The first time I watched the nominating roll-call at a Democratic convention was probably 1964. I think I have watched every Democratic convention nominating roll-call since that time. I don’t think I have ever watched a Republican nominating roll-call or even a Republican convention. But that’s because I don’t particularly like Republicans, and I particularly don’t like them right now because of the guy they sent to the White House in 2017.
What struck me first about last night’s roll-call was the ethnic, racial, gender, and cultural diversity of the delegates representing the 50 states and the non-state territories like American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and Guam. But more important than the diversity of the delegates was the words they used when they talked about Joe. I heard words like ‘dignity,’ ‘decency,’ ‘honesty,’ being said again and again. I haven’t heard any of those words being spoken in the Oval Office since before January, 2017.
I don’t think Trump’s a Fascist; I’m not against him because he is attempting to destroy American Constitutionalism or any of the hyper-charged criticisms made by my friends on the blue team. I’m against him for one, simple reason, which is that he uses language that demeans and degrades the Office of the President, meaning he’s demeaning and degrading all of us.
The President of the United States doesn’t use profanity. The President of the United States doesn’t insult his political ‘enemies.’ The President of the United States doesn’t call someone a ‘punk,’ or a ‘rat,’ or a ‘low-life,’ or a ‘bum.’ The President of the United States doesn’t talk like some pissed-off old drunk sitting on a barstool in Richmond Hill, Queens.
If ‘sleepy’ Joe Biden does nothing except continue to speak with the same degree of decency and dignity with which he has spoken over the course of his entire career, then he will do more to move the country forward in the first week of his Presidency than Donald Trump has done in nearly four years.
I want to vote for our President to know that every time he opens his mouth, he is not just speaking to me, he is speaking for me. This seems to be a basic tenet of Presidential behavior that Donald Trump refuses to understand.
As opposed to the Democrats, the people planning the GOP convention are playing their cards very close to their vest. They haven’t announced the names of speakers, they haven’t given even a hint at what the convention program will be about. Which leads me to believe that what they intend to do is double down on the most insidious, racist messaging they can get away with, and they’ll use phony video clips and other messaging props to appeal to the lowest, common social denominator, the so-called Trump ‘base.’
Yesterday, one of Trump’s most loyal political base-tenders, Rush Limbaugh, told his audience that the whole Covid-19 threat was going to disappear, and it was only considered a problem by the corrupt, mainstream media which would do anything to keep the story alive. What was his proof? The number of daily cases in Florida which had dropped from more than 14,000 in mid-July to somewhere above 2,000 the past couple of days.
What Limbaugh didn’t happen mention, was that on average, the daily number of Covid-19 deaths in Florida has increased from 50 at the beginning of July to more than 150 every day since August 1st. Today, I received a letter from the Trump campaign asking me to donate some bucks, and the text refers to the virus as a ‘ploy’ being used by the Democrats to defeat Trump and prevent him from making America great again.
First it was the Chinese flu, then it is what it is, now a pandemic which has killed over 170,000 Americans is a ‘ploy.’ But what else can Trump say? I’ll tell you what he’ll say at his convention next week. He’ll say the craziest, nastiest, most racist things that any President has ever said, because that’s who we elected in 2016.
That’s what we’ll get – guaranteed..