I sat through Obama’s speech, towards the end I was ready for him to finish. I tried to listen objectively, just as objectively as I did during all the speeches I heard this week. Not one speech excited me, burned emotions inside me. Not one single speech all week long moved me. Well, one speech moved me. Joe Biden’s speech moved me to another channel. I simply could not bear it any longer.
I felt much the same way during Barack Obama’s speech. I found it long and boring and had to fight off the desire to watch something more entertaining. I have to admit that the Democrat party did a much better job controlling the convention than during years past. Before during the closing prayers, Democrats stormed off the floor like mad cattle. I noticed they weren’t moving during the closing prayers, and I assume that had much to do with they guys in yellow shirts that appeared to keep them from leaving the floor during prayers.
Ultimately Democrats didn’t do what they normally do at these conventions, and that’s to embarrass their selves. But they didn’t sell their selves either. Some people would be swayed but if they were that easily swayed and bought into the convention, they’ll be easily swayed later on in the election, and again, and again.
There was one thing in that speech by Barack Obama that just bit at me, and I’m not talking about things I disagreed with him about or the non substance applause lines he kept giving out. Let’s not mention how he wants to get off of [crude] oil but then talks about using natural gas. Apparently he doesn’t know that natural gas and crude oil go hand in hand. I’m talking about the moment he lectured us about how we as Americans have to be better citizens to each other.
The world is as we see ourselves. A thief trusts no one, a cheater constantly suspects his or her spouse of infidelity, and violent people complain the most of violence in the world. Honest people are trusting people, dishonest people trust no one. You can judge a man’s character by what he accuses others of being.
When Barack Obama said…
we must also admit that fulfilling America’s promise will require more than just money. It will require a renewed sense of responsibility from each of us to recover what John F. Kennedy called our “intellectual and moral strength.” Yes, government must lead on energy independence, but each of us must do our part to make our homes and businesses more efficient. Yes, we must provide more ladders to success for young men who fall into lives of crime and despair. But we must also admit that programs alone can’t replace parents; that government can’t turn off the television and make a child do her homework; that fathers must take more responsibility for providing the love and guidance their children need.
It’s not just Barack Obama, or even the Democrats, but Republicans too. I didn’t mind Barack talking about personal responsibility, quite frankly, it’s refreshing to hear a Democrat actually think that people are responsible for their own actions. But I’m talking about how Barack Obama doesn’t see the average American as already doing their part to make the world a better place.
You see, I hold the guy at the burger joint in higher regard than I do the politician. I hold the guy who picks up my trash with much more respect than I do that politician. My mechanic, my doctor, my lawyer, my insurance agent, my radio dj, the guy who paves the roads, the police officers, the fireman, the soldier, I hold them with much higher regard than I do the politician.
The way I see it, when I go into a burger joint and I see that guy in the back flipping burgers, I realize the value of his job. I give five bucks to the cashier, and that guy in the back is going to flip my burger, put lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and some ketchup on my burger. Then I’m going to sit down, enjoy my burger and go out the door happy.
You see, he’s made my life better, if only for an hour. He’s made a contribution to me and to everybody else who he fixed a burger for. The mechanic probably gets over paid, but for $60 bucks or so he’s going to keep my car in shape so that I can take my family out, or that I can make it to work on time. The mechanic helps keep us safe and happy.
Everywhere I look there are people providing services that makes our lives better and many of them do not even realize the importance of their job. Each one of these people I pay, either directly or indirectly, and in return I get something of what I believed to be a fair value. If I didn’t, I simply would not have spent the money.
But what does the politician do, like our Don “Couillon” Cazayoux or Mary Landrieu? They tell us they are for drilling, then they go back to Washington and vote against drilling. They come here and tell us they are for cutting taxes, then go to Washington and raise our taxes. But worst of all, they would have the IRS dig deep into our pockets to pay for their compassion. They force us to give, in the name of their compassion, and who gets the credit? The taxpayer or the politician? They believe they must do this because they don’t believe you’d help on your own. The way they see you and I, us, is the way they see their selves. They see us as cruel, un-compassionate people who would never dare to help each other but what’s that say of their character?
We talk to people we know, we give them the best advice possible, we want to see each other succeed and we take steps to help each other out. What does the Washingtonian do? They have a tendency to give children the worst advice, lead lives morally inferior to ours, and have the IRS dig deep into our pockets to pay for their compassion.
