We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There was the relentless emphasis on Government as Community, as the thing that gives us spirit and makes us whole. But government isn't what you love if you're American, America is what you love. Government is what you have, need and hire. Its most essential duties—especially when it is bankrupt—involve defending rights and safety, not imposing views and values. We already have values. Democrats and Republicans don't see all this the same way, and that's fine—that's what national politics is, the working out of this dispute in one direction or another every few years. But the Democrats convened in Charlotte seemed more extreme on the point, more accepting of the idea of government as the center of national life, than ever, at least to me.
The fight over including a single mention of God in the platform—that was extreme. The original removal of the single mention by the platform committee—extreme. The huge "No!" vote on restoring the mention of God, and including the administration's own stand on Jerusalem—that wasn't liberal, it was extreme. Comparing the Republicans to Nazis—extreme. The almost complete absence of a call to help education by facing down the powers that throw our least defended children under the school bus—this was extreme, not mainstream.
The sheer strangeness of all the talk about abortion, abortion, contraception, contraception...
It is un-American to love government. In America, government is to be viewed as a necessary evil.
Reading the aftermath of the convention, both liberal and conservative takes, I'm becoming more and more convinced that our President is mailing it in - he wants to lose because being President is too hard and requires more than just a lofty speech or two - or in Obamaspeak "Need to tell a better story".
His whole concept of the Presidency was "I won therefore I get to tell everybody what to do". He honestly believed that being President meant that he could order everybody around. I believe his advisors and staff also believed that. What the President forgot was that there are 535 individuals in Congress who also "won" and almost 51% of them are Republicans.
Hopefully this will be his only term. It appears that even his most ardent supporters aren't sharing the love anymore.
As someone said on a FOX tv panel today, what set the acceptance speeches of both Romney and Obama apart from those given by candidates in the past is that R as well as O each appealed to their party base but made no effort to reach out to people on the other side or even those in the middle. Obama no longer appears to me to be trying to change voters' minds. As the incumbent, he seems to have settled on a strategy of hanging on to the base of supporters he already has, which he thinks will be enough to take him to victory in November. It's just a matter of keeping their enthusiasm up by fabricating one scary boogeyman after another among the Republican opposition. Shheesh, by the time the election rolls around, I expect President Pinocchio's nose will be at least 10 feet long.
That's because there aren't really any undecideds. There are 50% of the country who are living off the other 50%. Is there any possible successful appeal to the moochers that will convince enough of them to vote themselves off the public dime?
Of course there is, but it cannot be cast openly in these terms.