This is an election year in America, people here will vote to elect new or reelect the current president. The race is heating up, TV ads are growing, soon debates will start, recently Republicans and Democrats both finished their conventions. I was listening to some of the speeches which were delivered at these conventions and was surprised to hear the quality of these speeches, most of them were full of self praise, speakers were challenging emotions of audience, they were full with artificial emotions. How will you feel when a wife of billionaire speaks that she knows how it feels to make both ends meet, she claims to understand the struggle common man and women face in day to day life and height is that people clap for this and some of them even cry after hearing this??? Some speakers make free reference to their religious beliefs, I personally believe that religion and politics should not be mixed together but unfortunately almost in every country religion plays dominant role in politics. They harped about their personal success stories, achievements, family members and many other things which are not at all relevant with politics and the issues which this country is facing today. Even candidates wife spoke about them..I wonder why they have to speak about their husband at a political rally? why does it required? and what people expect to hear from them except unrestricted praise about their husband and family. No doubt that some of the speeches were excellent but for me most of them were disappointing and sounded very staged and artificial.
Presidential debates are fun to watch and are very important part of presidential election in USA. I wish something like this they start in India. I used to think that politics in US is fought at different level and with different style than in India, but it's not true. It's all the same. In India where I live (Maharashtra) that state has produced many great orators and I have heard many of them, even may current political leaders can deliver much better (or at least similar) speeches than what we heard at these conventions. I wonder how american people tolerate all this nonsense. May be because they don't have many parties to choose from, sadly they have only tow choices may be that's why they cheer to whatever they listen as they know that this is all one can get...these conventions made one thing very clear if politics in India is dirty then here also it's not that different.
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