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Straight talk – Monica Guerra

In my Economics class today we were analyzing the different types of persuasion, and the types of persuasion that the candidates use all the time.

I watch these debates hoping that both candidates will actually talk about the subjects instead of talking without saying anything. I feel the VP debate was kind of like that.

This debate is much different from the other ones. Finally the candidates are getting more specific about what they want to do. Obama to me has gotten more to the point than McCain.

The moderator asked about what would be the order of priority: Energy, Education, or Healthcare. Obama went straight to the point and said 1) Energy: because gas costs so much, so many countries are getting all this money from us. We need to get renewable energy. 2) Health Care: People can’t afford health care. 3) Education. While McCain on the other hand just said “we can tackle all three” and then used the persuasion technique that his VP does. That technique is called “common folk” in which the candidate tries to relate and seem that they are alike the people to get their sympathy

Taxes: Obama said specifically he would cut taxes for 95% of the people and people who made under $250,000 would not see a change. McCain gave absolutely NO NUMBERS, or didn’t say who he considered the “middle class,” he also said Obama is TAXING people but didn’t say WHO. For example, Obama is increasing the taxes of A LOT of rich people, and McCain is saying that he’s increasing a lot of taxes. He didn’t say what group is getting increased.


During the debate one of the members in the audience asked what the candidates would do about the environment in the first two years of their presidency. McCain in the beginning mentioned off shore drilling before this question and was talking about how much we needed it. Then when this question was asked he started to talk about how we need more green jobs and a lot of other things that we need to do to help the environment. Me personally I don’t agree with him at all. If we have off shore drilling then that will harm our water and it will be worse than drilling on land. We have more oil spills than we have barrels of oil and it’s bad enough that we have oil spills on land all how it flows into our waters, but if we have it drilling in our waters and oil the oils spills will happen and we will be harming sea animals, have less clean water than we do now, and it will flow all over the earth.

I Made It

Savidge for America made it into Mile-High Stadium tonight, and got to watch as Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination. However, the combination of ridiculous amounts of walking (apparently, INVESCO Field is approximately 7,000 miles from anything) and lack of sleep for the past few days (although my average of five hours pales in comparison to the all-nighters some of our producers have endured) mean that I am at risk of falling on this laptop asleep any second now. So some quick analysis of the Obama speech: while it didn’t have the oratory flash of earlier Obama addresses like the one he gave in New Hampshire (which saw the birth of “Yes We Can” as the campaign slogan), it did something much more important by showing what he means. There has been some frustration with Democrats who didn’t know what “Change” means, even though it would be thrown out all the time – Obama made a good decision by saying, “Change means…” many times in the speech.

It’s been a great experience here in Denver, I should be back for a wrap-up tomorrow, but I’ll be moving into college (go badgers) so it might be a little late.

Protests at the DNC

Youth Radio reporters Clare Robbins and Martin Macias were in downtown Denver today, profiling the various protests outside of the Pepsi Center perimeter. There was a big mix of causes being voiced, everything from anti-capitalists to people favoring a direct democracy, but it seemed the message of hope and change that was so popular inside the convention hall was popular outside of it as well. Activist recommended that protesters here in Denver took the more positive message so they could be more effective, since those political buzzwords have been so popular recently.

I think it’s a good idea for the activists to use this change message the way Barack Obama has, although the branding can only do so much. Sure, they might be more successful in getting a start to their issue, but I’d guess that once many people heard the causes the more radical groups support, they might be turned off. Some groups can be very effective on this stage, like those that hold government officials accountable to campaign promises and those bringing attention issues like climate change. But for the extreme protesters, like the anti-capitalists, how they deliver a message won’t matter much – I don’t think most people are buying what they’re selling.

DNC Youth Guide: Wednesday

The Democratic National Convention’s youth council has a handy booklet filled with events designed for young people in Denver. Here’s what they have scheduled for Wednesday:

DNCC Delegatte Service Day: At 10:00 a.m. at locations thruought Denver, delegates can take part in “projects designed to help delegates give back to the DNCC host city.” The event will include appearances from Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter and Michelle Obama. For more information, e-mail info@democratswork.org, or call (310) 405-8514

Lift Every Voice for Reproductive Justice: From 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Denver Athletic Club (1325 Glenarm Place in Downtown Denver), attendees can RSVP and find more information here. The reception will include music and discussions from religious leaders about reproductive health and justice.

Democratic Youth Nation Watch Party: 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center (you know, the place with the big blue bear looking into it), this event is open to all youth delegates and other young people, although space is limited. Contact A’shanti Fayshel Gholar at youthcouncil@dnc.org for more information and to register.

Psychadelic Pshowcase

You don’t need to take shrooms to go on a crazy psychadelic ride! Just drop by the de Young Museum for the Dale Chihuly Exhibit of glass sculptures, figures, and gardens.

The exhibit features over a dozen rooms of glass sculptures created by Team Chihuly, followed by a documentary at the end showing how the pieces were created. It showcases everything from fantastical gardens of colorful glass plants to Chihuly’s glass interpretations of Native American woven baskets. The exhibit employs light to showcase the bright and exuberant colors Chihuly uses. Chihuly incorporates nature into his pieces, including “Reeds”, which features purple irridescent glass rods emerging from logs strewn about the ground. Chihuly also immitates nature in his flat disc-like orange and yellow pieces, which are reminiscent of sea anemones and mysterious aquatic life forms.

In the video after, and from the Audio Tour (which is definitely worth the extra $6), I learned that Chihuly was influenced by everything from delicate Japanese floral arrangements called Ikebana, to how glass breaks when thrown into the water.

It’s worth a visit, so drop by the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park to see the show.

To learn more about the show: http://www.famsf.org/deyoung/exhibitions/exhibition.asp?exhibitionkey=819

To learn more about the artist: http://www.chihuly.com/