Another night, another nightmare.
I watched some reruns of the 1984 conventions. I found it very instructive to see how similar the messages were, and even more instructive to be reminded how wrong history has proven the Democrats to have been. And I can't help thinking how very dangerous for America that the democrats still believe all these foolish prescriptions for a national security based on hugs and good wishes.
Foolish, naïve, and weak - it's a recurring Democrat theme.
Democrats should be glad that the networks aren't offering gavel to gavel coverage, because I don't think Al Sharpton would have won a lot votes. The commentators seemed surprised at how strident, and liberal his speech was - how could they be surprised? Al Sharpton doesn't care who wins this fall. He was not speaking to the seven percenters who don't know who to vote for - he was speaking to the gullible few radicals who send him money. Al Sharpton is for Al Sharpton. He was, is and always will be a two bit race hustler and con man. He is amoral and dishonest. He is a crackpot. And he was a big hit with the democrat crowd!
Sen. Zell Miller (D-GA) was on TV tonight. He's a Bush supporter, who will be speaking at the Republican convention later this year. I wish republicans would make the same arguments Miller was making. He was much more articulate, much more willing to attack. The democrats always are more willing to attack. Republicans treat political opponents the way Democrats treat enemy nations. Gingerly, deferentially - as if it is more important to make a good impression than to win.
As an aside, who else thinks Bill O'Reilly is a moron?
Why do Democrats always see a dark, oppressive, divided America? As a parallel, our Plano schools are considering a program to provide breakfast for all children - so there is no stigma for the kids who qualify for free breakfast. In the article, they quoted an elementary school principal, talking about the hungry kids, who said of the hungry kids, I kid you not, "The little ones sit at their desks and cry. The older ones just get angry."
Now, I know there are people in the world who do not get enough to eat. In general, though, they do not live in Plano. Plano's median family income is $91,000 (Perspective: National median - $51,000; Beverly Hills median - $102,000). Only 3% of families here meet the Federal definition of "poor," many of them are elderly - which only means they do not have cash income, not that they have no means - and only 4.6% of the poor are under 18. I accept that there may be some folks here in town who have trouble making ends meet - but there are not children crying at their desks for food in Plano, Texas. A few years ago, I was speaking with the principal of the kids' Catholic school. To hear her describe the families at the school, you would have thought the school was in the foothills of the Appalachians, filled with the barefoot children of drunken ne'er-do-wells, farming the harsh bottom land by night, and walking the rocky roads, shoeless, to school each day. But that's not where the school is. It is, in fact, about six blocks from Troy Aikman's house. The typical parent is an orthopedic surgeon, or CEO. *WE* were quite possibly the poorest family at that school. These people see what they want to see. They can't see the forest for the sophistries.
Which brings me back to the Democrats. I'm watching Michael Dukakis now, telling his convention crowd in 1988 how tough times are, about plants shutting down, about the need for job recreation, and a living wage. In 1988. At the very peak of one of the greatest periods of economic growth since such things have been measured. You would think, listening to him, it was 1932. Maybe they just think that the only political lesson of FDR is that Democrats win BIG when there's a depression.
Democrats always decry the Republicans for favoring the wealthy. They always promise to help the poor. Why don't the Republicans ever just say: "We don't favor the wealthy, we favor wealth. We want everybody to have it." Why don't they point out that Democrats want to care for the poor like one cares for pets. Why don't Republicans "You're right. We don't like the poor. We don't think anybody should be poor."
Reason is for naught, though. Like these Plano schoolteachers, Democrats will always see smudged faces, and greasy tin plates held out before them; they will always answer, "Yes, Oliver, you may have some more." They will never be able to tell the difference between Oliver Twist and Oliver Hardy. And there will always be another fine mess they can get us into.