September 8, 2012
First off, let me make clear that I did not actually attend either the Democratic or the Republican Conventions. Where I sat to watch them – like most Americans – was in my over-stuffed chair, in the living room, in front of the television. Therefore, the views stated below may be tainted by the fact that, not having been there to see the sausage making that went on during the day, I am limited in my understanding of both the process and purpose of conventioneering.
I will also stipulate that, though I faithfully tuned in to my PBS station at six o’clock (CDT) every evening that the two conventions ran, my mind did occasionally wander. And, at times, I even flipped the channel to some mindless sit-com for a few minutes to give my brain a little breathing time over the four to four and one half hours the conventions ran each evening.
Having issued those caveats, here are my thoughts on what I saw and heard over these past two weeks:
Both parties did a bang-up job of throwing red meat to their true believer bases and preparing them to go forth and save the nation (and, possibly, the world) from the depraved indifference of the other side.
Neither the Republican nor the Democratic leaders seem to have a clue that the American Empire of the one percent and the American nation of the average Joe are two different animals and that their insistence on spending our resources to save the Empire will inevitably lead to the demise of both.
Romney-Ryan, having both been born into that one percent, seem to honestly believe that gutting the nation of the 99 percent is the only way to save the Empire they think represents us all.
Obama-Biden, having risen from the ranks of the 99 percent into the one percent, seem to honestly believe that, with a little judicious juggling, they can bring the 99 percent along without having to give up the Empire of the one percent.
The Republican delegates seemed completely willing to be gutted for the sake of the one percent and, frankly, pretty angry that the other side was not so willing to make that sacrifice.
The Democratic delegates, on the other hand, seemed a bit wistful and, at times, absolutely verklempt over their inclusion in the witless journey to save an Empire of the one percent.
Whichever way we vote, we’re screwed by both parties’ inability to let go of the dream of Empire and save the nation.
And now, back to your regularly scheduled reality.