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The Democrat and Republican National Conventions and Pride

Updated on August 28, 2020

Silver Linings

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Rethink The Words

Democrat is not the democracy and the Republican is not the Republic. And conventions are commonly held norms. The Democrat party is not a party and neither are the Republicans. In the sense of going to a party for fun. You can register for the Republican Party or register for the Democrat party. But neither is a party. Now a rock concert that is a party. However both conventions are parties.

I hope that shakes some cobwebs out of just accepting our use of “party” as a convention.

Our two party system is quite conventional. Let us use this definition for a convention; a way in which something is usually done, especially within a particular area or activity. (Googled) A convention is also like an agreement between two countries that is less than a treaty but more than just how things are normally done. Kind of like writing down what is going on.

The way we use it, it means a gathering of people interested in getting together to get into accord. An accord basically meaning parties agreeing.

I do not attend but love the concept of the ComiCon conventions. I do not like the idea of an ABA convention – as law should be conventional but lawyers never should be. Now they have Religion conventions. I do not think those are covered much by the media. Everyone should have heard of the Geneva Convention which is a loose agreement between countries about how they handle matters like prisoners of war. So two countries are at war and they follow an accord or convention? Rules of war?

Hopefully that gives us a little pause when we just toss around the word convention. The Democrats and the Republicans hold their own conventions but wouldn’t it make sense if they had a 3rd convention together?

What would tearing down of other opinions have to do with a convention? I guess you could have a “hater’s” convention. But that would be all messed up if they came to an accord among themselves. How about an “anti” convention. That resonates. That seems to be at least fifty percent of our two national conventions. So you get together and convene in order to attack another point of view or policy.

So do we have it wrong? It should be the anti-republican convention and the anti-democrat convention. But it works differently. The party out of power has to say how bad it is with the other party leading and the leading party has to say how great it is with them leading.

Now that I can understand.

Authority

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Conflict

Proud to be an American means something altogether different to me than 99% of people. Most folks point to accomplishments and way of life and freedom to be proud of. I am proud that we really mix it up to get what we get. The opposite of love is not hate, it is apathy. I am proud that in general our country is not apathetic. We care.

Voting. Many people do not vote. That is their prerogative. Are they saying that they do not care and cannot be bothered? Or are many saying that I will follow the majority of those who care enough to learn and vote? So getting people to vote if they agree with you is a very important task.

Now to my understanding the conventions do not change people’s minds much but they can rally them to vote. They can rally them to care enough to vote. They can charge them up to believe that their vote matters. So conventions are good that way. Survey after survey show that most people vote against someone rather than for someone. So it would seem that negative conventions are the conventional. Makes sense. A lot of people base their decisions based more on fear than optimism.

Viewership. This many millions versus that many millions. If I were to be a predictor I would say that the convention with the most views will win the election. Because that many more people care. But many watch the opposing party’s convention in order to get mad so that could be wrong.

Protests. It would seem that conventions would be a good spot for protests outside. The media is there with millions of viewers. You could get your point across with ease. And nowadays if you really did it peacefully with respect you would get a lot of respect. But I think it was tough to do that nowadays with virtual stuff.

It is a bummer that peaceful protests are now usurped by folks who are organized to make them non peaceful. I just love a good protest. I like solidarity and the caring it takes to get up and get out there. I hate terrorism though. A really sad part about the imported rioters is that they are ruining protests for everyone.

Institutions

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Kings

Argument

We should now delve into partisan politics and I should state mine and then argue for my belief and then tear down yours and win. That is the conventional way of doing things but we do not follow conventions much here. Do not get me wrong I think it is fine and dandy that get into heated debate over politics. Each of us has a purpose and mine is not to engage in heavy argument about politics. I have ground rules I follow. A string of foul language and I am done. Repeated name calling and I am done. Excessive anger and I am done. Talking “over” someone and I am done. So you can see I don’t do it much.

Campaigning is such an interesting phenomenon. I love to see or hear or read something put out by one side and try to figure out why they did that in order to win. How did it fit into the master game plan? A fun example is the “defund” police concept. How does supporting it win you votes and how does opposing it win you votes in the long game. Does one or the other find majority support in your base? Will it help get people out to vote for you or against the other? It would seem you would have to figure out why a voting block would support or oppose.

Another fascinating one is “The Border Wall”. Why opposed and why in support and probably why do many not care. I think that issue gets people out to vote. Me? I am a mess on the issue. I do not have a fence around my property but I lock up my house at night. That is my own little hypocrisy. My wife thinks that cool fences add to the look of the house. She does have a point. My son is on the fence on that one. Hihihi

The conventional wisdom is that if a right is clearly laid out in the constitution then you do not mess with it. But people who do not even read the constitution have strong opinions as to those rights. People think those are political issues and in fact they are not. Except for changing the constitution which is as likely a changing the law so we all have to drive around in reverse.

OK with all that said. I did not watch one minute of the conventions. I have about 5 varied news sources and got sound bites and commentary and they sounded like great shows. I know the issues and I know where the parties stand on them.

Now I await for the debates. There I can judge the man and woman. To me it basically boils down to their character. If they cannot debate with decorum and convincing arguments with each other I do not want them doing it for me with China.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you MG you make a great point. True.

