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.