Friday, September 07, 2012

Empty Words

I didn’t listen to Obama’s speech last night for the simple reason that, having watched him govern, I simply cannot bear to watch him campaign.

Having watched him assassinate people in seven countries based only on activity which he decides is “suspicious” and not knowing who they actually are, having watched him execute American citizens without due process of law, having watched him take America to war in Libya without consulting Congress, having watched him make an unparalleled fortress of government secrecy, I cannot listen to him thunder from the podium about noble principles of “American exceptionalism,” Christian and family values, and the “great American dream.”

I don’t need fact checkers to verify his accuracy, small phrases tell me just how empty his words are. When he says, “I will take the money we are no longer spending on wars and use it to pay down our debt…” I don’t need a fact checker to tell me that the phrase is hot air. The money we are spending on war is borrowed money, so he is proposing to pay down debt with borrowed money. Did he even go to high school?

He promises that, “When American families can no longer be tricked into signing mortgages which they cannot afford…” our economy will be better off or some such thing. Every con man knows that you cannot con an honest man; you can only trick a person when he is engaged in trying to take advantage of you. That’s how a con works; you try to make the target think he is pulling a fast one on you.

It is not the responsibility of the lender to know what a borrower can afford, it is the responsibility of all of us to bite off only that which we are able to chew. Obama tells homeowners that their position is not their fault, which is what they want to hear, and then he says, “You did not elect me to tell you what you want to hear, you elected me to tell you the truth.”

You notice, in that statement, that he doesn’t actually promise to tell us the truth, only that he knows we elected him to do so. Only we didn’t of course; we elected him because he told us the lies we wanted us to hear, and we will reelect him only if he keeps on doing so.

He says that it's an American core belief that, “We're not entitled to success. We have to earn it.” In the next breath he is talking about how,
“…the little girl who's offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or
a grant for college could become the next Steve Jobs.”
We have to earn it unless we can get someone to give it to us.

I’ve read the entire speech, more than once, and there are a lot of fine words, but nothing about what he plans to actually do. He talks about paying down debt, and at the same time talks about reducing deficit spending by only 25% in the next ten years. How do you keep borrowing money and pay down debt at the same time?

Democratic speeches same as Republican speeches. Empty words.

1 comment:

Bartender Cabbie said...

empty words and the country goes down the toilet.

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