Still Not For Barack
by venice1789, Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 11:21:01 AM EDT
While everyone is trashing Sarah Palin at their own peril, I'm still thinking about the 21st century Leni Riefenstahl film that was on view in Denver this past week.
As I replay it in my mind, I realize there was minimal talk about issues; instead, the entire week-long event, from Michelle's best Laura Bush imitation to the faux Greek temple front and West Wing style musak following the self-proclaimed "historic" speech, was an infomercial on how "American" Barack Obama is.
If he is an ordinary American, just like the rest of us, who rose from poor circumstances to go to Harvard Law but turn down an "lucrative job" to live the "American Dream," why were we assulted with a weeks worth of propaganda telling us how middle-American he is? While the Democrats talk about how "desperate" McCain's pick of Palin is, we might ask how desperate they are over the fact that half the country still doesn't buy Obama as American as apple pie.
It seems to me that the Democrats have internalized the defeats of Gore and Kerry and are, in fact, trying to outdo the Republicans at their own game, trying desperately to manufacture a Reaganesque figure through movie magic (the false sets, the movie musak again), and cloaking all those issues and questions that are legitmiate in a presidential election. They are trying to make Obama "look presidential."
I was once a Democract, but watching this convention I realized that as an indepedent-thinking person I cannot and will not be a part of a party that uses such blatant and falsifying propaganda in such a way that matches and even outdoes the Republicans.
And I refuse to participate in the knee-jerk reactions to the Palin nomination. I think the Democrats are making a grave mistake in belittling and dismissing her straight out of the gate: lowering the expectation to below zero so that when she gives a shining and powerful speech at the RNC this week everyone is wowed all the more. Here is a woman who has taken on the big boys in her own party, almost single-handedly stared down the most corrupt state government administration in the US, and won! And she is major voice in the emerging discssions on new American energy. She will be an inspiration to millions of middle-American women: working her way up through local and community activism to become Governor of her state, Annie Oakley in the corridors of power. She is both the 21st century version of the Dolly Parton character in 9 to 5 and Erin Brockovich in one.
The Democracts may have succeeded in giving Obama a fake allure of gravitas, but the McCain argument that Palin actually has more exectuive experience, and can show more rreal results in achieving a reformist agenda are quite persuasive.
The Democratic convetion was pure proaganda pumping up the personality of Barack and trying to sell us hard-core on the idea that he is American, using the now tired catchword change. The Republican convention is going to introduce us to a fresh new face that will appeal to middle-Americans in a way Barack simply cannot, and will substitute for change the mantra of "reform," and I bet that many many millions of Americans will be more comfortable with McCain's reform than Obama's change.