What are we thinking?

My love is politics, and sports is a very close 2nd. So in my free time or when I’m working, I’m usually thinking about one of the two. While I was working the other day, I thought to myself, how did we get here? A country as great as America once was, how in the hell did we get here? I started to think about the 90’s and the Clinton years; moreover, I was trying to think about what changed from then to the present. We can state the obvious, it’s the Presidents fault. That argument has a lot of merit. There’s no doubt that George W. Bush & Barack Obama are economic failures. Anyone who tries to argue this is a fool. Not even worth your time. Then I started to think about our elected officials in the house and senate. They have failed their constituents miserably.

Next, I started to think about the big picture and how these people were voted into office. How did George W. Bush get reelected in ’04? I was a young kid then, and I remember the news being nothing but anti-war sentiment..every station. The republicans will say they rallied the grassroots, and they did..but is the grassroots really big enough to outweigh independents and democrats? On the flip side though, John Kerry was as bad as they came; furthermore, I would liken him to John McCain in terms of terrible Presidential candidates. Four years later we were in a bigger mess then in ’04. Lesson learned. NOT!!

In 2008, a young Senator from Illinois ran for President, and America fell in love with him. This was something that my generation has never seen. Barack Obama was a rock star but he had virtually no past and 0 experience. How did he get elected? Have the American people stopped caring about their Presidents past? If so, I would like to know when that happened. The worst part about it is the republicans settled and elected John McCain as their nominee. That election was embarrassing for republicans, and to this day they are still feeling the repercussions from it. Not because of the issues but the image of the party. Old and out of touch.

Moreover, in 2012, we’re seeing the exact same thing we did in ’04. Democrats are “rallying the grassroots,” and the republicans don’t seem to have an answer for it. The democrats are coming off of a convention that seriously rallied their base…poll numbers indicate that. I know a few liberals who were very disappointed with Obama and after the convention they’re acting like it’s ’08 again. For the life of me I don’t understand it. We’ve seen the kind of policies this President wants to put into place and the one’s that he did put in place. Do people honestly think it’s best for the country? In ’04 did voters really think George W. Bush’s policies were good for the country?

The point of this rant is to show that the American people are completely out of the loop when it comes to politics. Is the media to blame? Yes! Absolutely! But at some point, educated human beings have to think for themselves. I say educated because most voters have at least graduated high school. By the way, the whole purpose of the American public school system was to have educated voters. They thought if everyone is going to have the opportunity to vote (everyone being men at that time), than they had to be educated. Sadly, we are proving that system wrong. Any rational thinking person can look at the last four years and say we are not better off. Look at the deficit! It’s going up at a faster rate than Bush was taking it, and it’s only been 4 years!

I am in no way saying Romney is better because we honestly don’t know. What I am trying to say is we have to take a different path. If America really wanted to see “change” they would vote in a third party candidate. Whether it be libertarian, green, or even an independent for crying out loud. When you really get down to it, outside of social issues, there is very little difference in both parties. Listen to the debate going on about medicare. Sure Romney wants to change medicare but the liberals don’t even realize the hypocrisy in their own argument. Obamacare took $716B from medicare to pay for Obamacare. Wake up America!

Tale of Two Speeches

Now that the dust has settled and both conventions have concluded, both campaigns are sprinting to the finish! Over the last two weeks we’ve heard tons of speeches. Some good and some not so good…from both sides. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made their case to the American people but which made the better case? The Presidents speech set a social media record on twitter, and Mitt Romney didn’t do too bad himself in terms of social media. Before Barack Obama’s speech, Mitt Romney set a social media record. This proves America is engaged in election 2012!

Lets take a look at both speeches.

First, the beginning of  Mitt Romney’s speech was an introduction. At that time the left was saying that the American people didn’t know Mitt Romney. Romney went into his upbringing, and also how family  has been the center of his life. In addition, his business accomplishments at Bain capitol were noted along with how the company started. The crowd was sinking their teeth into this speech. Furthermore, it was a humble speech that focused more on America and the failure’s of this President more than Mitt Romney. If the Romney speech did one thing, it brought up the age old question of, “are you better off than you were four years ago?” This struck a chord with independents to a degree that the DNC was in a panic to show what has changed for the better in the last four years instead of laying out a plan. We stated in our last article that the party who has their convention last has an advantage with having the final say; however, the party that has their convention first can make a great case and cause chaos within the enemy’s camp. That’s exactly what the Romney campaign did.

