The Show Of Shows–The Finale

Finally the agony of the GOP convention has come to a merciful end…..and it is totally official….Donald has accepted the nomination for the GOP…..

In these lovely 4 days I have heard the term “Constitution” used more than I have in a long time…..these people are the very people that have ideas that crap all over the foundation of the republic…..but yet they are the sole guardian of the document…..go figure.

Any way….let’s talk about the final day of days…..

The evening began……(insert long uncomfortable pause)…..the truth is the night was f*cking boring so I watched a couple of episodes of “Tyrant” while waiting for the acceptance speech…..I would expect a positive, up-beat speech but instead the people were given a negative dark speech on the value of fear…..

MY GOD!  Trump is a long winded tool…the speech was about an hour and half long….he rattled on and on and the more talked the more negative he sounded……..

Donald Trump delivered the biggest speech of his life Thursday night at the GOP convention and his fans will not have been disappointed. Trump joined the crowd in its chant of “U-S-A” after he “humbly and gratefully,” accepted the nomination, the Washington Post reports. In his speech, Trump painted a frightening picture of America’s problems, but vowed to make the country strong, proud, safe, and great again, while also denouncing Hillary Clinton for her “terrible, terrible crimes.” Five of his biggest lines:

  • When a Secretary of State illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form, and faces no consequence—I know that corruption has reached a level like never before,” said Trump. Cries of “Lock her up” could be heard as he went on to say Clinton hadn’t faced justice for “terrible, terrible crimes.”
  • “In this race for the White House, I am the law and order candidate,” Trump said. “The irresponsible rhetoric of our president, who has used the pulpit of the presidency to divide us by race and color, has made America a more dangerous environment than frankly I have seen or anybody in this room has ever watched or seen.”
  • Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” Trump said. “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,” he continued.
  • “I have made billions of dollars in business making deals—now I’m going to make our country rich again,” Trump said, promising to bring jobs back to Ohio and Michigan He promised to renegotiate “horrible trade agreements” with China and other countries. “That includes renegotiating NAFTA to get a much better deal for America—and we’ll walk away if we don’t get that kind of a deal,” he continued. “Our country is going to start building and making things again.”
  • Trump said he had an alternative to Clinton’s “I’m With Her” pledge: “My pledge reads ‘I’m with you—the American people,” he vowed. “I am your voice. So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m with you, I will fight for you, and I will win for you.”

I am sorry but I still have NO idea what he will use to accomplish his goals and not sure what those are….other than some platitudes to gain some applause.

I guess I will just have wait for the campaigns to begin in earnest…maybe then I can learn more of his issues.

On to Philly and the Big Dance they will call the Dem convention.

If that does not interest you then there is always Pokemon….it maybe more your style.

 

Sham Of A Show–Day Three

Day three and the country, that would be America, will meet their VP choice for the GOP, Mike Pence…..and as Ed Sullivan….who? (ask your grandparents) use to say….. ” a really big shoo”…….

We had everything….boring…..cutthroat….chanting….booing…..and just enough crap to make it less than interesting…..

Ted Cruz stood before the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday with an entire convention center awaiting the answer to the question: Will he endorse Donald Trump or won’t he? The answer came late in a speech that was well received until the end. “We stand here tonight a nation divided,” Trump’s final Republican rival opened, before congratulating Trump on winning the nomination. But as Cruz’s prime-time speech, which focused on freedom, neared its finish, it became clear he would not endorse the GOP nominee, proclaiming that Republican voters should not stay home in November, but rather “vote your conscience.”

As chants of “We want Trump!” broke out among the crowd, Cruz replied, per Politico, “I appreciate the enthusiasm of the New York delegation.” Or as Andrew Sullivan put it at New York, “open war is breaking out, as the crowd is beginning to shout Cruz down.” Trump himself appeared side-stage, seemingly to suck oxygen from Cruz’s moment. Writes Sullivan: “Cruz leaves to a massive wall of hostile noise.”

After all the love shown Cruz came the mouth of the South….Newt……

Earlier speakers included Newt Gingrich and Eric Trump, Trump’s third child with first wife Ivana Trump. Eric delivered what the Guardian calls “the rich man’s burden argument for picking Trump.” Trump made the “courageous decision to set aside a company to which he has dedicated his entire life,” Eric said, telling teachers, laborers, and other struggling workers that his father is running for them and they should vote “for the one candidate who does not need this job.”

