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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The First Part of Our Summer Democracy Events

The first event of our nation’s ongoing march to democracy began yesterday in Cleveland.   The Republican National Convention for 2016 started off with conflict in the afternoon.  The Dump Trump wing of the convention tried to get a rules change, but they were promptly crushed by the Republican convention establishment.  (As opposed to the Republican Party establishment who have chosen to stay away from Cleveland: a number of Republican members of Congress; Mitt Romney and the entire Bush clan.) 

The day culminated in a series of speeches by D-list celebrities. We here at Arteejee are hoping that Clint Eastwood’s chair from the 2012 convention will return for an encore performance.  Clint himself can stay home for all we care. 

This morning members of the left-leaning liberal media are delightfully ticking off all the missteps and snafus from yesterday’s events:

Campaign manager Paul Manafort started the day with a round of talk show interviews trashing Ohio governor and former nomination rival John Kasich;

A “Women for Trump” event which attracted maybe 12 women, and most of those were journalists covering the event for their papers;

The discovery over the weekend that one of the elevators in the convention hall was labeled “White Elevator”, the sign has since been removed;

Kansas GOP Representative Steve King making a jaw-dropping accusation of ethnocentricity at its worst  on live national television, when he questioned what other cultures have contributed to Western civilization more than white/Christian people*;

The Donald upstaging the convention himself by conducting a call in interview with Fox News Bill O’Reilly at the same moment that the mother of a victim of the Benghazi attack is pouring her heart out to the convention and a nationally-televised audience;

The main speech by Trump’s wife Melania was a stirring appeal to patriotism and the American work ethic, but WHAT’S THIS?  This morning there are credible charges that Melania lifted several passages for her speech from a speech which First Lady Michelle Obama made in 2008;

And the circus goes on and on and on…

All of these events just convince me more and more that when it comes to the Republican Party, I firmly believe that “I wouldn’t want to be like you.”

But why should I plagiarize the Alan Parsons Project, when I can play them:


*MSNBC interview with Chris Hays.

(Thank you for reading.  And next week the Democrat circus comes to my town.  Yayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!)


Blogger Raybeard said...

I'm puzzled by the 'again' bit of "Let's make America great again". Exactly which time does it hark back to? Eisenhower? Nixon? Surely not Bush(es)? I'm guessing it's most likely to be Reagan, though that's only my guess. I'm not sure there'd be much consensus about it anyway. Strikes me as being similar to present day attitudes towards the British Empire, some thinking that those were our glory days whilst others of us prefer to draw a veil over the exploitation and ruination of other peoples and countries purely for profit, and would rather such times weren't mentioned at all. Attitudes change over time (at least for some of us), though others still live in a fictional world where the past was totally rosy and was only lost because of changes imposed by the follies of others - never their own. Thus I get the notion that the Republicans blame all that's gone wrong on the Democrats - though I'm quite certain that that can't really be the case. ;-)

Anyway, when it's the turn of the 'blues' I'm sure you'll get some mileage out of that convention too, though I doubt if it's going to be quite as much 'fun' as is now happening in Cleveland. Such a shame that the latter can't seem to see the joke.

July 20, 2016 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Ur-spo said...

Raybeard - I suspect 1814

July 23, 2016 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Thank you Raybeard and Spo. The darker, cynical side of me thinks that the Republicans may consider America lost its greatness when Obama took office. They don't have the balls to say this, as they don't want to appear looking racist...which doesn't explain the events of this last week at all!

No, you are correct about the Republicans blaming all the ills of the world on the Democrats. To be fair we do the same thing to them.

I'll try to get some mileage out of the Democrats this week just to be fair and balanced, but we'll see what happens.

July 23, 2016 at 7:24 AM  

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