Today marks the kickoff of the 2016 Republican Convention, which we fully expect to be a wild, raucous, unpredictable affair which would depress the living snot out of us if we were to actually watch it.
Oh, we'll surely catch snippets here and there when someone says something egregiously stupid, controversial, or both. But for the most part, we're expecting little more than a big cotton-candy scented blast of hot air coming from the proceedings.
At least, that's what we expect inside the hall...
Outside is another story altogether. Consider the recent news: the tragic killing of 3 more police officers in Baton Rouge just yesterday - hard on the heels of the monstrous killings of 5 officers in Dallas. The introduction of delivery trucks as deadly weapons of jihad in Nice, France. Increasingly confrontational anti-white demonstrations by Black Lives Matter and the New Black Panther Party (the Old Black Panthers having long since turned Gray, gone bald, or died in soured drug deals). Demonstrations, we should note, that are encouraged by our cop-hating president - whose anti-police remarks about Alton Sterling's death in the absence of facts were in may well have contributed to the motivation of the Baton Rouge killer.
We'll see Code Pink, Planned Abortionhood, Occupy Wall Street, the "Make America Mexico Again" illegal alien advocates, Union thugs, and of course Bernie Sanders's distraught army of disillusioned youth who are swarming out of their parents' basements (blinking at the sunlight) to demand "No Free College, No Peace!" And sadly, we'll surely see a significant number of miscreants heading into the streets with no agenda other than anarchy and violence.
And even though the circus calliope will be toot-toot-tootling away and the sequined ringmaster will hurriedly direct our attentions away from topics we're not supposed to think about, we can't quite escape the awareness that the world increasingly seems to be on fire - be it devastating terror attacks, Brexit, a failed coup in Turkey, Iran blatantly ignoring their nuclear treaty with Barry while test firing missiles, or Putin stepping up his aggressions when not casually thumbing through Hillary's purloined, top secret emails.
We hope with every fiber of our beings that the seriousness inside the GOP Convention will match the seriousness of the world outside that "big tent." But we doubt that it will happen.
And more than ever, clowns scare us.
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