Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Etude

On the radio Al suggested this exercise for a Republican aquaintance:

Go over the Democratic keynote speech by Barack Obama.

"In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope? John Kerry calls on us to hope. John Edwards calls on us to hope. I'm not talking about blind optimism here — the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don't talk about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it. No, I'm talking about something more substantial. It's the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a millworker's son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. The audacity of hope!

In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; the belief in things not seen; the belief that there are better days ahead. I believe we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. I believe we can provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair. I believe that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices, and meet the challenges that face us. America!"


Then compare it to the belligerent, frothing, bilious nonsense of Zell Miller's Republican call to the legions of the crazed. Yeah, I know his party affiliation. And Hitler was a Catholic. Whatever.

"Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander in Chief. "

Not exactly.

There are, after all, matters of responsibility and competence.

5 comments:

Becca said...

Every time I hear the name "Zell Miller," I am reminded of Jon Stewart's "Zell on Earth" piece from the Daily Show. One of the funniest pieces of political satire ever.

shrimplate said...

Zell's certifiable. He's gonna end up institutionalized for sure.

Reagan, too, if he weren't so darn rich, would've ended up slobbering over his creamed meat in some god-forsaken nursing home somewheres if he didn't have the bad luck to die first.

may said...

nothing to do with this post.

your comment about my post about smoking was not weird, it was something that i think was too personal for me to get.

if you explain it in simpler terms, i might just get a glimpse of what you really mean:)

Eli Blake said...

Look at your quote from Zell again:

our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander in Chief.

Couldn't have said it any better myself. On August 18, 1998, the day Bill Clinton launched missiles attempting to get Osama bin Laden, and the right went into a fit of apoplexy because they were obsessed with trying to bring down Bill Clinton, and the missile attack stole a headline from the all-important Monica scandal.

Oh, except I guess then you'd have had to substitute the word, 'Republicans' for the word, 'Democrats'. But other than that, it's exactly what was going on then.

Eli Blake said...

Then, there is the new Gelatinous desert that comes from Georgia.

It's called, 'ZELL-O.'

It tastes like sour grapes.