What I Think of The Political Conventions
I don't normally wax political here, but with local happenings, I can't refuse the bait...
So the Democratic National Convention (DNC) comes to Denver this week. Yay. Not! The paper tells me I should be happy because it'll do great things for Colorado. However, the only great thing I've encountered so far is that they'll be closing the freeway when Obama does his speech, making it impossible for locals to get around their own town. Oh yeah, it'll be great. My cop friend also tells me that professional protesters are all coming to town to disrupt anything they can for the week. Oh yeah, I'm sure glad they chose Denver. Thanks, leaders!
I don't really understand why, in an age where we complain about spending millions of dollars a day on the Iraq war and we have record prices at the pump, we get to also pony up $40 million for events such as the DNC (or, for that matter, the RNC which will be the following week in Minneapolis), for what is really nothing more than a taxpayer-funded weeklong party and pat-ourselves-on-the-back event. Sheesh, what a waste. I mean, congress only works a fraction of the weeks of the year, and of those, on a fraction of the days each week. Of course, they all need big parties to congratulate themselves for a job well done.
For a great description of the events, you might like to watch Uncle Jay Explains (3 min or so). He does a good job of satire-izing world events each week. At least I can understand his reasons for the insanity.
Best of luck as you try to live through the obnoxiousness that will be televised live for the next two weeks. Hopefully I have enough History Channel already recorded on the DVR to live through it all.
I didnt realize that the conventions were government funded, though i suppose that makes sense... isn't everything these days?