The LuLac Edition #3263, July 29th, 20016.
Then I turned on the radio.
That’s when I heard local talk show host L.A. Tarone and one of his callers talking about the Democratic convention and how the party was hiding it’s true colors or something like that. To be sure the host debunked the story that there were no flags at the Convention. But the caller implied that the Democrats never embraced the military but were doing so now to win favor with voters. I didn’t hear the rest of it because the guy sounded like he was calling from the bottom of one my Cousin P.J.’s Waste Reduction dumpsters. But I got the gist. Then the painter from Scranton called yammering about his car on display on the Square and started bitching about how all the illegal immigrants are sucking up health care costs amd how there were no police at the convention in his usual monotone cadence. I turned it off because I have no use for “I got mine, I’m not gonna let you get yours” types.
But it got me to thinking. Pundits on TV as well as local radio are saying that it is surprising that Democrats are putting more traditional constituencies on stage that used to be highlighted by Republicans. Here’s the thing. The Conservative wing of the GOP does not have a franchise on patriotism. Democratic voters have shed their blood in wars. Democratic voters love their country. Democratic voters are also police and firemen that have lost their lives. An amputated limb or a third degree burn knows no party.
So before we act surprised the Democratic convention highlighted these people, let’s remember one thing. No Democratic citizens loves this country any less than any Republican.
But given what I heard today, you’d never know it.
Another caller the other night (she’s habitual but at least she has a working phone) asked the host why those dumb Democrats had speakers on past 11PM eastern time. She posited that most working people go to bed early.
Well……………………see this is not a blunder but a strategic move. Conventions don’t work in a vacuum. It might be 11 Eastern here but 10 in the Central time zone and on the west coast it is 8pm. The point is to get the ENTIRE country watching. Now I know the temptation is not to think out of the Wilkes Barre mind set and time zone but that’s why they ran past 11.
A few convention speeches I’m going to share with you. The first is a tough talking speech from a General. His name is John Allen and of course the no nothings on FB said that he was pencil pushing lackey the Dems dug up to justify their patriotic chops. Allen indeed led troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and served as the U.S. envoy to coordinate the international fight against the Islamic State group. So to say he was nothing less is just downright dumb.
Here’s what he said the Thursday night.