I live too far out to get into Charlotte (you can't drive in to uptown and public transport has been suspended), which makes me a little sad as I'd like to go in to feel the vibe of the event, but it's still exciting to know it's happening just over FIVE miles away! Plus I can watch it in the comfort of my own home, with a nice glass of wine, maybe with a friend or two, and surrounded by Dogs 'N' Cat. Geddit?!
Anyone who knows me knows that my political persuasions are more to do with fairness and equality, as well as honesty, integrity, and intelligence, rather than being aligned with one particular party. However, in America it seems that automatically makes me a Democrat (left winger!). I guess I am kind of a Liberal Democrat back home, but I also have some Conservative/right wing and some Labour/left wing opinions also. It really depends on the issue being discussed. Here, though, I am clearly pretty much entirely aligned with the Democratic Party. I can't remember who said this to me, but a great quote I heard about American politics is that "the left wing have gone right, and the right wing have gone to the insane asylum". I just feel that issues like women's rights, the economy, marriage/people equality, keeping businesses local, the influence of religion over legislation, and healthcare provision are all dealt with better by the Democratic Party in the USA.
One thing I would like to mention is that President Clinton gave an excellent speech last night, and I feel that Democrats and Republicans, and all the independents in between, should take the time to listen to it. While there are, of course, many pro-Obama statements, the issue of being able to work together towards common, mutually beneficial goals regardless of political allegiance, and that compromise is not a weakness, were the predominant elements of his message. The fact that Republicans have made some excellent contributions to America today was not only mentioned but emphasised, and it was also pointed out that the people heading up the GOP today are not representative of the original tenets of the party (so the party itself isn't irrelevant or dangerous, but its current leaders pose a great threat to the American people). To disagree with the President has somehow become synonymous with hating him, as though you must also abhor him as a person to truly be disagreeing with his politics - a very worrying development indeed.
I think it's a speech relevant for everyone. As Clinton concluded, quoting the Preamble to the Constitution, "In the end we decide to champion the cause for which our founders pledged their lives ... a more perfect union." America needs people who can empathise, compromise, and vitalise: I think that's Obama and the Democrats.
|During President Clinton's speech.|
|Looks like a good hug.|
|President Obama joins him at the end and|
hugs him in thanks.