Friday, August 31, 2012

Six things I learned from #RNC2012


I watched bits and pieces of the Republican National Convention and I kept waiting. I kept waiting for that light bulb moment when I would finally understand why Mitt Romney was truly a viable candidate for the presidency. Would it shock you to know that the a-ha! moment never came?

But here's what I did learn from the Republicans this week:

1. Truth doesn't matter. Really, all of you fact checking watch dogs out there can just open up margarita huts in the Cayman Islands (next to Romney's bank). You are no longer needed. Apparently, things don't have to be true for you to say them. It's kind of like at a jury trial. Object if you like but as long as the jurors have already heard it...

2. Issues don't matter. One mo' gin, can someone give me the Republican rundown on ANY of the major issues impacting the day-to-day and long-term running of this country? Anyone? Anyone? 

3. Buzzwords = good, Details = bad. Romney detailed outlined PowerPointed his five step "turn the country around" plan but did not deign to back any of it up with details. How are you stimulating trade and ending dependency on foreign oil? Exactly? If he knew, he would tell us right? Or has he adopted an "when you pick me, I'll tell you" strategy?

4. Diversity? We don't need no stinking diversity. Alright now - trotting out Condi, some dude I didn't know, a biracial chick from Utah and having Bebe (serious side-eye to Mr. Winans) sing your closing song does not diversity make. Attendees counted what they described as a "handful" of "diverse" conventioneers. Where was the semblance of inclusion? In Tampa, you couldn't have bussed some folks in and given them a sammich to stand near a camera and pretend they cared? C'mon somebody.

5. Celebrity wins. When the biggest buzzword to come out of your convention is #Eastwooding... you're doing it wrong. I know they hate that Schwarzenegger messed all over Maria, he was their go to celeb for years. When an 82 year old celeb gets more buzz than your nominee? Something ain't right. Say what you want about the dems but we like our Presidents to be on some rock star status. Obeezy, Diamond Bill, LBJ, JFK? (Not Carter so much but darn he's a smart, personable guy)

6. Folks can't separate disagreement from discrimination  One thing the Republicans have got to learn is how to disagree with a policy or an ideal without it sounding like racist hate-speak. It's one thing to be disappointed in Obama because he didn't live up to your expectations but ReThugs had their folks all up in the camera calling him socialist, communist, Muslim, evil spawn of Satan... basically everything but a child of God. That kind of hatemongering always backfires. It takes some time but it always loses in the end. Let's make that happen in November, shall we?

And one more for a bonus-

7. Apparently the USA has left the building. So the country is gone? Who has it? Where did it go? Whose was it to begin with? If "they" didn't want "us" here, why did they bring us? Shouldn't Native Americans be waving this "take back" banner? So many questions, so few answers...

So in essence, I learned nothing about the Republican Party that I didn't already suspect. As soon as the balloon dropped, I ran to barackobama.com and gave up some more dollars. I cannot with the Romney of it all. I. CAN. NOT. 

BougieLand, a few questions - Did anything at the RNC surprise you? Who's looking forward to the DNC next week? What do you expect to see/hear? And it's about that time - what are you doing for Labor Day weekend?

39 comments:

MochaMuffin said...

Oh well see.. at least you learned something :-)

TrulyPC said...

I have never looked forward to either of the conventions.  At times its just too much all the way around.  I do watch the DNC because I usually hope to hear sane people talking about issues and concerns that I have.   This weekend I will be relaxing, eating and enjoying my city. #LoveSanDiego 

GrownAzzMan said...

We must have had a race to the donate button on BarackObama.com. I didn't watch nan (yes I wrote nan) second of the GOP hate fest but I saw some of the coverage and of course there is always the twitter. 

So Romeny said when the world has a big job that needs to be done "You need an American". 

WTEntireF? I am so tried of them trying to paint this President as an 'other'. Time to kick ass and take names. 

ARE YOU IN?

Bryan Anthony said...

