The convention season is almost over. And now it is time for the comparison. I attended The Republican Convention last week and watched the Democratic Convention this week. The first thing that I will say is that the Democrat Convention is very entertaining. It is a true “reality show” with the audience delegates as lively as the “studio audience” at the Price is Right.
The music is great, performers are wonderful. And why is this important? Because they have all been reduced to bit performers and monologists. Pure theater, from Bill Clinton’s fairy tale story of his courtship with Hillary minus the blue dress, the desk, the cigar, adultery, rape allegations, impeachment, Benghazi, racist, sexist, homophobic and snarky “lost” emails. I was just Bill and Hill, a chap house, a Chevy van, water breaking then a kid emerging (the greatest day in his life according to him), and them strolling off to aid poor Black kids go to school in racist white towns in the South, the Midwest, the north and wherever she was needed. This was accomplished with the daughter who emerged, theatrically clutching her neck with tears welling up in her eyes. Ahhhhh, the drama of it all.
Cory Booker gave his “love” sermon in which he got the major tenet incorrect: “We are not called to be a nation of tolerance,” he said. “We are called to be a nation of love.”…… Ummmmm America is composed of many ethnic groups, points of view and temperaments. I don’t “love” everyone I come in contact with and I don’t want to be forced to “love” everyone I see. That is a Simon and Garfunkel or Beatles song from the 60’s, in “real life” we should live and let live which is tolerance. You can not mandate “love”. I really hope this guy does not ever want to be President because he does not even know the form of government we have in the USA.
The the duet of Lena Dunham and America Ferrera. “Hi. I’m Lena Dunham, and according to Donald Trump, my body is probably, like, a 2.” “And I’m America Ferrera, and according to Donald Trump, I’m probably a rapist.” If she feels that she is a “2” and America feels that she is a “rapist”, then so be it. Trump made mention of neither of these women……. As all actors in this fantastical whimsy called the Democratic Convention…….. it is all “made up”.
And what else is made up? The theory that the Russians have hacked the Democrats.
What about the Republican Convention? Not as “glitzy” but it had a more personal appeal. Relevant topics were presented and discussed stressing the need to address violence against police, – a remarkable number have been killed this year alone.
Ted Cruz was notable in his dissension and that was his right. Another unfortunate occurrence was the speech by Melania Trump. I am sure that she was embarrassed and I felt bad for her.
So……. what was missing? Black people. Hispanic people. Asian People. Not one Black woman spoke at the convention. John Burnett is the lone black delegate from the state of New York at the Republican National Convention. Throughout the hour-and-a-half long roll call, only 10 women spoke. To put that in perspective, consider that there were 56 delegations present: one from each of the 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands. What’s more, a couple of those women were not the only people to speak for their states, and instead shared their moment in the spotlight with a male delegate.
There are more transgender delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention than there were African-American delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week.According to various tallies, about 27 or 28 transgender delegates, super-delegates and committee members will serve at the DNC, which gaveled in Monday night.
Only 18 African-Americans served at the GOP gathering, a turnout that reportedly marked a historic low for the last century. One Black journalist said “a lot of white people had put their hands in my hair, offering compliments” – she had braided purple or blue twists in her hair……. I doubt that anyone did this….
The other striking difference was the number of minor players both in business and art, the lack of elected officials wiling to speak and a political air. We met the rump family through their speeches and saw much of him.
Bottom line, this is a different election and that difference might well be for the good overall. I did not attend the 2012 Republican Convention and did not watch one minute of it until Clint Eastwood’s skit. a couple of people I know tuned in for a moment or two but on the whole there was little to no excitement for Mitt Romney nor his convention, unfortunately.
The difference is that this year…… It is Trump who is eliciting the excitement. This election is little about politics and a lot about the iconic figures and what they represent not the party.
I know who I am voting for and it won’t be to break a glass ceiling……. And it won’t be on the basis of color. The GOP struggles to attract voters of color. But color can not be the only basis for this election, But I have one last thought here …… maybe someone can answer it!
“Black people have essentially no where to turn to, and in that sense are like blue collar whites. The Republicans have never supported them, and over the last few decades, the Democrats have morphed with the Republicans and big money. Middle class jobs whether for blacks or whites have been shipped overseas, or undercut by illegal immigration. So what you see is anger from both groups. Democrats think they’re being “open minded” for promoting a $15/hr minimum wage. But that’s still a minimum wage, and the next rung on the economic ladder has been cut out and globalized.”