And On the Other Side…

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The Democratic National Convention is over, and I can officially say they surpassed the Republican National Convention…in the amount of clusterfuckery on display. Between the Wikileaks DNC email scandal breaking just as the convention was about to start, the silencing of Bernie Sanders supporters, and the fake, forced unity shoved down our throats, the DNC made the RNC look like a house cleaned by people with OCD.

Looking at both conventions, I saw a lot of unforced errors (which doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence in either major party candidate). Having said that, the unforced errors at the DNC were more along the lines of having time to fix them, but deciding not to. It’s not like Wikileaks waited until the last day of the convention to spring the email scandal on the world. The DNC knew about it, and still managed to screw up.

Case in point, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Once the email scandal struck, she stepped down as DNC Chair…and was granted an honorary position with the Hillary Clinton campaign. The fact it’s honorary doesn’t change the fact a scandal-ridden politician gave a spot to another scandal-ridden politician who just happens to have been exposed as greasing the wheels for the first scandal-ridden politician.

That’s a lot of scandal being ridden there, kids.

Oh, but it gets better! The DNC decided to replace Wasserman Schultz in the short term with Martha Fudge…who was also exposed in the Wikileaks release. Then, Donna Brazille was called in to head up the DNC until January 2017. Having watched Ms. Brazille on television for a number of years, that’s like replacing a rusted out Yugo with a rusted out Pinto with really touchy bumpers. In either case, it’s not going to end well.

From there, the convention turned the clusterfuckery to 11 (because it’s one higher) and did as much as they could to pretend everything was fine. But once you get past the false front the Democrats tried to put up, you see a lot of problems. I’m not a Bernie Sanders fan by any stretch of the imagination, but the way the DNC treated these potential voters was nothing short of authoritarian. Not only were Sanders delegates harassed and forced to hold their tongues in opposition to Hillary Clinton, they watched their candidate being hamstrung by the DNC during the nomination process and utterly humiliated by speaker after speaker. The whole “Don’t Boo, Vote” phrase? Utter backhand to the Sanders supporters. Having vocal Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman lambasting the Sanders supporters by saying, “You’re being ridiculous”? Another backhand.

But the ultimate knife twist? Having Sanders be the one to move that Hillary be the Democrat nominee. It was a stunning visual, but given what happened prior to that, it was a punch in the gut to see him be humiliated like that. I can’t say whether he was forced, coerced, bribed, or did it of his own free will, but given what Wikileaks released, it would be hard for me to believe it was anything but a means to embarrass Sanders for daring to be a possible Presidential option.

And remember, folks, the Democrats are the ones who believe in diversity, as long as it’s the diversity they want.

And, it only gets worse from here. Attempts to humanize Hillary Clinton were unconvincing because, well, they were trying to humanize Hillary. Bill Clinton’s speech, in particular, was a long trip down memory lane, and it focused a lot on what (but not so much who) Bill did in his political career. Then, there was Barack Obama’s speech. The speech had more “I” references than a narcissistic needle maker.

Then…there was Hillary’s speech. Put simply, she let Donald Trump dominate her speech. Although she did try to put out a more optimistic view, it was obvious Trump bought up property in her head and built a luxury hotel.

But even that wasn’t the worst part.

The key to the sheer ineptitude of the DNC lies with their attempts to appear patriotic. First, there was a distinct lack of flags on the DNC stage. Although some hearty conventioneers broke out Old Glory (which, I;m sure, was completely spontaneous), the lack of flags didn’t go unnoticed. Also, thanks to some members of Twitter, it came out the DNC handed out sheets with chants to drown out Sanders supporters still in attendance.

But the cherry on top of the shitstorm sundae was the fact the DNC needed to put the Pledge of Allegiance…on a TelePrompter.

Congratulations, Democrats. You’ve managed to make the RNC look good.

Conventions

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There is a noticeable and stark contrast between the two major party national conventions. One had abundant energy while the other completely lacks it.

At both, in between speakers and major events, there is a live band playing music. During the Republican convention the delegates were up in the aisles and out of their seats. They were dancing and singing along with the music.

