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FIRST DAY OF THE DEMOCRAT NATIONAL CONVENTION

While I was aware of the protests by Bernie Sanders supporters outside the convention hall during the day and the booing of ex-DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, I didn’t tune in to watch the convention until almost 6:00 CDT. Furthermore, I did want to hear the commentary and watched the Fox News Channel. I watched the speeches of Corey Booker, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth “Fauxkahontas” Warren, and Bernie Sanders.

Common Themes of the Democrat National Convention

Booker, Fauxkahontas, and Sanders talked about what’s currently wrong with this country such as millions living in poverty, millions on food stamps, the lack of opportunity, income inequality, etc. But they seem to forget that a Democrat had the bully pulpit for 7-1/2 years plus they completely controlled Congress for Obama’s first two years in office.  This probably resonated the most with me.

Booker, Fauxkahontas, and Sanders also indicated that Donald Trump’s acceptance speech was a negative one with Booker indicating that with his speech, he incited fear. I have to wonder if any of them watched Trump’s acceptance speech or read a transcript of it afterwards.

Again, all three of them spoke about Trump’s alleged shady business dealings, mentioning the four companies in which he bankrupted and the vendors which he allegedly didn’t pay for their services. We all know there is no love lost between Donald Trump and Fauxkahontas, and the vehement dislike that Warren has for Trump was on display during her speech.

With Fauxkahontas leading the pack, all three speakers did touch on Trump’s alleged racism and his comments about Mexicans coming into this country illegally rapists.

Overall Impressions

While Corey Booker’s speech has only been discussed sparingly, I thought his speech was the most palatable of them all. He began by talking about our founding fathers, patriotism, love of country, and how this country was great.

Booker said felt that Donald Trump incited fear in his acceptance speech last week and accused him of being a racist for his remarks about Mexicans coming to this country illegally, many of whom were racists and criminals. Booker expressed concern about Trump allowing his racist views to affect his decisions. Well, didn’t U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Sonya Sotomayor say that her ethnic background and attitudes would certainly affect the decisions she has to make?

Booker also pointed out that Trump said the he would not allow Muslims to come into this country because of how they pray. What Donald Trump actually said was he would not allow them into this country until this could be straightened out, meaning until they could be properly vetted.  

He ended his speech saying that families were the building block of this nation and that we were a nation, indivisible, under God, and God bless America. Some of the liberals had to have been upset with the mentioning of God and families.

Michelle Obama’s speech was not necessarily as political as the speeches given by Booker, Fauxkahontas, and Sanders. She seemed to dwell on what she and hubby have had to go through and have been called. While she didn’t say it outright, I’m guessing that she was saying she and hubby had difficulties because they’re black, though Barak is half white. You know what, Michelle, everyone has their difficulties and their crosses to bear. But look at you, you’re one of the most admired women on the planet (not by me, of course). Your every whim is catered to. You dine on expensive food, wear expensive clothes, and take expensive vacations. Doesn’t sound like you’ve had it all that bad.

She commented on having to wake up every day in a house built by slaves. She hasn’t awakened every morning during Barak’s presidency in the White House because she’s taken so many vacations. First, the White House was not built solely — or even primarily — by slaves. In addition to the slaves, the labor force consisted of local (from Maryland and Virginia) white laborers and artisans and a number of immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and other European nations. Second, the government paid the slaves who worked on the White House. While many of the surviving records only indicate payments made to their masters, at least one slave — Philip Reid — was paid directly, a sum of $1.25 per day ($31 per day in 2016 dollars).

Michelle also indicated that the United States was a great country, but that’s not what she said eight years ago. Eight years ago, she said, after hubby became the nominee, that this was the first time she had ever been proud of her country. Could she possibly have thought that Barak and Barak alone made this country great?

As one talking head observed, Fauxkahontas ripped the skin off of Donald Trump. This is no surprise since the two don’t like each other. In listing all the things that are wrong with this country and need solving, she directly blamed the Congressional Republicans for these wrongs. Again, like Booker and Sanders, she has seemed to have forgotten that Democrats controlled the Senate and the House during Obama’s first two years in office.

Bernie’s speech was mostly socialism/communism. He thanked his supporters for voting for “political revolution.” He also said to his supporters that he hoped they were willing to pay an enormous price as they begin the transformation of the United States of America. He’s looking forward to being a part of the transformation struggle. Little scary there.

Without actually using the word, “endorse,” he indicated that his full support would be directed her way and from what I understand, he had to beg and plead with his supporters to not cause problems at the convention.

Of course, he called for re-distribution of wealth and indicated that everyone who works a forty hour seek should not live in poverty. He also indicated that the minimum wage should be replaced with a living wage. Then there was more of the “free college” rhetoric. Karl Max 101. What else can I say?

At one point in his speech, Bernie talked about presidents before Obama had added to the national debt. But he failed to mention that Obama, all by himself, tripled the national debt during his presidency.

He also mentioned climate change, indicating that it is a great environmental crisis facing our planet and we must transform our energy from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Moving onto universal healthcare, he acknowledged what all of knew, that he is an advocate of the single-payer system. He wants every American to have access to health care. Wasn’t that what Obamacare was supposed to do, Bernie?

Finally, he called for the breaking up of financial institutions once they became too large, and the re-passage of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act. Bernie is also against the Trans-Pacific Partnership as is Donald Trump.

While a lot of us consider most things that Democrats say as disturbing, there were a few things said last night that should scare any American.

Both Fauxkahontas and Bernie called for shutting down Citizens United. According to its website, Citizens United is an organization dedicated to restoring our government to citizens’ control. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and grass roots organization, Citizens United seeks to reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security. Citizens United’s goal is to restore the founding fathers’ vision of a free nation, guided by the honesty, common sense, and good will of its citizens. According to Wikipedia, it is a conservative 501(c) 4 non-profit organization.

Citizens United is a private organization and unless is it doing something illegal, it has every right to exist. The fact that Bernie and Fauxkahontas (I think) want to shut this organization down should send chills down everyone’s back. Shutting down private organizations such as Citizens United and the NRA is ruthless totalitarianism. Everyone should be scared. Liberals have also talked about shutting down the NRA, another private organization that has every right to exist.

Bernie talked about revolution and while it was by revolution that this country was founded, the very word does scare most of us. More specifically, Bernie talked about the political revolution and said he hoped that his supporters were be willing to pay an enormous price in transforming America. He further said that he was looking forward to participating in the struggles of the political revolution to transform the United States of America. Does this not sound like a declared goal, and one that is to be continued until this nation is completely transformed into the socialist/communist utopia that the liberals desire?

Today, many of the talking heads seem to be slobbering all over Michelle Obama and the speech she gave last night. No one hardly mentions Corey Booker’s speech. Tonight we’re certain to be entertained by Michael Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, and other members of “Mothers of the Movement,” which includes those who had loved ones who died due to gun violence while in police custody or as a result of police actions, whether the actions were justified and the victim was resisting arrest or attempting to kill the police officer, making no difference.

Lastly, former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker. The former chief executive has grown older and has some serious health issues. We’ll be able to gauge how much his health problems and the aging process have affected his once high energy level.

And did anyone of you notice, there are no American flags in the convention hall; and last night, there was no mention of national security, ISIS, or any other Islamic terrorism group?

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