It’s time to stop falling for the same old crap.
Tonight, I did what I said I was going to do while in Memphis after having evac’d from hurricane Gustav (long live New Orleans, woot woot!) - I watched Obama’s acceptance speech. Then I watched McCain’s. Then I watched Ron Paul’s speech given at the Rally for the Republic.
I watched these videos like the debater Miss. Trotman, my old debate coach taught us to be. I sat here with my legal pad, twirling my pen, ready to flow (In policy debate the notes you take during the others side is speech is your flow). I sat down and did this one, because you should know your enemy and two because I believe Obama and McCain are both full of shit. And I was right.
I am so filled with wonder, and amusement because as I sat here trying ready to tear apart their speeches I didn’t have a lot to work with. Why? Because it was a bunch of fluff. Pretty words, and strong sentences meant to make you clap and cheer and go fuck yeah and get your juices flowing without saying anything.
I’m going to quote from portion of an article I submitted to Section 8 Magazine - “Barack Obama brings a message of unity and change, things that people desperately want right now. And it’s not just the fucked up economy that is collapsing, the ridiculous gas prices or the illegal war going on in Iraq. Obama’s popularity represents a shift in thinking across the globe. More than ever, people are realizing that the way we have been doing things doesn’t work. From governmental levels, to individual ones that encompass spirituality and a sense of self, we want change. We want to be united. A little bug is sitting in our ears, telling us that we are all one. Connected. But what some are failing to really grasp and grab onto as that splinter sits in their minds, is that the things they want made better will not be solved until we win the hardest battle we will ever fight – against ourselves. One man, taking an oath to lead a country is not the answer. You, are the answer. We, are the answer.
I don’t want to take anything away from the black community, I get that it’s a big deal for a black guy to have the potential to be president. But you have been sorely misinformed if you think Obama is really going to make this country better.”
The ridiculousness of both candidates becomes even more clear when you watch both speeches back to back (Go do it. You’ll see what I’m talking about). I will give credit where it is due - Obama is a slick, slick orator. The kind in my debate years I would love to go against in a policy round. He is charming and charismatic, and man can he give a speech. He doesn’t look like your normal politician so he can appeal to that sense of change we want. But he’s smart enough to pick a VP that does, so he can help sway those voters who want that familiar face in office. (Much like McCain was smart to pick the soccer mom so he can combat Obama’s argument that he doesn’t get it and that he is just like you.). But McCain is a good speaker too, not as good as Obama, but he’s good.
Obama’s talk of not slinging mud was also echoed by McCain. Both men gave props to the other. Both men were raised alone by their hard working mother and had other siblings and the blah blah story. Both men had grandfathers that served right around the Pearl Harbor incident. The beginning of their speeches made me think they were following a format. They both started off giving love to their wife and kids, provided a little bit of family background, gave props to the other candidate and ended with that firm, we are going to win statement. They both talked about bringing change to Washington, about clean coal, and nuclear power, renewable energy, solar and wind power, bringing jobs back home. They both talked about defending America, suggesting how Iran is a threat, pointing out the “differences” in the other opponent, and gave that emphasis about how they work for you, blah blah blah. Oh and they both threw the right names around, Clinton, Kennedy, Roosevelt, Regan, Lincoln. But I think Obama wins the bullshit award, because at the end of his speech he went so far as to draw comparisons from MLK (at this point I was in hysterics btw) since the night of the DNC just happened to be the anniversary of the, “I have a dream” speech. This is me, rolling my eyes. Obliviously not at MLK who was the real shit, at Obama who is the fake shit. McCain at the end of his speech told a war story. Again this is me, rolling my eyes. Not at his service, at the tactics. C’mon. You both promised something new, I’ve yet to see it.
It’s crap. Go on, go watch both back to back and tell me it’s not.