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      MG Singh emge 

      10 months ago from Singapore

      Nice article. Conventions are part of the political diet in any democracy and they do serve a purpose; they galvanize a moribund society.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela it is so true that most news is simply commentary these days. I cannot yet find a transcript of the speech last night but that is where I will get my information.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This article of your rather neutral take on the conventions was fun to read. I agree with you that we learn more from a good debate where the debaters have a plan for the future and they shound act like professionals. I don't really like any of the media as they don't give us news anymore. They are like one big editorial. LOL Blessings to you Eric.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish I think you reflect the feelings of so many people. Personally I try to look past all that. It is hard. But I have lived in places that make this look like paradise so my view is skewed.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sowrabha thank you for your comment. That hard balance between getting to serious about the serious and not is tough. If we get too intense we fail to see the forest for the trees.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise I hope I made it clear that the debates are where it is at. I like your take that they are the 3rd convention in both meanings of the word.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Demas to me globalism is a bit scary. Radical isolationism is not the answer but we need that offset to a degree. An issue to illustrate is China being in the WTO?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Devika, I think you share a point of view that is the majority of people right now. I listen to and read news rather than watch it. It just works better for me. If something really matters to me I search and find the actual speeches and read them.

      You just cannot hide from the politics here. That is OK I guess.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Vikram I share your world view. When, as best we can, people choose their leaders we are far better off. What some fail to see is that democracy is a constant struggle. But one well worth it.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on Abby. I think your position on the conventions is well taken. And hearsay reports are not as good as hearing the actual words. It does take some effort to read at least three sources to get a fair picture. And even then.

      I guess discernment is what we need.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mary and thank you for your comment. I just loved your last article. Less attacks and more facts I say.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      10 months ago from USA

      I didn’t need to watch the stupid conventions. November cannot arrive soon enough for me. Liars, traitors, thieves, cheaters, phonies, frauds be damned to the history books. Let us start anew.

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      sowspeaks 

      10 months ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Eric, fun read on a serious topic. You shared a lot of wisdom with great wit. I liked your take on the word party. Bang on. This is no party, really.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I see that disagreement as the cornerstone of our freedoms. Knowing how our bureaucracies work puts me at great displeasure. I fully disagree with how they are run.

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      Denise McGill 

      10 months ago from Fresno CA

      This was fun word play. A Third convention? We have that. It's called the debates! There is cheering and booing and everyone gets a chance to pontificate. Thank goodness they are timed or it would be utter chaos. Maybe that's the new name for the conventions... Democrat Chaos and the Republican Chaos!

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Demas W Jasper 

      10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Entertaining. Pay attention to efforts some are making for "globalism."

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Breaking Bad huh? I might give that a whirl. Somehow I don't think who wins or loses will infringe on our right to binge watch. I am doing a Turkish show at the moment. Only 8 episodes to go. Somehow I have my TV set set up to where I could not even get the conventions - hmm.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Greg, statistically we pay way too high of taxes. I will take that cup of Joe just at dawn any day. Now if someone took those away I might become a protester. I am going for my walkabout now in the midday heat. Guess how much that costs.

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      Devika Primić 

      10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Eric What can I say? The world at this time has a lot going on and the USA is no exception. You live there and would know better than me. I sometimes watch the news and everything I see is sad and depressing. Politics is not for me, but I just stopped by to express my feelings about politics. People agree and disagree all the time it is ridiculous when you think of the nonsense going on.Informative and realistic.

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      Vikram Brahma 

      10 months ago from Assam, India

      Hey Eric, although I stay away from politics. But yes I always love to see a strong political party ruling the country. I am happy to see that there are many countries who still follow democracy. Actually we can make human lives beautiful but then politics came and people starting using power for self motives. I hope, Eric your country will elect the best President.

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      Abby Slutsky 

      10 months ago from America

      Thank you for sharing an opinion that was relatively neutral. I am actually sick over the media, dirty politics, and the unwillingness of voters to consider both sides before they arbirarily vote. There is a lot of gray between the two parties and it is sickening that people no longer see it. I watched both conventions because otherwise you only get the media's perspective which is not necessarily correct or unbiased. (Channels vary significantly in their views.)

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      Mary Norton 

      10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am not from the U.S., but I did watch a little of each of the conventions just to have a feel for the political parties and the strategies used. I wish that politics is not that hateful but rather more enlightening.

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      Linda Lum 

      11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I don't understand those who say that if you disagree (with how things are being done) you hate your country. I see it exactly the opposite. If you see your son doing wrong, do you let him continue or do you talk with him, explain the problem, and help him find the proper solution? To me it's the same thing. Like Bill, I didn't want the conventions either. I don't need all the fanfare to generate interest--what matters to me is what each of the candidates has to say. I'm looking forward (I think) to the debates.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I couldn't watch the conventions. Evidently I don't have a strong enough stomach for it. Instead I watched a marathon of Breaking Bad. I will vote, but I'm not sure I'll be happy when I do. I guess that will be my choice.

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      greg cain 

      11 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Eric - instructive, enlightening, informative. I don't like the usurpers, either, and I have always wondered why the issues parties choose to pursue create rallying points for voters and every day citizens every day. A friend of mine told me this week that he is happy if his coffee tastes good in the morning. I will vote because I know how important it is to the Republic for which voting stands. I will also brew myself a cup each day and look for the sun to rise in the east.

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