Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Democratic National Convention

Not a politics blog but I thought I'd chime in on this since it's fresh in the news and all.

I just got done watching several clips from the Democratic National Convention and it struck me as so odd just how touchy feely the whole thing was. The audience was enthralled as if taking part in a hardcore baptist revival- hooting and hollering and screaming and even some tears here and there. And listening to the speakers just sickened me. They play fully on the emotions of the viewer- Not on arguments or hard facts, but rather acting as a stimulus to induce an emotional reaction among those who are too blind to see it for what it is. Even Obama himself, a guy that seems pretty sharp IMO, has in the past said things that just make me scratch my head in wonder. Paraphrasing here, but when asked a question about taxes and how a certain policy of his regarding the taxing of upper income brackets actually hurt those in lower brackets he replied with "Well, it's just not fair." He didn't dispute the studies, or qualify how the poor would actually be better off with said policy, or say anything that even resembled a logical response to a perfectly legitimate question. No, just vague reply resembling an emotional comment I would expect to hear from a small child, not a man running for president. I was surprised I didn't see someone handing out Kleenexes and antidepressants at the DNC...because that's who it seemed they were pandering to.

Now, don't get me wrong. The Republicans certainly are no saints. They have their own list of issues to deal with... That being said I'll take a heartless, out of touch old businessman who won't change a thing running my country before I'll take a crybaby, head in the clouds upstart who would rather play to your emotions and make you feel good regardless of the factual reality of the situation.

Disclaimer: Draele is affiliated neither with the Democratic nor the Republicans party and is in fact a Libertarian, which has stances on issues shared and opposed by both parties.


David said...

I'd say that both sides do exactly that, because it works far better than appealing to logic.

The Democrats play on themes of fairness and hope. ("we can legislate that better!")

The Republicans play on themes of self-reliance and fear. ("noun, verb, 9/11".)

David said...

agreed with the above.

What's the tabard in your pic, on the upper right?

Draele said...

Republicans do it for sure, but it just seems like the Democrats take it to a completely different level- especially when I see these people in the audience at the DNC and how they react to it all. I guess it's a case of the hardasses vs the emos. I'm much more of hardass ;)

As for the tabard? That is (was) our guild tabard. Our GM changed it back to the old blue/white scheme a couple weeks ago. No worries though, I'm sportin' the Sporregar tabard now =D

Rothryx said...

We can haz teh warlock blog back now plskthx? (rather than a superficial look at politics?)

QueueTip said...

Oh yeah? Then how do you explain these world class insults?

Hillary Clinton - "It makes sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities," she said. "Because these days they're awfully hard to tell apart."


"Republicans say John McCain has experience," said Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House speaker. "We say John McCain has the experience of being wrong."


Those are some pretty harsh disses.


revd.jbb said...

Let's see... I can either explain in measured prose exactly why this blog post bothers me, which would be akin to how the Democratic Party would respond.

Or I could be like the Republicans and just punch you in the face.

Like a true WoW player, though, I'll avoid the issues altogether and hide in my (er, Blizzard's) fantasy eWorld and ignore that any of this is happening.

Arv said...

I can't wait for your coverage of the RNC...

And wtf was your GM thinking?


Draele said...

Not gonna make a whole post on the RNC as it really didn't strike me as particularly positive or negative. Just bland.

Overall though it was a bunch of "McCain is awesome / Palin is awesome. They have such character. Simply great people. They're just like you and me. Really, they're amazing folks! Just great." Less pandering and more discussion of actual policy, thanks!

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