Both Romney and Obama characterize duopoly power. They’re opposite sides of the same coin. However, in matters concerning most, they do have differences of opinion. The elections of November 2012 will decide the fate of America for the next four years. As of now, America is engrossed in debt and the employment rate is not very promising too. Although the unemployment rate has dropped from 8.3 to 8.1 percent, it is because a lot of Americans have stopped looking for jobs. In accordance with the information provided by the Bureau of Labor, the work force involvement rate is presently at its lowest since 1981. What future has in store for the Americans will be decided by the upcoming polls. Obama, in his speech, has claimed that America was gradually “making things again”. However, the industrial sector has already shed 15,000 jobs. Blissful days are far from sight. Thus, claims and reality are often poles apart.

The oratory factor

Seminars and speeches could be superficial and deceptive. The highlighted lines of a speech can leave an everlasting impression on the minds of a casual audience. The Republican episode was uneventful but professional, which showed that they are serious regarding turning the nation around. On the other hand, the Democratic conference was less regulated and more touching, which implies that they are more like the common people. The question as to how much anybody cares or bothers is up for debate. Traditionally, the Democrats always perform better out of these incidents and Obama’s words were good enough to provide him with a small lead. However, the impact of conferences on the decisive result is pretty negligible. Democrats experienced dynamism in 1988, 2000 and 2004, yet lost the election. Brits as well as Europeans will witness the best portions of the 2012 Democratic conference on television, and expect Obama to win by an avalanche. However, the reality could be something entirely different. Americans will perhaps vote on employment, peace and wages – not speech-making.

The big question

Now, the question is: What’s the use of a convention? The oratory is so corny and clichéd that it disappoints the intellectual. Everybody wants to unite the nation; everybody wants to walk ahead towards a brighter future. Dream the absurd dream – blow the clouds and reach the stars. The President is chewing on a single word “Forward”. Now, the million dollar question is: What “Forward” really implies? Is it a journey towards progress and success, or towards the mountain edge? Well, the answer lies in the future.

Hollow speeches

The speech often hides deformities. In his speech, Paul Ryan made a number of incorrect claims - Obama was not individually accountable for the credit demotion or the closing of a GM institution in Wisconsin, and the Medicare incisions were part of the GOP plan as well. Bill Clinton’s words were an achievement of the human mind. Although the government has seen the production of 4.5 million private sector jobs, the nation lost approximately 4.2 million at one fell swoop. Clinton’s declaration that Obama’s financial plan would save $4 trillion, is termed as “simply not true” by The Washington Post.

Claims – How far are they true?

The Democrats did an excellent job of labeling themselves as the common man’s party. However, the opening lines of Michelle Obama speaking about her parents’ hardship, or Joe Biden crying at the consideration of how those soldiers died in Afghanistan, cast aside those parts of the speech that were bizarre. This is where the continuous, nonstop reference to the significance of reproductive freedom came in. According to David Brooks, a responsive observer, much attention was paid to “abortion and gay marriage”, whereas too little importance was given to “growth, economics and debt”.

Strangely, a conference meeting to confer how to generate private sector jobs roped in will.i.am, Arianna Huffington and ex-news reader Tom Brokaw. The Republicans were equally at fault of weirdness, as they included a turn by Clint Eastwood that signified an illogical dispute with a vacant chair. Speakers at both the conferences made the same claim – they could bring the American economy back to work since they had lived the American Dream. Now that’s something weird. Many people take a ride on an airplane, but only few of them could actually be trusted to fly one.

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