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What She Said. What I Thought.

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on September 5, 2012

“Over the past few years as first lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country. And everywhere I have gone and the people I’ve met and the stories I’ve heard, I have seen the very best of the American spirit.”

Oh no! Another fairytale recital. Please, please don’t lead me to where I think you are going!

“I’ve seen it in teachers in a near bankrupt school district to vowed to keep teaching without pay.  I — I have seen it in people become heroes at a moment’s notice, diving into harm’s way to save others, flying across the country to put out a fire, diving for hours to bail out a town. And, I’ve seen it in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families. In — in wounded warriors who tell me they are not just going to walk again, they are going to run and they are going to run marathons. In the young men blinded by a bomb in Afghanistan who said simply, “I’d give my eyes and 100 times again to have the chance to do what I have done, and what I can still do.”

Really! So now the government is praising people for fighting difficult situations. Aren’t they in that situation because of the government? You can’t finance the school district, so you appease the teachers by praising their will power. You hail the spirit of the young soldiers, and so easily forget the fact that you had promised to get them out of there before they were blinded. Empathizing with people is a good way to escape one’s own guilt in contributing to their sorry state. But its a temporary escape.

“Every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth.”

There are more than a few billion people in this world that will contest that claim. Stop trying to hypnotize people into believing they live in paradise.

” I loved Barack just the way he was.  You see, even back then, when Barack was a Senator and presidential candidate, to me, he was still the guy who picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by in a hole in the passenger side door. He was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he’d found in a dumpster.”

Another attempt at celebrating struggles and minimal living. I support minimal living but only when it is out of choice. I do not like this strategy of trying to make people feel wonderful about their struggles by recounting your own. The truth is that while you have left your struggles way behind, the common man has been living far too long with them. Do not try to allay their frustrations and anger by pretending to be one of them. You are not!

“And for years, men no more qualified than she was, men she actually trained, were promoted up the ladder ahead of her, earning more and more money while Barack’s family continue to scrap by. But day after day, she kept on waking up at dawn to catch the bus, arriving at work before anyone else, giving her best without complaint or regret.  And she would often tell Barack, “So long as you kids do well Bar, that is all that really matters.”

Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock….I have still not heard anything that makes Barack electable. By this very example, every Tom Dick and Harry in my neighborhood is electable.Please First Lady, tell me something that is relevant. How will he create jobs, reduce debt, bring soldiers back etc. etc. Please!

“We learned about dignity and decency.  That how hard you work matters more than how much you make.  That helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.”

That does it. I’m feeling sick now. Another attempt to belittle wealth. Do not celebrate poverty. Beware!This statement reeks of extreme socialism. Did they write this speech in a Seance session with Marx’s ghost?

“That’s how he brought our economy and the brink of collapse to creating jobs again.  Jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs. Right here in the United States of America.”

Of course, in socialist lingo “good jobs” do not mean “decently paying” jobs. And since she has already set the scene for minimal living, a pittance of a salary seems mighty good now, doesn’t it?

“Because for Barack, success isn’t about how much money you make.  It is about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

Again! I thought only spiritual gurus talked like this. So obviously, Americans have to get used to lower and continuously decreasing  salaries.

“the story of unwavering hope grounded in unyielding struggle.  That is what has made my story and Barack’s story and — and so many American stories possible. And let me tell you something, I say all of this tonight, not just as a first lady, no, not just as a wife.  You see, at the end of the day, my most important title is still mom-in-chief.”

Another blatant attempt to play with Herd Mentality. Hope!Hope! Hope! But how long can one keep the public hypnotized under the pretext of Hope!

Conclusion: Everybody get ready to come face to face with cyclic nature of global business. Economic balance has shifted to the East. Jobs have gone and it will take some time for them to come back. What most politicians can do is only condition your minds into accepting struggles, lower salaries and minimal living. Once U.S labor is cheaper than Chinese and Indian labor,companies will bring manufacturing and service jobs back to U.S. The next time someone from India calls IT Helpdesk, it will be Richard answering the phone and saying, “Hello my name is Raj. How can I help you today?”

