As an Independent, and ex-McCain fan, I watched the RNC Convention and tried to keep an open mind. Deep down in my heart I was hoping that John McCain would get on that stage, give the GOP the middle finger, laugh hysterically, and announce that he has hijacked the party and is taking it back for the true fiscal Conservatives and Small-Government Republicans. Of all of the things I saw over the week, that was certainly not one of them.
The First thing I noticed was how thick the hypocrisy was.
I saw them trying to convince me that Obama is a celebrity, yet the only celebrity I have seen give a Convention speech was Fred Thompson, who has done far more TV and Film than Obama, Biden, and Clinton combined. Fred Thompson makes his living as a celebrity, yet I'm supposed to believe that celebrity discredits a politician? If that's true, then everything Thompson said must have been Hollywood glitz and glam, and should be taken with a grain of salt, right?
I heard a lot of GOP talk about experience a few months ago, then I see them choose a political nobody for VP. As soon as they made their pick, they switched the platform from Experience to Character. I heard very little about policy and how to fix the mistakes of the past 8 years, and I heard too much about pointless opinions and character traits. I heard life-stories instead of plans and policy, as if the Presidency is a choice as petty as the winner of American Idol. I don't care what happened to John McCain years before I was born. It doesn't mean anything today, and it doesn't make him a better choice for President. I don't care if he single-handedly won the Vietnam war, I want to know what he is going to do about today's economy. I don't care about his views on morality and Jesus, I want to know how he will secure our employment and retirement. I don't care if he was a rebel, I want to see him show that he can think for himself NOW, because he certainly seems like another political hand-puppet.
I think the most disgusting thing I heard throughout the Convention was the fear. I heard over and over again about how "McCain will keep us safe", not "McCain will ensure our financial security" or "McCain will stop the redistribution of wealth" but what sounded more like children scared of the Boogeyman and looking for a Knight in Shining Armor. I never heard anyone express fear over real issues, I only heard them express fear over "terrorism", a concept that has not caused a single death in this country since 2001, fear of enemies who haven't shown their faces in the US in close to a decade. At times I couldn't tell if it was fear I was hearing, or a desperate lust for more Cold War action. But one thing I learned is that Republicans and "Conservatives" are more scared of ideas than they are of actual issues and problems that this country faces.
I never, once, heard anyone say anything at all about the Poor. I guess this just proves that until the poor show up in record numbers to vote, they will be ignored by both parties. As long as they vote less than the elderly Evangelicals, they may as well not exist. The GOP doesn't care if you are starving in an alley, as long as you love Jesus and don't support "baby killers".
I also learned that the GOP doesn't want your vote if you live in a city. They are only shooting for the "Small Town America" vote, so if your hometown has over 20,000 residents, you are not allowed to vote GOP, because you are not "good" enough. I saw a party who cries "ELITISM!!!!" over arugula practice their own form of blatant elitism by worshiping "Small Town America" (though most of the politicians themselves are not from small towns, or humble backgrounds) while trying to demonize people based on the size of the city in which they live.
The straw that broke the camel's back was the negativity. I saw the GOP trying to take both the High Road and the Low Road at the same time. They wanted to attack Obama, while trying to stifle any criticism of Palin. They threw this woman on-stage so she could make her funny insults, and expect the media to go easy on her because she is a woman, ironically, the same thing they criticized Hilary Clinton for.
So here's a recap of what I learned about the GOP:
1) If you have supporters who truly believe in you, you are a Celebrity. Unless you are Republican, then you are lucky.
2) Experience is key, unless the GOP lacks experience, then it's all about cute, folksy life-stories and witty cliches.
3) Life outside of GOP rule is dangerous, and monsters, madmen, and celebrities could invade all 7 of your homes and ruin America.
4) Big Government is BAD, unless it bans abortion and gay marriage, and can protect you at all costs from ever dying.
5) The Poor do not exist, even though they make up LARGE parts of Small Town America.
6) Cities, and the people who live in them deserve to be killed by terrorists, and Small Town America is Holy, and the people who live there are the most important people in America (except for the poor majority, they can funk off).
7) Nobody can attack anyone else's character, unless the attacker is Republican, then anything goes and nobody can complain without being "sexist".
Did anyone else learn anything different?