Bumpy road to success

James Leafs of Boise Idaho wrote: “The journey to success is a long hard road that many start but few finish.” (in: Success) Many persons have to struggle through life and find it not easy to get success. The 15 year old writer recognises that at first we may start our journey and for a little while it seams easy and then you see an easy to fix problem so you fix it. But I think if life would be so easy that we can fix all the problems as they come along, it would be marvellous, ‘supercallidosiuous’.

Expectations and limitations

But in the world there are many people who want to see that others can do miracles and solve all the problems like it is nothing.

Some people, confronted with many difficulties would either prefer to vanish for  this place or to be back in the past, when they were still a toddler, not having to worry about anything.

Four years ago many people also wanted a miracle worker who could clear up the mess the previous president had left behind. But they did not want to think about the time in which such a lumber could be brought in good order again. the man they choose to do the dirty work is right now not to want to turn back. Though many Americans would prefer to see the clock turned backed even more than one century.

Wanting it easy

Today everybody wants everything for nothing. Most of the people also think they should get everything also from the state, which is responsible for everything, so they say.

People want to live in a world where we can desire easy. All want to enjoy life without having to suffer through troubles of any kind. We want to walk around and do what makes us happy. We want to drive on the smooth road.

Then when things don’t go our way or the road gets bumpy, we cry out to God to deliver us from all of this calamity. And we look at the world and blame it for our misfortunes. when everything goes all right we do not know God, or do not want to know of Him. But as soon as something goes wrong we blame Him.

But for the North Americans the last few weeks they seem to have found two other figures to blame for their misery. Two divided camps offer the Punch and Judy for the political circus of the Presidential elections of 2012.

Looking forward

Barack Obama wants to look forward and continue his way for everybody, not just for the few rich ones. He doe snot want to leave some one behind. “We pull each other up.” he courageously and friendly says. “If this sounds like the America you believe in, keep us moving forward.”

Foto: If you're fired up right now, if you've got Barack Obama's back, then own a piece of this campaign. Pitch in now: http://OFA.BO/p7kHsf

For the Democrats it is clear that corporations are not people, and perhaps they may contribute a lot to the United States, it always shall be the people who make the country.

Sharing Feelings

Differently than at the Republican convention we could see the same attitude which has run through the four years of presidency of Barack Obama. It was not suddenly at this convention that all the registers had to be opened to show that Obama has a heart and does recognise that people have hearts. It was not suddenly that Obama had to prove that he had kids around him in which he wants to invest time and wants to give them a future. For him it is better that the world sees that he to is just an ordinary man with a family having to tackle all small inconveniences and daily troubles.  But he knows that the future for his kids is as important for the kids of other Americans.

Those Americans have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die, and that matters. And we should all be aware that that matters, and that it not only concerns those persons, but also all those around them. They and those around them make up a community, and the many communities make up a state, in which all should be in together.

Industry and middle class

Upbeat VP Joe Biden, not in conflict with the National Football League which had to move the Kickoff game, may have surprised the crowd with a genuinely moving hymn to the U.S. auto industry and its embattled workers (not to mention the president’s role in rescuing them from certain doom). He was at his best when he spoke quietly and convincingly about the importance of the industry to America’s cultural psyche… the kind of intangible value that a pragmatist like Romney would overlook in favour of the accountant’s balance sheet.

Would America prefer to see dismantle what generations before have built to ensure that everybody can enter and stay in the middle class? All over the industrialised countries we can see the middle class become poorer and poorer, and often because it is lured into the downfall by the corporations and monetary institutions.

“Now we need to make a choice…a choice between a country where the middle class pays more so that millionaires can pay less, or a country where everybody pays their fair share, so we can reduce the deficit and create the jobs of the future.” said 37-year old San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. “It’s a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts Pell Grants, or a nation that invests more in education. It’s a choice between a politician who rewards companies that ship American jobs overseas, or a leader who brings jobs back home…this is the choice before us … Our choice is a man who has always chosen us. A man who already is our president, Barack Obama.”

Survey results

The Huffington Post interviewed 74 convention-goers in Charlotte, North Carolina last week. They aimed for asking 100 attendees the same four questions, but as happened with their informal survey at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., they ran out of time.

