The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention got underway and on television yesterday in Charlotte, N.C.  I do intend to watch what I can, but I couldn’t tune in last night.  Could anyone report on what transpired?  What themes do you expect to see?  What arguments or what feelings will the Democrats use to keep Americans from concentrating on the usual determining issue, that it’s the economy, stupid?  Are you finding their appeals at least rhetorically effective?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Pete

    It pleases me to report, and ought to encourage us greatly, that the people who are driving our bus over the cliff are pleasant, articulate, compassionate, inclusive and energetic.

  • Pete

    It pleases me to report, and ought to encourage us greatly, that the people who are driving our bus over the cliff are pleasant, articulate, compassionate, inclusive and energetic.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    Tax and spend.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    Tax and spend.

  • Carl Vehse

    Michael Ramirez’s cartoon sums up the MSM “reporting” of the Demonicrat Convention.

  • Carl Vehse

    Michael Ramirez’s cartoon sums up the MSM “reporting” of the Demonicrat Convention.

  • Patrick kyle

    The Republican convention pushed me over my tolerance limit for propaganda, so when I heard the live feed of the DNC (someone had it playing on their smart phone in a waiting area) I was less than thrilled. This is what it sounded like from the snippets I heard.

    ‘Abortion! Yaaay!!!’

    ‘Racism. Booo!!!’

  • Patrick kyle

    The Republican convention pushed me over my tolerance limit for propaganda, so when I heard the live feed of the DNC (someone had it playing on their smart phone in a waiting area) I was less than thrilled. This is what it sounded like from the snippets I heard.

    ‘Abortion! Yaaay!!!’

    ‘Racism. Booo!!!’

  • Carl Vehse

    IamConservative on Freerepublic posted:

    “I found it interesting that the Dems kicked off DNC2012 with a tribute to the only politician with a confirmed kill in the war on women.”

  • Carl Vehse

    IamConservative on Freerepublic posted:

    “I found it interesting that the Dems kicked off DNC2012 with a tribute to the only politician with a confirmed kill in the war on women.”

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Some people got up and spoke about little of importance. Other people cheered repeatedly. Still others tried to draw meaning out of empty phrases. While more tried to pan what the speaker was saying. In short, nothing worth watching, as usual.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Some people got up and spoke about little of importance. Other people cheered repeatedly. Still others tried to draw meaning out of empty phrases. While more tried to pan what the speaker was saying. In short, nothing worth watching, as usual.

  • Carl Vehse

    “What themes do you expect to see?”

    Endlösung der Christenfrage

  • Carl Vehse

    “What themes do you expect to see?”

    Endlösung der Christenfrage

  • Grace

    Dr. Veith,

    The Democratic Convention can be viewed on your computer by using the LINK below. You might be ablt to tune in on your iPhone or other cell phone.

    http://news.yahoo.com/elections/democratic-national-convention-2012/

  • Grace

    Dr. Veith,

    The Democratic Convention can be viewed on your computer by using the LINK below. You might be ablt to tune in on your iPhone or other cell phone.

    http://news.yahoo.com/elections/democratic-national-convention-2012/

  • DonS

    I noticed that the debt clock has been taken down since the RNC convention.

    So, apparently, that little problem has been solved. More spending programs!!

  • DonS

    I noticed that the debt clock has been taken down since the RNC convention.

    So, apparently, that little problem has been solved. More spending programs!!

  • Tom Hering

    Maybe they needed to lengthen it for more zeroes?

  • Tom Hering

    Maybe they needed to lengthen it for more zeroes?

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    @10 I think they are adjusting it to display in scientific notation. ;)

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    @10 I think they are adjusting it to display in scientific notation. ;)

  • DonS

    The other notable thing about night 1 of the DNC convention was the inordinate time spent celebrating the murder of babies.

  • DonS

    The other notable thing about night 1 of the DNC convention was the inordinate time spent celebrating the murder of babies.

  • DonS

    And, yes, ANY time spent celebrating the right to murder babies is inordinate.

  • DonS

    And, yes, ANY time spent celebrating the right to murder babies is inordinate.

