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RNC Wrap-Up: 'More Of The Same, Only Worse'

Conventional Wisdom

Noted author and Columbia University professor Farah Jasmine Griffin officially brings our convention coverage to a close.

Farah Griffin

Convention season is over. Both conventions were historic. The Democrats presented the nation with its first black nominee for president. The Republicans gave us our second woman vice presidential nominee.

Now the real work begins. I fear it is going to be nasty.

If their convention is any indication, the Republicans are going to fuel fear and resentment. They warn Americans against so-called "Eastern elites," the media, the educated, those who live in cities and community organizers. They insist that a Democratic administration will guarantee an attack by terrorist extremists.

The unemployment rate has reached a five-year high of 6.1 percent under a Republican administration; they assert that you will lose your job if the Democrats win. In spite of their rhetoric of change, in spite of nominating a talented woman and a "maverick" man, this seems to be the same old party. This is the party of Richard Nixon, Lee Atwater, Karl Rove; it is not the Party of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.

This is not change. This is more of the same, only worse.

Consider this:

The 2008 Republican Party platform is against a woman's right to chose and gun control. It defends the Bush tax cuts. While finally acknowledging global warming, the platform doesn't see a role for government in addressing the crisis.

(Sarah Palin wants to take polar bears off of the endangered species list!) It sees immigration as a national security issue and treats undocumented workers as criminals.

Those who hoped McCain would be different ought to be disappointed.

Even if he were holding true to his maverick identity he still presents major problems. Given his own compelling autobiography, one would expect him to support measures that benefit our veterans. He has voted against increased funding for veterans and military families. He has voted against efforts to improve medical care for veterans or to provide mental health services to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In an effort to appeal to disaffected supporters of Clinton, Republicans make note that women are not single-issue voters. By this, they mean Clinton supporters care about more than abortion rights.

They are correct. In fact, believe it or not, some Clinton supporters and a number of Democrats who support Obama are pro-life. However, beyond abortion, both McCain and Palin favor abstinence-only sex education. He doesn't think women need equal party protection, they simply need "education and training." That's not change we can believe in.

Perhaps some of those "hardworking, blue collar" Americans who supported the shot-drinking, hunting Hillary Clinton will be drawn to the McCain-Palin ticket. But those who care about the progressive issues for which Clinton has fought most of her life have to think twice. Their anger at their candidate's treatment is certainly justifiable.

Handing our country over to the retrograde politics of the current Republican Party is not.



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Sent by VidCrayzee | 7:16 PM | 9-5-2008

Do you want to see me pull a rabbit out my hat, or

Race versus Sex?

Ellis Hutchinson
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PH. 1(937)-275-2465 anytime

The political strategy guys for the Republican Party definitely must watch the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, because they certainly pulled a rabbit out the hat with Sarah Palin as McCain's vice-presidential running-mate.

I say the party because McCain didn't pick Palin, Obama didn't pick Joe Biden and JFk didn't want or pick Lyndon B. Johnson.These decisions are made by the party. The party sounds like the former Soviet Union or communism, doesn't it?

I would say that what was done here by the Republican Party is playing the sex card against the race card. Since some white Americans are supporting Obama because they want change and are tired of old white guys in the White House, those in power decided to offer Palin as an alternative.

This is how the game of American politics is played. Politics is all about control and power.

What they're assuming is that white American will support the idea of the first woman in the White House over the first Black man. I think they're right. What do you think?

I don't see enough white people going against their whiteness to elect a Black man over a white woman. Yeah, Obama did beat Hililary to win the Democratic nomination, but this is for the White House with emphasis on White.

Being on the left and a liberal is one thing, but betraying Mom, Apple Pie, Baseball and The White House is tantamount to treason. Good luck Obama

Sent by Ellis Hutchinson | 3:25 PM | 9-6-2008

It was good to read your convention thoughts and reflections. We don't fit neatly into a box in our household, Republican and Independent, Folks of Color, Community Based work after several degrees...and both now clearly supporters of Obama, for much different reasons. The season is over, but Palin has yet to provide more than soundbites, "drill, baby drill" tag lines delivered, and no solutions for real problems. I don't know how long they think they can keep her in a box, but with 2 months to go I think the Right should be asking more questions. Why does the Maverick and the Mrs. focus solely on what they see as lack of experience and decision making - instead of asserting what they would do in the positions for all Americans. It's a clue to what the future would assuredly hold if we allow them to take office.

Sent by Aimee A. Laramore | 6:07 PM | 9-6-2008

Reading the comments posted by Aimee and Ellis confirm my choice to vote for the McCain/Palin ticket. Ellis is a racist and Aimee is just plain dumb.

Sent by Undecided until now | 9:41 PM | 9-7-2008

I've decided to vote for Obama. He has more substance in his speeches than McCain.

McCain's old and out of touch with the next generation. Palin is just out of touch period.

Palin describes herself as a dog with lipstick, not the kind of thing I want to hear. She smears community activists which was how our country started, on community activists.

Palin is so out of touch, she forgets Jesus Christ of Nazareth was also a "community activist."

Obama is going to bring back sense to our government while McCain will bring back senseless more of the same.

He'll conintue the same old republican trickle down economics that Bush has brought out for the last 8 years.

More McCain, more Bush, more war, more economic failure, more job loss, just more of the same OLD THING.

The republicans, the same old thing.

Sent by Lyle K. Deere | 11:21 AM | 9-8-2008

I was ill when you played the clip of Palin asking Alaskans to pray for a pipeline. Given energy's direct connection to war and coercive politics, but at the same time reports of her spewing diminitve racists words adds up to the white America I thought I knew- the one that is quite capable of ralying along racial lines across gender & class- like the days of Sojourner Truth's 'Ain't I a Woman'.

Sent by Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons | 11:30 PM | 9-10-2008