Day One Of Democratic Convention Proves We Strongly Support President Obama

If one needed to feel the spine of the Democratic Party it only required turning into one of the all-news channels Tuesday night.  Often there is a wondering–even among Democrats–of where the metal is when it comes to politicians, and the policy goals we are striving for.

After several hours of speeches from Charlotte, North Carolina there is no doubt where the political moral compass of our nation resides, or where the steady captain of a ship would be steering his craft if caught in a storm of policy disputes on the seas.  From making sure the car industry did not collapse, to ending wars, from caring about wages for women to health care for all, the message from the podium was one that moved the delegates to cheer, and I suspect many a citizen agreeing back home in front of the television.

In speech after speech tonight  it was as it the nation was going to church.  Preaching from the gospel of helping hands, united efforts, and governmental understanding there was a message delivered to the nation that we can do better as a country if we trust one another on a shared path.

When the cameras panned out over the huge arena it was a showcase of the men and women who make up this land.  From Muslims, Hasidic Jews, African-American, Sikhs, Hispanics, gay men and lesbian women–it was a quilt of humanity.  There was no way not to see the many diverse sides to this nation, feel proud about who we are, and how we came to this point with our common bonds.

The first night of the Democratic convention did not need compete with the angry side of Mother Nature.  As such, the party was better able to portray the message they wished to deliver without reports needed from those facing a hurricane.

But there was more than just perfect logistics to the convention.

There was a true enthusiasm for the nominee of our party, the President.

While the Republicans clapped a lot at their convention it was more often than not aimed at the hatred they have for President Obama.  Conversely on the first night of the convention the Democrats applauded much more often and louder for the true affection they have for the leader of the free world—yes we still get to use that phrase.

It was a stark contrast between the two conventions.  After all, Democrats really like–even love–our nominee, while Republicans had to settle for the least objectionable following an intense and personal primary fight.

The evening was capped off with the most impressive performance from the spouse of a president I have ever witnessed. It was truly a home run!

Michelle Obama remains the best political asset President Obama has.

Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it…and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.

And he believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity…you do not slam it shut behind you…you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.

As the night’s proceedings ended I turned to James and commented, “And this is only Day One!”

I suspect there is a poll bounce come this weekend for President Obama.

Tribute To Senator Teddy Kennedy At Democratic National Convention

We remember.

Kennedy Family Still A Part Of Democratic National Convention

There is still a place called Camelot within the Democratic Party.

We will never forget our history.  We also can  be assured the story has not concluded.

The last time we gathered for a Democratic convention the lion of the senate, Teddy Kennedy, was still among us, and presented a fiery speech for candidate Barrack Obama.   The memories of the times a Kennedy made history at a convention are numerous, and will be recalled this week as a new chapter is made in American politics.

The last Democratic National Convention that gathered without a Kennedy in Congress was held in Chicago in 1944, only six weeks after the D-day invasion, at a time when typewriters, telephones, and teletypes were the gold standard of communication.

Nearly seven decades later, the two-dozen family members who gather in Charlotte, N.C., will find themselves in that unfamiliar position again, without a standard-bearer of national clout since the 2009 death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

Although some delegates might consign the family to a place of sentimental nostalgia, far removed from the Web-wired world of today’s politics, the Kennedys plan to be a presence at Charlotte. Political discussion will be fostered there through family-related forums, and Joseph P. Kennedy III, a candidate to succeed US Representative Barney Frank in Congress, will introduce a video tribute to the late senator.

For family loyalists, the absence of a Kennedy on Capitol Hill is not an ending but rather a short break before a new beginning.

“It won’t be long before there’s another Kennedy in Congress,” predicted Philip Johnston, 68, former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, in a reference to the younger Kennedy’s bid for the Fourth Congressional District seat. “There’s a generational passing of the torch that’s going on.”

The Case For Government Will Be Presented At Democratic National Convention

This presidential election is one of those well-defined match-ups between Democrats who understand the role government can have in the lives of people so to ensure social progress is attained, and Republicans who thrive on Ayn Rand and social Darwinism as a political roadmap.

