The last night at the DNC was a clinic on how to run a convention, with just the right mix of emotion (Gabby Gifford’s leading the Pledge of Allegiance) and energy (former Gov. Jennifer Granholm praising the auto bailout). Unlike the RNC, which was less about candidate Romney and more about the rising stars of the GOP, the DNC remained focused on President Obama’s record vs. Republican policies with a theme of “not going back”.
As civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis recounted, a man recently visited his Washington office who confessed to being one of the men who beat him during a march in the 60’s in South Carolina. The man apologized and asked for forgiveness. Lewis forgave the man and proclaimed “this man and I don’t want to go back, we want to go forward”. But it appears that the GOP wants to go back to a time prior to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to require voter IDs, a devious strategy specifically designed to disenfranchise minority voters who typically vote Democrat.
And it appears the GOP wants to go back to failed polices that got the country into the mess in the first place, that brought us to the brink of collapse and ushered in a deep recession. As the President said, “feel a cold coming on? take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call us in the morning”. That’s the GOP prescription for the ailing economy, that and privatizing, which even they know won’t help the country. But it will create more wealth disparity and a climate of a winner (with all the advantages) take all mentality, a mad survival of the fittest; mean spirited atmosphere, where victims are blamed and ignored; a country with no social safety net. Now that’s what I call a broken contract and flat out class warfare.