Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Democrats are unified around division

I was amused at the theme of this year’s Democratic Convention. Unity. They announced the theme then proceeded to divide the country. The only thing they’re unified on is division.

All of a sudden the coronavirus is Trump’s fault. Is anybody buying this? Hard to tell. The first night of the “convention” tanked. It was 28 percent lower than the opening night four years ago. That’s to be expected given the circumstances, but it was also about content. It was—in a word—boring. Everything was pre-recorded. Heck, Michelle Obama’s speech was pre-recorded even before Joe Biden had picked Kamala Harris as his running mate, which left some viewers wondering if she had simply snubbed her. How busy are you that you can’t wait until Joe picks the running mate before you record your speech?

Meanwhile, Donald Trump was on tour making a couple of stops in battleground states. The Democrats complained that tradition states the opposing candidate lays low during the other party’s convention. Donald Trump is nothing if not unconventional. He actually had a live audience. It was so much more exciting than anything on DNC-TV.

What the Democrats harped on was how bad Trump is. Andrew Cuomo said Trump didn’t create division, but division created Trump. That’s actually true to a certain extent. What created Trump was a lack of awareness from both major parties. The reason Trump connected is because he was saying some things neither party would dream of saying out loud. We have to build a wall. We have to stop getting raped by China. We have to embrace capitalism and completely shun socialism.

For too long the Republicans have gone along to get along. Can you imagine what a Romney presidency would’ve looked like. We’re better off that he lost. It gave America four more years of unbridled liberalism to figure out that’s not what this country is all about. If there’s any single person who’s most responsible for Donald Trump it’s Barack Obama. The vote in 2016 was not only about Hillary, it was about more of Obama. The people rejected it.

But not by much. Trump was savvy enough to actually campaign to the Electoral College. The Democrats were campaigning to win the popular vote. Both won, but Trump won the only one that counts. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but the Democrats may be doing the same thing again.

This business of mail-in voting—which I call mail-out voting—is not popular with the American people. Try as they may to convince people it’s the same as absentee voting, it’s not. Absentee voting is when you personally request a ballot. Mail-out voting is when they mail out a ballot to everybody who’s registered to vote, regardless of whether they’re dead or they’ve moved.

President Trump has been watching this coming for months. It’s like sitting across the street from a bank and watching it get robbed in slow motion. OK, there’s the getaway car pulling up. Now they’re getting out of the car. Alright, they’re putting on the ski masks. They’re walking in the door. They’re getting ready to rob the bank! That’s what Trump’s been seeing, and the mainstream media want you to think he’s delusional. Instead, they want you to believe he’s taken over the post office and is scooping up drop boxes all over the country, neither of which is true.

But that’s the playbook of the Democrats, and it has been for quite sometime. They don’t have a platform. All they have to sell is fear itself.

Phil Valentine is the host of the award-winning talk radio show, The Phil Valentine Showon SuperTalk 99.7WTN in Nashville. He's also co-host of The PodGOATs podcast and I'm Calling Bovine Scatology.

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