Actually I was surprised - usually they do a breakdown of the issues and where the Republicans stand vs the Dems but as you say, none of those pesky things like details seemed to be important.
I'm almost scared for the debate. If Mitt doesn't get a platform soon, it's going to be a slaughter.

invectiva said...

I wish I had something to add, here. When I was a kid, Republicans and Democrats were opposed but not HATING. When my parents' candidate didn't win an election, everyone was all, "ho hum, well, better luck next time". At this point I'm not sure if I'm a Democrat or a Republican (neither party speaks for me 100%), but I feel as though if the Republicans win, it's a slow, painful, and humiliating death sentence for the majority of people I know, and this country we live in.

GrownAzzMan said...

Romeny has been running the I'm not the black guy campaign so far. No position on anything but that. It has gotten to the point where the only reporters he will talk to are the good folks at Fox. If they keep fact checking stuff though he may cut them off too.

EvolvingElle said...

Point # 7, did you read my Facebook page on Wednesday??? You can tell me if you did...

As usual, you so eloquently wrote what I was thinking.  Oh, and Mia Love (the Black Mormon mayor from Utah) is not biracial (both her parents are Haitian), but her children are.  I honestly feel that these Republicans have just gotten out of hand.  Well, maybe it's the Tea Partiers that infiltrated.  Or the people that aren't afraid anymore of admitting they don't like Black people.  In any event, bring on the Dems.  And bring on November 7 when all of this is over, and the POTUS has been re-elected.

lawsoncomp said...

That convention basically wrapped up the grumpy white male vote. 

As Romney would say about Obama, "He seems like a nice guy, but...." I feel the same about you Mitt. Mr. Romney, you really believe that to relieve the wealthy of their tax burden will somehow stimulate the economy. Well bless your heart. I guess you forgot that was tried before.

People, you betta get those papers together and vote. I don't care if a typhoon is raging. Our folks went through too much to get the franchise. Don't take it for granted.

Whitney said...

They were down right pitiful on Twitter last night, everytime someone posted a tweet, you saw the true ugly come out...I just try to tell folks have your papers in order and be ready.  I just changed my drivers' license yesterday and registered to vote again.  I will be following up to make sure they have my info correct.

rozb said...

1. I think someone should have changed Clint's catheter because...I still love the Dirty Harry and Man with No Name Eastwood, but this doddering and mumbling is sadly what is to come for him. Clint said lawyers should not be President. Mitt is a lawyer.

2. As for him reaching other minorities? They pulled out all the stops - Hispanics, women, a spattering of Black folk...Hispanic women, even a Sister who is a Republican who giggled her way through her speech. His son did his speech in Spanish, I need to get Rosetta Stone so I could pander to folks as well. But bless his heart - he seemed sincere. I was bemused at times, and looking at the TV like the RCA dog  at others, but it just deepened my resolve to help get President Obama re-elected.

3. Half the time the audience did not know when to clap. They look so befuddled...

4. The Gingrich duo - who does that type of speech unless you are forced to at an awards show?

5. Ryan went all balls out when he lied through his speech - and got fact-checked within seconds of him going some damn where.

6. Family stories are nice, touching, but did not provide me with info as to why I should pick him instead of the incumbent.

7. I am so glad I am on Twitter. I was laughing so hard this week. And add the Daily Show stuff - it did not stop. I will be watching tonight to see Jon Stewart's take on the whole chair skit.

8. Yeah - Clint scuffed up his legacy with the bat-crap crazy chair follies.

GrownAzzMan said...

Hmmmm

Political commentery gets 5 responsesRatchet relationship tale gets 200+ responsesAnd we wonder how the clowns in charge continue to be in charge.

blackprofessor said...

 Methinks Clint is in the early stages of dementia.....

blackprofessor said...

I tried watching Romney's speech last night, I really did! Yet, my body felt like that was a good time to take a nap so let's just say I got up this morning feeling refreshed!

