Friday, May 25, 2007

Democratic Work Strategy

2 Speeches Show Contrasting Campaign Styles
Obama Offers Inspiration; Clinton Details Action Plan

MANCHESTER, N.H., May 19 -- Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois used a commencement speech here Saturday to challenge graduates to rise above cynicism and selfishness, while in New Orleans, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York used a similar occasion to pledge a renewed federal commitment to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The speeches by the two leading candidates for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination underscored the basic differences in their campaigns:

  • Obama offering words of inspiration and hope for a new politics of citizen engagement that can transform the country, and
  • Clinton providing a blueprint for putting government to work to deal with the problems afflicting ordinary Americans.
Clinton: the government should work for the people
Obama: the people should work for the people
I have to agree with Obama on this one.

I know he's very liberal (more so than Hillary), and this isn't an endorsement. In terms of broad themes, I like his direction.

How closely his governing would match his rhetoric is the big question.

I'd rather not find out, but it's worth affirming something positive when I see it.


Anonymous said...

How can you fall for this garbage?? Half of it is not even complete sentences and the other half is recyled from 2005.

See this link: quote from the 2005 Knox college speech:

"My hope for all of you is that as you leave here today, you decide to keep these principles alive in your own life and in the life of this country. You will be tested. You won’t always succeed. But know that you have it within your power to try. That generations who have come before you faced these same fears and uncertainties in their own time. And that through our collective labor, and through God’s providence, and our willingness to shoulder each other’s burdens, America will continue on its precious journey towards that distant horizon, and a better day.

Thank you so much class of 2005, and congratulations on your graduation. Thank you."

God save us from this drivel!! I have seen BS before but now its clear that Harvard gives degrees in "Dazzle 'em with Bulls**T!!!

"... our collective labor..." -- Definitely a Marxist Communist.

"... that distant horizon, and a better day." -- What he means is 'When I am President , I will be BIG BROTHER and you will all be LOBOTOMIZED!!!'

If your haven't been already. (not a complete sentence either)

Tim McGhee said...

Yeah, I'm not into the "collective labor" thing at all--as orchestrated by the government.

We all work, though, so there is collective labor in some sense no matter what.

I was just taking the part of what he said that I saw was right and highlighting that.

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