Finally in crawled the VP candidate….Pence…..

Introduced by Paul Ryan as a “man of solid character,” Mike Pence accepted the “awesome privilege” of being the vice presidential nominee in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the RNC Wednesday night. Pence, who described himself as “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order,” joked that Donald Trump “is a man known for a large personality, colorful style, and lots of charisma, so I guess he was just looking for some balance on the ticket.” In what was his first big speech since Trump confirmed him as his VP pick, the Indiana governor recounted his all-American life story, slammed Hillary Clinton on issues such as Benghazi, and warned that this year’s election could shape the Supreme Court for the next 40 years, the AP reports.

Pence piled praise on Trump, saying opponents and the media simply don’t understand why he keeps winning. “They keep thinking they’ve done him in, only to wake up the next morning to find that Donald Trump is still standing and running stronger than ever before. The man does not quit,” said Pence. Trump “gets it,” he added. “He’s the genuine article. He’s a doer in a game usually reserved for talkers.” Soon after wrapping up, with the words “Together we will make America great again,” Pence was briefly joined on stage by Trump himself, who gave him an air kiss and stood with him briefly before Pence’s family came out.

All in all….a good time was had by none……

Day Four approaches……the final chapter can be written (Finally)…..

What The Hell Happened?

2016 was an election about change….a funny topic because Americans do not want change……it was a primary season about the rise of the outsiders….

We have a 3 branch system of government…..a great idea…but unfortunately ours does NOT work and has NOT worked for decades.

It’s 2020, four years from now. The campaign is under way to succeed the president, who is retiring after a single wretched term. Voters are angrier than ever—at politicians, at compromisers, at the establishment. Congress and the White House seem incapable of working together on anything, even when their interests align. With lawmaking at a standstill, the president’s use of executive orders and regulatory discretion has reached a level that Congress views as dictatorial—not that Congress can do anything about it, except file lawsuits that the divided Supreme Court, its three vacancies unfilled, has been unable to resolve.

On Capitol Hill, Speaker Paul Ryan resigned after proving unable to pass a budget, or much else. The House burned through two more speakers and one “acting” speaker, a job invented following four speakerless months. The Senate, meanwhile, is tied in knots by wannabe presidents and aspiring talk-show hosts, who use the chamber as a social-media platform to build their brands by obstructing—well, everything. The Defense Department is among hundreds of agencies that have not been reauthorized, the government has shut down three times, and, yes, it finally happened: The United States briefly defaulted on the national debt, precipitating a market collapse and an economic downturn. No one wanted that outcome, but no one was able to prevent it.

Source: How American Politics Became So Ineffective – The Atlantic

So the question remains…what the Hell happened?

That one is easy to analyze…..

Trumpism may have parallels in populist, nativist movements abroad, but it is also the culmination of a proud political party’s steady descent into a deeply destructive and dysfunctional state.

While that descent has been underway for a long time, it has accelerated its pace in recent years. We noted four years ago the dysfunction of the Republican Party, arguing that its obstructionism, anti-intellectualism, and attacks on American institutions were making responsible governance impossible. The rise of Trump completes the script, confirming our thesis in explicit fashion.

Source: The Republicans waged a 3-decade war on government. They got Trump. – Vox

And then some say it has been a 50 year struggle for the GOP…..a struggle to change the very definition of “American Values”……

The current U.S. presidential election cycle may seem over the top. But in one important way, it is no different than any other over the past several decades. Since the 1970s, presidential candidates running under the Republican ticket have successively shifted further and further to the political right. How many times have we heard—or said—that George W. Bush made Richard Nixon look like a liberal?

The rightward political shift is no accident. Since the end of World War II, far-right conservatives and libertarians have patiently laid the groundwork for a national climate receptive to their ideals of weak government and a strong corporate presence.

Source: The far-right’s 50-year project to transform American values with a clandestine ‘counterrevolution’

Now look at this country and what is happening…..the country is so divided that nothing gets accomplished….it is a program that will change nothing…..a program that will eventually destroy this country from the inside.

(I know it is a lot to take in…but it is worth reading all the links…that is if you see there is something wrong with this country….if not then return for the search for Pokemon).