Of the 74 they talked to, 42 said they wanted to see the secretary of state in the Oval Office. Ten people said they fancied San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who gave the keynote speech at the convention, and six picked first lady Michelle Obama.

“She’d make a damn good president,” said John Gibson, 53, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., regarding the first lady. “She makes a damn good mom, I know that. Lady’s got a hellacious speaking manner, just like him [President Obama].”

If Romney beats Obama

Convention-goers also were relatively unified in what they would do if Romney beat Obama in November: cry, pray and consider moving out of the country.

Sixteen said — albeit jokingly — that they would think about leaving the United States, naming Canada, Italy, Costa Rica, Spain and Brazil as countries they would flee to. Ten people said they would simply cry, and another 10 said they would get down on their knees and start praying for the country. {Democratic Convention Survey: Party Faithful Contemplate Canada If Mitt Romney Wins}

Former president Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton lent his own superstar lustre to the convention coming in slowly on the music which is remembered from his previous candidacy. He had a good timing and knew how to play the audience at his hands. For sure there where no grunts against Obama, and they looked to be the best friends. I loved the way how he looked at the audience and said: “We left him a total mess [in 2008], he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in.” referring to the previous president and  government who continuously worked against Obama.  He astutely characterized the president as “a man who’s cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside.”

His supporters, nevertheless, claim that most of the issues that are weighing him down were inherited from the previous administration, and Obama is merely cleaning up the mess; two unpaid wars, the worst economic depression in 80 years, a broken national health care system, the battered international reputation of the United States, and a horrific job market crash, were just some of the issues he had to contend with.

With Clinton the public got a speaker of profession, with a clear policy and plain old common sense fusing it with passion into a clear and compelling message. In case not many Americans did understand that message that it is better to work together than having each person working for himself, than I do not understand if they are willing to see what can happen with their country if they prefer it to follow the ones who want to go back to ‘dream time pictures of ‘would be’ instead of have been’. There are too many Americans who want to believe in the fairy tale of a so called Judeo Christian period and Judeo Christian values of Pilgrim fathers, but they do not see what they just wanted to escape and what for beautiful ideas they had about democracy.

Worth earning

Many Americans should get to know that success in America, or somewhere else, is something earned rather than given freely. Government can’t fix everything but is also not responsible for everything. People should take up their responsibility to. And they should not only watch for themselves, but be interested in the welfare of others also. “Not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington,” Obama said, and also wanted that people would have more feeling for each other, willing to share more with each other. The president spoke persuasively of the need for balance between entrepreneurship and responsible citizenship… for replacing the “What’s in it for me?” mentality with “What can we do together?”

The President has cut taxes for working Americans and small business owners, the actress Ms Longoria said, while Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wants to cut taxes for wealthier people like her.

The American dream

“Barack knows the American dream because he’s lived it, and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity,” said his flourishing wife. In her 25 minutes speech Michelle Obama she wanted us to believe that her husband knows what it means when a family struggles and that he knows what it means to want something more for your kids and grandkids.

She spoke movingly about their early years–about how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was “rusted out” and found his furniture “in a dumpster,” how they both came from families that had to “scrape by.” But really they were very fortunate to belong to an elite already and that they could have gone to a very expensive law school. So you can wonder how difficult it must be in the States for the less fortunate. (“Barack often told a story of hardship on the campaign trail in 2008 about having his credit card declined–once. The fact that he thought this counted as real hardship speaks volumes.” says Paulette Yates Corry)Foto: If this sounds like the America you believe in, stand with the President and First Lady for four more years: http://OFA.BO/Q6iqpY

Charting his own course and holding the country to it

However, the biggest question among Obama his detractors is whether President Obama is capable of charting his own course and holding the country to it. His concessionary approach is gradually being interpreted as a symbol of his indecisiveness and lack of conviction – which under the present socio-economic conditions and the Republican-dominated Congress, is threatening to consign the nation into a rudderless second term of his presidency. Furthermore, the more liberal section of his support base is increasingly dismayed by his apparent shift to the centre, which is seen by many as a capitulation in the face of a sustained conservative onslaught. There are growing calls for him to stand his ground and to fight for the cause of the people that elected him.

After the convention

Foto: President Obama got a lift in Fort Pierce, Florida today (by a pizzeria owner who can bench-press 350 pounds and was really happy to see him).Yesterday President Obama got a lift in Fort Pierce, Florida today (by a Republican pizzeria owner who can bench-press 350 pounds and was really happy to see him).

