Today is the 4th day of the 34th week, the 19th day of the 8th month, the 232nd day of 2020 [with only 127 shopping days until Christmas], and:
Quote of the day:
- ‘Black Cow’ Root Beer Float Day
- Coco Chanel Day
- Independence Day – Afghanistan from Britain in 1919
- International Bow Day
- International Orangutan Day
- Islamic New Year [AKA Hijri New Year or Arabic New Year] – starts at sundown
- National Aviation Day
- National Hot and Spicy Food Day
- National Medical Dosimetrist’s Day
- National Potato Day
- National Sandcastle and Sculpture Day
- National Soft Ice Cream Day
- World Humanitarian Day
- World Photo Day
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
~ John F Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
The Democratic National Convention is rolling towards its inevitable conclusion of anointing Joe Bidden as the candidate to oppose Trump this November. Now don’t get me wrong, I feel very strongly about the importance of this election to the basic fabric of our democracy and I certainly do NOT want another four years like the past four years. But these two articles highlight my basic concern that the Democrat party is tone-deaf and might not be able to deliver the desirable result:
First, the nominee is bland. This is not a bad thing, especially given all the drama of the past four years! But like Uncle Joe, he is moving kinda slow, and while he definitely seems to be a good person, he is the epitome of the old white male politician. Having a controversial VP running mate who definitely has some zing to her will help the ticket among some – thank you for highlighting that, Randy – but there are already rumbles from others saying that blacks and Latinos do not have sufficient representation as well as those who cannot see a minority woman in such a high office. It is going to be a bruising campaign, and I agree with the those who ask where the up and coming Democrats are? It’s past time for the old guard to move aside!
AOC’s DNC speech was 60 seconds. She made her point – but so did the establishment
Second, and this works hand-in-hand with the first, the Democrats have a problem defining what they are FOR because the progressives and the moderates don’t agree on very much. As one who felt the Bern four years ago and who like Warren’s planning, Joe just feels too much like the status quo. And I worry this will not be sufficient to get those voters who sat out 2016 back to the voting places, especially during the pandemic
They’re against Trump – but what are they for?
The bottom line is that everyone has to get out and be heard – we cannot let just 25.5 % of the voters decide the election this year, the Electoral College be damned.
And no, I am not going to tell you who to vote for, but let’s make this election a landslide both for the White House and the Congress so that there is no doubt of the message.