Thursday, August 28, 2008
Obama 2008 DNC speech.
I missed my chance tonight to watch the speech first hand, but I did manage to find the highlights of his speech. So my opinions are purely based on that as well as previous speeches from this week.
Obama has a dream sure enough but that's as far as it goes. He spoke briefly of the American dream where anyone can do anything and be anything,he his vision of a brighter American future to all who watched but how he plans to go about it is another issue entirely. Obamas platform for this presidential race has been "Change" and he has brought forward many ideas of "Change" but he has yet to really lay out a plan to accomplish this "Change". He moved on to his plans for the economy. "We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off to look after a sick kid without losing her job - an economy that honours the dignity of work. ". What disspointed me here is that he did not shed light on his plan, rather ignored going into completely to paint a picture of america how it is with him being the light that will guide us.
Obama has vowed to keep his word on his campaign promises some of which being the ending tax breaks to corporations that ship American jobs overseas, as well as rewarding businesses that keep jobs in America, he also plans on eliminating the capitol gains tax for the small business to bring back the cutting edge jobs of today to America. Along with this he says he'll cut taxes for 95% of Americans. " I will set a clear goal as President: in ten years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East. " again he didn't go into specifics or give a look into his plan for it, I for one would be extremely interested in his plan for it, besides inflating your tires/green technology that wont be ready for atleast another 10-20 years.
The was wrapped with talk on American foreign policy and again nothing of particular interest was said here except the usual which went down the the usual Democratic checklist. Use of troops only in matters with clear purpose, check better treatment and benefits for veterans, check, end US occupation in Iraq/Afghanistan, check, reestablish a foreign policy, check, and the tackle of international relations through diplomacy, check. everything seems to be there.
The entire Democratic convention was sort of disappointing, no candidate or major democratic player strayed far from the democratic formula. Pretty much all of them said the same speech except with minor changes, almost interchangeable if you ask me. I shouldn't act surprised though after all this is American politics.
By this point I've grown to accept that Obama is a dreamer, and that is his selling point. He may not have as much experience as McCain, but he does have a vision for America and if he can bring about that vision and support it with plans, outlines, information, etc to support his vision and make it plausable then he would have my vote. I'm sorry to say now, that I am succumbing to the Democratic bashing Republican party, I'm not prepared for another 4 years of what we had but i would like to remain neutral till after the RNC.
Update will happen tomorrow.