Phil Harris

My generation has witnessed a change during our lifetime. It is has crept up on American families, like some kind of toe fungus; climbing almost imperceptibly up our collective legs over the course of many years. I am aware of it as are my elders, but today's younger generations have no clue.

I used to believe this was limited to the quality of goods. Local stores sold merchandise intended to last for generations. Furniture was made in America by American craftsmen. We used to buy such items at a reasonable cost, and there existed a bonus. Often, these investments in quality could be passed down to our descendants.

Over time, mega retailers have eliminated this concept. The local shops have been squeezed out and the masses have blindly opted for cheap instead. That nightstand that stood proudly by mom and dad's bed, perhaps destined to stand for coming generations used to be made of walnut, oak, or cherry wood.

Now it is made of pressed sawdust and glue, covered with veneer. At best it is a real wood veneer, but more likely it is some kind of plastic counterfeit. The nightstand of today is unlikely to survive moving day, much less be passed down to a nostalgic grandchild.

It is this ignorant acceptance of cheap counterfeits that has captivated the hopes and dreams of youth in the Democratic Party. Barack Obama's big speech at the Democrat National Convention was well delivered, but as usual it was wrapped in empty platitude, designed to look and sound beautiful to a society that feels the pressure of life's difficulties.

Unfortunately, the speech and all of its promises are worth as much as a designer life preserver. The fabric is lovely and oh how stylish it makes the wearer look, but it is missing an important element. There is nothing inside that will actually keep the wearer above water. It is a counterfeit life preserver that has no ability to actually float.

Barack Obama is as counterfeit as you can get. He spoke of family members who were notably American in some way, a grandfather who served in the army and grandmother who helped to build bombers, yet Obama himself has no such credentials. In fact, he seems to be more enamored by his African roots, beginning his speech with a reference to his father, a goat herder from Kenya.

Barack Obama stands for the democrats (and many media analysts) as someone who is well qualified for the highest executive job in the world. Yet he has no such credentials, no executive experience whatsoever, and his only claim to fame in his legislative career is that he has been running for President.

Phil Harris

Phil Harris is a software engineer, author of Cry for the Shadows and blogs at Citizen Phil.

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