  • JDB

    I was only able to hear portions of the speeches last night. The First Lady gave a rhetorically good speech, focusing on the personal side of the President. It will play well with many voters. As some have already noted, there was attention given to inclusivity, and it was placed within the context of historic struggles for equality. What I found most interesting was the increase in patriotic tenor coming from the convention, more than I have heard from previous DNCs.

  • JDB

    I was only able to hear portions of the speeches last night. The First Lady gave a rhetorically good speech, focusing on the personal side of the President. It will play well with many voters. As some have already noted, there was attention given to inclusivity, and it was placed within the context of historic struggles for equality. What I found most interesting was the increase in patriotic tenor coming from the convention, more than I have heard from previous DNCs.

  • Grace


    A. Abortion

    B. Babies

    C. Camps

    D. Death

    Abortion Camps (so called “clinics”)for the death of babies. A hideous crime against the most vulnerable, and it happens every single day in the United States of America.

    Michelle Obama: My Husband Stands for Promoting Abortion

    http://www.lifenews.com/2012/09/04/michelle-obama-my-husband-stands-for-promoting-abortion/

  • Grace


    A. Abortion

    B. Babies

    C. Camps

    D. Death

    Abortion Camps (so called “clinics”)for the death of babies. A hideous crime against the most vulnerable, and it happens every single day in the United States of America.

    Michelle Obama: My Husband Stands for Promoting Abortion

    http://www.lifenews.com/2012/09/04/michelle-obama-my-husband-stands-for-promoting-abortion/

  • Grace

    Michelle Obama Under Fire for 2004 Letter Defending Partial-Birth Abortions

    by Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews.com Editor
    May 21, 2008

    “Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Michelle Obama, the attorney wife of pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, is coming under fire for a letter she wrote defending partial-birth abortions. The 2004 letter, written to help Obama in his campaign for his U.S. Senate seat, opposes the ban on the abortion procedure.

    In February 2004, Michelle Obama penned a fundraising letter to help her husband Barack raise funds for his Illinois-based Senate seat.

    The letter contends the federal ban on partial-birth abortions “is clearly unconstitutional” and “a flawed law.”

    ANOTHER EXCERPT

    “Stanek said the request amounted to “Free speech for me but not for thee” — something she called “a typical left-wing position.”

    “So it’s fine to kill late-term babies, but we can’t risk hurting Michelle’s feelings about it,” she added.”

    http://www.lifenews.com/2008/05/21/nat-3935/

  • Grace

    Michelle Obama Under Fire for 2004 Letter Defending Partial-Birth Abortions

    by Steven Ertelt
    LifeNews.com Editor
    May 21, 2008

    “Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Michelle Obama, the attorney wife of pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, is coming under fire for a letter she wrote defending partial-birth abortions. The 2004 letter, written to help Obama in his campaign for his U.S. Senate seat, opposes the ban on the abortion procedure.

    In February 2004, Michelle Obama penned a fundraising letter to help her husband Barack raise funds for his Illinois-based Senate seat.

    The letter contends the federal ban on partial-birth abortions “is clearly unconstitutional” and “a flawed law.”

    ANOTHER EXCERPT

    “Stanek said the request amounted to “Free speech for me but not for thee” — something she called “a typical left-wing position.”

    “So it’s fine to kill late-term babies, but we can’t risk hurting Michelle’s feelings about it,” she added.”

    http://www.lifenews.com/2008/05/21/nat-3935/

  • Carl Vehse

    Dr. Luther in the 21st Century @11,

    Scientific notation is convenient when one needs to write a very large number, e.g., 10 to the power of a (10^a). But when dealing with the debt clock in a second term of Barry Soetero, one may need to go beyond scientific notation and use tetration notation.

    Tetration notation can be expressed as a double caret notation (^^) in the form n^^a, such that, for example, 10^^3 = 10^(10^(10)) = 10^10000000000 = a number starting with 1 and followed by 10 billion zeros.

    10^^4 = 10^(10^(10^(10))) = 10^(10^10000000000) = 10^(1 followed by 10,000,000,000 zeros) = a number starting with 1 followed by 10^10000000000 zeros.

    By the end of Barry’s second term, the U.S. debt may approach Graham’s number, even beyond the usefulness of n-caret notation (i.e., 10^…(n carets)…^a) so that Conway’s chained arrow notation may be required to express it. Another good reason not to let Barry have another term.