Romney seems like he is a good husband, good father and good grandfather.  Yet, leader of the free world? Not so much.  I need Mittens to have a seat and play with the grandkids while someone who has a clue runs this country.   My beef with Republicans in general is that they cannot see that they are destroying the country with their antiquated policies and actions.  No diversity, no progressive thought, no forward movement just more policies that benefit rich, white, heterosexual men. 

Only1DivaC said...

I was so confuselated (yes I made up the word) the whole time. One minute they said they don't want a government planned life yet they want Congress to redefine rape and dictate when a woman can have an abortion. I was all the way lost after that. Anywho, I've donated and told all my friends, families, neighbors, etc. to have their "papers" in order for Election Day. You will see me with my driver's license, passport, school ID, water bill, electricity bill, etc. up in Far North Dallas that day. I just want to make sure there are no "misunderstandings."

Angel on a Quest said...

 "People, you betta get those papers together and vote. I don't care if a
typhoon is raging. Our folks went through too much to get the franchise.
Don't take it for granted."

THIS. RIGHT. HERE.

Only1DivaC said...

Right!  I've told my people if you don't vote on local, state, or federal level then miss me with all the complaining because you gave up that right.

Lady Ngo said...

I didn't watch any of the RNC, i just caught the highlights. Perhaps the biggest shock was Fox News calling out Paul Ryan on his lies. Who saw that one coming? 

But i am truly moved by how many people are talking politics. Could be because i'm (and by default all my friends/associates are) older and wiser but i am inundated with people who are not only talking but most of them actually know what they are talking about. There are a few dummies in the bunch, but that's to be expected.

Penny said...

Two events from last night straight out of Bizzarroworld:  the Gringrichs (why can't he talk without her?) genuflecting to Regan and that Eastwood whatever you want to call it.  I think Clint needs medical attention PDQ.

Oh, only women with children have important jobs?  Really?  We know Americans women are now having fewer children, some not at all.  Not a good way to get new people to join that big tent you keep saying is open.

Oh, when you need someone to do something big, you need an American??  Huh?  Is that some dog whistle call to the birther movement, or did they really say out loud that no one that lives anywhere else in the world can possibly accomplish anything big?  Way to solidify the country's diplomatic position in the world.  With these folks, same stuff different day.

Mykeia said...

Didn't watch the speech, Mittens scares me and I have no connection to his lifestyle so I will be voting team Demo.
Fact checking is a great thing.
I am not on twitter, but you all keep me informed off the craziness that is on twitter but from what I have gathered, it was a mess last night.  
Get out and vote, donate and debate.
Happy Friday all.

Chriscogmta said...

I watched the entire convention, from start to finish.  I was impressed with the level of passion and zeal they were able to muster.  The GOP is not known for riveting speeches.  Though it was full of lies, Ryan's speech was excellently delivered and did exactly what it sat out to do..... rile up the base! 

There was minority representation at the RNC, my close friend's parents are Texas Delegates and have held office in the RNC sub committees before, so at least 2 black folk were in the crowd.  but the RNC ain't about diversity, as you pointed out, its about success by any means necessary.  if that means causing color arousal to the avg 25 20 so be it.  They just want the power.  This week has demonstrated the GOP platform, get money, get power, keep money, keep power, adjust to little.  it would actually make a good rap song:

MC GOP:
Get money, Get power
keep money, keep power
I WILL NOT LOSE!

thinklikeRiley said...

Call Swizzy and get him to put some beatz to dat. 

thinklikeRiley said...

Dat damn Take Back America picture is pissing me off. 
Lemme see if I understand the GOP meme on coloreds -
Bring em here, make em build it for nuthin, keep em down and when they try to come up, kick em out or lock em away. 
Nice.  Sweet land of liberty, my azz.

Leon X said...

I am going to set up an empty chair and pretend I'm responding to this post.

Eshe said...

The Chair Follies... Love it. I actually LOL'd for real.

Chriscogmta said...

