Back To The Good Old Days…

2016-07-27_08-07-15.pngIf you know me you are probably puzzled about the title of this post.  For the most part I believe that the “good old days” just weren’t that good, but there are a few exceptions.

Before I get to the crux of this post’s title I want to give you my other views of day 2 of the Democratic convention. One of the main thing that hit me was how all the networks seem to be viciously searching  for controversy. They cover very little of the actual proceedings.  That is very different than the good old days where you could actually listen to at least some of the speakers. Now they spend their time talking to the political pundits and searching for the sensational and telling you what you are supposed to think.

But there was a gem in the middle of this media dung hill. It is a place where no one is giving their “expert” opinion about this or that.  Instead it is about allowing the viewer to  form their own opinions and to view the proceedings and without commercials!  That place is called C-Span.  We used to view the conventions in the good old days as places to gather facts and views which maybe are not on our agenda.

I watched the calling of the roles for votes.  Yes, all the States give silly commentary about themselves before they announce their numbers but in a way that is what the convention is all about.  Of course I recognize when the spin machine is on, which is about all the time,  threading through that is part of the fun in the good old days.

So for the rest of this convention I will be watching it in low resolution on the C-Span channel.

 

Democratic Convention: Day 2

To me Day 2 of the convention was about the adoring spouse, Bill Clinton that is. Sometimes I forget just how good he is at “spinning a story”. Yeah, some think he rambles too much but I just think he likes to tell a good story and the story about his wife was a good one.  He talked of the good times and the bad and how Hillary was there for the family.

“My daughter had the best mother in the whole world,” he said tonight, adding that Hillary was “first and foremost” a mother, “our family’s designated worrier” who only worried about Bill’s parenting when he took a couple days off with Chelsea to watch all six “Police Academy” movies “back-to-back.” He described Hillary on her knees, lining Chelsea’s Stanford dorm room drawers with paper when their daughter moved to college, until Chelsea told them it was time to leave.

He never mentioned Donald Trump, the man he used to be friendly with and play golf with. He simply alluded to the way the Republican convention had tried to turn Hillary into a “cartoon” villainess. “Life in the real world is complicated and hard,” he said, and “a lot of people think it’s boring.”“One is real, the other is made up,” he said of the caricature of Hillary. “You nominated the real one.”

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Convention: Day 2 – The New York Times

I know Mr. Trump’s winning strategy is to put down his opponents with the most insulting and false accusations possible. He is good at that but I kind of think that those who bothered to watch Bill’s speech last night got a very different story which I hope sticks to many.  It is obvious to anyone who has watched her over the ages that Hillary is a very guarded person when it comes to a public persona.  She wants to be known for her intelligence and insight, not the softer side that she obviously has.  Giving us the softer side Bill helped make her a person and not at all as Trump portrays. Has she made some mistakes?  Sure she has, anyone who makes critical decisions or a regular basis is bound to do that.

Day 2 of the convention made it a little easier for me to press the Hillary button come this fall.  I didn’t really need help in deciding which button to push.  I would have voted for anybody but Trump, but I now feel easier that she is the person for the Oval Office.

I am saving part of my observations of this day’s convention for an afternoon’s post entitled “The Good Old Days”. It will be about the media’s coverage of this and last week’s events.  It will be about sensationalism. Tune in later for that.

It will certainly be interesting to see a president and a past president occupy the White House at the same time.. I hope Hillary takes some of Bill’s advice the same way as I’m sure he took her’s when he sat in the Oval Office…

‘Indiana Hates Mike Pence As Much As Indiana Jones Hates Snakes’

Since there is nothing much happening at the Democratic convention yet, I thought I would get out another Pence post.

If I believe the number of “Dump Pence” signs in my area I can see that many in Indiana don’t care much for our governor and am glad he, like Sarah Palin before him, is headed to oblivion come the Trump defeat this November. Simply speaking he hooked his horse to the wrong political wagon.

“Indiana voters hate Pence as much as Indiana Jones hates snakes,” the comedian said during her opening monologue on “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” Monday night.

