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Updated Sep 5, 2012 - 10:28 pm

Don't focus on the speech, focus on the message

A delegate listens as first lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

I get it, I get it.

Stop beating all of us over the head with it: "Government über alles" -- government over all.

Don't tell me how wonderful Michelle Obama's speech was. Don't tell me how grand Julian Castro's speech was. Tell me the content. Tell me the theme.

The theme was government, cradle to grave. Neither of them talked about small business. They spoke of the wonder of teachers, firefighters, first responders, our military -- all government jobs.

Let's talk about the Mayor Julian Castro's discussion of educational opportunity. He talked about his and his brother's education: Stanford and Harvard. There was no mention of how they got there. The mayor said everyone should be able to go to Harvard.


Everyone isn't qualified to go to Harvard or may want to go to Harvard. In fact, mayor, were you qualified 20 years ago or was it affirmative action that sent you and your brother to Stanford and Harvard law, perhaps over more qualified applicants? We'll never know.

Also, Castro stole some of his speech from both Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio. Christie called for a "second American century."

Castro, in his introduction said, "determined to elect the man who will make the 21st century another American century." Obvious steal from Christie.

How about this one from Rubio who said, "he stood behind a bar in the back of the room for all of those years so that one day I could stand behind a podium at the front of the room."

Castro said, "And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone."

His thefts are fairly obvious.

I'll say this for him, he chose well. Those were the best parts of his speech.

Let's get back to both messages, which reflect the message of this entire convention. According to Chris Wallace, Mrs. Obama talked about the way to build the middle class was through auto bailouts, student loans and health care reform. Again, all government programs.

The biggest joke of the wifely speech was her insistence that the president sees our nation as one America. Let's listen to the president divisive speeches and repeat that "one America" line.

I read the speech to see what else I had missed. Mrs. Obama had a little catch in her voice as she described Barack hunched over his desk reading the mail from Americans suffering. Is that what we are going to hear? No substance, just tear-jerking, big-government applause?

One other thing: I imagine we will be hearing how poor Democrats were. Obama searching through dumpsters for furniture and shoes. The Castro family struggles. All the speakers have a message of how, with the help of government, they were able to pull themselves up and attain status.

According to the Dems, all Americans need that help. Meanwhile, the Republicans talked about how individual effort was important, how government should just stay out of the way. Small businessmen and women built it themselves.

Remember, the president said, "You didn't build it." The Republicans proved that we can, we did and we will!

About the Author

Jay Lawrence is a "true" conservative believing that less government is better government. Jay graduated from Columbia College in Chicago and went to WJPS in Evansville Indiana. Then on to bigger and better, Peoria. Illinois. Jay made it to Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Cleveland before coming to KTAR. Lawrence enjoys all sports and has played most, but has been a baseball fan above all and enjoys the Diamondbacks particularly when they win, tolerates the team when they lose. Favorite memories are opening day for Major League Baseball in the Valley and sitting in row three along third-base line when the D- backs won the World Series. One other memory he'll always carry with him, the time he spent with the Beatles and stood outside a nightclub finding dates for the Fab Four in Cleveland. Lawrence's musical tastes are eclectic, from classical to rap with country thrown in. He'd be just as likely to attend a Phoenix Symphony concert or ballet as he would a George Strait concert.


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