I must say you did a bang-up job on the Republican National Convention this week.
The opening two paragraphs on your website www.gop.com say it all:
The Republican National Convention has arrived! All eyes are on Cleveland as Republicans come together to put our vision for a stronger and more prosperous America on full display.
Uh, one problem here, guys. I have yet to hear anyone speaking at this damn convention say “what” your “vision” is for a “stronger and more prosperous America”. So, my question is, what is it? Like the candidate you’re all “trumping” for (pun intended all the way!), all I’ve heard is a lot of this, that and the other thing but nobody has had the balls or intelligence to actually “explain” how this, that and the other thing are going to get “done”. I’m still waiting to hear how you plan to make the Mexicans build a wall. Is Trump planning to hold a gun to their heads? While you’re considering building a wall between the United States and Mexico, maybe you should also consider building one between Canada and the United States. This may surprise you but there are a lot of foreigners (including Mexicans and Muslims) who live north of the border.
The next four days will be jam-packed with events you won’t want to miss.
I love this line! It appropriately describes the circus this “event” has actually turned out to be! Perfect!
The Convention program features an impressive lineup of speakers that include veterans, political outsiders, faith leaders, and people who know Donald Trump best — his family and longtime friends.
Whoa. You forgot to mention has-been actors. It was nice to see that Scott Baio survived his short-lived kiddie show “See Dad Run” but it was sad to see him dedicate an ounce of his time to this mess.
I love how each evening has a different theme: “Make America Safe Again”, “Make America Work Again”, “Make America First Again”, “Make America One Again”, “Make America Fatter”, “Make America Roll Their Eyes”, “Make America Laugh”, “Make America ________”. Fill in the blank with whatever. I don’t really think it’s right to “make” anyone do something they don’t feel they need to. As Americans we shouldn’t feel “made” to do anything. These themes, although somewhat meaningful, are somewhat oxymorons. For instance, “Make America Safe Again”. By “safe” do you mean “completely” safe? Do you mean putting America in a bubble to protect it from all outside sources? America has never been completely safe. I don’t know of anywhere in the world that is “completely” safe. But to state that you want to “Make America Safe Again”, is not only vague, especially with using the word “safe”, it’s kind of difficult to make something safe “again” when it was not really “safe” to begin with! Maybe what you meant to say was “Make It So Nuts Aren’t Killing People With Guns” or “Make It So Terrorists Cannot Take Down Our Buildings With Airplanes” or “Make It So Our American Children Won’t Be Kidnapped” or “Make It So American Children Won’t Be Abused”. I could go on and on. What I haven’t heard from your camp is “how” you plan on “Making America Safe Again”. So, I want to know. What’s the plan? Should we all start investing in bubble wrap and bullet proof vests or what?
Next was “Make America Work Again”. Sorry, GOP. Using the word “again” again and again is just getting to me. You make it sound like nobody in America is working and that we all need to be put back to work “again”. There will always be some measurement of unemployment. Everyone will not be working all the time and the number of individuals employed in America supersedes the amount of individuals not employed. So, I want to know, GOP. For the individuals in America not working, for whatever reason, what are you going to do to get them to work? Put them to work on building that great wall of yours in Mexico?
Wednesday was “Make America First Again”. First in what? We’ve already been first on the Moon and first to have a Disneyland and Disney World. We’ve also been the first to have a Donald Trump. We could be the first nation to completely destroy itself. First “again”? First again in what? First again at what? Do you mean to make America #1? Were we ever number one? Number one at what? In what? Do you mean to think of America first before any other country? Well, there is the old saying “charity begins at home…” Maybe that’s what you mean? Maybe that’s the main reason Trump has an issue with NATO? Imagine if the tables were turned and America couldn’t foot their part of the NATO bill and because of that the allies decided they couldn’t help us.
Finally, the crème de la crème last night. “Make America One Again”. By “one” do you mean “first”, “number one” or “whole”? I’m not clear on that “one”. If that was the theme, I’m still waiting to gather from Trump’s doll-drum speech how any of what he said is a plan to “make America one—again”. If my recollection of History 101 serves me well, the only time I can recall America was not “one” nation was between 1861 and 1865. Imagine if we had built a wall between the north and the south.
To reflect a bit on Trump’s thrilling speech: Trump may be the voice of some people, but he is not MY voice. I’m certainly not going to let a person like HIM speak for ME! Trump laid out a lot of facts but gave no reasoning behind any of them. Once again, I found it to be a speech of all talk and no action.
As boring as it was, I did pull out some beauties from it. One of my favorites:
Nearly Four in 10 African-American children are living in poverty, while 58% of African American youth are not employed. 2 million more Latinos are in poverty today than when the President took his oath of office less than eight years ago. Another 14 million people have left the workforce entirely.
I really wonder when Trump began to give a shit about blacks and Latinos.
Another one of my faves:
I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves.
This is coming from a greedy bully who has a meltdown if he doesn’t get his way. I wonder how many debates he’s going to refuse to have with his opponent.
Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.
Trump is a businessman with limited knowledge of politics, the “system” or the government. He may THINK he ALONE can fix it. I’d like to see him try to pull that off with Congress. Trump is the type that would actually try to go over Congress to get what he wants. It doesn’t work that way. Trump is forgetting a few things about America: it’s a democracy and we, the citizens of America, are the ones actually in charge. We can hire and we can fire. Think about that for a moment
I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders – he never had a chance.
Actually, Bernie had a very good chance…
But his supporters will join our movement, because we will fix his biggest issue: trade. Millions of Democrats will join our movement because we are going to fix the system so it works for all Americans. In this cause, I am proud to have at my side the next Vice President of the United States: Governor Mike Pence of Indiana.
Ha! Bernie had a good laugh about this one all over Twitter. Bernie supporters follow YOU? When Hell freezes over, you bastard. And as for Pence, he’s just there to kiss your ass.
Speaking of Pence, this next paragraph probably made him wince:
As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.
I wonder how Trump plans to protect his LGBT citizens from a VP who opposes everything about LGBT rights, from gay marriage to transgender bathrooms.
Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be.
Then, why, may I ask, are YOU still here?
In looking over his speech, Trump spent more time talking about Hillary Clinton than anything else. Oh, he did mention making law enforcement better but he didn’t say how he plans on doing that. He talked about improving the economy, improving TSA, improving our infrastructures, improving this, improving that. But I’m still waiting for the “how”. The key is “show don’t tell”, Trump. Shit, I’m still waiting to hear how he’s going to make the Mexicans pay for and build a wall. That mere idea sounds like something a five-year-old would come up with to keep others out of the sandbox!
In a combined four days of speeches, the only one who even remotely made any sense and actually talked about the candidate was Trump’s daughter Ivanka. Then after she spoke her father spoke and contradicted most of what she said. Go figure.
Republicans, the past four days were meant to be an opportunity for you to promote your Republican presidential candidate. What it seemed to turn into was four days of badly written or plagiarized speeches, temper tantrums, air-kisses, awkward moments, booing and hissing. You may have had “themes” for each day but it seems the main topic of each night was Hillary and Obama bashing. The “themes” you established were barely touched upon, if at all. No explanations were given as to “how” any of your “themes” would be accomplished.
I always felt these conventions were the last final “push” to convince people to vote for you. Based on what I saw/heard at this convention, I’m even less convinced now. In fact, the only thing I AM convinced of is who NOT to vote for: TRUMP.