...which in Texas is called walking
I watched Bush's big speech last night. I'd like to write a thoughtful explanation of why I support Bush and why I enjoyed the speech, but my mind is foggy this morning. Go read Stephen Green's thoughts instead, I agree with all of them.
Cynicism is hard-wired into my brain (and I don't think I'll ever be able to overcome it), but I found myself believing Bush much more than I scoffed. He's attempting some big and needed changes to US government, and he impressed me by bringing these ideas forward. His goal of marching freedom forward also resonated with me, and I liked the big, big vision of making the 21st century a time for liberty to triumph.
I did scoff a few times though. The intro for him was a little over the top, I think. When he finally showed up I was surprised he wasn't descending from above, wreathed in smoke and dressed in a shining suit of armour. In his speech, he talked about reducing government regulation for businesses and simplifying the tax laws, but also talked about new business programs and new tax credits. And then there was lots of Clintonian fluff about providing community health clinics and new programs to get people into college. For some reason though, I don't think these 'mommy politics' issues will change the perceptions of those that think he's the new face of fascism. But he keeps trying...
Overall, I think the convention has put Bush neatly into the driver's seat. Kerry made a speech right after W wrapped up, and it sounded a little grasping. I mean, he's still talking about what Bush did during Vietnam? What does he think this will accomplish? (Read this for a very neat takedown of Kerry.) Bush is advancing new ideas and offering a clear vision for the future. Kerry is whining and throwing out conspiracy theories. Not that tough a choice for America.