One glaring omission from the Republican National Convention was that President George W. Bush and most of his cabinet were missing in action. The Democrats had no such issue with their past office holder. On Wednesday President Clinton blasted the GOP in a tour de force speech that like the Clinton of old lasted way past the allotted time but he said so much. Elizabeth Warren also had a kick ass speech and then on Thursday night President Obama sealed the deal for his reelection with a great speech of his own.
“If you reject the notion that this nation’s promise is reserved for the few, your voice must be heard in this election.
If you reject the notion that our government is forever beholden to the highest bidder, you need to stand up in this election.
If you believe that new plants and factories can dot our landscape, that new energy can power our future, that new schools can provide ladders of opportunity to this nation of dreamers, if you believe in a country where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same rules, then I need you to vote this November.“
Video:President Barack Obama at the 2012 Democratic National Convention
On Wednesday night President Clinton said one thing in his speech that stuck out for me:
“When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better. After all, nobody’s right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. All of us are destined to live our lives between those two extremes. Unfortunately, the faction that now dominates the Republican Party doesn’t see it that way. They think government is the enemy, and compromise is weakness.“
– President Bill Clinton @ 2012 Democratic National Convention
Video:President Bill Clinton at the 2012 Democratic National Convention
A bonus on Wednesday night was
People feel like the system is rigged against them. And here’s the painful part: they’re right. The system is rigged. Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in subsidies. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Wall Street CEOs—the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs—still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them. […]
The Republican vision is clear: “I’ve got mine, the rest of you are on your own.” Republicans say they don’t believe in government. Sure they do. They believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends. After all, Mitt Romney’s the guy who said corporations are people.
No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters. That matters because we don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people. And that’s why we need Barack Obama.
Video:Elizabeth Warren at the 2012 Democratic National Convention
The take away from these speeches is if you believe that corporations are not people and shouldn’t be able to buy elections, that we need to have a level playing field, and compromise is not a weakness then vote for President Obama in November.
Once again the choice is clear.