July 30th, 2004

politicians suck... right?

Kerry's speech

So, I just watched President Kerry's nomination acceptance speech.

I'm scared and confused; hold me.

Obviously I was very impressed with Kerry's speech. Now I know, this speech was Kerry's best chance to explain who he was to people like me. This was his most highly publicized moment going into the final stages of the campaign. This was a pivotal moment for him. So of course he's going to say what everyone wants to hear. Of course he's going to say a bunch of stuff that makes me warm and fuzzy. So I'm still somewhat skeptical, but again, I'm thinking.

He touched on a lot of issues that have the potential to affect me directly. Was I not bitching about the price of my prescription co-pays just yesterday? And Kerry speaks directly to that issue. Talks about reducing health care costs, and putting medical decisions into the hands of doctors, not insurance company bureaucrats. That's important to me. He also mentioned cutting taxes for the middle class and rolling back tax cuts for the rich. That's important to me. He talked about rewarding companies who create jobs that stay in the U.S., not companies that export their jobs abroad.

I don't think it's going to be difficult for him to beat Dubya. That's not what's on my mind at the moment. What's on my mind is that, after the speech, Tom Brokaw or whoever was talking said that the things Kerry talked about were all basic platform issues of the Democratic party.

I identified with a lot of that.

Most of my life I've only heard the platforms of both parties described by Republicans - I haven't really had the opportunity to hear the Democrats describe themselves. I may be closer to them than I thought.

It's like I was saying to Tandra earlier - it seems like the Republican party comes from and is concerned with big business, rich people, and claiming the moral high ground (which in my mind places them in a position of religious hypocrisy, a big issue with me). Whereas the Democrats seem to come more from a position of average people, the middle class, minorities, regular people.

So yeah, I was impressed with his speech. I really think it was a home run. Now I have to watch the Republican Convention - that will be the key. Comparing the Democrats' popular rhetoric with that of the Republicans.

I would really like to be able to move to Missouri by election day. Kansas is almost guaranteed to go to Bush, making my vote pointless if I vote for Kerry. Missouri on the other hand is a swing state, a place where I'd have a chance to make a difference. We are probably not even moving to the MO side of KC, but this is another incentive to do so.

And the fireworks set to the Boston Pops following the speech was phenomenal. I want to go to Boston for the 4th of July some year just to experience that. I wanted to be there.

HAHAHA - You guys just missed Triumph the Insult Comic Dog giving his analysis of the speech on MSNBC! HAHAHAHA!

Anyone know where I can find Kerry's campaign schedule? I can't find it.

Friday Ten

From thefridayfive:
1) Of everything in your wardrobe what do you feel the most comfortable wearing? Why?
Well, there are really two camps for that. I'm physically comfortable wearing just about anything aside from "work" clothes. I won't count that. I'm mentally comfortable in plain old jeans-and-a-t-shirt, just because I've worn that forever. I'm also very mentally comfortable in anything Tandra picks out for me to wear, because I know she likes it and thinks I look good, and that's important to me. I mean, hell, I don't have to look at me, but she does, right?

2) How would you describe your style?
Very casual.

3) How many pairs of shoes do you own and do you wear them all?
I own... uhh... four pairs of shoes, and yes, they all have specific uses.

4) Where do you buy most of your clothes?
Secondhand places for shirts, Target and Target-like places for jeans.

5) What was the last piece of clothing you bought?
Jeans, from Target.

From fridayfiver:
You're stranded on an island.

Not a completely desolate island. More along the lines that the boat delivering supplies only comes once every six months and will never, ever take you home. Decide what you'll bring!

One celebrity:
Real or fictitious? If it's fictitious, I'm choosing MacGyver, or Tom Hanks' character in Castaway, since either one can probably build me a boat to get the heck out of there. Real celebrity? Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) might be handy to have around, but only if he comes with a tranquilizer gun. For him, I mean.

Two books: the biggest, fattest compliation of Thoreau that I can find, and some book of really good photography.

Three edibles: A potato, a pear, and Gardettos. The first two I could plant and harvest.

Four films: Shawshank Redemption, The Italian Job, Eddie Izzard:Dress To Kill, and Contact.

Five music albums: Enya:Paint the Sky With Stars, Yanni:Live at the Acropolis, Tori Amos:Little Earthquakes, Beastie Boys:Ill Communication, Simon and Garfunkel:Greatest Hits.