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.
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.