  • Carl Vehse

    Dr. Luther in the 21st Century @11,

    Scientific notation is convenient when one needs to write a very large number, e.g., 10 to the power of a (10^a). But when dealing with the debt clock in a second term of Barry Soetero, one may need to go beyond scientific notation and use tetration notation.

    Tetration notation can be expressed as a double caret notation (^^) in the form n^^a, such that, for example, 10^^3 = 10^(10^(10)) = 10^10000000000 = a number starting with 1 and followed by 10 billion zeros.

    10^^4 = 10^(10^(10^(10))) = 10^(10^10000000000) = 10^(1 followed by 10,000,000,000 zeros) = a number starting with 1 followed by 10^10000000000 zeros.

    By the end of Barry’s second term, the U.S. debt may approach Graham’s number, even beyond the usefulness of n-caret notation (i.e., 10^…(n carets)…^a) so that Conway’s chained arrow notation may be required to express it. Another good reason not to let Barry have another term.

  • fjsteve

    There was a convention last night?

  • fjsteve

    There was a convention last night?

  • Grace

    ⚊ ⛳ ⚊ fjsteve @18

    Try paying your over-due ‘pony express invoice, then you’ll know who’s making all the noise. If that doesn’t help, look for granny’s old black and white TV, maybe it still works!

  • Grace

    ⚊ ⛳ ⚊ fjsteve @18

    Try paying your over-due ‘pony express invoice, then you’ll know who’s making all the noise. If that doesn’t help, look for granny’s old black and white TV, maybe it still works!

  • P.C.

    Tonight DNC 2012 Convention – Nope.

    Giants vs Cowboys – Yep.

  • P.C.

    Tonight DNC 2012 Convention – Nope.

    Giants vs Cowboys – Yep.

  • Tom Hering

    I was pleased that during PBS’s coverage tonight, in an interview with Democratic “rising star” and Roman Catholic, Julian Castro, Judy Woodruff asked him if pro-life Democrats were recognized by the party, and if so, why they didn’t have a voice at this convention. Not satisfied with his answer, Gwen Ifill put the same question to him another way. Still not satisfied with his answer, Mark Shields put the same question to him yet another way.

  • Tom Hering

    I was pleased that during PBS’s coverage tonight, in an interview with Democratic “rising star” and Roman Catholic, Julian Castro, Judy Woodruff asked him if pro-life Democrats were recognized by the party, and if so, why they didn’t have a voice at this convention. Not satisfied with his answer, Gwen Ifill put the same question to him another way. Still not satisfied with his answer, Mark Shields put the same question to him yet another way.

  • Carl Vehse

    And the answer given by the man who is being groomed for a run at the presidency in the not-too-distant future was what?!?

  • Carl Vehse

    And the answer given by the man who is being groomed for a run at the presidency in the not-too-distant future was what?!?

  • Carl Vehse

    Death Threat From DNC Delegate: ‘Mitt Romney… I Would Like To Kill Him!’

    Maybe the PBS “reporters” will interview Julia Rodriguez, a convention delegate from the state of New York.

  • Carl Vehse

    Death Threat From DNC Delegate: ‘Mitt Romney… I Would Like To Kill Him!’

    Maybe the PBS “reporters” will interview Julia Rodriguez, a convention delegate from the state of New York.

  • Carl Vehse

    Convention arena at capacity, doors shut:

    “Convention-goers who left the Time Warner Cable Arena are now unable to get back in, because the hall is at capacity — 24,000 people. A huge crowd has gathered outside the arena doors, where fire marshals are turning people away.” [with photo]

    Hundreds of delegates, journalists locked out of arena

    Schadenfreude. ;-)

  • Carl Vehse

    Convention arena at capacity, doors shut:

    “Convention-goers who left the Time Warner Cable Arena are now unable to get back in, because the hall is at capacity — 24,000 people. A huge crowd has gathered outside the arena doors, where fire marshals are turning people away.” [with photo]

    Hundreds of delegates, journalists locked out of arena

    Schadenfreude. ;-)

  • –helen

    Hundreds of delegates, journalists locked out of arena”

    No wonder the journalists opted for the corporation’s free handouts instead!

  • –helen

    Hundreds of delegates, journalists locked out of arena”

    No wonder the journalists opted for the corporation’s free handouts instead!


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