I have to admit that speeches delivered by candidates at the recent national political conventions do not sway my opinion of that particular candidate.  I also know from experience that these same speeches are written by professional speech writers and based on what is politically popular at the time. 


I don’t have any problem with this old political dynamic.  It certainly doesn’t diminish the speaker in anyway, as far as I’m concerned.  I also don’t leap to my feet to cheer on a rousing speech. 


Senator Obama certainly delivered an outstanding speech as did Alaska Governor Palin.  I am more impressed and influenced by what the candidates have done leading up to their speeches rather than what they promise in the future. 


Russia is a growing economic and military power.  At this particular time, it is the greatest concern for me as an American.  How does the next president of the United States use his power to deal with Russia?  It is not known how our country will deal with Russia over the next several years. 


What did we hear during both conventions that gave us hope for the future?  Did anything stick out and impress me?  Yes, of course. 


Change v. experience might be the battleground issue for the media in the upcoming national election.  For me, it’s too generational. This debate lacks substance. 


For example:  What type of change are we talking about?  The overriding concern is the moral character of the person.  This also includes the people around the candidate (and next president).  If I knew who some of these officials might be, my decision as to who to vote for might be much easier. 


I was certainly impressed by Mrs. Cindy McCain and her quiet, humanitarian efforts throughout the world.  Her record of commitment to the poor and needy was inspiring to me.  She quietly but effectively demonstrated her love and compassion for others.  Very few public figures have unselfishly helped those struggling in life.


As a social and economic justice Catholic, deeds of charity are more important to me than a great speech.  Love thy neighbor as thyself is not just a Biblical phrase with me.  It’s also my political compass.


Pundits and pollsters have not yet figured out how American’s will vote.  Yes, change and experience matters.  So does character. 

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