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The GOP Convention: An Ocean of Hatred

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Archived within the pages of world history there are lethal examples of the impact of hatred generated and nurtured by political parties. Hatred is a monster with a ravenous appetite intent upon consuming all remnants of unity and humanity. Since 2008, with each step, the Republican Party has waded deeper and deeper into an ocean of hatred and anger. The vital question is, will we allow the GOP to drag the rest of America into their self-destructive whirlpool of bitterness?

With all the pageantry and orchestrated malice of a Nuremberg Rally, the Republicans are holding their National Party Convention in Cleveland. In attempting to describe the chaotic and vengeful nature of this convention we could turn to Mark Twain. Mark Twain once said, "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than anything on which it is poured." After the events on the floor of the convention on Wednesday evening that is exactly what is happening to the Republican Party.

Last night at their convention Republican anger, normally reserved for anyone that does not march in step to the conservative drum, was poured on Senator Ted Cruz. Apparently, Cruz was given a prime-time speaking slot without any agreement ahead of time to endorse Trump. As Cruz was wrapping up his speech shouts of anger and frustration thundered in the arena as Cruz stood adamantly at the podium and refused to endorse Donald Trump. Even Sen. Cruz's wife was harassed and targeted by Trump supporters and had to be escorted out of the arena by security. CNN reported that the only attempt to explain Cruz's actions came from his chief strategist, Jason Johnson, who said, "Let me ask: What the hell did they expect from the son of the man who killed JFK."

At this critical time in our history when as a nation we need a renewed sense of humanity and compassion, the Republican Party can only offer more hatred and intolerance. Regretfully, Trumps version of the GOP has proven that it is incapable of the leadership and decency that our nation requires and this Republican Convention of Hatred proves that fact.

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Bob Griffiths has been a progressive writer and blogger for the last 15 years. He has contributed numerous Op-Ed Articles on the topics of education and politics. As a freelance writer he has contributed to Yahoo News, OEN, and local news (more...)

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