Message for day three: Be afraid, be very afraid.
I'm glad I didn't get to watch last night's speeches live. I doubt that I would have been able to sleep. At least they're focused on their sort of one prong attack: Bush is strong and with Kerry we'll all die. Again it's proof that the Administration is out of touch with the concerns of the American People. Where's the economy in all this? Where's a vision of the future?
Hate versus Hope, people. It's that simple.
Don't forget it's also about 2008. And where was that something special we were supposed to see?
Whoa, holy cow! Is this guy mad or what? Have you seen the photos? He looks a little sickly.
Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator. The President has referred to the troops in Iraq as an occupation. I hope this makes Zell mad, too.
For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. And what, they can take it away, too? Is this a threat?
U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs? I think most people understand that any senator's record can be misrepresented like this. Most of the weapons programs he mentions here were either recommended for termination by Dick Cheney, or later voted FOR by Kerry (after being stripped of pork). To have someone with his own clouded record in the senate to contend with making these charges is bit over the top. Disingenuous.
But then there's this line that really gets to me:
Our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander-in-Chief. Two things: Which party uses wedge issues to separate the American people to push their social agenda? And is he accusing Kerry of treason? I am absolutely fed up with criticism of the government being equated with treason. I want a better country and I want a better president! And I say this in defense of the America I love.
So, this was the keynote speech? This was supposed to set the tone for this convention, supposed to be one of the most important speeches, and this is what they want to convey. Zell is so angry and hate-filled that I don't think they're winning any swing voters with this speech. I think this can really hurt Bush. And it should.
And check out the clip from Hardball last night to see how reasoned this man is.
No surprises here. The same things again. If they say it enough maybe we'll believe it.
So President Bush reached across the aisle and brought both parties together to pass the most significant education reform in 40 years. With higher standards and new resources, America's schools are now on an upward path to excellence, and not for just a few children, but for every child. And then they didn't bother to fund the program.
So President Bush delivered the greatest tax reduction in a generation, and the results are clear to see. If by "greatest" they mean biggest, or most helpful to the top 1%. Which results?
Businesses are creating jobs. Overseas.
Our nation has the best health care in the world and President Bush is making it more affordable and accessible to all Americans. And what was that number on Americans who lost their health care?
I'm so glad they brought up the economy. But then it's "WAR, WAR, WAR, be scared."
The biggest threat we face today is having nuclear weapons fall into the hands of terrorists. The president is working with many countries in a global effort to end the trade and transfer of these deadly technologies. The most important result thus far, and it is a very important one, is that the black-market network that supplied nuclear weapons technology to Libya, as well as to Iran and North Korea, has been shut down. And then we enabled Pakistan to do the same. Oh, and then we pardoned them.
He talks about leading a "more sensitive war on terror"... as though Al Qaida will be impressed with our softer side. I thought we settled this one. It's "sensitive" as in "smarter," but you wouldn't understand.
And then it's more of the same.
A melodrama, really. Boos and hisses, audience participation. This is what they've reduced American politics to.
Hate night last night. And tonight they're telling us it'll be a plan for the future. Don't count on specifics. Expect more of the same, say it with me: WAR, WAR, WAR. Then maybe we'll all just be too scared to vote.