Ed: As antidote to the reports from our MSM “correspondents” watching the Republican convention, here’s what our bona-fide American correspondent sent us:
The NeverTrumpers have been crushed on the floor of the Republican Convention. Squashed bugs.
They were attempting to change a rule that requires delegates to vote for the candidate the voters in their district voted for in the state’s primary, on the first ballot. A bound delegate must vote for the candidate, an unbound delegate may vote for the candidate. As it stands now, the first ballot will almost certainly give Trump/Pence the nomination, and the rest is detail.
But first they had to vote to allow the vote on the rule. A vote can be conducted in one of two ways: voice acclamation (shouting); or a show of hands (counting). The NeverTrumpers wanted a show of hands. In order to get that, they had to have signatures from delegates from 9 specific states. And they had them. They thought.
The Trump campaign hit the floor and whipped it. To ‘whip’ is to ‘persuade’ with the promise of great rewards or broken knee caps, your choice. They whipped the state count down to 7, the chair authorized a voice acclamation vote, and the NeverTrumpers were literally shouted down. Some of them have walked out in a snit.
There was another Rules Committee vote no one paid attention to. And it had nothing to do with Trump. It was about Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, and his power. It proposed removing control of the rules from the Speaker (regardless of who it is) down to the delegate level. Apparently it was defeated in committee, but rumor has it the delegates will be voting on it.
I don’t know who is going to win the election. But I do know politics follow culture and what just happened on the convention floor was a perfect example. Donald Trump wiped the Primary floors with the backsides of seventeen of the best the Republican Party could produce. Right, ‘low bar’, I get it. But why? The man isn’t even a conservative! That’s like nominating a Lutheran for the Papacy! Ok, maybe an Episcopalian … [Ed:that’s the USA equivalent of the CofE].
It’s because ‘conservatism’, as it has been commonly understood since William Buckley purged the John Birch Society from its ranks, is dead. The Republican convention is the funeral. Its populist usurper, Donald Trump, is presiding over the burial.
Conservatism was killed by betrayal. Open borders, ‘free trade’, job stealing immigration policies, an ever-expanding deficit that will, literally, enslave our grandchildren if not our children, and a refusal to acknowledge the existential threat to Western Civilization presented by Islam, let alone fight it. Have I forgotten anything? No. I’m saving the best for last.
We are no longer a nation of laws.
As Brits, you may not be aware of an illegal gun running operation directed by Eric Holder’s Dept. of Justice [Ed: Eric Holder was Obama’s appointee]. It was code named “Fast and Furious”. It allowed guns to be sold to Mexican drug cartels in the hope the guns would be found at crime scenes in the U.S. and provide a rationale for restricting our 2nd Amendment rights. The operation was blown when one of the guns was used to murder Border Agent Brian Terry. That they were also used to murder countless innocent Mexicans is rarely acknowledged.
No one has been sent to prison.
The Internal Revenue Service was used by the Obama administration to punish political enemies, such as members of the Tea Party and True the Vote [Ed: an organisation watching out for voting malfeasance]. It engaged in widespread destruction of evidence that would put anyone else in prison for decades. The IRS has the power to seize assets without due process, it has its own courts that do not provide Constitutional rights to defendants. It is a rogue organization, it always has been and it has no place in a free society. People have only recently begun to understand the infection in the body politic it truly is, so in that sense alone the Tea Party debacle has served a good purpose.
No one has been sent to prison.
And, last but not least, a woman guilty of criminal conduct – dare I say ‘treason? yes, I dare – while Secretary of State, an accomplice to the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, who is actually on film sniggering about the murder of Gadaffi (“We came, we saw, he died! Ha!Ha!”) – is a candidate for POTUS …
I don’t want to hear one damn word about Donald Trump’s ‘lack of experience’!