Today, I’ll just cheat and post my Tweets from the RNC last night

Sorry, I just don’t have time to write a separate post.

Here are some Tweets from last night. You may find some worth responding to. Otherwise, treat this as an Open Thread…

While Ted Cruz was talking:

I think this is during Eric Trump’s speech:

This was Callista Gingrich:

Finally, Mike Pence:

A postscript from Bryan:

16 thoughts on “Today, I’ll just cheat and post my Tweets from the RNC last night

  1. Phillip

    Mostly this whole convention is just making my head explode, especially the inconsistencies between some of what we heard from the stage about foreign policy vs. some of the things Trump seems to believe. You know, Christie excoriating Hillary for the reset button with Putin and “cozying up” to him, but then Trump has expressed some admiration for Putin and apparently is not all that bothered by threats to the Ukraine. So which is it? And there are many more examples…I guess it’s the tension in the GOP wing between the hawkish interventionist wing and the more skeptical, anti-neocon wing. Trump sometimes seems to embody the two views simultaneously, depending on who he’s talking to or who’s doing the asking.

    The debates are going to be riveting. I’m not sure how I would advise Hillary. This might not have worked in the circus that was the GOP debates, but in a two-person debate it might be best for her to stay cool and let Donald hoist himself on his own petard, and just calmly pick apart his ignorance, ego, and temperamental unsuitability to be commander in chief. Will the Donald even prepare for the debates?

  2. Karen Pearson

    Will the Donald let her get a word in edgewise. Will the moderator require him to do so? Will he stomp off because that’s “not fair?”

  3. Claus

    Just read through these. As far as I know the Pledge of Allegiance was stripped from most if not all public schools sometime in the late 1980’s – early 1990’s. About the time that Political Correctness became a requirement and they took the American flag out of classrooms.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Care to cite a source?

      I briefly Googled last night before Tweeting that, and just did another quick search now. I see no evidence to support what you say.

      Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find anything comprehensive on the whole country that is also up-to-date. Most items I see deal with one state or another.

      But in general, what I’m seeing indicates:

      — Students are REQUIRED by law to recite the Pledge in at least half the states.
      — I haven’t found any states where reciting the Pledge is banned.
      — There’ve been loads of lawsuits filed — by atheists, or Jehovah’s Witnesses — against laws requiring the Pledge to be recited. The plaintiffs lost every one I looked at, but there could be some where it went the other way.

      Anyway, I’ve seen enough to know that the burden of proof pretty much lies on anyone claiming that the Pledge has been banned from our schools. I see NO indication of that…

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        UPDATE: I found one! Sort of.

        In 2002, the 9th Circuit — the most absurdly left-wing appeals court in the land — banned the Pledge in schools in… their circuit. This is the circuit that convenes in … wait for it… San Francisco.

        What happened then? Well, the Supreme Court overruled the 9th Circuit. So, no Pledge ban…

        1. Claus

          May not be a “ban”, but schools that I know of don’t recite the pledge every morning like we did. I also haven’t seen an American flag in a classroom in years. Back in the 70’s and 80’s there was one in every every home room.

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        And everywhere else, to my knowledge.

        We also start all of our meetings of the Community Relations Council with it, which takes me back to school days…

        1. Tex

          Brad, don’t you have grandchildren who are grade school age? Ask them if they recite it every morning.

      2. Phillip

        Of course I would prefer it revised to “one nation, under the unknowable mysteries of the universe, and with liberty and justice for all, one would hope.” But that’s a bit wordy, I admit.

    2. Pat

      South Carolina Code of Laws
      SECTION 59-1-455. Time for pledge of allegiance required.

      Beginning with the 1991-92 school year, all public school students, commencing with grades kindergarten through and including high school, shall during the course of each school day’s activities at a specific time which must be designated by the local school say the Pledge of Allegiance as follows:

      “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

      Any person not wishing to say the “Pledge of Allegiance” or otherwise participate in saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” is exempt from participation and may not be penalized for failing to participate.

      A person who does not wish to participate may leave the classroom, may remain in his seat, or may express his nonparticipation in any form which does not materially infringe upon the rights of other persons or disrupt school activities.

      HISTORY: 1991 Act No. 55, Section 1.

  4. Bryan Caskey

    I had some thoughts about Cruz’s speech last night, which I posted over at my place. Short answer is that Cruz rejected the Cardinal Rule of political parties. He didn’t put the party first. He put his ideas first.

    I know that most of y’all disagree with Cruz’s ideas and policy, but you should at least respect him for having principles in this day and age where most politicians subordinate all principles to the Cardinal Rule of the Party.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      I’m all about ideas over party, until I run into ideas like Cruz’s…

      Seriously, even when I agree with Cruz, which I do on a number of issues, he pushes me away by going to extremes.

      Example: He and I are both for a strong national defense, and a strong OFFENSE against ISIL — but then he starts talking about “carpet-bombing…”

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