Lamest Show On Earth–Day Two

Day two of the drama known as the GOP convention…..Cleveland may not ever be the same……and I am still waiting for some sort of actual issues….the theme of the day was “Make America Work Again”…..and I heard nothing that would address that issue…I did hear just about every hateful thing I could stand about Clinton….that oughta make for a sizeable paycheck (but not for the working class)…..

First it is official…Donald J. Trump is the GOP nominee…

– It’s official: The Republican Party has nominated Donald Trump for president, completing the New York billionaire’s remarkable rise from political outsider to major party nominee for the White House, the AP reports. With 89 delegates, New York state put him over the top in the delegate count Tuesday evening at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, with Trump’s four oldest children—Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and Tiffany—joining the delegation on the Quicken Loans Arena floor, with Donald Jr. served as the announcing delegate. “We’re going to put New York into play this time around,” Trump Jr. noted, adding, “It’s not a campaign anymore, it’s a movement” before ending with “Congratulations, Dad—we love you!”

But let’s get to the part Americans adore…the winners and the losers of the night………

Tuesday was “Make America Work Again” day at the Republican National Convention, though there was easily as much talk about Hillary Clinton as there was about the US economy. Still, the convention seemed to run far more smoothly than on Monday—it was as if they “had brought in an entirely new team of organizers,” according to Politico—and the GOP was unified enough to deal with the matter of choosing its nominee. Among the winners in another eventful day at the Quicken Loans Arena:

  • Donald Trump. New York state’s delegation put Trump over the top, making him the official GOP nominee 13 months after he launched what was seen as a long-shot bid. He “did the unthinkable on Tuesday night. And, whether you like him or hate him, he deserves a massive amount of credit for that,” writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post.
  • Donald Trump Jr. He “brought down the house” with a speech that put him on the national stage and added a personal touch to his father’s business successes, the Hill reports. It briefly looked like there might be a repeat of the Melania plagiarism controversy, but it quickly emerged that a Francis Buckley line in the speech had been put there by Buckley himself, a friend of Trump Jr.’s who worked on the speech with him.
  • Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor may still be smarting from VP rejection, but the crowd loved how he denounced Clinton from the point of view of a former federal prosecutor. They chanted “Guilty!” and “Lock her up!” as Christie made the case against Clinton.
  • Avocado growers. Discussion of jobs largely fell by the wayside, but soap opera actress Kimberlin Brown, who has an avocado farm in California, managed to deliver both an in-depth discussion of jobs and a passionate call to help US growers by restricting avocado imports, Politico reports.

Among the losers:

  • Party unity. Trump won the nomination, but some 721 delegates voted against him in the evening roll call, making it the most divided vote of its kind since the contested convention of 1976, the New York Times notes.
  • Never Trump. The movement “succumbed to multiple causes of death” on Tuesday, with many rebels deciding they had no choice but to support the nominee, the AP reports. The Utah delegation announced that all its 40 votes were going to Ted Cruz, but they ended up going to Trump because Utah GOP rules require ballots to be cast for active candidates only.
  • Paul Ryan. The House speaker has been trying to signal to party elites that he’s uncomfortable with Trump and is “still the smart conservative they’ve come to love,” but the balancing act fell apart on Tuesday, according to Dylan Matthews at Vox. “When the chips are down, when the nomination was being decided, Ryan was out there in front, pushing Trump forward,” he writes.
  • Ben Carson. He “quickly went off script—and not in a good way,” writes Cillizza at the Post. His linking of Clinton to Lucifer via Saul Alinsky was a strange moment, writes Tina Nguyen at Vanity Fair, though since Carson has “accidentally” insulted Trump numerous times over the last few months, the campaign must have been relieved “that Carson’s meandering thoughts went straight to hell, and not somewhere closer to home.”

Onto day 3…..(a warning not a threat)…..

Turn The Page!

Greatest Show On Earth: Day One

I was going to let others deal with the GOP convention….but after the first day of all the hilarious happenings…I feel I must join the crowd…..

Like everything American there MUST be winners and losers……..and the GOP convention is no different…..

This year’s gathering in Cleveland promised to be the most unconventional GOP convention in decades, and Day 1 did not disappoint, although the Republican Party probably isn’t entirely thrilled about how things are shaping up. Here are some of the winners and losers analysts named after the day’s events.

