions for political purposes, because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other’s character and each other’s patriotism. The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.  (Someone who truly loves something doesn’t have to point it out for others to see, others will just see it…if it’s there, that is.)

The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and independents, but they have fought together, and bled together, and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a red America or a blue America; they have served the United States of America. (True.  One true line.)

So I’ve got news for you, John McCain: We all put our country first. (When did you, Barack?  You’re proposing spending the country’s money, not getting out of its way and allowing it to be free.  Is that love, or control?)

America, our work will not be easy. The challenges we face require tough choices. And Democrats, as well as Republicans, will need to cast off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past, for part of what has been lost these past eight years can’t just be measured by lost wages or bigger trade deficits. What has also been lost is our sense of common purpose, and that’s what we have to restore.  (Socialism alert!  Common purpose?  And people embrace this failed Europe crap?)

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country.  The — the reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than they are for those plagued by gang violence in Cleveland, but don’t tell me we can’t uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals.  (AK-47 are and have been illegal for decades in this country, so anyone with one is, by definition, a criminal.)

I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in a hospital and to live lives free of discrimination.  (It’s called a living will, moron.  You know, for a lawyer he doesn’t seem to know much about the law.  Maybe that’s why he’s the only editor of the Harvard Law Review who never wrote one single article.)

You know, passions may fly on immigration, but I don’t know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers.  But this, too, is part of America’s promise, the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.  (What the hell does this even mean?)

I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer, and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values.  And that’s to be expected, because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.  (Um, it is. And you’re pushing European socialism, not exactly hot off the presses.)

If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.  (This is the most puzzling line he’s ever said because it has to be about him and not Republicans.  He drags out individual’s sob stories and pretends they’re the norm.  And his experience wouldn’t qualify him for a retail sales job, let alone President.)

And you know what? It’s worked before, because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn’t work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it’s best to stop hoping and settle for what you already know.  I get it. I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don’t fit the typical pedigree, and I haven’t spent my career in the halls of Washington.  (Pedigree is code for the fact that he’s black.  It’s the dollar bills line reworked, but the same.  He has to be talking about race since most of our Presidents were born poor and worked their way up.)

But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. What the naysayers don’t understand is that this election has never been about me; it’s about you. It’s about you. (Every despot in history claims to be answering the cries of their people, not their own drive.)

For 18 long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said, “Enough,” to the politics of the past. You understand that, in this election, the greatest risk we can take is to try the same, old politics with the same, old players and expect a different result.  (Kind of like how you embrace the failed philosophy of socialism.)

You have shown what history teaches us, that at defining moments like this one, the change we need doesn’t come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.  Change happens — change happens because the American people demand it, because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time. America, this is one of those moments. (If your life sucks, change it yourself because you’re probably the reason it sucks.  Whatever the case, you’re really the only one who can make it better.)

I believe that, as hard as it will be, the change we need is coming, because I’ve seen it, because I’ve lived it. Because I’ve seen it in Illinois, when we provided health care to more children and moved more families from welfare to work.  (He’s seen the state step in and take over a personal responsibility for people and now celebrates it.  Sad.)

I’ve seen it in Washington, where we worked across party lines to open up government and hold lobbyists more accountable, to give better care for our veterans, and keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists.  (His ethics bill outlaws feeding Congressional staffers food that requires a fork and that’s about it.  If someone could be bought for the price of sit down meal, they’re going to be bought by something else.  Biggest waste of time ever!)

And I’ve seen it in this campaign, in the young people who voted for the first time and the young at heart, those who got involved again after a very long time; in the Republicans who never thought they’d pick up a Democratic ballot, but did.  I’ve seen it — I’ve seen it in the workers who would rather cut their hours back a day, even though they can’t afford it, than see their friends lose their jobs; in the soldiers who re-enlist after losing a limb; in the good neighbors who take a stranger in when a hurricane strikes and the floodwaters rise.  (Who is cutting their own pay to save friend’s jobs?  And if they did that, the company must not be on very firm footing.  What can government do?  If a company makes an inferior product or something no one wants, adapt or fail.  Period.)

You know, this country of ours has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military on Earth, but that’s not what makes us strong. Our universities and our culture are the envy of the world, but that’s not what keeps the world coming to our shores. Instead, it is that American spirit, that American promise, that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend.  (What the hell?)

That promise is our greatest inheritance. It’s a promise I make to my daughters when I tuck them in at night and a promise that you make to yours, a promise that has led immigrants to cross oceans and pioneers to travel west, a promise that led workers to picket lines and women to reach for the ballot.  (Huh?)

And it is that promise that, 45 years ago today, brought Americans from every corner of this land to stand together on a Mall in Washington, before Lincoln’s Memorial, and hear a young preacher from Georgia speak of his dream. The men and women who gathered there could’ve heard many things. They could’ve heard words of anger and discord. They could’ve been told to succumb to the fear and frustrations of so many dreams deferred. But what the people heard instead — people of every creed and color, from every walk of life — is that, in America, our destiny is inextricably linked, that together our dreams can be one. (Just say Martin Luther King, for crying out loud!)

“We cannot walk alone,” the preacher cried. “And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

America, we cannot turn back not with so much work to be done; not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for; not with an economy to fix, and cities to rebuild, and farms to save; not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend.  (The government has never, and will never, “fix” the economy.)

America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone.

At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise, that American promise, and in the words of scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.  (Horrible end to speech, just horrible.)

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

What a waste of time.  No specifics, no plan, just platitudes.

The whole convention was a joke.  Three days of people vouching for him being ready and then he fumbles the ball by giving a speech that tells us nothing new, just talking points.

Have to wonder how many homeless people they could have fed by not spending the money to build that set and rent the stadium.

This election is going to be fun!

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2 Responses to “Obama’s speech: Our take on the final day of the Democrat’s show.”


  1. 1 JP
    August 29, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    “It’s not because John McCain doesn’t care; it’s because John McCain doesn’t get it. (Cheap shot lie, but typical and simply red meat. How could someone who went to the best private school in his state, then to the Ivy League have a clue what it’s like to grow up middle class? He had to have had cash in high school, too, if he was buying coke.)”

    Zing!

    Seriously though, thank you for taking the time to do this. I had intended to watch, but I started to zone out after this statement: “You see, you see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country.”

    It made me feel ill.

    And after this one, I just lost my will to go on: “Because, in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton’s army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the G.I. Bill.”

    Isn’t that disgusting? Others have gone so far as to blatantly state that he is qualified to serve as commander of our armed forces because his grandfather served…a sort of experience by proxy. My great-grandfather was a rough-rider, my grandfather a mason, and my father an automotive assembly line worker. I sure as hell couldn’t hang with Teddy and I don’t know shit about laying brick or making cars. If Comrade Obama would just grow enough backbone to face McCain in a debate, this election would for all intents and purposes already be over. What a fucking sham.

    “I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in a hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. (It’s called a living will, moron. You know, for a lawyer he doesn’t seem to know much about the law. Maybe that’s why he’s the only editor of the Harvard Law Review who never wrote one single article.)”

    Now you have gone to far! The audacity to suggest that Comrade Obama does not understand the law! Just look, just look for yourself how he will select Supreme Court Justices: “We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges.” Obama 2008

    All hail Comrade Obama…

  2. August 31, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Thank for the article, be excellent article.


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