Clint Eastwood (whom I have loved as an actor) revealed the pathetic state of the Republican party as he ranted at an empty chair, only to be overshadowed by the cheers of the equally clueless crowd at the RNC convention. It scares me that there are this many stupid people in our country that continue to drink the kool-aide. As a democrat I believe we need to question our leaders and they should be prepared to answer tough questions. This festival of lying and tired rhetoric needs to be a thing of the past. We should insist on substantial discussions of the important things and details about how those running for office plan to do what they propose. This includes Obama as well as Romney. Romney's plan (or what he has eluded to) spells absolute disaster fiscally and morally. He represents everything bad that I can envision in a leader: self-interested, greedy, shallow, calculating, cold-hearted. He appalls me.
Wow, it is hard to believe we Americans can be so grateful for living in a country where nearly all of our ancestors immigrated from other places, and yet we are so quick to slam the door behind us in response to the same desires of others. I believe that citizenship should be available for everyone who is willing to work and earn their own way, pay taxes and abide by the laws of the land. Aren't those the very kinds of people that make our country a place where we all want to live? As a gringa and Tucsonian for the past 14 years, I have worked in a southside school district as a teacher and now counselor. Every community has both the positive and negative aspects, and what I see in the way of negatives in some of the barrio neighborhoods seems to stem more from poverty and lack of education than other factors. Daniel Hernandez was a graduate of the very district that I work for, and we are all so proud to have perhaps played a part in helping him to become the hero that sat next to the President during the memorial. Thank god his parents were not discouraged from coming and remaining in Tucson to raise such an incredible young man. I am sure it wasn't easy. Once you really get to know people as individuals, you realize that we are all dealing with the same 24 hours in different ways and everyone is doing the best they know how to do. I never want to accept or excuse bad behavior within any group, but let's not forget to recognize the best in each other.
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