DNC Day 4 – Republicrats – Same script / Different Actors

Sex sells, especially at democratic national conventions.
Al Gore and Dick Durbin speak tonight — two politicians that I have wanted to hear from besides Kucinich.
And on this anniversary of the ‘I have a DREAM’ speech, how fitting to have the sponsor of the DREAM Act, the senior senator from Illinois, introduce Barack Obama.  Whatever happens tonight, we still have a good 2 months to go.
Update – I actually caught Barack Obama’s speech and as usual he was articulate, brilliant and finally laid out some plan of action. I was expecting to hear a “I have a dream” line but to his credit, Obama did not exploit the moment. While I firmly believe that all politics is simulation and no real meaningful change can occur so long as we embrace capitalism, there was a particular part of his speech that struck a chord, that I think is relevant to this site and some of my personal philosophy:
We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country. The reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than for those plagued by gang-violence in Cleveland, but don’t tell me we can’t uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in the hospital and to live lives free of discrimination. Passions fly on immigration, but I don’t know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers. This too is part of America’s promise – the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.

I think this line of thinking–one that abandons the “my-way or the highway” gridlock in Washington, the exclusivity of either/or is highly encouraging. It is about bridging differences and finding ways to work together while still keeping your personal values intact. And that is a pretty mature approach to doing politics.

This is probably the last blog post till after the weekend — As many of you know, I have the LSATs to study for that is consuming most of my time till after October 4. I’ll get back to all the ‘abandoned projects’ at that time and direct my attention to more media/art-work.

Till then, enjoy this one as well, courtesy the Republic magazine, whom I don’t necessarily agree with often but the picture is hilarious:
Barack Hussein Obama
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ADVISORS: Zbigniew Brzezinski – CFR, B, TC. Sarah Sewall – CFR. Susan Rice – CFR, TC. Joseph Cirincione – CFR Lawrence Korb – CFR General Merrill McPaek – CFR Dennis Ross – CFR, TC. Obama fundraiser in London sponsored by Elizabeth Murdock, sister of Media Mogul Rupert Murdock, owner of Fox News, The New York Post and Weekly Standard Newspapers.
LONG STANDING CONNECTIONS: George Soros – CFR, B, major contributor and fund raiser Jay
Rockefeller – CFR, TC or should we say John D. Rockefeller 4th, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee has endorsed Obama in the presidential race. Tony Rezko, the indicted businessman who’s scheduled to go on trial for corruption in Illinois, and who was a major fundraiser for Obama, hosted fundraising events for Obama in his home and was on Obama’s US Senate campaign finance committee which collected $14 million.

John McCain – CFR
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ADVISORS: Henry Kissinger – CFR, TC, B. Colin Powell – CFR, B. Alexander Haig – CFR. James
Woolsey – CFR, Brent Scowcroft – CFR, B. “Lord Rothschild Backs John McCain” The Washington Post
(March 15, 2008) with a major fundraising events in London.
LONG STANDING CONNECTIONS: McCain’s late father-in-law, Jim Hensley, was a top figure in
the organized crime power network surrounding one Kemper Marley, who acted as the front man in Arizona for the Bronfman family—key players in the Lansky crime syndicate, popularly though inaccurately referred to as “the Mafia”—who used Marley to control both major political parties in that state. The Bronfman family has long been allied with the Rothschilds as among the leading billionaire patrons of Israel and the global Zionist movement, so much so that Edgar Bronfman, head of the dynasty, was, for many years head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), which is now lorded over by his son Matthew, who is chairman of the WJC’s governing board. Eight years ago, when McCain first ran for president, Edgar Bronfman was a contributor to his campaign. And at the time McCain included among his closest advisors the ubiquitous William Kristol of the stridently pro-Israel neo-conservative journal, The Weekly Standard, whose owner, media baron Rupert Murdoch, rose to wealth and power through the sponsorship of the Rothschild and Bronfman families. Kristol has attended the secretive Bilderberg meetings that are sponsored jointly on an annual basis by the Rothschild family in partnership with their American confreres in the Rockefeller family. So the McCain-Bronfman-Rothschild connection is intimate on multiple levels and explains much about McCain’s
long-standing tendency to be an almost feverish advocate for Israel’s interests.

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