You can imagine when members of the republican party also openly show their liking of Obama, several people can understand having the Romney campaign receiving a ‘zero’ bounce in the polls after its own Convention in Tampa.

Power of money

Big problem, and great danger, of the American system is that money can say all and that the combination of its superior fund-raising machine and a weak economy with unemployment at 8.1 per cent still put Mr Romney on course to win in November.

“The key numbers in this election are the 43 straight months of 8 per cent or higher unemployment, the 23 million Americans struggling to find work, and the 47 million Americans who are on food stamps,” Mr Newhouse added.

Despite Mr Obama delivering a speech that was widely rated as “uninspiring” by many pundits from both sides of the political spectrum, three polls released since the end of the Democratic Convention have shown Mr Obama five points or more ahead. {US election 2012: Barack Obama pulls clear in four polls}

A CNN poll showed put the President on 52 per cent to Mr Romney’s 46 per cent among likely voters – a significant shift from before the Democratic convention when both were at 48 per cent.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday showed Mr Obama leading Mr Romney 43-37 per cent; a Gallup tracking poll put Mr Obama 49-44 per cent lead, while an automated poll Rasmussen Reports, whose results have favoured Republicans this campaign, put the President 50-45 ahead.

However Whit Ayres, an independent Republican pollster, said it was still far too early to read too much into the latest numbers, predicting that all the signs were the race would remain tight until November.


“The RealClearPolitics average put Mr Obama just 2 per cent ahead, which is roughly back to where he was at the start of August,” he told The Daily Telegraph, “this electorate is so polarized, I don’t expect either side to take a huge lead.”
In August, the Democrats closed the fundraising gap with Mitt Romney and the Republicans for the first time since April. Despite raising $111m in August – $3m less than the Obama campaign – the Romney camp has maintained an overall fund-raising advantage, with an early advertising blitz depleting the Obama coffers while the Romney ‘war chest’ exceeded the Obama’s by $62m in July.

Around the corner

The coming weeks lots of debate shall go on between the two camps.

Both parties shall have to show the public what they really want for all the people of America and how they can try to succeed in their aspirations and fulfil the goals they set in front of their party. The perseverance has to finish its work so that they may feel strengthened but that others can believe in them and feel also strengthened.

Nobody can see around the corner which also makes that some may think success is to far to get to so they quit or are not interested in all that political play.

Though for the future of the United States and for the position in the world of this world-leader it shall be important which face the States is wiling to show after November. the world is in a financial crisis and it needs solutions very soon. Problem is that too many American businesses have to say too much on the world-market and that too many eyes are fixed on the success or failing of the United States of America.

The Americans should be aware of the importance of their vote and should know they themselves also carry a lot of the future success of their country in their hands.

Whatever happens they always should remember that  the ones who keep going find success and shall be able to meet there goal, but those who quit never find success.

Those who want to give the population of the New World also a prosperous future may not quit on their journey to find find success and may not quit pushing  through the hardships of life.

Nobody can reach success without hardships and trials.


DNC 2012 Convention report cards: Grading the speeches

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  • Bumpy Road (journeybits.wordpress.com)
    I hear the Lord saying to hold on and continue down that road for smooth ground is on the way.  Sing praises to His name with a heart of thanksgiving. Rejoice and be glad for He is not through with you yet. This may not be the most desirable path, but it’s the path God has purposed for you!
  • Video: Detailed History of Barack Obama’s Left-wing Background – “It’s a Miracle” (genomega1.wordpress.com) or Video: Detailed History of Barack Obama’s Left-wing Background – “It’s a Miracle” (lettingfreedomring.com)
    Barack Obama said something stunning. He thinks that government is responsible for private sector success, not individual initiative and hard work. This doesn’t surprise Bill Whittle, who reminds viewers that Obama was surrounded by socialists growing up, and even started his political career in the living room of a radical, violent socialist. See a detailed history of Barack Obama’s left-wing background, on this Afterburner.
  • RICK HOLMES: The real deal on Obama’s ‘new deal’ (tauntongazette.com)
    In a week spent celebrating his first term, Barack Obama’s greatest domestic achievement was barely mentioned.Victims of a kind of Stockholm Syndrome, they’ve spent four years absorbing myths generated by their opposition: the myth that Obama made health reform his first priority, that he did nothing to create jobs, that his policies failed, that his campaign was built on gauzy promises that never came to anything.

