I rarely discuss politics on this blog (or anything serious for that matter!) I have withheld my opinions about the presidential election, in part because I wanted to see how the nomination conventions would unfold. Also, because I do not want to be pigeon-holed and turn people away from reading.
But watching Governor Palin’s speech this evening sparked in me a response. I don’t know much about her except what I have been reading over the past couple of weeks. I was encouraged to see a woman placed on the ticket. I like the idea of their being compelling, thoughtful candidates from both parties.
Unfortunately, Governor Palin came across arrogant, smug, and bordering on desperation.
She didn’t spend time delivering the ideals of her party or running mate, but instead focused on McCain’s character versus Obama’s. I sat their wondering, “What do you bring to this election? …sell me!”
Her speech was a sarcastic attack on the celebrity and alleged lack of experience of Obama… coming from a self-proclaimed “PTA Hockey mom.” Needless to say, I felt that her speech lacked real substance.
I think many are distracted by the “rock-star” persona of Obama… I don’t think that’s why he is popular. Obama has a growing following because he eloquently paints a picture of a preferred future. He casts a vision… rather than trying to defend himself or his party. Can Obama deliver on that vision? Well, that’s the million dollar question.
Republican candidates seem to spend so much energy on defending themselves and on spreading fear and negativity… younger generations are becoming impatient with this approach. The one exception I’ve noticed is Governor Mike Huckabee. His speech was articulate, respectful and compelling. His comments about the presidency being an office rather than just a symbol were intriguing.
But my question for the Republican party: how does growing big business and shrinking government help middle and low income families (the growing majority of Americans)?
I have the answer… it doesn’t. I experience the effects of this each day, and see it in the faces of the people in the community where I live. It is time for a change.