We've heard it all before. The President's speech was well-received by the choir in Charlotte. But it was a failure to general public, a warmed over litany. It was a laundry list of Democratic goodies, a patronizing and paternalistic piece of rhetoric. Government is not the enemy he reminded us caricaturing the phantom GOP minimalism overused as a foil.
It is strikingly odd that of the many speeches given by the Democrats this week no mention was made of America's victory in the Cold War. In all of the pull of hazy nostalgia tugged by the Democrats in which they built the middle class forged by World War II, the baby boom, the man on the moon -- nothing was said about Reagan victory over Communism that remade the world. In fact Obama chided Romney for picking out Russia as the number 1 enemy (an overwrought but understandable charge given Putin's support of Iran's nuclear ambitions). In fact the current woes pestering America, according to Obama and his minions, began only 30 years ago as if the New Deal, the War on Poverty or the failure of Keynesianism in the 1970s were immaculate conceptions sufficiently scrubbed from a hopeful narrative leapfrogged into the milestones of American progressivism in the 21st century.
The Democrats have hardened their parochial view of America in a globalized economy -- a point hammed up the President. The Democrats economic patriotism is a lost refuge as are the rogue attacks on Wall Street. But economic patriotism and its handmaiden protectionism is the fulcrum of the brazen class warfare the Democrats insist they are not waging.