“Who is Mike Pence?” Bee asked during the segment. “If you’re a lady Hoosier, you may recognize him as the governor who inspected your reproductive organs every 30 days to make sure you weren’t using them …

“Congratulations Indiana! You just got rid of one of the worst governors you’ve ever had,” she said, while offering condolences to the Garden State.

“I’m sorry New Jersey, you were this close,” she said while holding her thumb and forefinger barely apart.

Source: Samantha Bee: ‘Indiana Hates Mike Pence As Much As Indiana Jones Hates Snakes’

I have never seen anything by Samantha Bee but the quotes above are funny in a crude way.

Unchallenged Claims….

The media had a lot to talk about last week in the RNC convention. Not so much so far with the Democrat side. Except for a very small (<5%) of the delegates there is just not much controversy.

But once the evening arrived, the Sanders dead-enders were subjected to an absolute blitzkrieg of unity. There was Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman doing a bit with Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) — and ad-libbing, “Can I just say to the Bernie or Bust people, you’re being ridiculous.” There was Michelle Obama, giving a speech so terrific and basking in such a tide of love from the audience that you almost expected her to ascend to the sky on a chariot made of pure light. Then came progressive hero Elizabeth Warren, and finally Sanders himself.

It didn’t solve the problem entirely — throughout the evening there were periodic moments when a few people would begin some chant or other in an attempt to distract from what was going on up on the stage, and Warren in particular had to speak over persistent chanting. But it soon became clear that it was just a small number of Sanders dead-enders — according to some accounts, it was coming entirely from the California delegation and may have been fewer than a dozen people — even if they were able to make an unusual amount of noise. When they began chanting over Rep. Keith Ellison during his introduction of Sanders in an apparent attempt to drown out his praise of the Vermont senator, it took on a surreal cast.

Source: Bernie Sanders’ devastating rebuke to ‘Bernie or Bust’

With not much to say about the Democrats yet, so this post is about something that came up on Sunday. Before the convention started I watched a CNN segment with Carl Bernstein, of the “Woodward and Bernstein” fame. He was screaming about how the media coverage of the current political campaigns is pitiful in that the press is not doing anything to counter ridiculous political claims by the candidates and their supporters. They allowed Trump and his backers to say anything and don’t bother to seek out the truthfulness of the claims! To him investigative reporting is dead in the U.S. media and I kind of agree.

The press/media serves a vital purpose in our democracy. We, the public, expect them to seek out truth in our political processes so that the voters can make informed decisions. Letting grandiose claims go without investigation is dangerous to our democracy.

I hear the political pundits say that political organizations don’t matter much anymore.  Instead it is social media that drives our political processes.  If that means that unfounded accusations and “facts” go without scrutiny then that is certainly a bad thing.  At least to this senior citizen…

Convention Report – A Wrap Up…

I am so relieved that the GOP conventions is finally over. Perhaps this will be their last one. Who knows?? As pointed by the quote below Mr. Trump sees a vastly different America than I do. But then again he probably sees EVERYTHING vastly different than I do.

Throughout this campaign, whenever he has talked about America, it’s only been to claim that the country is a bottomless pit of suffering and despair. The unemployment rate is over 40 percent! Crime is skyrocketing! Terrorists are everywhere! Illegal aliens are pouring over our borders like never before! We don’t make anything! We never win anymore! The whole world is laughing at us!…

And that’s what he served up Thursday night: a litany of horrors, painting a picture of the dark present which only he and he alone can deliver us from, all presented with over an hour of relentless, loud, sweaty shouting….

There were no interesting turns of phrase, no themes introduced and repeated, no rhythm, no emotional crescendo, and certainly nothing to suggest that its authors gave the barest thought to trying to persuade any voter who hasn’t already bought his “Trump That Bitch” t-shirt.

But it will be remembered nonetheless, for how well it captured Donald Trump’s personality and campaign. It was ugly and blunt and narcissistic and frightening, and if it had nothing but bad things to say about America? Well what could describe Donald Trump’s candidacy better than that?

