Asinine Republican Convention
I have never liked political conventions. They always came off like frat parties for old, white guys. Conventions used to be events held in voluminous convention centers where thousands of Republicans or Democrats would come together to act out their zealous, loud, partisan loyalty for their favorite candidate. The conventions have fundamentally changed this year because of the COVID-19 global pandemic and I hope both parties will learn from the new approaches. Streamlined formats like these should survive.
The Democratic approach wasn’t without a bit of partisan gouging and whacking, but the overall message was a positive portrayal for the future. Most of those who were overly critical of the event probably didn’t watch much of it. The pollsters claimed there was no post-convention bounce for Biden and Harris, but then they are already four to eleven points ahead. So, now we have the Trump Show directed by the Donald’s former reality TV producer, Mark Burnett.
The Republican messaging ricochets from the dark to the light that Biden talked about in his acceptance speech. The Trump team promised a positive, uplifting convention, but the only person who seemed to be even a little encouraging was the First Lady. Most of the speakers focused on what I will call the FOUR FEARS that Trump thinks will get him elected:
- POLITICAL DOGMA: Trump claims that the Democratic party is in the control of some radical left-wing group that wants to destroy America. Trump has painted all Democrats as SOCIALISTS. By pointing to the edges of any group, Trump’s intent is to take the attention away from the facts that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are very much moderate Democrats who would run the country similar to the way Barack Obama did. Trump’s constant use of ad hominem, saying Harris is a nasty, angry woman and Biden is a weak, mentally unhinged person, may incite his base, but after a while it makes one wonder if the other team is truly that bad. Trump is now trying to position Biden as a boogieman. I thought he was a weak, old guy. Which is it, Trump?
- ECONOMIC POWER: Trump claims that he created the greatest economy in the history of the world and that the stock market proves he did a great job. The stock market is more an indication for the owner and investor class, not the middle class. Let’s investigate the facts. When Trump took office we had 4.8% unemployment and now we’re at 10.2%. That’s worse. Two years after President Trump’s corporate tax break was enacted, wages for the average American worker wages have barely increased while corporate profits have skyrocketed. Check out the data at org. The truth is, we will have to raise the corporate tax rate to support the large budgets and massive giveaways Trump signed into law with the PPP program and individual stimulus checks. Money doesn’t grow on trees. And the insanity of eliminating the payroll tax could jeopardize the future funding of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Any politician who supported that would be voted out of office. Trump will make you believe that electing Joe Biden will make our economy worse. Worse than what?
- HEALTHCARE CUTS: A key tenet of Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act was preventing insurance companies from denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Trump will claim he’s the hero on healthcare/prescription pricing and protecting pre-existing conditions, while the cost of healthcare and drugs has gone up 10% during his term in office and “his justice department” is suing to get rid of that pre-existing condition stance. Trump and many of the sycophant Republicans have been trying to get rid of “Obamacare” but have not proposed any positive alternatives for healthcare insurance. In fact, the Republicans in the Senate and House have tried to eliminate the act more than sixty times. Trump will try to make people fear that their pre-existing conditions will be taken away under Biden, but reelecting Donald John Trump with a majority of Republicans in the Senate will guarantee the repeal of that current healthcare provision. They will simply let the Big Pharma fat cats run wild and do whatever they want.
- LAW & ORDER. This gets Trump aroused like a demonic dictator. Unfortunately for Democrats, the world is responding to racial tensions driven by the continual misconduct and, at times, abuse of power and authority by police departments in America, which surely smells like racism to me. After the recent shooting of a Black man and the ensuing unrest, people in Wisconsin are crying out for LAW AND ORDER, and I’m not talking about the TV show. The rioting and now a possible vigilantly shooting clearly demonstrates the divide Trump has created. He and his criminal cabal of propagandists are trying to make you believe that looting, burning and destruction of property are manifestations of the Democratic party. Fox News personality Tucker Carlson has suggested that the killing of Black protesters in Wisconsin is justified. The President of the United States is screeching that people of color will come to the suburbs and burn everything down if Joe Biden is elected president. He’s combining hate, racism and fear into a toxic cocktail of lies that ALL DEMOCRATS WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA. Trump misses the point when he says Biden, Harris and all Democrats hate America. They hate him.
This asinine RNC political convention we’ve seen was abusive use of media and a disgrace to the working people of America as evidenced by African American NBA players walking off the job. If the President and his minions had addressed unrest, bias, racism and systemic police brutality with Blacks, things would not have gotten this bad. It’s amazing how this President is tone-deaf and unaware of the new America. We’re not afraid, Mr. President, we are angry and we will be heard. America will reject your fear mongering, Donald Trump. We aren’t afraid of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, we are afraid of COVID-19 and police brutality. We want a president who can protect us from a bad virus and some bad cops. Are you listening or just talking, Donnie Boy?
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