So … the Republican race for the presidency started out as a clown car with all of 16 occupants something over a year ago. At that time, no one (with the possible exception of Ann Coulter) thought that the head clown, the one who has spent a significant amount of his career in the entertainment business, would be the one left standing when the dust had settled. Yet as of about 9:23 PM, EDT on 21 July, 2016, that is precisely who the GOP has as their nominee for the most important position of power and influence this planet currently boasts.

In accepting his party’s appointment for the job, Drumpf gave us a wonderfully clear picture of where he stands on the major issues, including:

  • “Law and Order,” and no, I don’t mean the NBC series. That phrase got mentioned a total of 18 times during the speech, whereas “liberty” came up only once.
  • “The Wall,” which Donald is determined to build, to keep out a current net illegal immigration rate of roughly ZERO.
  • Protection of LGBTQ citizens? The audience may have applauded his statement there, but one look at the GOP platform makes a stunning lie of his assertion. Dan Savage called that platform the worst he has ever known and he rightly castigated Log Cabin Republicans for it.
  • More power to the police, in line with the whole “Law and Order” position. Drumpf brought up Baltimore and Baton Rouge and Dallas and Ferguson, certainly. He never once mentioned Freddy Gray, Tamir Rice, or Sandra Bland, among too many others.
  • Tax cuts … yet again. Apparently, Drumpf is personally going to renegotiate every trade deal we have with every country involved and squeeze more money out of them to make up the cash flow difference. Really?!?

As egregious as most if not all the above points are, the subjects The Donald didn’t mention are equally telling:

  • Climate Change, particularly in the midst of what is promising to be the hottest year on record.
  • Minimum Wage. Drumpf was constantly talking about “the common man,” yet said nothing about one change he could make which would have a “yuge!” positive impact on them.
  • Saint Ronald. There was no mention at all of he who had up to now been the Republican icon, probably because they’ve moved so far to the right, they have lost sight of him.
  • Facts and details. Exactly HOW a Drumpf presidency would accomplish any of these goals was utterly absent from his comments.

For myself, I couldn’t get over Donald’s attitude on the dais. His facial expressions reminded me markedly of Benito Mussolini, and his repeated emphasis on “law and order” made me wonder how much he wants to emulate that former vertex of the Axis. What was worse was an audience which occasionally resembled the extras in the original production of Frankenstein, who seemed to be utterly prepared to hang Hillary Clinton and not in effigy. I oppose Drumpf, and I make no secret of it. Seeing him burned at the stake or otherwise sacrificed for the sake of the nation, however, is utterly off the table. His failure to win the presidency will suit me just fine, thank you. My hope at this point is that the DNC is going to present a far more civilized and considered view of American politics, though I fully expect the groundlings in Philadelphia to be as crazy in their own way as those who populated “The Q” this past week.

All in all, though, I am not encouraged. Robert Reich called it the most negative acceptance speech he had ever heard, and I am strongly inclined to agree. Civility in our political discourse was missing from Quicken Loans Arena these past four days, and that absence was glaring. Returning to it or a semblance of it next week would be nice, but I don’t know how hopeful I can afford to be. To paraphrase Heather McGhee from last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher, I’d rather see morning in America than be mourning for America.

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 25, 2016 at 6:57pm

Kelly, I was concerned about assassination when Obama was elected, but <sigh> it didn't happen. Of course the GOP base wasn't as hopped up on hate and bigotry then. They seem to find hate Clinton as their unifying rally, since they haven't their own good to tout.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 25, 2016 at 2:49pm

I hope you'll pardon my beating a horse which I wish were dead and isn't, but John Oliver had his own input on the RNC this past Sunday on Last Week Tonight.  Eleven minutes well spent.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 12:16pm

Loren, reducing Drumpf to nothing sounds like a noble quest, but I have another thought:  If he was reduced to nothing, his followers would probably still believe in him.  They already believe in a nothing called god.

Maybe they would elevate him to the position of a prophet, then finally to a god, who would come back to trash the unbelievers, and take all the believers into Drumpf heaven, where they would kiss is butt forever.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2016 at 11:55am

“75 MINUTES TOTAL SPEECH TIME,” “24 MINUTES TOTAL APPLAUSE,” “33% TIME SPENT APPLAUDING.” —that’s all you need to ‘get’ Trump.

Indeed ... because Drumpf is nothing without applause, nothing without an audience, nothing without the products he wants his self-aggrandizement to yield.  And that's what I want to reduce him to – nothing.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 24, 2016 at 11:50am
Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2016 at 10:48am

A dictator may under extraordinary circumstances be the best leader.  However:

  1. Any form of dictatorship would be utterly incompatible with the US, its government, or its people.
  2. Getting from such a dictatorship back to a democracy at minimum would be an ugly and costly business.
  3. The United States is by no means in such dire straights as to need a dictator to move us forward, never mind solve the faux-problems which Drumpf alleges we have.

Drumpf as president is unacceptable, not just to the US but to the world, in terms of the potential disruptive influence he represents.  He cannot, MUST not be elected.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 24, 2016 at 7:45am

A damning summary indeed.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2016 at 7:25am

Further Thoughts – Courtesy of the Huffington Post, I found an op-ed by the editorial board of the Washington Post, entitled: Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy.  Having read it, I feel it is a concise and damning summary of why Drumpf has no place in American politics, never mind the White House.

I recommend it strongly.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 23, 2016 at 2:53pm

Yes Kathy.  I agree.  If it's important, they will leave a message.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 23, 2016 at 1:57pm

I switched my phone from ComCast to Ooma and I don't get any political calls. 

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