Nancy Eubanks: A tale of two conventions
Being a political junkie, I just had to watch both conventions. Holy cow — what a difference.
The Republican convention was so dark, and dreary — full of anger and fear. Rudy Giuliiani started the tone with his angry, screaming, spitting mad speech talking about how we had to fear, fear, fear all this violence at home and around the world (even though historically violent crime has been decreasing for the last 30 years). Ben Carson equated Hillary Clinton with the devil. Chris Christie piled on with a lengthy speech assailing all Hillary’s faults, with the crowd shouting all kinds of mean things.
I just don’t understand such hate when Hillary has spent her whole life in public service trying to make America better for people, from serving on the Children Defense Fund, to improving education for children in Arkansas, to getting children’s health care (CHIPS program), to getting benefits for first responders after 9-11, and helping set the stage for the reduction of nuclear weapons in Iran.
By contrast, Trump has spent his whole life in the pursuit of making more money for himself. About the only positive was Ms. Trump’s speech where she talked about values — and that was partially plagiarized from Michele Obama’s 2008 speech.
The culmination of the convention was Trump’s speech. It was full of hate and fear. Hate Mexican immigrants. Fear Muslims because they could be terrorists. International agreements like NATO and trade agreements have ruined America. (Many of the statistics he quotes are simply not true – please fact check them). Several pundits call Trump’s vision of America as a “dystopian land.”
And only he can rescue us by building a wall and keeping “the others” out. How very sad!
By contrast, Michele Obama started off the Democratic convention with such a great positive speech. Some pundits say it was the best speech ever given at a convention. She talked about how great America is; that we are a land of hope and opportunity. Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Barack Obama all talked about our country being stronger when we work together, rather than dividing us by race and religion; that love conquers hate. Hillary talked about Americans being a good, tolerant and generous people. Yes, we have problems in the country, but let’s work together to solve them. Yes, there are problems in the world, so let’s work together with our allies in NATO and the UN to solve them.
This is more than just a contrast between two visions of America — the glass is half empty vs. half full. Trump and the Republican convention were all about how empty the glass is. They had nothing good to say about America. Really?
Let’s see. When Obama took office in 2009, we were headed toward another great depression. Obama’s stimulus package stopped that free fall. We have had eight years of positive job growth. The auto industry that Obama rescued had its best year ever this year. Gas prices are the lowest they have been in a decade. We have an international global initiative dealing with climate change. We have a nuclear reduction deal with Iran. Our military is the envy of the world (and Trump says “our military is a disaster”).
Since President Barack Obama first took office factcheck.org has come up with the following facts:
• Homicides have dropped 13 percent, but gun sales have surged.
• The economy has added more than 9 million jobs, and the jobless rate has dropped to below the historical median.
• Unemployment is less than 5 percent.
• Corporate profits are up 166 percent; real weekly wages are up 3.4 percent.
• There are 15 million fewer people who lack health insurance.
• Wind and solar power have nearly tripled, and now account for more than 5 percent of U.S. electricity.
So let’s continue the progress that Obama has created in our country. We need to elect Democrats up and down the ticket that will continue to move the country forward with progressive, democratic values. As Hillary has said “it takes a village to raise a child” and that goes for our country as well. “We are stronger together”.
Nancy Eubanks, who lives in Rough and Ready and is a member of the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee, is a member of The Union Editorial Board. Her opinion is her own and does not reflect the viewpoint of The Union or its editorial board. Write to her at EditBoard@TheUnion.com.
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