The end of a week full of news
Oh my what a week! Rather than write an individual essay, I have opted to create this space to discuss several recent events.
--The RNC in Cleveland has ended. Notwithstanding fumbles such as Melania Trump's plagiarized speech on Monday or Wednesday night when Ted Cruz upstaged Mike Pence's own speech with a vocal non-endorsement of the Donald, I think Donald Trump gave a very effective speech on Thursday night. While I do disagree with his diagnosis, he did a nice job laying out his principles. Nobody can claim he is running a campaign without a message.
--Tragically, a German teenager has shot and killed almost a dozen of his peers in Munich. While Islamic terrorism was initially suspected, subsequent investigation has not turned up any evidence suggesting such. Mental illness is the likely culprit. Unusually, it seems that the weapon used was acquired illegally, which may pose significant implications upon gun control laws in Germany, the US and elsewhere.
--Lastly, Hillary Clinton has selected Tim Kaine to be her running mate. Kaine is quite a safe choice. A solid left-of-center-Democrat, Kaine brings experience from all levels of government from the city of Richmond through the US Senate. He has been on good terms with the Clintons for quite a while and should be an excellent advisor. His fluency in Spanish, gained while serving in a Jesuit mission in Honduras, will serve the ticket well as they campaign for votes within the Latino community. His strong Catholic faith and Midwestern upbringing will hopefully help win support among blue collar whites in the rust belt.
--Now, attention turns to Philadelphia and the DNC. I look forward to seeing what the Democrats have in store. The selection of Tim Kaine has softened my antagonism towards the Clinton ticket. While I remain quite angry over her handling of the private email server as well as other issues, I do applaud Clinton for standing firm against the temptation of getting in bed with the far left. Still, I will wait until the convention is through before making a final decision. At this point, I am still leaning towards a third party (probably Johnson-Weld).Posted by Warren Porter at July 23, 2016 6:20 PM