The RNC Convention: Fear, Unreasoning Terror, and more Fear

I wish Molly Ivins were around. In response to the 1992 Republican convention speech given by Pat Buchanan, she quipped “it probably sounded better in the original German.” She would have had a great, pithy response to last night’s speech from Donald Trump.  All I’ve got is “Mussolini’s delivery was better.”  Trump reminds me of Il Duce

The entire week at the RNC was a week of fear, unreasoning terror and more fear topped off by a surreal, incoherent rant delivered by a wannabe strongman intent on stoking our fears.

It was a horror show. It was also an honest representation of how Republicans would govern – chaos, disorganization, and a fundamental lack of competence.

  1. #1 by Richard Warnick on July 22, 2016 - 11:44 am

    Remember there’s a March for Bernie on Sunday. Meet at West High School 9:30 am, marching to Liberty Park.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on July 22, 2016 - 11:47 am

    In the beginning they loved Mussolini because he promised to make the trains run on time. Let’s not underestimate Trump.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2016 - 12:05 pm

    The Republican party has gone full Nazi, but the Democrats have some things to iron out as well.

    Set for Convention Floor Fight, Push to End Superdelegates ‘Catching Fire’

    Democracy is noisy, and it’s going to be a delightfully raucous party next week unless COINTELPRO shows up with the brown shirts. Alex Jones will definitely be there to make sure things go badly. The media will join in to blame Bernie Sanders.

    End Super Delegates! Sign the petition!

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on July 22, 2016 - 3:52 pm

    The tired fact-checkers are still trying to keep up with Trump’s lies. So many lies…

    Police are safer under Obama than they have been in decades

    These falling fatality numbers aren’t simply a function of better medical care for injured officers. Overall assaults on officers are down, too. In 1988, the last year of the Reagan administration, there were 15.9 assaults for every 100 sworn law enforcement officers according to the FBI. In 2000, at the end of the Clinton administration, there were 12.7 assaults for every 100 officers. By the end of the Bush administration that number fell further to 11.3. Under Obama in 2014, the most recent year for which the FBI has data, that number further fell to 9.0.

    Trump’s fact-free fear mongering helps get voters to the polls, which is the point.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2016 - 5:43 pm

    It’s impossible to deny the reality anymore.

    Republicans are proud of their lying and the riches it has brought them. The sick part is that their supporters are aware of that fact, and think it’s funny because it upsets people who believe in telling the truth.

    Am I wrong? If I am wrong, tell me why nobody will give a damn if Trump lied about everything he said last night.

    • #6 by Richard Warnick on July 22, 2016 - 9:19 pm

      I agree. They will cheer anything they think will piss off liberals, the more outrageous the better. Trump supporters know that he’s not going to build a 2000 mile wall.

      • #7 by Larry Bergan on July 22, 2016 - 9:50 pm

        I’ve had a long discussion with Ken Bingham just now. He is absolutely giddy about Hillary’s VP pick. He’s so glad the Sanders supporters are going to be upset, he doesn’t even know what to do. :)

        He usually won’t even talk to me. I guess I should be happy.

        He’s right. I am upset, but I’m totally used to the anticipointment by now. :)

  6. #8 by Richard Warnick on July 23, 2016 - 11:48 am

    Andrew O’Hehir was in the hall for Trump’s acceptance speech:

    Anybody who still thought Donald Trump was a joke and a dumbass who would humiliate himself and his party go down to Mondale-scale defeat now knows better. You can pick Trump’s speech apart and examine its flaws, of course, but from the point of view of performance and dynamics only one verdict is possible. He killed it. He. Killed. It.

  7. #9 by Larry Bergan on July 23, 2016 - 12:43 pm

    Trump gave a speech that was aimed at everybody like most political campaign speeches, with an accent on fear, which I saw through, but I never watch Fox “news”.

    Besides the Nixon gleaned “law and order” theme, there was another thing from Nixon he repeated a lot: “it’s going to happen FAST”.

    Who am I to take anything away from Andrew O’Hehir’s conclusion, but after all, it was just a speech. Trump’s kids did good speeches too, but they didn’t really have any more truth and substance then the ones they will someday tell at their dad’s funeral.

    I’m not impressed with fascism. Call me crazy.

  8. #10 by Larry Bergan on July 23, 2016 - 12:46 pm

    As Glenden pointed out via the late/great Molly Ivins: “it probably sounded better in the original German”.

    Why did that woman have to go die!

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