Next, the challenger went into his 5 point jobs plan. I find this part even more interesting after the democrats said that Romney provided no plan during his speech….can they read? Maybe if it was on a teleprompter, I guess. He also said that instead of an apology tour, he would do a jobs tour. This was a line that might have struck with independents. Everyone remembers the President going on his world tour in 2009. It was a good idea at the time but looking back, nothing changed! Another line that got a huge reception was, “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise…is to help you and your family.” All in all, Mitt Romney connected with his base entirely, and he might have won over some independents.

On to the DNC

In a forthright attempt to completely separate themselves socially with republicans, the DNC was a socialpalooza. There’s no doubt the DNC rejuvenated their base. The place was going nuts. In the Presidents speech he hammered home the auto industry bailout. Has the auto industry recovered, yes! Was it because of the bailout? It really could go both ways. No one really knows if the bailout saved the auto industry or if they would have been fine had they decided to file good old fashioned bankruptcy. Either way, the President can make an argument and he did!

The President also talked about foreign policy quite a bit. This is one of his strongest arguments this election. The democrats really hit home that the RNC didn’t pay tribute to the troops. During his speech, Obama once again reminded us that he has a timetable laid out to withdraw from Afghanistan. A majority of Americans feel this sentiment. Republicans argue that a timetable should not be announced publicly, and that argument also has strong support.

There’s no doubt the President gave an excellent speech. Conventions are meant to rally the base and both conventions hit a home run. If these conventions were any indicator, this is going to be a mudslinging election. The republicans are going to hit back hard very soon. The stakes are very high for both parties and for the country.

Originally posted on Political Hippo:

The Democratic National Convention has had its glitz and glamour, and there’s no doubt the keynote speakers have been energizing. The democrats could see a little jolt in excitement from their base. I’ve always thought that the party to have their convention last will always have the best convention just due to the ability to capitalize on mistakes. Over the last few days, the democrats have had some gaffes of their own equal to the Eastwood gaffe, in my opinion. It started with having to move the convention to another facility due to lack of interest and blaming the weather, then the “god” thing yesterday.

On the last night of the convention, the American people are going to hear from the President. Will he admit his mistakes? I highly doubt it but it’s a nice thought.  Fact is, the democrats have done nothing but blame George W. Bush on all…

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Let the Games Begin

The Democratic National Convention has had its glitz and glamour, and there’s no doubt the keynote speakers have been energizing. The democrats could see a little jolt in excitement from their base. I’ve always thought that the party to have their convention last will always have the best convention just due to the ability to capitalize on mistakes. Over the last few days, the democrats have had some gaffes of their own equal to the Eastwood gaffe, in my opinion. It started with having to move the convention to another facility due to lack of interest and blaming the weather, then the “god” thing yesterday.

On the last night of the convention, the American people are going to hear from the President. Will he admit his mistakes? I highly doubt it but it’s a nice thought.  Fact is, the democrats have done nothing but blame George W. Bush on all 3 nights of this convention. They have yet to accept any responsibility of the $6 Trillion in debt we have accumulated under their leadership. If the President were to come out in the national spotlight and admit his mistakes, he would gain so much favor with independents. In all honesty though, what politician has ever done that?

In addition, the current attitudes of both campaigns will not allow them to admit any wrongdoing. The stakes are too high for either campaign to admit mistakes. Is that shameful? We’re seeing a new political landscape taking place. In 2008, we saw the beginnings of the internet and campaigning come together; moreover, election 2012 had been totally taken over by the internet. Twitter is constantly buzzing with campaign news, and trending topics. After this election look for more and more news agencies to look at twitter for polls, policy feelings, etc. The republicans have caught up quite nicely with the democrats in the new political era. In 2008 it was lacking quite a bit but the Romney campaign has done a stellar job with online campaigning (They took lessons from Ron Paul campaign).

The election is so close right now between Obama and Romney that any nudge in points is a good sign…but when does Romney put the campaign funds to use? It’s no secret that Mitt is raising more money than Obama, and I suspect that Friday we’ll see the Romney campaign go in on an all out blitz with campaign ads in Ohio, Florida, and New Hampshire. This is going to be a nasty election, especially with surrogates. Look at Debbie Wasserman Shultz, the lady has been caught in a lie on basically all three days of the convention. Let the games begin.