    It fell to Bill Clinton to challenge that narrative. The economic crisis was the first thing Obama did, signing the massive, multi-faceted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act within a month of taking office.

    “The Recovery Act saved and created millions of jobs and cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people,” Clinton said. “In the last 29 months the economy has produced about 4.5 million private sector jobs. But last year, the Republicans blocked the president’s jobs plan costing the economy more than a million new jobs.”

    “We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together,” Obama pledged that January day, and the stimulus jump-started thousands of projects to do just that.
  • Economist says ‘bumpy road’ ahead (independentmail.com)
    Yandle said Monday from his home in Clemson. “In fact, we human beings live in two different worlds in terms of what is going on economically.”
    South Carolina, he said, is poised for growth compared to the rest of the Southeast, in part because it did not suffer the housing bust that struck the metro Atlanta area and because it has a mix of industry.
    Yandle said he’s not optimistic the national economy will bounce back in the next year. Look for change by 2014, he wrote, and an annual growth rate of about 2 percent — “not enough to mop up unemployment.”

    “We’ve turned the corner more significantly in South Carolina, but we are riding on a bumpy road with a low speed limit,” Yandle said. “We’re getting somewhere but we are not getting there fast.”

  • TRANSCRIPT: Mayor Julian Castro’s DNC keynote address (kens5.com)
    America didn’t become the land of opportunity by accident. My grandmother’s generation and generations before always saw beyond the horizons of their own lives and their own circumstances. They believed that opportunity created today would lead to prosperity tomorrow. That’s the country they envisioned, and that’s the country they helped build. The roads and bridges they built, the schools and universities they created, the rights they fought for and won—these opened the doors to a decent job, a secure retirement, the chance for your children to do better than you did.
    And that’s the middle class—the engine of our economic growth. With hard work, everybody ought to be able to get there. And with hard work, everybody ought to be able to stay there—and go beyond. The dream of raising a family in a place where hard work is rewarded is not unique to Americans. It’s a human dream, one that calls across oceans and borders. The dream is universal, but America makes it possible. And our investment in opportunity makes it a reality.

    It’s a choice between a country where the middle class pays more so that millionaires can pay less—or a country where everybody pays their fair share, so we can reduce the deficit and create the jobs of the future. It’s a choice between a nation that slashes funding for our schools and guts Pell grants—or a nation that invests more in education. It’s a choice between a politician who rewards companies that ship American jobs overseas—or a leader who brings jobs back home.
    This is the choice before us. And to me, to my generation and for all the generations to come, our choice is clear. Our choice is a man who’s always chosen us. A man who already is our president: Barack Obama.
  • Michelle Obama pays tribute to her husband in convention speech (latimes.com)
    In a seemingly veiled swipe at Romney, whom the Obama campaign has attacked as a ruthless profiteer, the first lady said, “We learned about honesty and integrity. That the truth matters. That you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules, and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.”
  • Will convention ‘reset” bring Dem voters to polls? (cnn.com)
    When thousands of Democrats descended on Charlotte the weekend of Labor Day, the spirit of the party faithful could very well be summed up by the title of a wonderful song by Joe Sample and Lalah Hathaway, “When Your Life Was Low.”
    While many in the media have decried Obama’s speech as not having the normal oratory flair of others he’s delivered, it’s critical to understand that it was an in-your-pew speech that connected in a much more personal way than he has done in the past. Everything ain’t champagne and caviar. Regular folks eat meat, rice and gravy!
  • Super Short DNC Summary (awomanphenomenally.com)
    In order of post, the speeches include are President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, and Sarah Fluke.
    I would like to note that in all of the speeches that follow, there was a strong rhetoric of bipartisanship and cooperation needed for success in the next administration.
  • Emanuel: Obama “a once in a generation president” (cbsnews.com)
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s full remarks from the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Obama, Democrats to make their case as convention opens (reuters.com)
    Democrats launch their case for U.S. President Barack Obama’s re-election at his nominating convention on Tuesday, looking to draw a sharp contrast with Republican rival Mitt Romney and convince voters that Obama has the more sensible plan for economic recovery.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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