So now I think I have heard and read the controversial speech that losing candidate Ted Cruz made at the Republican Convention. To quote the line I heard as a boy in the barbershop, one line in his speech made him as welcome as a turd in the punch bowl to the Trump supporters, who had wanted him to endorse Trump.
While Cruz outlined the typical ultra-right wing talking points, he then urged everyone to “vote their conscience”. Apparently that was stinging to the Trump supporters’ ears, because, well, maybe they have no conscience.
And what a spectacle: Cruz and his wife escorted out of the hall for their own safety. So much for freedom of speech or listening to opposing views. But then politics is rough and tumble and in the past there were violent incidents at conventions.
I’m no Cruz fan, and I think the Republican Party has really gone off the deep end this time, but I agree, one should vote his or her conscience — and that could be for Hillary Clinton or I guess Donald Trump — they are the only two who have a chance of winning.
Tonight is the turn of the man himself, Trump. It will be interesting to hear. I have heard him on at least one occasion speak in complete English sentences and maybe he will tonight.
I have to admit, he has caught the imagination of among many who see the United States as becoming something they do not recognize. Some of it is racism, some of it is rightful resentment of an upper class who not only take advantage of working class people who are Democrats or who follow the Democratic Party ideology, but of working class Republicans. Or just ordinary folks who hold no real ideology, except personal freedom and the right to make a living.
But I am definitely not a Trump supporter. I kind of like the tone of his vice president pick, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, more inclusive, even if I don’t go along with the ultra-ring wing stuff.
Yeah, vote your conscience, I say, but don’t sell your soul.
Oh, and I almost forgot. There was something curious in Cruz’s speech or at least the text I read. It spoke of we (Republicans?) passed the Civil Rights bill and ended Jim Crow. My memory is that the Party of Lincoln about 100 years after the Civil War turned into a party that voted against civil rights for black people (and all). Maybe Mr. Cruz should read up on some not-so-old U.S. history.
Following is my just previous post:
Like so many people, I am too busy working to keep fully informed on the ongoing Republican convention, except since I drive a truck I have caught some of it on the radio, but I feel way behind.
But what is this about Republicans supporting veterans? Correct me if I am wrong but it is Republicans who vote against spending bills that would be required to properly care for veterans. Of course it is probably Democrats too.
And I think it is an outrage that any veteran wounded in war does not get top-notch medical care immediately and all at the expense of the rest of us. We send them to war or they go in our name at the direction of our government, we owe it to them. If I were president I would simply order it done and see who would complain. Of course this would only be for veterans actually wounded in combat or in the combat theater.
And jumping around, what is this “lock her up” chant concerning Hillary Clinton. I think it is a bit over the top. We’re not some third-world or Latin American country that throws the opposition into jail. And as far as I know, Mrs. Clinton did not pull a Julius and Ethel Rosenberg thing and give away the atomic bomb secrets. As far as we know she commingled personal email with governmental email, some supposedly classified but we don’t know for sure that it was actually classified at the time or why it was classified and there has been no evidence presented that any supposedly classified info got into the hands of our enemy from what Mrs. Clinton did.
(And anyway, the government is classify crazy as I understand it. It classifies information that had already been public knowledge or something as innocuous as the daily lunch menu.)
But while we are on the subject, should we prosecute George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and others for falsifying intelligence to lead us into a war we had no business waging and that has led to instability in Iraq and the whole region around it and has led to the growth of the Islamic State terrorist group?
And I wish I had heard the Ted Cruz speech. Don’t care for Cruz, but an enemy of my enemy (Trump) could be a friend of sorts…
Yeah, I’m a bit behind here, but hope to catch up and have a more thorough comment on things by the weekend if not sooner.