Starting tonight in speech after speech there will be an attempt to underscore the rationale and purpose of government.  Too often those who continually deride government from the local level to the White House fail to understand the ways that program after program has assisted and benefited their lives.

For too many conservatives it is far easier to bitch then be reflective.

There is a most remarkable, and to the point column, that deals with the message Democrats must present to the nation this week from their convention about the role of government.

But some of the ammunition Mr Obama will need to fire back at his opponents – and to make the case for government – could be found at the Republican  convention itself. The first night was staged against the backdrop of a huge  portrait of Neil Armstrong, who had died on the eve of the meeting. But  Armstrong made it to the moon not because he “followed his dream” and founded a  small business – but because the federal government put him there. What is the  difference between Nasa, the revered space agency, and the dreaded “central  planners” derided by Mr Ryan?

The would-be vice-president argued that Mr Obama had embraced alien European  ideas that individuals are limited by their social circumstances. “I never  thought of myself as stuck in some station in life,” he boasted. But then both  Mr Ryan and (even more so) Mr Romney were born into comfortable circumstances – although both men did their best to emphasise anything resembling a struggle in  their lives.

By contrast Condoleezza  Rice, the former secretary of state, who was born a black girl in segregated  Alabama, made much less fuss of her much more remarkable story. Perhaps because  she really has made it from the toughest of backgrounds, Ms Rice was prepared to  accept an idea that Mr Ryan derided – that social circumstances make a  difference. Now a professor at Stanford University, she asked: “When I can look  at your zip code and tell whether you are going to get a good education, can I  really say it doesn’t matter where you come from?” Correcting this inequality of  opportunity, said Ms Rice, was the “civil rights issue of our time”. It is hard  to see how it can be done without some form of government intervention or  reform.



Gay Americans Can Thank The Democratic Party As Convention Places Marriage Equality In Party Platform

It really is so simple.

Just basic fairness and equality.  Like allowing anyone  regardless of color to drink from a water fountain–or is it a bubbler?  (Never can recall which one is the more correct name for the civil rights touchstone.)

There is every reason to be pleased with the movement that this issue has taken in most segments of society.  More and more people live openly and honestly in gay relationships, and the planets have not lost their orbits as a result.  There is no reasonable argument to make as to why gay marriages should not be allowed, and treated equally with other marriages in this nation.

Today the Democratic National Convention will approve the platform, and make history when it supports marriage equality.

Last week the Republicans approved their platform which remains wedded to uncompromising bigotry.  I feel sorry for the Log Cabin Republicans who continue to place their faith in the GOP as the best vehicle for future progress in the nation, while they remains second-class citizens in their own party.

Over the past 20 years a massive sea-change has taken place in the nation over gay rights.  Other countries have also expanded the horizon with marriage equality and fairness.

Today all can applaud the actions of the Democratic Party who will place their stamp of approval on the rights for gay men and women to live free and pursue happiness in this nation through marriage equality.

Meanwhile the GOP only mouthed the words about freedom at their national convention.

Paul Ryan can talk all he wants about where our freedoms come from, but all that demonstrates when the dust settles and his actions become clear is how white men can use their power to deny freedoms they claim mean so much.

Today in small ways lots of people around the nation will celebrate another step in the ongoing struggle for full civil rights.

Thanks to the Democratic Party.

Famed WGN Radio Studio Headed To Museum Of Broadcast Communications

As it should be.  This is perfect news!

I hope everyone recalls Wally Phillips and “Uncle Bobby” when they see this display.

The studio that once served as the broadcast command post for Wally Phillips, Bob Collins, Spike O’Dell and other Chicago radio legends soon will be on public display. Tribune Co.-owned news/talk WGN-AM (720) is donating its former main studio equipment and furniture to the Museum of Broadcast Communications. “It’s been dismantled and we’re just waiting for them to take it,” Tom Langmyer, vice president and general manager of WGN, told me. The station recently relocated from the first floor to new state-of-the-art facilities on the seventh floor of Tribune Tower. Said Bruce DuMont, founder and president of the museum: “We would be delighted to add the WGN historic studio as part of our museum experience.”