Thoughts on Events the Week of August 24

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 1, 2020

Republican National Convention: I watched even less of this convention than the Democratic one, because I have a weak stomach and because I knew I would get plenty of coverage by MSNBC. Here are a few takeaways:

This convention resembled more conventional ones in that there were events with crowds packed together and maskless for the president’s speech, endangering themselves and those with whom they will come in contact, and setting a bad example for the nation. If at this point you are this obtuse, you deserve what’s coming to you.

It differed from others in that speakers said the opposition would flat out literally destroy the country. I’ve never heard language like that from a sitting president.

It also differed in that Trump and most of the other speakers said that what was happening in the country now is all Biden’s fault, apparently hoping we wouldn’t notice that Trump is the incumbent and has been in office the last several years. How can one be in office for four years and claim not to have had anything to do with what has happened during that time, including some spectacular executive branch failures?

I was happy to hear from Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow that Covid-19 has been eradicated. I was concerned about the pandemic. I was surprised to learn, however, that it was eradicated so long ago that many in the Trump administration seemed never to even have heard of it. “What pandemic?” seemed to be the theme of the convention.

I was intrigued by the Republican platform, which boils down to “whatever Trump wants.” There is no platform. It’s just every Trump whim or impulse. What could possibly go wrong? There hasn’t been anything like this since the Know Nothing Party of 1854-56. The membership of this short-lived party were ignorant bigots and xenophobes, too. How can Republican leaders look at themselves in the mirror?

It was unprecedented, but not surprising that Trump appeared on all four nights of the convention. Not only must Trump be in front of the camera, he can’t stand for anyone else to be in front of it.

I didn’t listen to Trump’s speech, but I heard excerpts. I don’t think I could have stayed awake for more than an hour of that flat monotone voice Trump uses when he is reading from a teleprompter. He is a remedial reader.

As disgusted as I was by this event, I have no doubt that some of his disillusioned base will return and that the race will tighten. This is the way of conventions. But I don’t see suburban women returning. I hope I’m right. After 2016, they still owe us one.

Violence in the streets: It is extremely important to differentiate between protesting, a form of speech protected by the Constitution and looting and rioting, which are crimes. Protests, crimes. Protests, crimes. You see the difference, don’t you? It’s important that everyone does.  

While we’re on the subject of rioting versus protest, what sane society would allow protestors and rioters to be in the same space carrying firearms? It’s asking for easily avoided disaster.

Violation of institutional norms: Why are we even talking about this? Trump breaks actual laws! Why would he have any respect for traditions, rules, or norms? We should stop wringing our hands every time Trump drops a turd in the punchbowl of protocol and focus on his crimes only. Hammer them. They are what really count.

Worst state: What, are the crimes and misdemeanors of the national government not enough for you?

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