Source: Donald Trump’s acceptance speech was both ghastly and absurd. How fitting.

The last four days have been very depressing, I can’t imagine what they would have been like if I hadn’t limited my exposure to a severe degree.  No, I don’t think we are on the verge of total destruction as he describes. Actually we are in infinitely better straits than we were eight years ago. No, not everything is perfect and some have been pretty much left behind in the prosperity but it is nothing that can’t be fixed without totally taking down the system.

At the end of these four days there is one thing that I gained and that is faith.

I have faith:

  • that the vast majority see Trump for what he is and will not buy into his false rants and accusations.
  • that all those he has been alienating  will turn up at the polls in November to officially register their dislike for him.
  • that we will not allow the hatred that permeate so many in that convention center  to result in us throwing away our underlying values and decency. Party over Principles is DEAD WRONG.
  • that most of us embrace our diversity as a nation as a good thing, not something to be shut down.
  • that we will overthrow the GOP propagated fear that surrounds us.

For these reasons I have vowed not to worry about the coming election. We will continue to live up to our dreams and principles despite a narcissist egomaniac who managed to hijack one of our political parties…. he will be gone soon enough…

Hate Personified….

The one glimmer of hope I found in the GOP convention just ended was the number of empty seats in the Cleveland arena. It seems that HATE is not a big selling point for many. But that is what was spewed out in large quantities during their four day travesty.

2016-07-21_10-49-32.pngBut then Lucifer messed with the program. Inexplicably, a charged-up Dr. Ben Carson, a vanquished Trump rival with a narrow range of vision, was given prime time real estate to pull out phrases that meant something only to a slab of the Republican base. He abandoned his prepared remarks. He implied that Hillary Clinton was in a league with the devil. Her hero, he said, was Saul Alinsky, dropping the name of an obscure socialist labor organizer as if he were Bono….

Christie had the audience cheering, over and over, “Lock her up, Lock her up.” His speech was mean, and over the top, and it violated the norms of politics, but his party knows that the only way their nominee can win is if millions of Americans who plan to vote for her decide instead that her conduct in office disqualifies her from being president. For what Republicans needed to do, it was effective. And many, many fewer people saw it than who might have.

Source: An unconventional disaster for Donald Trump

2016-07-21_10-51-11.pngI  have faith that hate is not the primary agenda for the mass who usually vote Republican. Yes, they have conservative principles that I might disagree with, some even strongly, but I am convinced that they are loving people who see hate as a vitriol destruction of their valued principles rather than a politically winning strategy. Most of them do NOT put their party above their principles.

I have hope that come November 5 Mr. Trump and his fellow hate-mongers will quickly slide into the losing annals of history and the “real” Republicans will then begin  to recapture their party. What we saw for the last four days has nothing to do with conservative principles. NOTHING…. I hope that is clear to many who usually vote Republican…

Now it is on the the Democratic convention next week. It will be interesting to compare it to what we just endured.  In my mind ANYTHING would be better…

What’s Wrong With These Pictures…

 

The pictures above are six different views of the floor of the 2016 GOP Convention. Can you figure out what is wrong with them? Go ahead and click on any of the pictures to see a large view; maybe that will help.

2016-07-20_10-25-11Let me give you a hint:

  • One-third of U.S. citizens are people of color.
  • How many of that population do you find in all these pictures?

I didn’t look at absolutely every face but I could only find one out the hundreds shown there.  Maybe that is a primary reason why the GOP is in the straits they are. The GOP, especially today’s version, is all about exclusion!  Keep them out; BUILD A WALL..   If Donald Trump is now the face of the GOP it seems likely that George W. Bush’s premonition that he will be the last Republican president will ring true in the coming years.  I just hope whatever replaces them is more inclusive and welcoming but in reality that is a very low bar.

I would love to have had another choice than Hillary. Although she is infinitely more qualified for the Oval Office than her opponent, in some ways they are very much alike.  Sadly it is definitely the lesser of two evils this time around… Hopefully things will become 20/20  for 2020.

 

 

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