“‘The radical left.”‘
“‘The radical Democrats.”‘
“Beware of Socialism!”
As expected, the RNC Convention got off to a rousing start last night. Even before it began, it wasn’t hard to predict that the words above would show up continuously. And sure enough, they did their best to meet and exceed those expectations.
Yes, my friends, the lying hatefest, is now in session. Admittedly, I didn’t watch the whole festival of deplorable’s, but I saw enough of it live and on tape to get an overall feel of what transpired.
You’ve got to hand it to those folks. When the leader of their party is a certified pathological liar, you can’t offer up a platform (which they do not have) of truth to the American people. Because to do otherwise would expose their dear leader for the absolute disaster that he most certainly is.
So, the lies were flowing freely, of course. To highlight how low the bar is with this administration, the network I watched, MSNBC, fact-checked some speakers in real-time. Now, of course, that network is left-leaning, and those on the other side will yell and scream that they did not do the same with the DNC Convention last week.
I’ve got news for them: they didn’t need to. While no political party is ever pure when it comes to speaking the truth at all times, the level of dishonesty from the Republican Party and the current president is unprecedented. So please spare us the self-righteous indignation over the supposed ‘both sides do it’ bullshit when it comes to lying.
And much of the fact-checking was geared to the current president himself, especially as it related to the pandemic. There he was, bantering about with a group of ‘real’ Americans, telling them the virtues of hydroxychloroquine and other snake oil remedies he took to ward off the virus. MSNBC merely spoke the truth about what the science says about those ‘magical’ so-called cures, and we should thank them for doing so.
But while painting Democratic nominee Joe Biden as the second coming of Chairman Mao and Fidel Castro was terrible enough, the speakers themselves represented perhaps the biggest whopper of the evening – that the Republican Party is diverse, welcoming, and has a big tent. Yes, they tried to pull that off.
Oh sure, there were people of color speaking at the podium. There were African-American speakers such as former football player Hershel Walker, who calls himself a long-time friend of the current president. We also saw Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones speak and the current Senator from South Carolina, Tim Scott, who closed out the first evening delivering the keynote address. Former Governor of South Carolina and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, an Indian-American, also gave a speech.
I suppose we can give them credit for trying. But folks, don’t fall for it because it’s nothing but an illusion. Pure and simple, this is the Grand Old White Party (GOWP). All you have to do is take a look at the demographic makeup of our Congress and the overall voting public to see which party is diverse, and which party is dominated by one race.
For example, for this 116th Congress, there are 56 African-American members. Of those, only two are Republicans, one in the Senate, and one in the House. Also, there are currently 51 members of Congress who are Hispanic/Latino – only 12 of which are Republicans.
And you can see an even more significant diversity gap when you look at the demographic/party affiliation of who voted in the 2016 election. According to a Center for American Progress Report, nearly 9 in 10 Republican voters were white (88%), while just 60% of Democratic voters were.
So while they’d like to have us believe, with tears in their eyes, that they’re a welcoming party, the facts tell us something entirely different. Throwing a few people of color up to the stage to make it look like the party is something that it’s not is a slap in the face to the American people. What they ought to do is embrace themselves as the white party and be done with it.
Until this party is willing to make some drastic changes to its overall philosophy, it will continue to go down the road of irrelevance. Suppressing votes and gerrymandering to keep power isn’t how you win over people of color. On the contrary, if you want to be inclusive, how about working with Democrats to make it easier to vote, not harder?
Let’s summarize how the next three days are going to go. Joe Biden is a radical left socialist who’s sold his soul to Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. If you elect Biden, expect death and destruction in the streets, with anarchists running wild and Black Lives Matter members taking over neighborhoods. Forget about your suburbs because Biden’s going to make sure there’s a black or Latino family on every corner. You must re-elect Donald J. Trump, or you can kiss this country goodbye.
That’s pretty much it, folks. If Day one is any indicator, expect the hate and lies to continue at an accelerated pace, leading us to an all too familiar crescendo on Thursday. That’s when the liar-in-chief himself will take the stage—a fitting end to an absurd convention. One for the ages, he’ll say. The greatest convention ever, for the greatest president ever.
And the party that’s embraced him like no other will cross their fingers and hope that on November 3, the American people will forget about the carnage their leader has bestowed upon our country. Yes, our attention spans are known for being a little short. I’m inclined to think that thousands of needless deaths, economic ruin, and continuing social unrest might make that attention span a lot longer this year.
Do we want four more years of this?