I’m Tired

Both political conventions are now over and the final sprint to November 4th has started. With the longest campaign in the final 60 days or so, all I can say is, “I’m tired.”

I’m tired of negative political TV ads.
I’m tired of rhetoric.
I’m tired of political spin.
I’m tired of name calling taking precedence over meaningful discussion
I’m tired of explanations that don’t answer the question.
I’m tired of those who determine their vote based on party affiliation.
I’m tired of all media slicing and dicing anything and everything.
I’m tired of people not practicing what they preach.
I’m tired of scripted answers.
I tired of empty slogans.
I’m tired of pettiness.
I’m tired of politicians not accepting responsibility.
I’m tired of the electorate supporting irresponsible politicians.
I’m tired of the party faithful squealing as if they were at a sporting event.
I’m tired of disrespecting the other side.
I’m tired of incorrect facts.
I’m tired of anyone digging for crap for the sake of hoping some crap sticks.
I’m tired of the underestimation of knowledgeable, open-minded voters.
I’m tired of the lack of common ground.
I’m tired of attempting to turn a nonissue into an issue.
I’m tired hearing about the other guy’s special interest groups because both parties have them.
I’m tired of people who vote based on gender or race.
I’m tired of using public money to fund four-day party infomercials.
I’m tired of distortions.
I’m tired of fear mongering.
I tired of the lack of independent thought within a party.
I’m tired of the finger pointer’s failure to admit that three fingers point at themselves.
I’m tired of people complaining that certain media is biased when all media is naturally biased.
I’m tired of the gutless following the party line.
I’m tired of the lack of substance.
I’m tired of receiving recorded political phone calls.
I’m tired of ads from special interest groups.
I tired of name calling.
I’m tired of receiving mail that distorts the opposing view and then asking for money.
I’m tired of people who cannot see the forest because of the trees.
I’m tired of people complaining about Congress then voting for their incumbent.
I’m tired of the proclamation of change while practicing and promoting politics as usual.
I’m tired of wondering if I missed anything.
I’m tired of the practice of placing the party first.

Yes, I’m tired – but I’m also one concerned, grounded, and not-so-happy independent voter.

Why not Enjoy a Good Political Speech?

Yesterday I mentioned to two friends that I enjoy listening to a good political speech at each of the party conventions. In both cases, each friend couldn’t get past points as who was giving the speech or what party the speaker represents. Again, I was simply saying I enjoy a good political speech regardless of the party.

I know today’s conventions more closely resemble a four-day infomercial rather than the political maneuvering ones of my youth. All I was saying that I enjoy a good political speech because I can listen to them from an entertainment standpoint. Rhetoric and political preferences aside, good political speeches are full of enthusiasm, passion, and a special kind of wit. Writing a good speech is one skill, but delivering it is another story.

How can anyone not appreciate Ted Kennedy’s “Where’s George” speech in 1988 or Jesse Jackson bringing the house to tears? Ronald Reagan’s personal charm always delivered. I recall GOP Representative Guy Vanderjack having me glued to the television.

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer was fun and fired up. Joe Biden was ok. Hillary Clinton did a great job, and President Clinton hit a home run. No doubt about it, Barack Obama is a gifted orator. Touching moments as Beau Biden also bring unexpected pleasures. On the other hand, conventions displaying the mundane and the blowhards at the podium also rings, “Be thankful for DVR and YouTube!”

As the Democrats leave Denver, I look forward to next week with hopes of the Republicans showcasing their gifted speakers as well because I appreciate a good political speech. And yes, I do also listen to the content for substance – after all, I’m an undecided independent voter in a swing state; but one who happens to enjoy a good political speech for what it is.