Saturday, July 23, 2016

The US According to Republicans

I didn't watch the Republican convention. I'm grateful to those who made the supreme sacrifice

Having no chance of winning the adulation he craves, Trump is instead hypercharging the thrust of his “Make America Great Again” campaign by painting the U.S. not only as threatened by dark forces, both foreign and domestic, but also as a nation that is inherently unfair and abusive and that is thus in need of a savior: him, “the only one.”

Accepting the nomination, he exploited the murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge and spikes in crime in some major cities to paint America as drenched in bloodshed, including a 50% rise in the number of cops killed in the line of duty so far this year.

Sweet Jesus, I think I saw this movie. Mad Max, right?

Further distorting the truth, Trump pinned the blame for surging crime in selected cities, such as Chicago and Washington, on a supposed “rollback of criminal enforcement” by Obama.

Trump’s insinuation that the President led a drive to go easy on criminals was as insulting to the intelligence as his pledge that “the crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon come to an end” and that “safety will be restored” starting on Inauguration Day.

So, you're saying he might be stretching the truth a bit?

Also to be feared, of course: killer undocumented aliens.

Plus, of course, Hillary Clinton with her legacy of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

Did Melania write this? Here's my favorite part.

Over the last eight years, Republicans excoriated Obama as a rock-star President who promised to make the seas recede and who traveled the world apologizing for America’s sins.

They are now rallying behind a pure celebrity candidate whose pledges are unmoored from reality and who has staked his election on nakedly denigrating the U.S. as a crime-ridden, civil-rights-violating nation that lacks the moral standing to protest global authoritarianism.

Projection is an essential part of the Republican DNA. 

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