The DNC is keeping the American dream alive
Published: Friday, September 7, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 17:09
As the presidential election comes into full swing, the Republican and Democratic conventions have taken over all news sources. The Democratic National Convention (DNC) began Sept. 4 with an array of keynote speakers who were proving their points through laughs and even some tear-jerking moments. The speeches are loud and electrifying and instead of chanting "Yes We Can" people list off the collection of accomplishments Barack Obama has already has president.
Ted Strickland, former Ohio Governor joked that if Mitt Romney was Santa Claus he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves. As serious of a statement as that is against Romney, the humor in the statement is hard to overlook. Many other speakers have attacked Romney for being more interested in the dollar than America herself in a much more serious manner. In a recent issue of Time Magazine, Romney is depicted as "taking the stage to ask Americans for the keys to the nuclear arsenal and a $15 trillion economy." The DNC is successfully making Romney look as though he does not care for America. Romney has argued that he has the appropriate resume to adjust the economy, but Democrats are asking if he has the heart.
First Lady Michelle Obama was the highlight of the night looking better than ever and speaking as a wife, mother and First Lady. She said that the White House does not change who you are, it shows who you truly are from your deepest thoughts and your most engrained morals and values. It was a very moving speech causing an eruption via the social media sites Twitter and Facebook where people were commenting on how moved they were in a different way than just politically. Michelle Obama said Barack is the same man she fell in love with all those years ago which is what America needs from a first lady.
Looking at the past, Bush had countless problems with his daughters getting DUIs and other encounters with the police which was a great example of how not all press is good press. Laura Bush made very few nationally public speeches and preferred to concentrate on her own reforms in education and helping the youth. The Bush family just did not give off the feeling of being in any way relatable to the average American. The Obama's, especially for Chicagoans, are neighbors that have fulfilled the American dream.
The DNC is trying to keep the American dream alive and making promises of a stable middle class. America is portrayed as a country of equal rights where people can be any color, be of any background, and love whoever they want. It seems almost laughable that topics of racism and sexism are still being brought up in the 21st century but it is becoming one of the biggest topics during this election. It seems like the Republicans are for money and Democrats for the people.
Such a clash is going to make some people's decisions difficult come November. Too many Americans sit idly by complaining about politics, but when it is time to vote they forget or don't feel like going to their voting center. As college students we are one of the main demographics that are looked at in voter turnout; make sure you register to vote and make an educated decision on where your vote is going. The news has made it a point that this election will change the day-to-day lives of Americans (they do this every election) but if you want to see something different in America, more change via the Barack Obama route or an economic overturn via Mitt Romney, make sure your voice is heard.