What do I want the Washingtonians to do? Stay as far out of my life as possible. I don’t want their compassion, I don’t want their aid, I don’t want their help. I want them to stay as far away and let me live my life. Let me screw up, let me enjoy the fruits of my labor, and let me decide who those fruits of labor go to help.
Don’t save me from the smoker, don’t save me from fast food, don’t save me from text walking, and don’t save me from a job by raising minimum wage to high.
I am capable of making choices for myself. I’m capable of seeing a smoker and deciding if I want to be around them. I’m capable of deciding if my tires are inflated properly. I’m capable of educating my self. I’m capable of gaining the knowledge I need in order to succeed on my own.
Guide us, don’t force us. Lead us, not enslave us.
But don’t expect any politician to get that, it’s people who are overcompensating for their cruel ways that often seek office.
The Jindal Test
There is one reason and one reason only why Bobby Jindal is the governor of Louisiana. That reason may be Gustav.
We didn’t necessarily buy into Bobby Jindal’s ethics reform agenda, but we went along because after hurricane Katrina, we know we need to end corruption. We don’t necessarily buy into his economic agenda, flying up to Michigan to save an automotive plant in Louisiana or paying Stephen Moret an excessive salary. We aren’t overjoyed that Jindal finally jumped on board to tax cuts that he originally opposed. For the most part, we are just trusting Bobby Jindal with the governorship.
It was over for Kathleen Blanco the minute that Hurricane Katrina became a political issue. It was over for Kathleen Blanco when Spike Lee did a documentary somehow proving the levees were blown up to kill people and Sean Penn walking the streets of New Orleans with a shotgun in hand hunting Nutria… maybe snipes. It was over when cry baby Broussard when on national t.v. and cried over a lie he was telling. It was over when Mary Landrieu threatened to punch President Bush in the mouth, at a time when our state needed him. Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster and what we needed was leadership, not politicization.
We sleep better at night not because Bobby Jindal is our governor, but because Kathleen Blanco isn’t. There was an air of relief that took over our state when the election was over. Yes Bobby Jindal would be our governor, but most importantly Kathleen Blanco no longer is.
I have a bit of a sadism streak in me. Part of me wants to see Barack Obama win the Presidency. The way I figure it, Barack Obama would be so bad and Jindal would then be in a position to run for President, and that I’d like to see. I don’t want Barack as my President, I think he’d do a terrible job. And though I believe the nation would be far better off with McCain, despite how much I disagree with him, it’s salt to the wound that my party continues this dramatic shift to the left as the Democrats paint this rosy picture of their selves as being conservative, and winning by doing so.
I guess you’d have to be from Louisiana to understand this, but that sadism is brewing again. I don’t want to experience Hurricane Katrina again. Once in a lifetime was enough for me. I hated that a fifteen minute drive suddenly became a two hour experience. I hated sitting inside the house the entire time without electricity as the only sound was the howling wind. I hated coming in from work as the hurricane came as an uninvited guest, drenching us with rain, the road barely visible. I hated to hear about the looting, the flooding, the mayhem that swept through New Orleans…
And though I would still hold my hand out to New Orleans residents who needed aid in that type of emergency, I could careless if the people who destroyed the river center that housed them slept on the streets. I don’t like seeing people sticking greedy hands and taking assistance away from those who genuinely need it. I don’t want to see people getting recovery money and spending it in strip joints, night clubs, and bars. Nor do I want to see them spending money on a designer purse and boom boxes.
Hurricane Katrina gave us the best and the worst of people. I’m grateful for the best of people, I loathe the worst of people, and I hope to see neither again.
But as I said, I am still into a little sadism. Part of me wants Gustav to come right up the Mississippi River and into Baton Rouge. As I said a couple of minutes ago, you have to be from Louisiana to understand this, but I want to know. Can Bobby Jindal handle a hurricane?
So far he’s passed this test with flying colors, but then again, who isn’t taking a hurricane serious down here after Hurricane Katrina? I’m sure any of the other Gubernatorial candidates would have done the same if they had been elected, but they weren’t. Right now Bobby Jindal is governor and he is doing exactly what he’s supposed to be doing.
If Gustav comes to New Orleans, and hopefully it’ll pick on Mexico instead, then on Monday we will know. Did we get our money’s worth in Bobby Jindal? This is why we elected Bobby Jindal. This is Bobby Jindal’s big test.