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Conventional Wisdom
Author: BobR    Date: 07/27/2016 12:55:58

It seems like weeks ago that the RNC in Cleveland was glowing and pulsating like a blob of radioactive toxic waste. Most of the time was spent pillorying Hillary with very little being said about Trump's qualifications or plans. They trotted out soldiers and war widows to immerse the audience in pathos and war porn, to stir up anger, hatred, and fear. Nothing motivates the under-informed right-wing voter like telling them their problems are because of some "other". Trump says "I will make America great again, believe me". No... no I don't believe you.

This week it's the Democrats' turn, and the DNC is like a breath of fresh air. It got off to a rough start with the Sanders supporters being loud and rude, talking over Ben Jealous and other speakers, such as shouting "we trusted you" to Elizabeth Warren. They even booed Sanders himself when he said Clinton should be the nominee. Once the roll call vote was done, Sanders asked that Clinton be declared the winner "by acclamation", and that was that. Supposedly the Sanders supporters walked out of the hall in protest, but at this point no one cares. Being a sore loser doesn't look good on anyone. It would be like the end of a hockey game, and having half of one of the teams skate back to the locker room without shaking hands with the winning team. It doesn't matter if you think the refs weren't fair with the calls.

Monday night, the stars of the speeches were Michelle Obama and Cory Booker (D-NJ). Both gave rousing positive speeches that were meant to uplift and inspire. In particular, the First Lady disagreed with Trump's assessment that only he can "make America great again", saying that America IS great already. Booker implored us to work together to do great things. The "unity" and "working together" themes were a little overdone, but perhaps considered necessary with the Sanders supporters still processing the various stages of grief.

The music has been very good, with a live band playing the fillers and intros for the speakers. There have also been high-profile musicians giving performances, such as Paul Simon and Demi Levato. Interesting - and absolutely unsurprising - that artists are more interested in supporting the Democratic platform than the Republican hate-fest.

Tuesday night saw the Mothers of the Movement, who are the mothers of those young black people killed by the police. They are heart and soul of the BLM movement. Their presence and message, and revelation that Clinton provided help in getting them organized and publicized showed that we are the ones who care about all citizens - not just the white ones.

Cecile Richards spoke for women's issues, and endorsed Tim Kaine as well. That was a big moment, because there are some on the left who have been unhappy with some of the abortion laws passed in VA under his purview. Those who know Kaine's story, though, know he helped push VA from a red state to a purple one, and he was likely a stop-gap for much more draconian abortion laws.

Howard Dean came out and reenacted his infamous Dean Scream. He seemed to be enjoying himself.

Jimmy Carter - the best ex-president in our lifetime - provided a taped message of support for Clinton.

Finally, the Big Dawg himself - Bill Clinton - gave a 45 minute speech detailing his life with Hillary as metaphor for her as politician and future president. He spoke to a lifetime of service to others, and juxtaposed that against the non-stop barrage of fictional propaganda that has dogged her since Bill Clinton first became a contender for office. Here it is 20 years later, and all that negative PR has calcified into a plague that hides the real person behind a layer of filth. Bill Clinton tried to chip away and ultimately shatter that shell to show a loving, caring, smart, strong person, ready to step into the Oval Office and run the country with seriousness, intelligence, and understanding.

That is what I expect from a party convention. And tonight we hear probably the last big speech from the best president of my lifetime.

Color me happy.

25 comments (Latest Comment: 07/28/2016 00:19:59 by Scoopster)
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Comment by wickedpam on 07/27/2016 13:03:44
Morning :hug:

Ok, so its a bit hokey but I kind of this.



And best tweet I've seen this morning -

Trump brought Baio to a Steep fight.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/27/2016 13:15:17
Mornin' all!

Mulling over financial decisions today - like how much to donate.

Comment by Raine on 07/27/2016 13:24:13
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning :hug:

Ok, so its a bit hokey but I kind of this.



And best tweet I've seen this morning -

Trump brought Baio to a Steep fight.
I loved that video!