Disclaimer: I am a student of philosophy and politics. My analysis is only an attempt to share my thoughts and soliciting both conforming and opposing views from readers.




16 Responses to “What She Said. What I Thought.”

  1. damdems said

    Reblogged this on DamDems and commented:
    Do you believe we should all be in debt?

  2. Was Michelle Obama’s speech a “pep talk”? Certainly. Was she being a “cheerleader” for her husband? Most definitely. Were her motives in line with her own thoughts and beliefs? How could they not!

    But you know what? As an American, a woman, a full-time worker, and a part-time activist, I’m more than willing to keep an open mind here. I do think COMPROMISE between Republicans and Democrats SHOULD BE AN OPTION, but recent history has shown that Republicans have banded together with the Tea Party at every level of government (local, state & country) and are absolutely UNWILLING to do so.

    • Raunak said

      this post is dedicated to you 🙂 I’m glad that you keep an open mind. I’m sure Romney must have got his calculations done and felt that losing the tea party support would do him more harm than good.

  3. Gasbagger said

    Good an accurate comments Konsult.


  4. Steven said

    Good analysis. I think Mrs. O missed the mark because this speech sounded like she was trying to introduce the country to her husband. Unfortunately for her Mr. O is already the President and everyone already knows his version of his life story and we all have a good idea who he is.

    • Raunak said

      Steven, its tough for an incumbent president or first lady with an 8 year plan to really offer anything new to the voters. The question that arises is whether you trust them to give them another 8 years or just fire them like Eastwood suggested. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
      With the elections round the corner expect it is no surprise that good employment figures are coming out. wonder if it was planned by the government!

  5. Can’t say I like this post but it does show how words are just words and they are translated differently for everyone. Hello Politics… 🙂 Namate

    • Raunak said

      thanks for stopping by kara and sharing your thoughts…so true…words are just words…no wonder there is so much misunderstanding in this world…its unfortunate that words can never truly translate our emotions and message. suprabhatam is so sanskrit…heard that word after years 🙂

      • Human beings rarely are able to communicate their true intent and meaning through words because it really is determined by the ears and eyes of an individual’s perception and his/her ‘sum’ of collective decisions/experiences that define him/her. It’s amazing how we can communicate much of anything at all. Just a thought…

  6. K said

    I am a teacher. Living on tuna fish and pasta? Really tough Ann Romney. We often have tuna and pasta. I have friends with ms who struggle to go to work each day because they have to, They don’ t have the luxury of a million dollar horse for therapy nor do they have time to ride. Waitresses and waiters work hard. Janitors work hard. Hairdressers work hard. None of us are asking for handouts. We want the opportunity to work. We are happy to help our neighbors when they need it and know they will help us as well. In my church we sing a hymn that goes ,”whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do unto me. “. You don’t get it, do you? You and Mitt can try to pass yourselves off as caring but it is as phoney as your designer shirts. Love is not measured in material things to most of us. It obviously is to you.

    • Raunak said

      thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. you’ve said it all in “We want the opportunity to work”. Its a simple line in which lie the solutions to all the problems.
      I have worked closely with politicians.In fact, I was the campaign manager for a big party candidate in one high profile election recently concluded in my country. My experience tells me that a politician has very little choice but to wear a mask. And he does not necessarily do this out of choice. The public, which is becoming more narrow minded day by day, forces candidates to project themselves as something they are not.
      So even if Ann and Mitt are acting, they can be forgiven because the electorate they wish to attract demands that of them.

  7. John Smith said

    Right on the money Raunak.

  8. Very enjoyable read, Raunak! Sadly, virtually all political speeches must be taken with a grain of salt. Rarely are they completely honest, and most of the time they are an effort on the part of the speaker to appeal to our base emotions. When we allow our emotions to make decisions for us, rather than using rational thought…we often get it wrong.

    Your commentary here was excellent…and I enjoyed your dissection of a prototypical political speech.

    Nice site, by the way!

    • Raunak said

      thanks RPR for reading the post sharing your thoughts. I totally agree…its foolish to base one’s voting decision on the sensationalism created by a speech.
      look forward to reading more of your posts!

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