Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Mistake on the Lake
I really don't know what to make of the shitshow that has been the GOP convention so far. I already couldn't actually watch the speeches, because I just don't recognize the country that Republicans describe. Does this country face immense problems? Certainly. But how can Republicans act as if they are blameless in this? When people talk about how the economy has sucked under Obama, I would like to explain that it was much worse under Bush. When Republicans talk about Hillary being responsible for the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi, I'd like to remind them of the more than 4,000 American deaths in Iraq thanks to Bush. When they talk about how Americans are under attack by terrorists because Obama is weak, I think of September 11. When they talk about how Hillary should be in jail for her email fuckup (she should probably get a punishment like Petraeus), I wonder how that trial for torture would go for Bush and Cheney. When they talk about how California is a failing state, I like to bring up Kansas. But the circus in Cleveland really makes it appear that the Republican Party has finally jumped the shark (although it was Chachi who spoke at the convention, and not the Fonz). It's been all about tax cuts, guns and the freedom to be an obnoxious asshole and bigot. I did catch a little bit of Mike Pence's speech last night, and I was amazed when he said Trump had an utter lack of pretense. Seriously? I thought Trump was all pretense. However, that Ted Cruz self-martyrdom (or Trump's Cruz heel turn) was the craziest mess I've ever seen at a convention. Thank you, Republicans, for making me feel better about the crazy mess that is my life. At least I'm not a Republican.