As a liberal Socialist Democrat, I wondered if I could tolerate watching the Republican Convention. I lasted about a day and a half. Monday night was an interesting night, and I wanted to hear Melania speak. I thought she did an excellent job, and was quite surprised to hear all the criticism on Tuesday about her using so much of Michelle’s 2008 speech. Plagiarism is such a broad word. While I agree that plagiarizing someone else’s scientific or critical paper is wrong, wrong, wrong, a speech about loving one’s husband is going to carry the same catchwords.
While I deplore that a speechwriter could not have actually written a speech using the same kinds of words, and left Melania open to criticism, I think it is just much ado about nothing. That speech should not have been the basis for a political convention.
As for yesterday, Tuesday, I cannot bear to continue to watch. I do not understand a troupe of people who cannot do anything but preach hate, to a mob of people who know nothing but hate, and wonder if there is going to be a lynch mob rioting on the streets. The purpose of a political convention is to let people know what you plan to do as President and Vice President, or whatever, and not a venue to stir people up to more and more hatred, thus saying nothing at all. You are not worth my time, nor my energy, nor my care.
Even the pundits, especially Chris Matthews, took every advantage to stir the people up. I think Chris Matthews must be a very stupid man. I don’t think he has a brain in his head because he cannot seem to talk intelligently about anything – he just grins and keeps the pot boiling, asking questions that have nothing to do with the candidates, or the hating speakers, other than to keep the pot stirred.
So I have chosen to not watch the rest of the convention. I cannot think of a single reason why I should. I plan to vote for Hillary Clinton – I have the whole time. It seems pointless to even try to see another point of view when all I hear from these Republicans is hate speech, and nothing with any meat on it.
I will watch the Democrat convention next week. At least from them, I expect some intelligent speeches about what the Presidency and the Congress have in mind to help this country get back on its feet. I don’t expect them to have all the answers – We the People must do our part in this as well – but I expect them to lead, and not sit back and watch this country implode.
And with Republicans today, it will implode. There is so much hate in this country that we are no better than the people you claim to hate. You see them on TV carrying their assault weapons and you want to be just like them. You see the hate in the non-religious followers of other beliefs, and you christians want to be just like them. You see them cutting off people’s heads, and you want to do the same thing here. You don’t want this country to be great – you want it to be just as bad and nasty and full of hate as those people in those countries you claim to hate.
I am ashamed of you.