Comment by Mondobubba on 07/27/2016 13:24:35
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning :hug:

Ok, so its a bit hokey but I kind of this.



And best tweet I've seen this morning -

Trump brought Baio to a Steep fight.




Comment by Raine on 07/27/2016 13:25:35
That tweet was indeed amazing!


good morning!

How amazing was the Big Dawg last night?

Comment by wickedpam on 07/27/2016 13:30:02


Can I add Fuck You Assange to that too.


Its like they want tRump to be pres so that we can live in chaos.

Comment by Raine on 07/27/2016 13:47:00
Quote by wickedpam:


Can I add Fuck You Assange to that too.


Its like they want tRump to be pres so that we can live in chaos.
I am sick and tired of professional protesters and people that want to live inside perpetual chaos.




Comment by wickedpam on 07/27/2016 14:08:04
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:


Can I add Fuck You Assange to that too.


Its like they want tRump to be pres so that we can live in chaos.
I am sick and tired of professional protesters and people that want to live inside perpetual chaos.





Same. I really don't know how people can live and cope in that kind of chaos.

Comment by BobR on 07/27/2016 14:12:14
BLOG IS POSTED

Comment by Mondobubba on 07/27/2016 14:19:14
Quote by Raine:
That tweet was indeed amazing!


good morning!

How amazing was the Big Dawg last night?


Bubba was at his best last night.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/27/2016 14:19:20
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:


Can I add Fuck You Assange to that too.


Its like they want tRump to be pres so that we can live in chaos.
I am sick and tired of professional protesters and people that want to live inside perpetual chaos.





Same. I really don't know how people can live and cope in that kind of chaos.


The problem with letting everything go into chaos is that autocrats are hard to remove. Also, I ask who would be the sacrificial lambs if Trump becomes president.

I hope that everyone is well.


Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/27/2016 14:19:52
Comment by Raine on 07/27/2016 14:24:36
Quote by BobR:
BLOG IS POSTED

I LOVE Every word you wrote!




Comment by BobR on 07/27/2016 14:29:06

miscarriage of justice?
more like abortion of justice.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/27/2016 14:31:32
Quote by BobR:

miscarriage of justice?
more like abortion of justice.



Bob, a great blog! I fear that some of Bernie's supporters are just as obstinate as the PUMA (Party Unity My Ass) crowd from 2008. Most of those went on to vote for President Obama.

As for the Freddie Gray case, I fear what will happen in Baltimore. It seems that Freddie Gray will not get any justice in this world.


Comment by Raine on 07/27/2016 14:33:03
Hey Scoop! You were AWESOME in last nites TUTN Chat!

Comment by Raine on 07/27/2016 14:36:39
Debbie Dingall is speaking how I feel.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/27/2016 14:51:13
Quote by Raine:
Hey Scoop! You were AWESOME in last nites TUTN Chat!

Heh thx! To be honest I was really distracted all night, between the convention, gaming, apartment hunting, talking to my mom and dealing with this hand injury.

I've also decided that I'm not gonna mention that idiot's name ever again. I'm not gonna share articles with his name in the headline or link or anything either. to block him from using traditional and social media to spread his messages of hate. He lives on his brand, and his name is his brand. If enough of us take that away from him, it will have an impact.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 07/27/2016 15:16:42
In some good news, there may be a reasonable explanation why the GOP is so desperate. Demographics may doom them to a minority party status.

Comment by Scoopster on 07/27/2016 16:15:03

Of course he is. The man WANTS our country to be laughed at and attacked. He WANTS us to fall for his scams once again. And it's imperative that we DO NOT.

Comment by TriSec on 07/27/2016 17:58:33
Should I actually watch, or should I plunge daggers into my own eyes?

Comment by Scoopster on 07/27/2016 18:17:42
Quote by TriSec:
Should I actually watch, or should I plunge daggers into my own eyes?

I'd say watch. Or at least podcast the good parts.

(Hint: skip the speeches by McAuliffe and Eric Holder)

Comment by Scoopster on 07/28/2016 00:19:59
Where my peeps at?