The Republicans are flaunting diversity at the podium like they were the ones that made it possible. And the audience that claps so cheerily is white, mostly white. Look! Republicans can trot out people of color. But not because they made it possible.
This is bullshit pure and simple. No progress made in this country in terms of civil rights, women’s rights, immigrants rights, voters rights were the result of the Republican party’s hard work. Except for Abe Lincoln (who did not in any way resemble today’s republicans), the Rockefeller republicans and Dwight Eisenhower, today’s Republicans are a bunch of professional liars, skunks and showoffs.
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, l952
Things that have changed since 1952: their numbers are not negligible and thanks to the Supreme Court they can spend their billions to elect their stooges. And they are not just stupid – they are dangerous, they are mean spirited, they are cruel, they are immoral.
Every single speech at the Tampa Convention so far is about how the speaker’s family came from nothing. Only a party with a candidate who was rich beyond our imagination would actually use the words “came from nothing” to describe someone’s background. No one, not any one, “came from nothing.”
Both Condolezza Rice and the first Mexican-American female governor talked about the odds against them — but forgot to mention that it was the Democrats, not the Republicans that made that possible. Lyndon Johnson sacrificed his political career to pass civil rights. He was a Democrat. A Republican Governor blocked President’s order to integrate the schools. Police forces working for Republican mayors sent vicious dogs to act young people who were just trying to access their rights. A Republican President lied about Weapons of Mass Destruction. A Republican President ran up trillions of dollars of debt fighting wars that were not necessary, killing our young Americans and — oh yes — keeping it off the books so they wouldn’t look so bad.
This convention talks about compassion. For who? The rich? About saving medicare. A lie. About helping our seniors. Another lie.
Now Ryan is talking. A lie a minute. If we don’t vote for Obama, America, President Eisenhower would say we are stupid. And he would be right.
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Gloria. Circa 1955.
Gloria. Circa 2012.
Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.