The Republican National Convention can be a painful space. Never again will I voluntarily spend four days around a space filled with so much hate, ignorance, and mediocrity. My goal for this RNC was to engage in an opportunity to challenge my views and learn more about the Party’s platform and goals. Despite earnestly trying to engage and learn about the direction the Party is taking, I am ended up doing quite a bit of retreating. I am more entrenched in my views as a Democrat.
This Convention has been the most unconventional of conventions. The Republican Party is experiencing a shift that could only produce such oxymoronic conditions. The first night of the Convention was marked with strong discord when nine delegations attempting to force a roll call vote to change Convention voting rules, only for the attempt to fail and the Colorado delegation to leave the floor. This unconventional Convention could not even support true democracy from the delegates it had gathered, for it feared it would convey the true level of discord that currently runs amuck in the Republican Party. So, the nation’s most unconventional Convention began with a denied vote. It continued amid protests and constant disharmony on the Convention floor, with few attempts to mollify the crowd.
There have been a few more examples of that. The delegates just booed Ted Cruz off of the stage of the Convention, because he did not endorse Trump. At the same time, Ted Cruz found time to say that people who have had loved ones murdered (he referenced the Charleston 9 and the family of Alton Sterling) and call for forgiveness rather than grieving or calling for violence, should be example for the rest of us to never respond with violence or anger. The leader of the conservative movement, could not forgive Trump’s far less heinous actions, or even endorse him while he was the Party’s nominee at the Party’s Convention, could also find time to make sure victims of violence were the example of forgiveness. While he vehemently refused to endorse his Party’s nominee, choosing to focus the reason on Trump’s insults to his wife.
A few days ago we discussed whether or not this was the worst thing that could happen. At that time, I considered this as a slightly smaller hiccup than the largest catastrophe in modern politics. Now, as I watch Eric Trump wrap up the night’s speakers, I reconsider. The Republican Party wants a business leader who has no experience with policy to lead our country. A man who is not expert on our constitution is supposed to be the leader of this country. A man who does not need to bond with constituents, who publicly disregards minorities, and does not care how he makes his potential constituents feel. As we are a republic, how could we elect to allow this man to represent the United States of America to the rest of the world?
Republicans are clear on their values, and can always point out where their conservatism differs from liberalism and general cornerstones of the Democratic Party. They can easily chastise Clinton and Obama for anything they do, not just because of partisanship but always in relation conservatism. Despite the opportunity they’ve had doing that for the past eight years, they still cannot even identify Trump, a man who is neither conservative nor Republican. The Backwards Democracy of today is the American Republican Party, and they just might take over the White House.