On top of computer problems I caught a cold over the weekend. I think it was from the gross, sticky counter at Denny's. (But I do love to eat breakfast in the middle of the night.) When I cough, I feel like I'm about to pass out.
Watching the Democrat Convention pushes my weakened endurance to its limit. I heard Nancy Pelosi say that the first achievement of her Congress was to pass nine bills helping people. That's as specific as she got -- helping people. And that was enough for her audience. They don't want to look at the specifics, they just want to hear banalities like Democrats help people. They are not in the least curious as to what businesses were regulated and whose liberty was destroyed in the Democrats' quest to help people. We passed nine bills helping people! Jesus, it's the Kindergarten Party.
I can't watch MSNBC when I see Keith Olbermann there. The network loses all credibility by asking its viewers to take that man seriously.
If I don't pass out from Nyquil, I will post updates of thoughts on the Democrat Convention as they come. Maybe I'll take two shots of Nyquil and one shot of George Dickel just to make sure I pass out.
UPDATE: Barack Obama sees the world as it is and how it should be. Excellent!
But what does he think it should be? We didn't get an answer to that from Michelle Obama. We tend not to get such specifics in these speeches, because specifics will anger somebody out there.
Michelle Obama said that Barack wants to make the economy better. Great! But who would disagree with that? Even Hitler wanted a better economy. No one in America thinks, "Damn it -- I was hoping Obama would make the economy worse!" Okay, some environmentalists might actually disagree, but everyone else nods in agreement. But what is Obama's plan to make the economy better?
Michelle's speech did what it was supposed to do: it humanized the Obamas and showed they had strong family values. None of this should matter much in a voter's thinking, compared to a candidate's political philosophy and his concrete policies and goals, but maybe this sentimental biography does move people.
The speech was imbued with the altruist premise that only in community service does one find true morality. This premise, which Michelle Obama surely does not think is controversial, was the scariest thing in her speech. I keep hearing her famous line, "Barack Obama will require you to work."