I am observing the Republican National Convention from a distance; not only a physical distance, since I’m some 1,200 miles away, but also by reading about the proceedings a day or two away. Or, as Ace put it,
I don’t believe in doing #HotTakes while I watch television as seems to be the passion of the rest of the online community.
Monday evening’s speeches at the RNC were newsworthy:
- On the day Rudolph Giuliani talked about the war on cops, KCK police captain Robert David Melton was shot dead.
On the day that Giuliani was saying,
We must not be afraid to define our enemy.
It is Islamic extremist terrorism. I did not say all of Islam. I said Islamic extremist terrorism.
the knife intifada raged in France and in Germany, while a group called Ansar al-Khilafah Brazil has become the first group in South America to pledge allegiance to ISIS.
- Pat Smith directly accused Hillary Clinton for the death of her son, Sean.
Benghazi survivors Mark Geist and John Teigen described the horror of being left to fend for themselves on September 11, 2012.
Sheriff David Clarke described the Occupy and Black Lives Matter movements “anarchy.”
The next day, Chris Christie prosecuted Hillary Clinton in his speech.
The media, including many conservative bloggers, focused instead on Melania Trump’s speech. They have their undies in a bunch over a speech that cribbed from a speech that may have been cribbed from Alinsky years ago – and yet, a speech that could at best be described as Platitudes 101.
Hey, it’s a free country, so if you want to use the speech as a distraction from real issues, knock yourself out.
But by now it’s Wednesday, and, as of the writing of this post, the speech story still tops Memeorandum. It’s about time you shift your focus on the hard reality facing America, and, if you consider yourself a conservative, maybe you should try asking, for instance, Do Candidates Need a Campaign?, because, as Roger Kimball points out, “it is not immediately clear that Donald Trump, who is running for President, has one.”
No real campaign, and yet, the real issues aren’t going away. Turkey, where NATO has a base, is being turned into a dictatorship, and there’s more evidence that the Obama administration caved into Iran’s demands:
The document, obtained by The Associated Press in Vienna, outlines Tehran’s plans to expand its uranium enrichment program after the first 10 years of the nuclear deal.
It’s the only text linked to last year’s deal between Iran and six world powers – the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany – that has not been made public
To many of Hillary’s supporters, that’s a feature, not a bug.
And I haven’t even started on issues affecting the economy.
While I’m at it, Ted Cruz – who had a real campaign – is speaking tonight. As a Ted supporter, I’m extremely pessimistic about the kind of treatment he’ll get from the media.
Unless, of course, one of Trump’s relatives again cribs a paragraph or two from someone else.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.