Regardless of how inspiring most Americans find the words of Senator Barack Obama, for the past three years, the OC Register’s Sunday opinion pages have used quotes from the Illinois Senator in their new “empty suit platitude” column that run on page 1.Ã‚Â
Why Obama three weeks in a row?Ã‚Â
The Register’s editorial pages run pretty hard to the right. Guest columns run hard to the right.Ã‚Â Regular columnistsÃ‚Â pretty much run hardÃ‚Â to the right.Ã‚Â Rarely, will you find any praise for anything anyone on the Left says or does on the editorial pages or columns of the Register despite the fact that OC has the second highest concentration of Democratic voters in California.Ã‚Â A little balance would be nice.
I remember being invited to a 2005 special election post mortem meeting run by the Register at the paper’s auditorium which very much catered to conservative readers.Ã‚Â I believe the editors leading the session opened with the line, “let the healing begin.”Ã‚Â Besides me, there was one other progressive in the room.
Some of the writers openly despise the Clintons and many have made it clear that Barack Obama isn’t much better.Ã‚Â Not that they are enthralled with Senator McCain, but he clearly wins the lesser of three evils award for the presidential race from the Register’s editorial pages.
I do find Senator Obama to be anÃ‚Â inspiring speaker.Ã‚Â He is, perhaps, the most gifted and inspirational speakerÃ‚Â in American politics since Ronald Reagan (and where would Reagan be without the words of Peggy Noonan?).Ã‚Â Ã‚Â I think if some of Obama’s speechesÃ‚Â were attributed to Reagan, the Register’sÃ‚Â editorial writers would gush over them.Ã‚Â Likewise, ifÃ‚Â Obama were to deliver a Reagan speech, it would probably carry the empty suit award for the fourth straight week.Ã‚Â I’ve read this feature for the past three weeks and have concluded its not the message the writer is critical of, but the messenger.
On Tuesday night, Senator McCain delivered a victory speech loaded with red meat for conservatives.Ã‚Â But read this and tellÃ‚Â me its not worthy of an empty suit platitude?
These are some of the challenges that confront us. There are others just as urgent, and during this campaign I’ll travel across the country in cities and rural areas, in communities of all ethnic backgrounds and income levels, offering my ideas and listening to the concerns and advice of Americans. Americans aren’t interested in an election where they are just talked to and not listened to; an election that offers platitudes instead of principles and insults instead of ideas (note: McCain responded to one question in NH with “Thanks for the question, you little jerk”); an election that results — no matter who wins — in four years of unkept promises and a government that is just a battleground for the next election. Their patience is at an end for politicians who value ambition over principle, and for partisanship that is less a contest of ideas than an uncivil brawl over the spoils of power.
Nothing is inevitable in America. We are the captains of our fate. We’re not a country that prefers nostalgia to optimism; a country that would rather go back than forward. We’re the world’s leader, and leaders don’t pine for the past and dread the future. We make the future better than the past. We don’t hide from history. We make history. That, my friends (drink!), is the essence of hope in America, hope built on courage, and faith in the values and principles that have made us great. I intend to make my stand on those principles and chart a course for our future greatness, and trust in the judgment of the people I have served all my life. So stand up with me, my friends (drink again), stand up and fight for America — for her strength, her ideals, and her future. The contest begins tonight. It will have its ups and downs. But we will fight every minute of every day to make certain we have a government that is as capable, wise, brave and decent as the great people we serve. That is our responsibility and I will not let you down.
Where have we heard this all before?Ã‚Â Sure smells like BS to me.Ã‚Â