However during the Democratic convention. Most of the delegates are just sitting in their seats looking annoyed. A few here and there are singing and dancing but no one is out in the aisles.

What’s even more surprising about this is that the music is better at the Democratic convention. There should be more joy and happiness because of it. After all their party controls the White House currently as well.

This lack of celebration is very telling. It seems that most Democrats don’t have a sense of humor or fun. This is especially true the higher one moves up the leadership ladder in the party. They can’t laugh at themselves at all. And some will be upset that I even wrote this statement.

They all need to take a break and have some fun without being so serious about everything all of the time. Life is too short for that. And it might improve their mood.

A Unified Front

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This week, Democrats have a chance to show the world how well they could avoid looking like the Republicans did at their national convention last week. And going on 3 days later, they accomplished the exact opposite. As much of a clusterfuck the RNC was, the DNC managed to surpass them.

And it starts with unity.

Going into the DNC this week, it was assumed they would try to portray the Democrats as a unified party. And until the doors opened on Monday, it worked. Once the Democrats tried to do something, though, the unity went out the window, thus ruining the chances of actual unity.

Of course, the DNC being exposed as a bunch of Hillary panty-sniffers by Wikileaks didn’t help matters any. I don’t often agree with Bernie Sanders, but I agree with the fact he got a raw deal from the people who allegedly lead the Democrat Party. And they would have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for that pesky Wikileaks!

Actually, a Scooby Doo villain of the week would have been a lot smarter than the DNC. In the current era of computer usage, nothing is ever completely private. But the Democrats apparently used the same IT people Hillary did because their emails were just as vulnerable and just as damning.

And remember, kids, the Democrats say they’re the smart ones.

But let’s go back to Bernie Sanders for a moment. Like him or not, he represented a lot of people, people who were delegates at the DNC and deserved to be heard. What happened? The DNC did everything they could to silence the Sanders supporters. To the Hillary supporters, the Sanders supporters were subhuman and should just fall in behind Hillary like good little drones in spite of being told their opinions didn’t matter.

And these folks think Donald Trump’s followers are cult-like?

The Democrats’ allies in the media are doing everything they can to try to shape the narrative that the DNC is the epicenter of unity. But it’s all a front to hide the fact the DNC isn’t unified by any reasonable stretch of the imagination. There are clear divisions that won’t be healed by forcing Sanders supporters to heel to a fundamentally flawed candidate who changes positions on topics like Cher changes costumes during concerts, or like Cher changes body parts.

And that discord is reflected outside of the DNC. The cameras may not be on the protesters, but they’re there, and they’re not happy.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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After a relatively quiet Republican National Convention, the Democrats have their national convention this week, and with it comes a plague: protesters. I think it’s one of the Biblical plagues, right after locusts and Amway salesmen. This gives us a good chance to look at protesting through the Leftist lens.

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What the Left believes it means: an expression of outrage protected under the First Amendment designed to raise awareness of social and political issues many people don’t know exist

What it really means: an excuse for Leftists to act like assholes

When Leftists get really upset about something, they often take to the streets with signs, chants, and passion. I don’t mind that so much. What I mind is what they often leave in their wake: a lot of trash. Especially on Earth Day! But at least it’s biodegradable trash…kinda.

The key to understanding Leftist protests is remembering they operate emotionally. They don’t worry about details like making sense or having a cohesive and sustainable message. You just need to feel passionately about the cause.

Take Astroturf Wall Street, for example. When they burst onto the scene, it caught the attention of a lot of people, mainly on the Left. What did they stand for? Initially, it was to hold Wall Street accountable for alleged crimes that lead to the financial crisis, but it grew into other ideas including demands for free college, getting rid of capitalism, and any number of other ideas that had nothing to do with Wall Street. And now years later, Astroturf Wall Street has morphed into…Bernie Sanders voters.

Well, at least they’re still recycling, even if it’s bad ideas.

