I have read and listened to both Clinton’s and Obama’s speeches to their Democrat conference. The former addressing point by the criticism laid at the Obama first term whilst the latter appealing to the voter’s sense of justice, instilling the voter with hope and inspiring an unequalled sense of National fervor few could equal. Before reading the speeches, I was skeptical and indifferent whether the Democrats returned to the White House or not.
After, I was convinced beyond any shred of doubt that Obama must be reelected.
Obama very clearly reduced the coming US election to a simple choice which all elections naturally are but simple recognition of which so often, illusively escapes us. Obama concentrated on contrasting the two parties, and brought to the fore what the choice for the electorate was.
Below is to me the contrast between the two local parties; the choice I will make between re-electing GonziPN and electing the PL will be built on the following elements:
1. Between a GonziPN PM who admits to having difficulty choosing a Cabinet because of the lack of talent within its ranks and a rejuvenated PL bursting at the seams with talent from young energetic candidates, professionals from all disciplines and seasoned politicians.
2. Between a PM who has ruled over his fiefdom with a chosen privileged few and a Movement that embraces all nationals of goodwill irrespective of who they are and exclusively on the basis of what they are.
3. Between a conservative confessional PM, stuck in its preferred ‘divorceless’, ‘IVFless’ ‘cohabitationless’ Malta and a progressive Labour movement that embraces change and progress and emancipation for all minorities.
4. Between the GonziPN that has become the standard and symbol of hypocrisy and the PL for whom what it says will never conflict with what it really means.
5. Between a GonziPN government which cannot distinguish between the natural, expected and obvious minimum achievement after 25 years in power, annually spending Billions of government revenue and borrowing 4.8 billion more to boot and the high achieving standards of a PL government where time and money spent will translate into a real improvement in the hitherto illusive quality of life for ordinary working and middle class Maltese.
6. Between a GonziPN government whose mediocrity is evidenced by its persistent comparison between Malta and the four bankrupt Euro countries in the Mediterranean and the PL whose benchmark is the more successful EU members and its ambition to make Malta the best in the EU.
7. Between a GonziPN riddled with strife, division, internal hatred, bickering, pique, intrigue, marginalizing of members, arrogance over its own and a PL, humble in its endeavors to address its weaknesses but strong and proud in its strengths, human resources, unity and diversity.
8. Between a GonziPN that internally breeds intolerance and indifference to its own Party members outside its inner sanctum and has become the emblem of hatred, systematically hunting down like packs of literary wolves those of opposing views outside its party and a PL which internally sanctions intolerance and celebrates diversity both internally and externally.
9. Between a GonziPN whose sanctimonious confessional pronouncements on the need for sound values even at the risk of losing votes betrays a hypocrisy which defines its very existence and a PL for whom correct, sound policy will always be driven by the values of social justice, upward social mobility and plain old Christian love of one’s neighbour.
10. Between a GonziPN which treats and considers public monies as “easy money”, spending and distributing it as though it were its own and unlimited, with warped priorities such as the millions in a new Parliament and naught for a flooding relief programme over the 25 years of its governance, and a PL obsessed with value and forever the people’s money.