Posted on | September 6, 2012 | 2 Comments
Former President Bill Clinton always did have the gift of gab. Couple that with eloquence, confidence, and intelligence and you have a good combination. The DNC 2012 is pulling off a lot of win with Michelle Obama’s speech and now Bubba’s words of wisdom.
Whereas the first lady’s speech hinted at Republican inaccuracies and foolishness, Clinton came direct with a ton of data.So much so that FactCheck.org’s recap was called “Our Clinton Nightmare”. Bill gave a lot of information and showed a real understanding of how things work. Slick Willy may be a country boy but he is also a Rhodes Scholar. Of course it is the DNC so they are going to try to make Democrats look like the right choice for you and I. Both parties do it. So did Mr. Bill deliver the truth?
Republicans will find plenty of Clinton’s scorching opinions objectionable. But with few exceptions, we found his stats checked out. – factcheck.org “Our Clinton Nightmare”
This is the type of discourse that Democrats need to have with the public. Straight forward, on the offensive, backed up but the facts and truth. We saw Bill do this on FoxNews against Chris Wallace and it was effective. The people, Democrat or Republican or other, just want the truth.
Bill Clinton’s speech is in stark contrast to RNC speakers VP nominee Paul Ryan (whose speech “contained several false claims and misleading statements“), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (“largely avoided factual claims in a Republican convention keynote address that was heavy on generalities, opinion and platitudes“), and former candidate Rick Santorum (heh Santorum). Their convention addresses were found to be full of leading inaccuracies and misrepresentations. Is this what the base of the Republican party wants? Are Republican voters happy with being misled. American’s shouldn’t be.
Now if you take a neutral stance and base your decision on the fact that one guy told you verifiable facts and 3 others mislead and misinformed you where would you stand? That is what I don’t get about some of the Republican supporters, even when enlightened with the truth they seem to still refute the facts and refuse to grow. I hope I’m over-generalizing here. However, VP nominee Paul Ryan, doesn’t seem to be phased by facts as Clinton pointed out.
Now, when Congressman Ryan looked into that TV camera and attacked President Obama’s Medicare savings as, quote, “the biggest, coldest power play,” I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry because that $716 billion is exactly to the dollar the same amount of Medicare savings that he has in his own budget!
You got to give one thing: It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.
How do you debate that? Well the former President told us.
You want to know why? Their campaign pollster said, “We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”
Now the last statement has to have you thinking that no one really said that. Well, yea. Neil Newhouse said it.
Mitt Romney’s campaign said on Tuesday that its ads attacking President Obama’s waiver policy on welfare have been its most effective to date. And while the spots have been roundly criticized as lacking any factual basis, the campaign said it didn’t really care.
“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,” Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said at a panel organized by ABC News. – huffingtonpost.com Mitt Romney Campaign: We Will Not ‘Be Dictated By Fact-Checkers’
How do you reconcile openly saying you are willing and not required to tell the truth as you try to convince people that they can and should trust you enough to represent them? Please someone explain it?
Moving on. Clinton on his idea of the Democratic party’s ideals:
We Democrats, we think the country works better with a strong middle class, with real opportunities for poor folks to work their way into it, with a relentless focus on the future, with business and government actually working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. You see, we believe that “We’re all in this together” is a far better philosophy than “You’re on your own.”
On the success of the Democratic policy:
It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics. Why? Because poverty, discrimination, and ignorance restrict growth.
On the Obama’s example:
I am grateful that they have worked together to make it safer and stronger to build a world with more partners and fewer enemies. I’m grateful for the relationship of respect and partnership she and the president have enjoyed. And the signal that sends to the rest of the world, that democracy does not have a — have to be a blood sport, it can be an honorable enterprise that advances the public interest.
These are inclusive ideals that encourage respect among those that are more and less fortunate than you. How is that not a good ideal to work towards?
Bill shut it down in his speech. Watch it and you’ll see what I mean. It turned out that his facts pretty much checked out. Although, Bill stop pointing to your budget surplus, we know you jacked Social Security and other funds for some of that money. That money should never be touched.