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Category: Republican Convention

The Spin on Trump’s Acceptance Speech Begins

I’m listening to Fox News Radio’s coverage of Trump’s acceptance speech tonight. Already, one of the professional nincompoops is repeating, over and over, that there “wasn’t a lot of new material in this speech.”

So what? The things Trump said tonight are the things that got him the primary win in the first place. They are what got him,

(A), the most primary votes in Republican primary history;

(B), thousands of Democratic crossover votes;

(C), a reinvigorated party.

Trump has single-handedly given the GOP new life. He has done it by virtue of what he’s said on the campaign trail. Why would he change it now?

Obviously there’s no reason to change it. The Fox News commenters are just looking for something to dampen the speech with.

Cruz is a Greasy Character

A Ted Cruz quote from a Politico article:

“This isn’t just a team sport, we don’t just put on red jerseys, blue jerseys, and yay! This is about principles, ideas, standing for what we believe in,” he said. “I have to say it was somewhat dismaying that apparently some of Donald’s biggest partisans right down front, when they heard ‘you should vote for someone you can trust to defend freedom … immediately began booing. I gotta say, that’s a little bit troubling.”

Cruz knows why they began booing: because Cruz’s “freedom” rhetoric was just a cover for breaking his pledge. He’s acting like it’s, you know, disturbing that people could boo him when he’s talking about freedom. But he knows full well that they were booing him, not freedom.

He’s very greasy indeed.

Cruz at Convetion: “Vote Your Conscience,” Doesn’t Endorse Trump

Well, this is interesting.

Ted Cruz, during his speech, didn’t endorse Trump and actually told viewers to “vote their conscience” in November.

During the primary, vote your conscience was his signal for “Don’t vote for that immoral New Yorker. Vote for me, the man that shares your values.”

He used the line over and over during the primary, and that was its meaning.

For him to say that at the convention that has nominated Trump by a 500 delegate margin is…strange? I can’t think of anyone with as much unbounded ambition as to not endorse the candidate. Even Reagan endorsed Gerald Ford, when Ford beat him by less than a hundred delegates for the nomination.

The crowd hated Cruz’s statement. They started booing him and chanting “endorse Trump.” They were right.

Cruz has fed a nice little item to the media to attack Trump with. They can take the “evangelical” Cruz’s non-endorsement and wave it around to “show” that Trump hasn’t united the party. Will it make much difference? I don’t know. But handing the opposition such a nice little soundbite is a lousy thing to do. It reflects on Cruz very badly.

For a long time I’ve considered Cruz to be abnormally ambitious. Now I think he may be ambitious to the point of political self-destruction. He can never seem to take a bow and let another run the show. Even during his speech, it had the bizarre feeling of being a campaign rally for him. He acted like everyone at the convention was there to hear him speak.

Strange man.

What is Leadership?

I clicked on the radio for a few seconds earlier and caught a bit of the Republican convention that’s going on in Cleveland right now.

Some woman, I didn’t catch her name, said that America isn’t leading right now. That there’s a void in the world, and that we need leadership.

This has been Republican boilerplate for the past six years now. At almost every media appearance in which they need to attack Obama, they always attack him over “leadership.” They never define what actual leadership is. They don’t actually know what leadership is. Thus they just wave it around like a totem that will cure all ills.

So, what is leadership? I’ll tell you.

A leader is a man that gets his people from point A to point B. Basically he’s a shepherd. His job is to get his followers over the rocks, across the rivers, and around the bends. In short, he is a navigator with executive powers.

Now, the Republicans, to a man, are attached to the idea that life consists of going after what you want. There are no goals that transcend your personal sphere. There is simply what you want. You can have goals. But there can be no corporate goals. That is, there can be no group goals.

Now, a nation is a group, per se. It is a collection of people. If a political party doesn’t believe in group goals, it cannot lead a group, because there is no where that the group can go. To the Republican party, there is no point B: there is simply what you personally want.

That’s why they blather about leadership. It’s just blather, because they don’t actually believe in it. They don’t believe leadership actually exists, because they don’t believe in anything beyond individual wants. They don’t believe in anything transcendent.

Now, the reason groups need leaders is because the ability to see beyond one’s own circumstances is rare. Most people can run their own ships. But to manage an entire fleet requires powers that only a handful of people have. As such, a group cannot lead itself. It requires a man that can see beyond his own life and circumstances.

That is something the GOP cannot provide. It’s loaded with self-seekers and muddle-headed people who think that blathering about individual responsibility will fill the leadership void. Thus they need a leader, like Trump, to descend from the ether and take the reins. Without him, they’d be just as lost as ever.