Thursday, August 05, 2004

Conventions Are Unnecessary Pep Rallies

Are political conventions really necessary? Who do they benefit other than the candidates and their party members? It's like an adult version of the high school pep rally, only the space, people, and money plate are bigger.

We already know who the candidates are. Why go through all the hoopla and spend millions of dollars to announce and formally nominate who we already know are the official candidates for presidency? Not to mention, millions of dollars are being spent on security.

What I would rather see with the money spent before, for, and during conventions are for the candidates and their party colleagues to, instead of holding a big pep rally about what we already know about, take all that money and visit social services agencies, schools, organizations, and shelters to formally donate the money they raised. Give the money back to the communities, states, and country you are hoping to represent. Candidates can talk all they want - various truths and worldviews, twisted truths, diplomatic talks, half-lies, and lies... but, no matter what, the actions are what speak louder and are heard in the long run. Granted, we do need their savviness and skills in order to get the resources we need, yet we need to be sure that the resources are going where they should go to. We also need to be sure that these are necessary resources and the right ones to obtain, secure, distribute, and enforce. This in itself is an art. Which candidates have the right balance of these skills to do the job and execute what needs to be done or upheld?

A colleague recently predicted that the Republican Convention will be cancelled. At first, my first reaction was, "ha, heck no." As time passed and I thought about it, I do think that it is a possibility. I still don't think that it'll be cancelled. But, I can think of different reasons why it'd be cancelled, especially with the recent increase in media attention and governmental warnings about terror threats, increased security in parts of the city, and so on. The convention could be cancelled due to security concerns or whatever reason they come up with. If it still goes on, I really hope that, in my wildest dreams, millions of protestors will converge on and make a huge statement. In reality, thousands will probably show up. Right now, it's a wait and see to see how the convention week goes. I have a feeling that it may be of historical proportion, unlike the Democratic convention which, altho it had some great speeches and figures, barely made any ripples across the country.

I am glad that many people hate Bush. What saddens me about this election that people are voting against Bush out of hatred and passionate dislike based on his poor performance as a President. Where's the spirit of true political campaigning and race?

Yesterday, I saw a picture of Bush and Kerry in the same town. They looked like fraternal twins holding up a piece of corn in the same manner. Who's copying who? Who's trying to save face here? I wonder who their political advisors and analysts are since they're in a town holding up a piece of corn with a smile on their face instead of doing some real work. What good does holding corn husks do for our country?