Whew, is it just me, or are many of you out there, who took the time out of their busy schedules to watch any, or all of the Republican National Convention feeling a little drained? Maybe it is just me. Trust me though, there were other things that I would have rather done with my time, but as I am at present the only writer for Current Politics, I really had no choice but to watch, if I want this site to abide by its title. I tried as best I could to watch that convention with an objective, albeit cynical, eye, and then report my thoughts here. I know that there are many people out there who probably thought I might have been too cynical, and that is fine. While I have used this site to promote my political beliefs, which are not those of either the Republicans or the Democrats, I do not wish, nor does my belief structure allow me to simply yield to whichever way the wind blows for the sake of becoming the most popular person with any particular group, or ideology. In short, I am me.
All of that being said, there is no rest for the wicked; because starting Monday 9/3/2012 it will be the Democratic Party’s turn to state their case by holding their national convention in Charlotte North Carolina, which I will watch too. In my attempt to not be influenced too much, I will be watching this convention, as I watched the Republican convention on CSPAN. Also, as I did with the Republican convention, I will write about what the overall theme of this convention is. I will not provide a glowing endorsement of, or for, any of the speakers, though I will comment on whether or not I agree with whatever the message is, and then parse that with whether or not the actions of the party, and/or its chosen speakers, jive with what is being said.
We all should remember that pretty much all politicians promise all of us many, many, things, and virtually none, to the person, succeed in actually delivering on the vast majority of those promises. So, that is where my cynicism comes in, and that too is why I believe all voters should be skeptical of such promises; and not to be afraid to ask those who make these promises the age old probing questions of, “Who, what, why and how?”
I believe that it is those questions that demands accountability from those who propose to be our representatives in the halls of government, an accountability that many who sit in those halls have not really had for too long. So, it will be with those questions in mind that I will be watching the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Then, after another four days of self-aggrandized self-promotion, we, as a country will head down the home stretch of this election season, where our televisions, radios, and internet will be pummeling us with commercials telling us why we should vote for whichever candidate we believe the most, and hope that whichever choice we make is a wise choice.