The RNC

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Last evening I managed to view the Republican National Convention.  For a true Democrat some of the rhetoric was hard to take but I expected it would be so. I am sure it was slanted towards minds less open than mine which, I am sad to say, continue to hold single-minded, self-serving values devoid of all the options available that will keep moving this country forward.  I will say I enjoyed Ann Romney‘s speech, although being a (abet, non-practicing) Mormon it could have been a talk delivered word for word at Sacrament Meeting on a Sunday morning or afternoon.  In fact, she spoke as if she was giving a talk, so if you have ever been curious about the content, cadence and tone of a talk given during Sacrament Meeting from a sister in the Ward, you heard one last evening.  The only thing it lacked was Biblical references with her Testimony at the end. Granted, she is a very nice lady who is a treasure to her husband and family, for this I am certain, but her speech never once touched on an issue her husband stands for (although, I’m not sure what he stands for at the moment) and why she clearly feels her husband is the right man to fix our country’s ills. I also have five (5) children. And I have been privileged to help raise other children over the years. If this is the only accomplishment of Mrs. Romney it is not in the slightest to be diminished as it is a most valued accomplishment a woman can secure for herself. But, I, for one, would love to hear of some other accomplishments Mrs. Romney has secured for herself. I am also a cancer survivor and it is without any doubt in my mind her having a mate stand at her side, to sustain her in her fight, came from the most honorable and loving kind of mate. But, this in and of itself does not qualify  her husband for the Presidency of the United States.

So, what does qualify Mitt Romney

Well, we do not know! Even after the keynote speech given by Governor Chris Christie, whom by the way, didn’t even mention the man he was speaking of until at least two-thirds into his speech and then never totally hit the ball over the fence — at best he got a stand-up double — for Mitt, the man to whom he should have been pitching for President. Instead I learned a lot about Governor Christie, which I’m sure was exactly what he intended to accomplish in his early bid for ‘whatever’ is coming down the line in his career. Was Mitt Romney disappointed? Well, I’m not a mind-reader, but I’d say he was. I mean he wasn’t exactly smiling a lot during the speech. In fact, he looked a little miffed, as if to say: why, oh why, did we pick him? If this seems harsh I fear I am not alone. Elizabeth Warren says it much more informative in a statement she put out after Christie’s Tuesday evening speech. 

“New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a speech tonight at the Republican National Convention about the Greatest Generation. Let’s talk about what really made the Greatest Generation so great. Coming out of the Great Depression, America was at a crossroads. The future of our economy — and our democracy — was at stake. We made a decision together as a country: To invest in ourselves, in our kids, and in our future. For nearly half a century, that’s just what we did. And it worked. For nearly 50 years, as our country got richer, our families got richer — and as our families got richer, our country got richer. And then about 30 years ago, our country moved in a different direction. New leadership attacked wages. They attacked pensions. They attacked health care. They attacked unions. And now we find ourselves in a very different world from the one our parents and grandparents built. We are now in a world in which the rich skim more off the top in taxes and special deals, and they leave less and less for our schools, for roads and bridges, for medical and scientific research — less to build a future. Tonight, Chris Christie and the Republicans told the American people that we’re to blame for our broken economy. He told families to tighten their belts. He told seniors to live on less. He told teachers to stop fighting for fair pay. He never, ever mentioned how much more the richest have taken, and he had no mention that those who broke our economy still haven’t been held accountable. The Republicans believe in an America that is rigged for the big guys — giant corporations that can hire an army of lobbyists, ship jobs overseas, and take their profits to the Cayman Islands. That’s not who we are as a people — and that’s not the kind of country we want to be. We built America together, and that’s what makes America great. “(Elizabeth Warren’s written words posted of even date of my post)

Yes, my parents who went through the Great Depression and then the War, two other conflicts on the heels of WWII, invested in America first, raised our family in a spirit of selflessness, service to community, did work hard to save for retirement and always did strive to do the right thing.  Both Mum and Dad passed on a great love for the country they both fought to save for a better future for their children, their life together. Over the last thirty years they, as I have seen a major shift away from the values they held so dear. I remember watching with my Dad when Ike was elected to run for President and how proud, how happy he was that a military man he vastly respected would run for the Presidency. I remember how hard it was to learn our neighbors red-headed son was never coming home from a place called Korea, a conflict my father disagreed with entering into but did, although unhappily so, support because that is what you did back then. I remember the fears of atomic bombs, potential Communist neighbors. But, I also remember Dad helping to build the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. I remember roads being built to carry us along the California coast and inland to join communities. I remember new schools and libraries, parks and public pools and carefree summer day bicycling around town and new sidewalks going in along city streets dotted with walnut trees. I remember stop lights and street signs going up. All these things, and much more, came by way of infrastructure projects that put people to work, gave hope for a better future for their communities and families.

Over the past thirty plus years our Infrastructure has collapse into crumbling bridges, pot-holed city streets and Mom & Pop businesses that are, if still alive at all, struggling to survive. The banks got bigger because a few men who thought building personal wealth trumped building a strong Infrastructure. By not lending needed funds to those who would be responsible for building that Infrastructure but to those folks who were (nearly/certainty) guaranteed to fail which in-turn increased corporate profits we Americans find our self at another crossroads and it is time to get serious about what is needed to bring our Infrastructure back.

Over the past thirty some-odd years, elected officials who didn’t help (infrastructure) unless it was tied to a reelection bid are the same ones who called us to tighten our belts, cinch in our waist, pull up our own boot straps and let them get on with building our political and economic future(s). It has been like asking ‘us’ to be good little children and let the grown-up take care of things. Well, last time I looked into the mirror, I saw a woman with wrinkles and grey/white hair, a little reflection of age & wisdom, knowledge, understanding, a woman with ears to hear, eyes to see and a mind sharp as a tack that remembers back before thirty years ago. I’m no kid! And this all grown-up kid is paying attention.

 

Next week the DNC . . . I can’t wait to see what they have to say. At least I know one thing: I do know who Obama is and what he has done thus far and I am praying like crazy he’ll actually have something to say about Infrastructure and how we’re getting this economy back on track with steel, asphalt & concrete.

 

 

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