Friday, August 29, 2008

Obama 08



His acceptance speech tonight was good, but the best speech of the convention was John Kerry's. See here for more discussion.

Never in modern history has an administration squandered American power so recklessly. Never has strategy been so replaced by ideology. Never has extremism so crowded out common sense and fundamental American values. Never has short-term partisan politics so depleted the strength of America’s bipartisan foreign policy. ...

To those who still believe in the myth of a maverick instead of the reality of a politician, I say, let’s compare Senator McCain to candidate McCain. Candidate McCain now supports the wartime tax cuts that Senator McCain once denounced as immoral. Candidate McCain criticizes Senator McCain’s own climate change bill. Candidate McCain says he would now vote against the immigration bill that Senator McCain wrote. Are you kidding? Talk about being for it before you’re against it. ...

How insulting to suggest that those who question the mission, question the troops. How pathetic to suggest that those who question a failed policy, doubt America itself. How desperate to tell the son of a single mother who chose community service over money and privilege that he doesn’t put America first. ...

3 comments:

mock turtle said...

here is an investment suggestion

go long on obama

yeah i know hes young and doesnt have the DC experience

thats a plus, and more important, he has the vision thing!

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that Obama chose community service and money and privilege, with much more focus on money and privilege in recent years.

PeterW said...

Problem is, just as "Why do you hate America" is an unanswerable objection, saying "A [single] soldier said this, so he's right!" is similarly puerile and meaningless.

Although I love social analysis and thinking about policy, I hate the marketing/used-car-salesmanship of electoral politics.

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