I'm eastwooding at my desk as we speak

aishao1122 said...

i let twitter and y'all catch me up on the RNC, not about to give them anymore time than necessary, plus I was too busy getting all my paperwork in order just in case fools do actually win and I need to be out. the dark ages were particularly bad for women and these two trying to bring it on back, ummm...NO.  In the meantime i'm making sure all these people friends and enemies too know they better show up on that Tues or else O_O

GuessImJay said...

so much win.

Brownbelle said...

 Coming out of lurkdom to co-sign this post! I was especially glad to see that you and some of the other BnB'ers donated to the Obama campaign--I did last night as well. It wasn't much since I'm a broke grad student, but I figure if I can drop $25 on dinner with my friends then I can support Obama. I know too much about our history to take my citizenship and rights for granted, and I don't want to find out how fast we can start regressing under Romney. *shudders*

no comment said...

AMEN AMEN and AMEN at point #7

Brenda Kay said...

Quoting a FB friend of mine (a gay white man): 

"I just bought a 10 pound bag of sugar today, it's NOWHERE NEAR as white as the crowd at the RNC...."  :-D

Brneyed1 said...

I didn't watch any of the RNC; the tweets about it were enough for me.  The Republicans are so far off the deep end I don't know if THEY even realize it.  And I'll be making another donation to Obama2012...maybe tonight I'll pick up the phone when he calls! LOL!


BTW, I YouTubed Clint's "empty chair" speech...all I could do was SMH.

rozb said...

 Why is it their pictures always have angry old white men who have muscles and look like superhero grand daddies?

Tonda Williams said...

#4?  Its called #NEGROSPOTTING...bwaha. I too went DIRECTLY to HAND OBEEZY SOME BREAD DOT COM and handed over  some cheddar. *hmpf* I'm now OFFICIALLY on the recurring cheddar plan. #RNC2012 and their Melanin Blessed, Reality Oblivious crew, scared me into action...

C Nelson said...

 I don't need to wait for the RNC; I've *been* talking. There's nothing they said that was new or different or shocking if you've been paying attention all along. Ask my FB friends. Patriarchal nonsense: check. Greed: check. Lies, damn lies, and we-don't-actually-care-if-you-believe-us lies: check. Dogwhistle to the racists: check. They've been doing this for so long it's no longer news and you didn't need to turn on the TV to know what it was going to be.

Sol_dier said...

"You need an American".
This is one of the reasons I got turned off American politics... 

Sol_dier said...

Talking about the RNC is more like comedic commentary (a reflection on RNC not BnB).

There's nothing there, their behaviour is so outrageous, so childish, so ridic.. that they deserve to be left alone to erupt from their ridiculous euphoria whilst everyone else goes on voter drives, organises to ensure cousin ray-ray an 'em are registered and driven to the ballot box.

American politics used to be interesting to me as an outside observer, now its become a joke and a not very funny one.
I can't begin to even draw up an ounce of interest in the level of banality which these people are displaying.

Time for talk is done, its all about action now. #organisedaction

Sol_dier said...

Wouldn't it be cool if people organised dinner parties and church gatherings around vote eligibility?.

To get in the club, you gotta be registered to vote and have proof?. Church on Sunday, where the congregation are presented with a 'eligibility check list' and groups are appointed to help the process?

In my mind its not enough to have ur eligibility in order and tell friends and family that they have to. More needs to be done.
Organise voting parties, voting get togethers. 
Drive your 18 yr old cousin and his friends down to the registry office, trade a week of dropping off at bball practise for their participation. Worry about the fact they should do it themselves later, the drive is to get the result you want FIRST.

More really needs to be done.

Anonymous said...

Our church is doing this next Sunday! When you enter, everyone will have to show ID to ushers who have been trained in what the appropriate ID for voting is. If your ID is not right, you still get in of course, but the usher will tell you where to go and what to do to get assistance with obtaining proper ID

TC said...

Well said Chele. Well said.

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