President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic Party’s Convention was astounding for its lack of substance. After almost a full term in office, Obama accepted his party’s nomination with a speech lacking reasons why he deserved the nomination. There were no real accomplishments to brag about and no specific plans of action put forth.
He ran on the empty rhetoric of “hope and change” last time and fooled enough people into believing his lack of experience was more than compensated by his feel-good, idealistic notions. For those who emotionally invested themselves in Obama, that dream balloon is, unfortunately, kept afloat with the hot air of promises.
Accolades from the adoring press, heavy investors in Obama, centered on the delivery of the Convention speeches, not content. Obama could recite the phone book and the press would swoon, so it is no wonder they loved his empty speech. Other speeches, such as Michelle Obama’s, were also heavily praised, but it was delivery, emotion, and character they found laudable. Content received little scrutiny.
Obama’s agenda has been a personal one, carried out behind-the-scenes, to transform America into following his ideology. He has ignored Congress, the law, tradition, and the good of the American people while doing this, hiding behind rhetoric that masks his intent. He has succeeded in turning the focus of his Party onto issues that help his agenda rather than help the country. Following his lead, rhetorical exaggeration has become the norm.
Thus, we find Sandra Flukes, a 31-yr-old Georgetown law student, speaking at a national convention with no more political credentials than having received biased media attention for demanding free contraceptives. Indignant over paying as much as $9 a month for contraceptives, she warned of a future where rape is ignored or accepted and pregnant women are left to die in emergency rooms if Obama is not re-elected. Nostradamus Flukes was, of course, a big hit.
Politics has always been a game of rhetoric but, as the saying goes, “actions speak louder than words”, and political careers cannot be sustained by rhetoric alone. Voters were fooled once by Obama’s gift of rhetorical bluster. To be fooled again would be more than just a shame on voters. It could be a disaster for the future of the country. It already seems to be a disaster for the Democratic Party.
David J. Hentosh