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Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 1 September 2012 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Vice President Joe Biden with Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields of Flint Michigan.

This is the last post in this 'politics' series. Normally I try to be as unbiased as possible in doing photojournalism, with that being said and this being a blog, readers kind of expect some kind of commentary so here it is.

You may have noticed that this series was photographed during two separate political events, an Obama rally that featured Vice President Joe Biden and a Mitt Romney rally. The first difference of note for me in these two events was the make up of people who attended the events. The Obama rally was held in Detroit and the attendees seemed to be more diverse. The Mitt Romney attendees didn't seem to be representative of any American city, work force, or organization I have ever been involved with. The only diversity I saw there was either part of the security team or people with press credentials like myself.

The other difference in these two events was the content what the speakers talked about. Mitt Romney began his speech by criticizing the policies of President Obama while offering little or none of his own. Biden highlighted some of the present administrations accomplishments as well as plans for the future. Sure there was the occasional criticism but it was not the gist of his speech as was the case with Gov. Romney.

I consider myself to be an independent, there are arguments that make sense raised by both liberals & conservatives, but there are some issues I am currently having with some conservatives. I respect your views on right to life but not cuts in social programs that will nurture and educate that life that you value so much. Who gave these men the right to decide what a woman can and can't do with her own body? I agree that our budget should be balanced but why should those wealthiest Americans contribute less of a tax percentage than that of the working class. How is it that you promise jobs in your platform yet have vetoed every jobs bill presented to congress in the last 4 years? I don't understand the obstructionist points of view from people like Mitch McConnell's imperative of making Obama a one-term president, you would rather see the president and the country fail than to contribute to what's best for the country, in my mind that's treason. If you believe marriage should be between a man and a woman, then don't marry someone of the same sex. I also don't understand why so many people claim to love America but hate other Americans. How can this be?

Now I am old and experienced enough to not align myself with a person or political party without doing a little research and engaging in some discourse. I actually believe that political discourse is a good thing, and I am shocked and saddened by the lack of it in this country. I invite you to share your politics, and no matter what they are get out and vote this fall.

Mission Statement:
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.

Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.

Calusarus from ST SORLIN EN VALLOIRE, France

Another professional shot !

1 Sep 2012 9:40am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Well done, Ralph, and I would expect that your Detroit audiences were, by their very nature, modeled by the tough times in your city. I'll wait until after the DNC to decide. As an example of why, the speech from a black mayor (who one might [wrongly] assume would be behind our President), raises questions.

"Mia Love rocked the GOP convention, befuddling every Liberal talking point as she received rousing ovations for her motivating speech," said the article. She said the words every American should hear, "My parents immigrated to the U.S. with $10 in their pocket, believing that the America they had heard about really did exist," Love said. "When times got tough they didn't look to Washington, they looked within." She then described Obama's vision for the country as a "divided one" that she said is "pitting us against each other based on our income level, gender and social status. His policies have failed. We are not better off than we were four years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker or Hollywood campaign ad can change that," she said. "Mr. President, I am here to tell you we are not buying what you are selling in 2012."

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke on a wide range of issues including foreign relations, defense, energy and education issues in her 2012 speech to the RNC. She also shared about her personal experience growing up during the Jim Crow laws. She said, "The world knows that when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny. That is not the America that has inspired others to follow our lead."

1 Sep 2012 1:35pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Thanks for your careful, thoughtful, and always interesting words, Ralph. You don't comment often, but when you do, I want to read it. I am often concerned that people complain but don't learn what's really going on, and then don't vote. I believe would should inform ourselves and be responsible, and talk about the issues, and vote with our conscience.

1 Sep 2012 9:37pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An excellent post in both image and word, Ralph. It exhausts me when I follow the American Presidential elections, for several reasons but mostly the media coverage and utter repetition from "analysts", as well as the mud slinging. If I was American I would vote Democrat almost all of the time, but like you I don't align myself with a narrow-minded way of thinking. Humans are just too complex to be pigeon-holed, categorized, made assumptions of... I just hope the election result is free of undo controversy, and that the President and nation continue to rebound from the nightmare of 2008.

1 Sep 2012 10:30pm