To all Americans tonight, I am your voice. I am with you, and I will fight for you, and I will win for you! I make this promise: We will make America strong again! We will make America proud again! We will make America safe again! And we will make America great again! Donald Trump 7/21/2016
Well friends the Republican National Convention has ended and as expected Donald Trump came away with the grand prize. Personally I thought for sure that the Republican bigwigs would come up with some sort of backroom shenanigans that would keep the Donald out of the race and save face for the Republican Party, but that didn’t happen. Instead the Republican Party have committed, however reluctantly, to backing the Trump in the upcoming presidential election. They’ve gone all-in on The Donald, He’s the man.
Of course not all Republicans share that sentiment. There was a higher than usual absence of GOP senators and governors at the convention. Also absent were the Bush Brothers or the party’s past two presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney. I guess they had better things to do. Some offered valid reasons for their absence but many simply weren’t there because they still don’t support Donald Trump.
One senator who, despite his negative feelings towards Trump, chose to attend the convention and used the stage to voice his disapproval. In his speech Wednesday night Senator Ted Cruz was booed off the stage, when he told Republicans to “vote their conscience” in November and refused to endorse Trump. I’m still not sure what to think about Cruz, is he a man of principle standing up against the bullying he and his family received from the Donald throughout the primaries, or is he just the poor loser, selfish, big baby he comes across as? From what we’ve seen so far, I’m leaning towards big baby but I suppose time will tell. One thing is certain, if Cruz has any thoughts about running in 2020 he better get over himself quickly. The party has a long memory.
The Convention itself was quite the spectacle. It had it all, floor fights, an attempted forced roll call vote, charges of plagiarism against Melania Trump, Ted Cruz’s selfish rant, a Nazi salute and a Trump acceptance speech that brought the house down! What a show! Truly a media circus.
Now I doubt that talk radio host Laura Ingraham intentionally gave the Nazi salute at the conclusion of her speech, it was more than likely an accident, but the press, to the delight of the Democratic Party, had a field day with it anyway. I don’t understand why, Hillary’s done the same thing on a number of occasions and nobody rags on her. go figure.
And what about Trump’s speech Thursday night? Long huh? Leave it to the Donald to close the show in true Trump fashion with the longest acceptance speech in GOP history. Can that guy talk or what? He may call himself a businessman but I tell you, there’s a politician in there as well. Beginning with his humble acceptance of the candidacy, the Donald was every bit the politician, calm, cool, collected and unperturbed. At times he even looked sincere. His long list of promises was dubious at best but no worse than the hollow promises of past presidential candidates from either party.
In his speech the Donald declared himself to be the ‘law and order’ president saying, “On January 20th of 2017, the day I take the oath of office Americans will finally wake up in a country where the laws of the United States are enforced!” He spoke about destroying winning the war on terrorism, destroying ISIS and curbing the violence that threatens to destroy America today. He pledged to restore the country to her former greatness and lead us back to “safety, prosperity and peace,” a country of law and order. “I have a message for all of you,” he said, “The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon, and I mean very soon come to an end. Beginning on January 20th of 2017, safety will be restored. He went on to promise reforms that will add millions of new jobs and new wealth to rebuild America, immigration reform and improved care and benefits for our veterans. As president he promised he would make America “bigger, better and stronger than before.” “I am your voice. I alone can fix it,”
It was that remark that got my attention. It wasn’t just what he said, but how he said it. I don’t think I’ve heard anyone sound so self-righteous since Dick Nixon. Who does this guy think he is, a Superman? I think he suffers from a messiah complex. He believes he and he alone can save our country. Yes in that moment I realized that I might be listening to the next president of the United States and that scared me a little. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve just lost faith in the system and have no trust of Hillary either. I know our country is in trouble, I know our political system needs fixing and we are in desperate need of change but a Trump presidency would mean a radical change, are we really ready for that? I don’t know.
Trump has set himself up as the great white hope for America and many are buying into it. They’re fed up with the status quo and angry with the system. Trump knows this and says exactly what people want to hear. He says what he wants to say,when and to who he wants, attacks and insults anyone he chooses to, and has no idea what an apology is or why he should have to offer one. Like I said before, he’s a great salesman and he’s selling what they want. The Donald has the masses fired up and is on a roll! Anyone that can shake up the very foundation and principles of the GOP the way Trump has managed to do, deserves attention, but does he deserve the presidency I’m not so sure.
Trump’s massive ego worries me. No one has an ego quite like Donald Trump except maybe Ted Cruz. He loves to boast about his accomplishments and truly believes his own hype. I’ve done this and I’ve done that, I’ve got what it takes, I will do this, I can do that, I will build a wall! I will destroy ISIS! I, I, I! He’s a one man wrecking crew or so he thinks. The Donald has illusions of grandeur, loves attention and believes the world revolves around him. He has no empathy, is cocky, manipulative, and demanding. And like Hillary and a host of other talking heads, he lies through his teeth. Are these really the traits we want in our next president? I believe his narcissistic tendencies will be his undoing. The American people may be enamored with Trump for now but is he really the answer our country needs? Is he really the leader we are looking for? Is either candidate? We’ll find out soon enough.