How many people can say they spent time at both the Republican and Democratic convention and came away feeling calm and recharged? Well, anyone who spent time at the Huffington Post Oasis, which was a world away from the crowds and chaos.
At the Democratic National Convention, Cristina Saralegui spoke about the need for Cuban Americans to have "other choices." Her words were about much more than President Obama and the Democrats -- they were about our community.
At the DNC, Bill Clinton restated his successful ideological hybrid of social progressivism, cultural moderation and fiscal responsibility. Barack Obama affirmed these same center-left themes. Let's compare the two speeches.
Big business is doing fine because big business has fixed the game: heads I win, tails you lose. Small and middle-sized businesses are not doing fine because big business has fixed the game. Heads they win, tails you don't.
After thousands of attendees broke into a spontaneous synchronized orgasm during the final moment of President Obama's speech, Karl Yamenski, lone janitor at the Time Warner Arena, recognized that this would be a night for the ages.
Choices in life, as in politics, are generally about better and worse, not about light and darkness. We diminish God when we suppose that the Divine can only bless my football team or my political party.
"Time is relative," Einstein discovered. So, too, is political time. But these two facts together cause many problems, as reflected in current debates over the seemingly simple question, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"