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by Stephen Lendman
Political conventions showcase party standard bearers, portray unity, and create the illusion of a political process serving everyone equitably – democratic governance at its best when nonexistent.
Cleveland is Trump’s show, presumptive GOP nominee, to become official when delegates formally choose him as party standard bearer.
Convention proceedings more resemble reality TV than democracy in action. A rogue’s gallery of speakers include right-wing politicians, military figures, and Trump family members, culminating with the nominee’s acceptance speech.
Daily themes include making America safe again, making it work again, making it first again and making it one again – the usual type pomp and circumstance signifying nothing, circus proceedings, little more, best ignored.
Then repeated when Democrats get their turn next week – a double dose of hypocrisy at its worst, political posturing concealing America’s dark side, an imperial agenda threatening humanity, concealed from public view in Cleveland and Philadelphia.
The most ruthless rogue state in world history intends dueling deceptive dog and pony show extravaganzas – exercises in hyperbole, duplicity, hypocrisy and coverup of the highest of high crimes.
Supporting either duopoly power candidate endorses pure evil. In November, vote independent or stay home.
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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.