The way Leftist protests grow is through absorption of other Leftist groups to give the illusion of size. You may have a group that wants to preserve the habitat of the rare Speckled Gecko With an Overbite, but that group would probably fit in the closet of my first apartment and still have room for my comic book collection. Then, that group might know someone in a Socialists For Free Ice Cream group, who mobilizes its members to join with the Speckled Gecko With an Overbite crowd. Before you know it, the original group grows and grows with the inclusion of groups like Luddites for Nuclear Energy, the Gay and Lesbian Dog Walkers Association for the Advancement of Professional Wrestling, and, if you really want to be silly, the Clinton Foundation.

Once you get that many people together, it’s going to raise attention. Large crowds typically do that. That is another way the Left judges the success of its protests: how much media coverage they can get. Then, they figure out a spokesperson to represent the original group’s mission and give the illusion the entire protest is made up of people who agree with the cause. This, in turn, may make others believe the cause is valid and popular, so they join in.

In short, it’s based on a series of carefully crafted lies.

But if you’ve noticed, there’s one thing missing in each step of the Leftist protest process: people actually trying to make an argument in favor of the cause. That’s one of the little details the Left doesn’t bother itself with that I mentioned earlier. Oh, they have slogans they’re willing to repeat, but slogans do not an argument make. And that’s the Bottom Line. (Wait…wrong outro, wrong blog.)

Look. It’s great to be passionate about a cause, but if that’s all you invest in it, it’s not going to go very far. The truly lasting causes are the ones with passion and intellectual heft. Like finding Waldo.

Stacking the Deck

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There is a lot of confusion this election cycle when it comes to choosing the Republican nominee for President. We have a lot of first time participants and candidates this time around. So I hope this can clear up some confusion.

Remember that our government and political structure is that of a republic. We are not a direct democracy. The people vote for other people who will represent them. The popular vote in the caucus and primaries isn’t to determine the winner. It’s determine who will represent the people.

The delegates to the National Convention are chosen by and from the delegates at the State and District Conventions. And those delegates are chosen by and from the County Convention delegates, who are in turn elected by those attending the local caucus. In a primary state, there would be a slight difference of course.

The RNC sets the rules that the state parties must follow. This cycles rules were that delegates to the National Convention would be bound by the votes during the caucus or primary. How many rounds of voting are binding is up to the states. For most it’s just the 1st round, for others it can and is higher.

In the case of Colorado, they didn’t have a vote during the caucus, so no delegates were bound by vote. The delegates were bound by other criteria during their District and State Conventions.

This is where Donald Trump made his biggest error in the campaign. Once the voting was done at the caucus or primary, he pulled out of that state. It’s easy to understand why. Donald Trump isn’t a politician, he is a business man. In business once the board votes, it’s a done deal. But this is not true in politics at all. There is still a lot of dealing to be done after the vote. This is to secure delegates who will vote for your nomination in all rounds if possible.

Ted Cruz on the other hand is a born politician. He wants the presidency more than anything else. He stayed in those states in force to covet the delegates to his favor. If he can’t win on the 1st round, he will take it in the 2nd round at the National Convention.

Donald Trump only has 2 options. Come into the National Convention with the needed 1237 bound delegates. This will secure the nomination on the 1st and only round. Or attempt a rules change before the nomination voting begins. The first option is the best of course as a rules change can cause more problems.

For Ted Cruz, he has no chance of coming into the National Convention with the needed 1237 bound delegates. His plan is that Donald Trump wont have the needed delegates either and win on 2nd round ballot when the majority of the delegates become unbound. Failing that, he might also attempt a rules change before the voting. He could hope to unbound the delegates on the 1st round of voting even if Trump has the 1237 delegates. Or his chosen delegates could just vote for him on the 1st round anyway, breaking the rules.

In my experience attending multiple County, District, and State Conventions. Rules change attempts happen all the time. Most are shot down. So an attempt can very well be made. And it’s possible for it to pass.

Ted Cruz has been stacking the deck with his delegates. This gives him a good edge if there is a 2nd round vote. It can also help him if there is a motion to change the rules in his favor.

These are both plans that Ted Cruz and his team are considering. If I was in his position, I would make similar plans. Either way he can get the nomination if these plans work in his favor. And his odds are good since he has courted the delegates.