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The Republican National Circus

TL;DR: RNC mess. Nothing to change mind. Not good election. Vote Gary Johnson. Don't be idiot.


Clowns

 

If you haven’t figured it out I’m not thrilled by our “major” party candidates in this election.  Hillary’s issues are well documented and we can talk about them more next week.  Trump’s tough talk and macho posturing doesn’t do much for me.  From a policy stand point I’m still not clear what he stands for in any real way.  

I’ve been watching the RNC in hopes that there would be something to change my mind.  Some glimmer of hope.  It’s a circus, one full of very sad clowns.

 

What I Thought About Trump Before

Like many American’s I’ve been entertained by Donald Trump for some time.  There is no denying his charisma.  There is something refreshing about his blunt, New York presentation.   There was almost an Archie Bunker likeability to his hyperbolic claims and over the top arrogant.  For an entertainer and business man I enjoyed it.

These things aren’t enough for the president. In fact most of them run counter to the dignity of the office.   Worse than that he has a long standing track record of trampling anyone he can to get what he wants.   He is a school yard bully.  

  • Trump petitioned the Scottish government to kick a man off his family farm because he wanted the land for his golf course.
  •  He’s thrown childish insults at other candidates based on appearance throughout his campaign.
  • Trump has forced several small businesses to close with his refusal to pay.

Throughout his life Trump has made it clear what he cares about is what is best for Donald Trump.  You see it in his campaign.  If someone praises him they are “A great guy.” But the second they have an ounce of criticism they are a “loser.”  Can you imagine our president calling another leader a loser on national television?

I have to admit I like Trumps tax plan, assuming the numbers actually work like he claims.  Most of the rest of his ideas lack substance.  They are nationalistic rhetoric.    In the rare case where there is a path it involves intimidating and bullying other nations.  Everyone wants America to be great; the debate is about how we get there.

 

The Lion Tamers

The first two days of the Circus can best be described as a mix between the Lord of the Flies and a Will Ferrell movie.  Snarling dogs chanted from the floor while speaker after speaker hurled character attacks at Hillary Clinton, some true, some false, most misrepresented.

Delays hit the event as those who run the party repeatedly clashed with the delegates on the floor.  Like all civil political gatherings many were threatened with death.  You can’t make this stuff up.

The chaos was so bad all the media could talk about was Melanie Trump using too much of a Michelle Obama speech.   

Tiffany Trump gave a “Why I love my Daddy” speech fit for any 3rd grade assembly.  In fact the only speaker of the first two days’ worth talking about was Donald Trump Jr.  He sounded like a polished politician and stark protector of the constitution.  We might get lucky and they pull a switch-a-roo mid-election cycle. 

Lion Eating Prey 

 

The Tightrope Walkers

Day three was more in line with what you would expect; the villagers had put away their pitch forks and torches.  Speeches came in rapid succession praising Trump.  Then Ted Cruz took the stand.

Cruz’s speech was very good.  I had joked for most of the night that it would be hilarious for him to give a blistering speech about small government values and then end it with “That is why I am endorsing Gary Johnsons for President.”  For a time his speech did seem to lend itself to that.  Then he took a hard turn and began to talk about items off Trumps platform.  Just when most thought he was going to endorse Trump he declares “Vote your conscience.”    Pitchforks were quickly thrust in the air once again.

This is the next best thing to endorsing Johnson by name.  A vote for third part is a vote for your conscience over your fears.  Your fears to “throw your vote away.” Your fears to think for yourself.  Your fears to deny the pack.  Jill Stein’s web page reads like the Communist Manifest modernized, but if you vote for her I can at respect you.  At least you are thinking for yourself, although you are a useful idiot.

Mike Pence’s speech was what you would expect.  He avoided the areas he and Trump differ in and stayed away from anything controversial.  It was a watered down version of Pence, but it made sence.  

 Man on a Tight Rope

 

The New Ring Leader

Trump delivered the most well written, controlled speech of his short career.  It was still heavy on rhetoric and short on substance.  He did an excellent job of aligning himself with the angry, the scared and disenfranchised, while offering nothing in the way of how he intends to reach greatness.  Trump’s entire platform boils down to “Vote for me because I’m the best.  Trust me.”  That isn’t going to win me over.

There were some particularly chilling moments in his speech. The worst  moment was when he smugly admitted to manipulating the system for personal gain.    He now wants to be put in the best position to further manipulate the system for more gain.  What magic do people believe is held in the presidential oath that will stop him from doing so again?  At least “Crooked Hillary” has the good sense to lie about her corruption.

Every president in recent history has had a conspiracy surrounding their plans to become a king.  I won’t play that silly game hear, but I will say it’s frightening that we repeatedly elect leaders who would take the opportunity if it were to present itself.  A man too enthusiastic to lead is unqualified to do so. As Washington once said

The people must remain ever vigilant against tyrants masquerading as public servants.

 

What I think about Trump Now

Like many American’s I’ve been entertained by Donald Trump for some time.  There is no denying his charisma.  There is something refreshing about his blunt, New York presentation.   There was almost an Archie Bunker likeability to his hyperbolic claims and over the top arrogant.  For an entertainer and business man I enjoyed it.

These things aren’t enough for the president. In fact most of them run counter to the dignity of the office.   Worse than that he has a long standing track record of trampling anyone he can to get what he wants.   He is a school yard bully.  

  • Trump petitioned the Scottish government to kick a man off his family farm because he wanted the land for his golf course.
  •  He’s thrown childish insults at other candidates based on appearance throughout his campaign.
  • Trump has forced several small businesses to close with his refusal to pay.

Throughout his life Trump has made it clear what he cares about is what is best for Donald Trump.  You see it in his campaign.  If someone praises him they are “A great guy.” But the second they have an ounce of criticism they are a “loser.”  Can you imagine our president calling another leader a loser on national television?

I have to admit I like Trumps tax plan, assuming the numbers actually work like he claims.  Most of the rest of his ideas lack substance.  They are nationalistic rhetoric.    In the rare case where there is a path it involves intimidating and bullying other nations.  Everyone wants America to be great; the debate is about how we get there.

Twins with Mom

And his kids are pretty cool

 

On to the Next Show

I want to be swayed to support Trump.  I don’t want Clinton picking one justice much less the possibility of three.  I can’t get behind this man.  I keep coming back to the same place. If you believe in the liberty the only choice is the Johnson/Weld ticket.  If enough of us throw our votes away there is a chance to find freedom again.

Now we move on to the DNC.  I’m expecting it to be much better organized.  That’s not a good thing. 


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