And when you’re done with that, I want to you to go watch Ron Paul’s speech. Go to YouTube and type in Rally for the Republic. Fine, just click here. In fact I’m begging you to take the time and just go watch it. Please. Why? Because I want you to really see choice, and difference and not crap. Here are real things that Ron Paul said, that you did not hear from the other two men.
Oh by the way, before we get into that just a quick FYI - 16.8 Million dollars of your money was spent, twice. On both Rep/Dem conventions.
Our Troops gave more money to Ron Paul than any other candidate. I.E. McCain and Obama. Hmm.
Now lets talk about what Ron Paul said that you didn’t hear from either other, “choice.”
• The Federal Government Should not be involved in Education.
• That a true Patriot would repel the Patriot Act, FISA, The Military Commission Act, and noNational ID Card
• He called the Iraq war what it is, ILLEGAL. Only Congress can declare war. They did not.
• We have a duty to fight enemies foreign and domestic. And it’s the domestic ones that we should be fighting right now. The ones at home.
• We have less Freedom now then we did before 9/11.
• That we must abolish the Federal Reserve because it is illegal, and unconstitutional.
• He calls the war on drugs, what is, a failure, and bullshit. Hemp is a source of ethanol and should be used (go look it up before you shake your head, I’ll wait.).
• That the government should not regulate your healthcare and how dangerous prescription drugs are (he’s a doctor btw).
• He talked about how it is amazing how the war drum can beat and the propaganda machine can run. Iran spends 1% much money on national defense as we spend. They are not a threat. There are no nukes. Do not believe in the new boogey man.
• He says that self reliance and self respect are key. That we need a President who offers to do less, not more. That Government should do less, not more. He firmly advocates following the Constitution because it’s not hard, and it’s pretty clear. The way the founding fathers ran government and not policing the world is what we need to be doing. We should take care of ourselves and only be embarrassed by asking somebody else, oh says the government to take care of us because they know better than we do.
(Don’t be put off by this statement. Step up and take responsibility, that is the price of freedom. I’ll break it down like this; can you make a relationship work if you don’t? Can you make someone else happy if you can’t make yourself happy? Do you. Do you. It doesn’t mean stiff arm your neighbor and it doesn’t inspire less cooperation but your own self empowerment. Freedom is Uniting. Believe it.)
Oh, and Ron Paul calls for peaceful civil disobedience. And he talks about the consequences of that. For example the people in jail (Ed and Elanie Brown and Sheery Peel Jackson) for refusing to pay income taxes when there is no law that says you must (Don’t shake you head. Do you know about the two supreme court cases that define income? Have you ever actually SEEN the law? Go find it, go ahead. I’ll wait).
Now, all that that I wrote above that’s change. That’s freedom of choice. Why don’t Obama and McCain call the war in Iraq what it is? Illegal. Why doesn’t Obama, the advocate of change, Mr. for the people, say that he’s going to get rid of the Patriot Act? Of FISA? Why didn’t I ever hear him say its time to empower the individual. Or hear him quote from the constitution? Why doesn’t either candidate ever promise to follow it?
Why are you letting Obama and McCain dupe you that they are going to put more money in your pocket, when that paper bill is worthless? Where’s the gold to back it up?
When are we going to get down to the nitty, gritty real problems instead of prancing around on this rose covered bed of bullshit? When are we the people going to stand up and not only say enough, but open their eyes and really listen?
Do yourself a favor this election even though you don’t really pick the president (electoral College people) help spread the message. Vote for Nader, or Chuck Baldwin. But for god sakes, stop, stop, please, I’m begging you, stop falling for the same shit. Wake up. Use your brain. Step up and be ready to take responsibility for your life for real. Stop giving your power away. I will quote again from my article -
“When it comes to this world we now live in, Obama isn’t the answer. Neither is McCain. In terms of government getting back on track, Ron Paul was and is. But when it really comes down it, if your life is shit, YOU, that person in the mirror has always and will always have the sole power and control to change it, regardless of how fucked up the system we exist in is. Believe in God and trust me its no blasphemy when I say, that’s believing in you.”