YES! - Because we are better off than we were 4 years ago.
NO! - But the GOP has made them look great by comparison.


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LeMoyne 2 years 51 weeks ago

I took this personal ;-D in voting No I am saying that they haven't convinced me. I do believe that they are making a good enough case to get Obama re-elected on their own AND that the GOP set that bar pretty low. It totally amazes me that after four years of trying to smear Obama as a socialist (which he ain't) now the GOP is claiming they are the real socialists who will save Medicare -- surely an *exploding head* level of incredulity must be spreading across the country if anyone has been paying attention.

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Rboisvert7 2 years 51 weeks ago

Vote for Jill Stein for President of the Green Party.  If you want real change.

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leslieandron 2 years 51 weeks ago

Three things I would like to see and hear at the Democratic convention. One, is a banner stating "We ARE America" countering the republican's "we believe in America." I'd like to hear it said that we value 'success' but that we don't measure success by money. and, it should be hammered home that no less critical than the reelection of Obama is the retaking of Congress!

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jazzyjoy 2 years 51 weeks ago

Well I don't want God in the platform etc. but the dems have had a litttle guts this time and I'll give them a yes for that.

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arky12 2 years 51 weeks ago

I think they are, but then I biased and I pay attention, but there are so many who dont. I know because I used to be on of them until I got woken up last year. Only took me all my life to "get it". But, better late then never as the saying goes.

I have a former co-worker that I e-mail with who is a conservative and I've posed the question to him "why do you favor Romney and the Republicans over Obama and the Democratic party". I told him, and rightly so, that I've asked this question of many conservatives and the only response I ever get from any of them is that they don't like Obama, yada, yada, yada, never why the Republicans or Romney is better only Obama bashing, which is the only thing the Republicans spout off, so guess that's why. They actually don't know why the they the way they do, they just think they know that Obama is wrong because that's what the Republicans tell them. He asked me to give him a few days, and I've yet to hear back. When he sends me anything it's a right wing rhetoric, so I'll just have to give up trying to get any substantive answer from a conservative.

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HalFonts 2 years 51 weeks ago

It's been a great Convention, and I've learned that President Obama has done way more than what hea been conveyed to us over 4-years (Biden's speach was insightfull). I do believe now more than ever that Obama is the special person for the job. And yet that is ALSO because the Rabid-Right is so utterly terrible AND they have blocked EVERY reform they could.

However there is the huge middle part of the population with NO access to any form of "progressive" radio (other than NPR). After several decades of incessant indoctrination by the rabid-right-radio and similar TV -- I fear for our country -- no matter what we do in our neighborhoods. And, while I'm more Democrat than ever before (after seeing some of both Conventions) -- it's inexcusible Democrats' ineptness in not defusing the Citizen's United mega-money corruption of our system.

(Once again the two: "Yes/NO" options here, when annotated, require adding comments and either "Both" or "None of the above.")

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Willie W 2 years 51 weeks ago

Unemployment seems to be the big issue here. I think it's being reported wrong. I don't want to know how bad employment is compared to when it was at it's best. But rather, I want to know how much better employment is compared to when it was at it's worst.

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washnwmn 2 years 51 weeks ago

The bigger question is whether the will of the people can beat the money and the dirty tricks, such as voting IDs and voting manipulation. Another is voter turn out. I think the Dems made a good case, and I was happy to see them confront voter suppression, and confront a number of GOP lies. Other factors..even some republicans are disgusted with the Tea party nonsense that's getting away from real representation. Where will Ron Paul come into this? Can it split the republican vote enough to make a difference?

david c. 2 years 51 weeks ago

Given the country's political dysfunctions our 'analog' democracy (political conventions, debates, 'whistle-stop' campaigning, tv & radio ads) maybe doesn't always result in the strongest case being made for a candidates election, or for reforms, justice and/or democracy. Extending trend lines, the information technology revolution should eventually lead to a more frictionless 'digital' democracy. For now (in an analog world) obviously Obama is at the top (surpassing Fmr. Pres. Bill Clinton). However, in a digital 'e-democracy', it's concievable that the Thomas Jefferson of our time (i.e., Thom Hartmann) could get elected president...or at least win alot of votes.

david c. 2 years 51 weeks ago

THE CLIMB DOWN: In 2008 the (often ahead-of-the-curve) Hollywood star-marketing machinery put Obama forward (to the world) as a savior. Seeing something shiny, new & exciting the media got on board. Then of course citizens stampeded towards the stadium lights and upbeat music accompanying this over-the-top narcissistic candidates unflinching promises of salvation. However, Obama was running for president, not savior. And eventually (2010) Congressional Republican's rejected him as a transformational leader. So now the DNC's theme for re-election distills down to; we're deserving... more righteous... gonna hang tough... not going anywhere. My hope for change in this battle for power between the wisdom-of-markets (capitalism) verses the collective wisdom-of-voters (democracy) is that Obama (and/or the Republican's) can somehow lead this country towards a better future. Because throughout history it seems like when (for there to be a constructive resolution) everyone has to give something, often the results are that no one willingly gives anything, leaving as the default resolution hyperinflation and/or war.

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