Thinking through Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012
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Thinking through Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012

Atlanta : GA : USA | Sep 02, 2012 at 1:47 AM PDT
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ATLANTA - The days are getting more hectic and more full, both for the partisan and the polite amongst us.

The Republican National Convention gave America a brief glimpse into the collective mindset of the GOP. Some of it, though, was a little incoherent, but nonetheless entertaining.

Ryan, Rubio and Romney (!) spoke to their constituencies and party faithful with, well, familial familiarity. Paul introduced the crowd to his mom and kids, Marco reminisced about his childhood and Mitt doted on the audience like any proud father would.

On the Democratic side of things, the president spoke to soldiers at Fort Bliss and rallied support in Urbandale. The Democratic National Convention has been officially heralded. Let the circus continue. Slightly less invisible chair ranting (so far) than the GOP, but a little more smooth talk and easy promises from the president.

Election years affect different parties in different ways, I guess.

Ebbs and flows, y'know.

Not really sure which is worse at this point.

Regardless of your particular political persuasion, there are things happening that transcend factional divides (Sound the Alarm). The rise in violence in Chicago as well as unprecedented levels of Mexican drug cartel-related violence warrant a little more than the usual political spin.

With so much mainstream media coverage devoted to one of the most partisan presidential races n history, it's a wonder anybody can focus on anything else.

On the recent rise in violent deaths in Chicago:

"Where is the state of emergency for southside Chicago? Black life is priceless! Where is the president of the united states?" via Twitter @OriginalShyne

"It is a social networking that has to do with the people who are most likely to be involved in homicide." --Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

"I've been looking for something for Heaven to wear to heaven," --Ashake Banks, mother of 7-yr old shooting victim Heaven Banks.

On Mexican federal police attacking a CIA van:

"The police here have been heavily infiltrated by organized crime," a local man, who declined to be identified to reporters.

"We can't allow these things to happen, whether it is because of negligence, lack of training, lack of trust or complicity," --Mexican president Felipe Calderon

"I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just — you know — I know — people were wondering — you don't — handle that OK." -- Clint Eastwood

On the 2012 Presidential Race:

"Everything's bad and it's Obama's fault!" --President Obama

"My promise is to help you and your family." --Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney

"He's (President Obama) going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N., and what is going to happen when that happens?” Lubbock County Texas Judge Tom Head

Written by Benjamin Burton Jr.

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