Among the winners:

  • Donald Trump’s ego. His entrance Thursday night, complete with a smoke machine and “We Are the Champions,” was “epic,” writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post, who says he has always wanted politics to be more like pro wrestling.
  • Social conservatives. On Monday, the party adopted a platform that some are calling the most conservative ever, the AP reports. Christian conservatives praised it for being “the most pro-life platform ever,” and for opposing same-sex marriage and bathroom choice for transgender individuals. They also loved this line: “Children raised in a traditional two-parent household tend to be physically and emotionally healthier, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in crime, or become pregnant outside of marriage.”
  • Rudy Giuliani. The former New York City mayor delivered what was deemed one of the more impressive Day 1 speeches, reports the Huffington Post, which was particularly impressed by the fact that he didn’t mention 9/11 once as he warned about America being in danger, though he did spend time talking about Benghazi.
  • Richard Nixon. Looks like Nixon is back in fashion: Trump’s allies “proudly portrayed him as the heir to Richard M. Nixon” and his “law and order” message, which appears to be Trump and the convention’s main inspiration, according to the New York Times.

Among the losers:

  • Melania Trump. She was widely praised after a speech that touched on Trump’s softer side, but her remarks were quickly overshadowed by accusations that she—or her speechwriters—had plagiarized Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech, the Hill reports.
  • The Never Trump movement. There were angry scenes Monday as Trump opponents tried and failed to “unbind” delegates, making it a certainty that Trump will become the GOP nominee.
  • Sen. Joni Ernst. The Iowan is a rising GOP star, Cillizza notes, but she wasn’t scheduled to speak until after 11pm Eastern, long after Melania Trump spoke and the Quicken Loans Arena emptied, “meaning that the number of eyeballs on her were WAY fewer than she and her allies would have liked.”
  • The Republican Party. The discord and scheduling woes were enough for Politico, among others, to deem Day 1 “disastrous.” Cleveland.com notes that the divisions were highlighted by the Trump campaign’s attacks Monday on Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is skipping the convention.

Can day two get any better?  You bet your ass it can!

Tune in tomorrow for day two summary….

Escalating Fear, Hatred, and Sexism

It is no secret that I am disgusted with my choices for the highest office in the land…..I cannot get behind the Dem ticket….no matter who she picks for her VP….does that make me a sexist?  Or maybe something worse?  No, it makes me a concerned American….as YOU should also be.

The GOP convention has begun…..now we get all the speeches and theatrics that one can devour…..Trump scares me….but his choice for VP is even scarier…..

“I long for the day that Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history when we move past the broken hearts and the broken lives of the past 38 years.” ~~ Mike Pence

If you have a choice of picking the most batshit obsessed RightWing Candidate in modern Political History…Mike Pence is your man!
His credentials? RightWing Nut Jobs will love him! Christian Fundamentalists will adore him!

Source: Trump & Pence: Escalating Fear, Hatred, and Sexism | THE POLITICUS

Even if you are a Trump supporter, I know a good “shrink” if you need one, you should be concerned on the person in the number two spot….it is a real shame that a true conservative party has finally died and replaced with morons of little mental capabilities….

Is It Pence Per Chance?

The media has been in overdrive trying to select the VP for Trump….we have heard so much from so many…..well they can sleep well tonight….there is a winner!

Donald Trump’s Veepstakes is over, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence has won.

The Veepstakes is one of America’s odder political and journalist traditions. Everyone wants to know, as soon as possible, who will occupy a famously not-that-important job and reporters eagerly sniff out leads even though the name will be publicly announced soon enough. Donald Trump, by leading an unusually interesting campaign, managed to also lead an unusually interesting search process.

Source: 2 winners and 3 losers in Donald Trump’s VP selection – Vox

Are they pleased?  Nope!

It seems there is yet another candidate that needs to pick a VP to join the ticket…..

The MSM will now switch gears and start the process all over again…..we will hear so much from so many.

This will be all consuming…that is until next week when the big story will be thew GOP convention……

Hillary will have to take the backseat to the antics at the convention in Cleveland…I am sure that she will find some way to sneak into the news during the week….it is not like her to go silently away for a week.

And then we start this crap all over again….so much from so many.