Wednesday, April 6, 2016

R.N.C. — the Gathering 2016

© a voice from the rustbelt
Now, there is this summer political event coming to this city. This particular gathering has writers scribbling about the 'great white whale of american politics'—a contested convention.  I see this as possibly being an interesting, and a particularly historic moment.  I do not see a pro-forma coronation. I see a huge defeat coming for the Republicans, perhaps a splintering of the party; which would benefit the country, and the world. There will be several books written about this, and a page (or a paragraph) in history textbooks calling it a 'transformative' event. Such a political convention has not happened in this generation.

Yes, Clevelanders will be effected. A few will make a quick profit, and the rest either inconvenienced and not benefiting. For street hijinks look back to Chicago in 1968. Cleveland will have a black eye. The local establishment will not allow such speech now, because Cleveland always kisses up to someone who is assumed and considered as having money, and therefore clout. Yes, Cleveland is Babbitt city. There is a Bette Davis movie line, “Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night”.

The two leading candidates are repellent to most people. Of course, you may have a different view. Their party is anti-democratic [they are just missing matching uniforms], and as a major party has not a peer in the developed world. Cleveland is nationally known to have a problematic police force. Trump and some of his people are 'speculating' about riots, and days of rage.  I again quote from Shakespeare's, The Tempest, “Hell is empty and all the devils are here”.

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