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A Pageantry Of Lies and Buffoonery

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Political conventions are a mix of theater and fawning genuflection to the party's presidential candidate. They are decisively partisan and have the aura of designed, ordained perfection. It is the benign acting out of the Cult of the Personality - the is only one person that matters and everything resolves around that individual. Here in America the two major political parties, Republican and Democrat, try to outdo each other every four years with pomp and pageantry, and boring odes to their hand-picked and party-stamped standard bearer ad nauseum. In all of the foregoing respects, the 2020 party conventions did not disappoint, but never before have Americans been treated to the kind of unadulterated puffery and pompous, self-serving ingratiation and such a profound pageantry of lies.

While the Democratic Party's virtual convention anointing its chosen son, Joe Biden, was also guilty of the sickening hero-worship, and political beatification of Biden, amidst some stretching of the truth and tinkering with the facts, the Republican convention deserves an A+ for its brash, bold and mountains of crass lies, doctored facts, and plain obfuscation of the truth. They really out did themselves this time and the 2020 Republican Convention will enter the history books as the most politically filthy of conventions.

And, yes, many people worked to produce the Republican reality TV show, but we can conclude that all of its tacky, tawdry, nepotistic bombast and preening, strutting performances, flowed from one mind, Donald Trump's. It was political Frankenstein 2.0 on prime time TV starring sundry ghouls, goblins and trolls in suits and ties, $1,000 designer dresses and gaudy make-up.

For me, while the first two days were just the warm up, Wednesday's theme of "A Land of Heroes," was a Trumpian peon to America's soldiers. But no amount of glib statements, flowery language, and on-screen body language could hide the fact of Republican finagling the spotty dignity of soldiers and police officers for their own grubby needs. Singing the praises of "President Trump" and his supposed greatness, deal-making poweress, and astute political skills, the convention papered over the fact that while Vice President Mike Pence was crowing about his boss's genius, America reached a tragic milestone of 180,000 dead from the COVID-19 pandemic made worse by Trump's malfeasance, incompetence and inefficiency.

And while Pence had great difficulty in putting the pandemic in context and could muster only three references in his speech he adroitly brushed aside the present American horror falling back on thin, gossamer deflection before pivoting to ersatz praise for the man whose monumental failures now makes America the laughing stock of the world, and exposed the vapid, hollow fallacy of Trump & Company's "Make America Great Again."

Of course, no amount of cinemographic or chorographic sleight of hand can disperse the stench and putrid rot of this kakistocracy and its nepotistic enablers. Indeed, the Republican Convention will go down in history and infamy for the eagerness and glee with which a procession of noxious "mini-Trump-mes" and minions visited upon the American people a wild-eyed, comic succession of frauds and grotesque fantasies. It was like we, or they, were residents of another planet and engulfed in a Trumpian reality of alternative narratives, facts and truth. Yes, the biggest casualty of the Republican dog and pony show was truth - murdered, butchered, and brutalized on stage over, and over again.

This convention also exposed the utter cowardice of the Republican Party and its morbid and abject fear of Donald Trump. One by one they have sold their black souls to the devil and are all in with the daily bullying, political histrionics, faux bravado and cons that has been the modus operandi and hallmark of this POTUS since he was a boy. It was a sad and sorry performance worthy of a tin-horn dictator to see these once "proud Republicans" jump to their feet applauding to every crackpot utterance, every insulting pronunciation, cheering and grinning on cue. For a while I thought that I was in North Korea.

Is this what a once proud nation has come to? A caricature minstrel one-act starring a third rate, comic actor? And as Trump pinned his hopes on a foreign policy win on the shameless bullying of his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, he took his party's nomination in the midst of an abysmal foreign policy failure of epic proportions. Pompeo left the Middle East humiliated. He failed to get the Sudan to accept the $300 million American bribe to cozy up to Israel, he angered the Saudis who rejected any new diplomatic initiatives with the Jewish State, and Trump's United Arab Emirates (UAE)/Israel ties lay in tatters after the Israel opposed the American sale of F-35 jets to the UAE as the bribe to get Trump this diplomatic breakthrough. The man the New York Times called "the worst secretary of state ever," Pompeo ended his Mideast tour without a single state agreeing to normalization with Israel. Bahrain, Oman and Sudan all fail to follow UAE's lead.

So, as the Republican Convention wound down with a president absolving himself from any and all blame for the sorry state of America today, he and his enablers tried desperately to whip up fear and panic in American society. They tried to browbeat and bully Americans to accept a version of Trump/Republican reality that's devoid of facts, truth or sanity. As they painted a gruesome, dark picture of America in 2020 and told Americans that this will be Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's reality, it was almost comical and laughable. You see, the picture of mass protests, ginned up white supremacy, police murder and a disdain for law IS DONALD TRUMP'S AMERICA today. He's had 3 years to make things right. He's failed monumentally and spectacularly. He promised to "drain the swamp." Like many other promises, he's broken that one too. Truth be told, Donald Trump is now wallowing and swimming in the swamp.

Yes. We will build a beautiful wall [on the Mexico/US border] and Mexico will pay for it. That's what Donald Trump told America and the world in 2016. Now its 2020 and he says: "We have already built 300 miles of border wall." As of August 7, some 275 miles of barriers had been constructed on the US border with Mexico -- but just 5 of those miles were erected in places where no barriers had existed before, according to official statistics provided to CNN's Priscilla Alvarez by US Customs and Border Protection.

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