Should We Really Watch the Republican National Convention?

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2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte. Photo courtesy of abc7chicago.com

The short answer is “yes.” Get the bottle of Pepto-Bismol and sit down and listen to what they have to say. As painful as it might be, it’s essential to look at what’s happening in the country right now.

Not so much from a historical point of view which, in itself, is enough but because if we learned anything from the 2016 elections, it’s that both Donald Trump and his henchmen told us who they were from the beginning. We simply didn’t want to hear or believe what we were hearing.

What is at stake in November, as the Democrats say, is “the soul” of the nation, the strength of American democracy, and the scope of the “free” nation project.

How can we rise to the challenge if we don’t study what we have to face?

Although the Democratic National Convention left the bar high after its nearly 100%-digital event, the Republican National Convention was launched Monday. The event will feature four nights that will conclude with the formal renomination of Donald Trump as the party’s candidate. 

Trump’s senior campaign advisor, Jason Miller, said on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program that viewers can plan to hear Trump “speak in several parts throughout each of the nights” at the GOP convention, CNN reported.

The Republican National Committee will focus on Trump’s accomplishments during his first four years and establish a second-term vision for the administration, Miller said.

Yes, it will be difficult nights to go through, but it will surely draw or try to the GOP’s plan for the country and set the tone for the final stretch to the November election.

To quote Vice President Mike Pence: “Today is about four more years.”

And the risk is not small.

Even with the polls against him, with a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 180,000 Americans and infected more than five million, President Trump goes into the election with little more than promises repeated in a loop, and with an increasingly radical platform of supporters.

The threats, of course, have not been absent either.

“This is the most important election in the history of our country,” Trump said during a “surprise” appearance in Charlotte on Monday. “This is the biggest; this is it. Our country can go in a horrible, horrible direction, or an even greater direction. And before the plague came in from China, that’s where we were going. We were going in a direction like we had never seen.”

The U.S. president visited the convention hall, where 336 delegates from around the country gathered in person to vote. He seized the opportunity to condemn Biden’s comments in an interview with ABC News over the weekend, where he said he would listen to scientists and shut down the country if it was necessary to control the pandemic.

Trump also taunted Senator Bernie Sanders and continued his attacks on the mail service and the postal vote.

And this was only the first day. Surely, if we pay close attention to the next three nights, we can hear clearly what the country could become if we don’t go out and vote en masse in a couple of months.