People who think politicos know best about how we should live our lives should consider the following observations from Wednesday at the DNC:
1. Police officers have told me that we Charlotte residents should not be concerned about all the new equipment bought for the DNC because it was paid for with federal money. Where do they think that federal money comes from?
2. There are repeated references to the Democrats intent to ASK higher income earners to pay more. Will we have a choice?
3. My clean-cut 30-something son Travis went with me, to take in the sights on the streets. He was not allowed into the security zone with me, even though I introduced him to the Secret Service as my photographer. By contrast, the authorities let about 100 protestors through last night, who were there to cause trouble and often look the part.
4. Sales of rap CDs Walk Like Obama were brisk.
5. A man wore a T-shirt proclaiming I love young boys who are pro-choice. The linkage with pro-choice is curious, since partners of one sex cannot procreate.
6. Lots of women wore T-shirts This is what a feminist looks like. Judging from appearances, this will not help their cause.
7. The MSNBC location at EpiCentre features oversize pictures of Rachel Maddow and Al Sharpton. There were lines to get in the Democrats know that this is their network.
8. Our citys efforts to be known nationally just as Charlotte, without North Carolina, are not working. The media pretty consistently refer to us as Charlotte, North Carolina, and even the signs in the venues mostly say the same thing.
9. Through mid-day Wednesday, the crowds on the street were smaller. The delegates were sleeping in after a late night of conventioneering and partying into the wee hours, and the honchos were entertaining major donors. I know this from personal experience as a participant in the Republican Convention in 1980. At least the two political parties have this much in common.
Phil Van Hoy is a Charlotte native who has been active in various Republican positions and campaigns.
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