Grab Your Popcorn: Republican National ConventionĀ 

This next week we will see the Grand Old Party, Republican Party begin the Convention season in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican National Convention (RNC) has descended on Cleveland, and it will be a rocking, raucous performance of patriotism and most important a celebration of the party’s political platform and presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. This last year’s presidential election and primary and caucus season was like no other. Sure, there was the usual suspects and at one time almost two dozen candidates; however, when Trump threw his name into the ring many wondered if this was real and others nodded in support of his campaign. We witnessed the political dynasties rise and fall. The so-called Republican establishment did not perform well. Recall, Jeb Bush at an event asking the attendees, “Please clap.” This was not a shining moment for the Bush dynasty.
Tea Party darlings did not make as much progress as some suspected. If anything, this election was about forecasting and humility. I know that I have said repeatedly that I need a hat made into chocolate so that I could eat it. I suspected that Bush, Rubio or Kasich would make it further, and they did not. It’s clear that this was the anti-political establishment election. And, couple this with the #summerofviolence, #blacklivesmatter, and countless other hashtags on social media channels. It is clear that there is lots of political and social unrest in the United States.  

What will we see at the RNC? We will see lots of red, white, and blue. Multiple references and endorsements to the party’s platform, references to the sanctity of the nuclear family, endorsement of Trump, references to the Judeo-Christian God, and the repeated taking down of the Democrats and their presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton. The speakers will go out of their way to explain how they are different than the other party. 

The RNC is a moment of promises, wishful thinking, and a look back at the way things used to be and how we can return to this time with a Republican president in the White House. Make no mistake, both conventions will be political performances rife with platitudes, and condemnations of the other party. Make sure that you look at the websites for each conventions, as it’s interesting to see how the conventions are laid out and the array of services for the attendees. Grab a bag of popcorn, a notepad and pencil or your smart phone. There will be lots of sound bites and media ready quotes from the array of speakers. 

Patriotism and Pop Culture: Captain America and More

I’m still on my post-Comic Con #SDCC #Con high. What a great convention. On the last day, I skipped out for a few hours and went to Horton Plaza to catch “Captain America.” Wow, did I get my annual dose of rah, rah, sisboom, bah, America kicks ass injection! And, all festooned in red, white and blue.

Now, I like most people understand that Nazis are bad, evil and cruel. So, having Captain America fight against them or an evil related enemy is a no brainer. What I am thinking about is all the focus on the US, war or American patriotism in the movie, but also on display at some booths at the Con. It was pervasive if you looked for it.

This is more than seeing the red, white and blue on the shield, uniform, and bunting. But, also the notion of the US being best. We save the rest. And, all of you non-Americans need to remember this. This paragraph is dripping with sarcasm–in case it wasn’t obvious.

I’m also thinking of the spate of booths set up with an American motif or the comics with the storyline that also focus on militarism, violence and good old Americana that include a certain type of American Values. I’m ruminating about the Con and more blog posts to come.