Politics, Passion, and YOU

Politics, Passion, Purpose

I think too many people neglect their passion and do not embrace it. One of my passions, aside from writing, is motivational speaking—and like any passion, it helps if you can see your path to where you need to be. As a speaker, I look at other speakers—I see what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. Take, for example, two of the hot-topic speakers of today:

Romney and Obama.

The Presidential election contenders are showing off why they are passionate (hopefully) about this country and how their view of how to run it is the best. Everything they say before the election is important, because communication is permanent.  I try to be objective as I see what they are saying, what their campaigns say, and how it all comes together in the public eye. The latest thing to hit the news from Romney is the fact that he said the following:

Speaking to a crowd in Commerce, Mich. — and noting the local roots shared by him and his wife, Ann — Romney quipped that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

I remember when Trump was taking credit for inquiring about Obama’s birth certificate back in the short day when he was laughably considering running for office. That should have been the public’s first clue that that argument was completely ridiculous from the start.

The Obama campaign responded with a 15-second attack ad posted to YouTube Friday evening — titled “America Doesn’t Need A Birther-in-Chief” — that recycles video of Romney’s joke, while a narrator intones, “Holding out hope Romney had a vision for the middle class? Think again.”

In high school, I wrote an op-ed piece for the city newspaper which basically related how I focus on the issue and not the party. I never want to be bias to a Democrat or a Republican just because they are a member. Like most people, I see flaws in both candidates, and it then becomes a matter of picking the lesser of two evils.

The fact that Romney brought up that silly birth certificate thing as a quip, even if it was in good fun (from his perspective), tells me that his powers of persuasion are dim and that his sense of humor is lackluster. Seriously Romney, you don’t bring up news that is terribly dated and notably debunked. He might as well make some Clinton sex scandal jokes or discuss why Nixon was a great leader. There are some things you just don’t bring up—it’s an issue of timing and tact.

Of course after Romney said that, the Obama campaign was probably like, “Really? This is the shot you took at us?” Then they shook their heads and thought, alright, our response will be a no-brainer.

As it stands today, the public sees many flaws in the current President, without a doubt. Romney, however, has not proven that he would do any better and frankly, comes across as your average dime-a-dozen conservative. What is so special about Romney? Certainly his skills as a speaker do not stand out. He is not particularly charming or compelling. At least Clinton was someone you would want to have lunch with and chit-chat. If I was having lunch with Romney, I feel the humor would be stale and the conversation would be mild.

Maybe Romney needs to slow-jam the news or something. If he has done PR like that, I sure haven’t heard about it. I’m not saying Romney doesn’t seem like a nice guy—certainly he seems more personable than someone like Nixon, but then again, that’s not a hard thing to do.

The other thing we need to think about is that a President, in many ways, is only as good as the cabinet. So far, we see Paul Ryan as Romney’s boy—and that could be scary. While I was originally motivated to like this man since he and I went to the same college (Miami University), his very public plans about changing Medicare to a voucher system have been heavily criticized, to the effect that it would be “designed to end Medicare as we know it.” Of course, without changing the current system, Medicare would cease to exist anyway because we couldn’t afford it.

It reminds me of a joke Lewis Black once told, “The Democrats are party with no ideas and the Republicans are a party with bad ideas.”

Speaking of celebrity comedians, during a Friday night campaign event with Vice President Joe Biden, Actor Nathan Lane thinks Paul Ryan’s proposal to dismantle Medicare is so sinister that he compared him to the Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz.”

“I think his precise words to Medicare were, ‘I’ll fix you, my pretty,’ as he rode off on his broom,” he said to laughs.

Of course, Obama does have a plan for the health care issue, but we have yet to be convinced it would be a good one since the money has to come from somewhere and therein lays the debate.

Who has a better passion for doing what is right for this nation? As a young person, I am assuming there will be no Medicare when I am 60-something years old, or if there is you’ll have to be like 75 in order to qualify! As a young person, it is hard for me to identify with someone who doesn’t seem to have much of an identity (Romney). As a young person, I want to make sure that old people of today aren’t screwed, since my parents and people they know are unfortunately in that demographic. It’ll be interesting to see if Romney gains popularity and likability over the next couple of months, because that is probably the only chance he has to beat Obama.

I can only hope that whoever is the next President, has the passion and sincere desire to make sure that we have a better economy in the next four years, and even a better outlook for the next generation (not just our own). I know what you’re thinking: Good luck with that.


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