This morning’s Post and Courier’s headline reads “GOP vows to unite America,” which I think is a noble and necessary aspiration, but how are they going to accomplish this difficult task in a nation so polarized?
Certainly, the New Testament might be a good place to start given its message to love thy neighbor as thyself, so obviously the opening prayer would be an excellent place to begin the unification process.
So, hit it, Pastor Mark Burns:
Hello, Republicans! I’m Pastor Mark Burns from the great state of South Carolina! I’m gonna pray and I’m gonna give the benediction. And you know why? Because we are electing a man in Donald Trump who believes in the name of Jesus Christ. And Republicans, we got to be united, because our enemy is not other Republicans – but is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.
Okay, so Hillary Clinton is not a “sister” but an enemy. Got it.
So, let’s hear from Darryl Glenn, the Republican candidate for Senator, addressing the convention a few hours after the Colorado delegation walked off the convention floor in anger.
This President ran to be Commander-in-Chief. Unfortunately, he’s become “Divider-in-Chief”.
We’re more racially divided today than before he ran.
But there’s more.
The New Black Panthers, Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton don’t speak for black America.
This is not about black America, white America or brown America, this is about the United States of America.
Mr. President here’s (sic) the facts.
Neighborhoods have become more violent under your watch.
Your rhetoric has a direct impact on the relationship between communities and the police.
We can bring this country together.
Excuse me, Darryl Glenn. Here are the facts:
Okay, I’m going to skip Scott Baio and Patricia Smith (who said “I blame Hillary Clinton for the death of my son”), Rudy Giuliani, the “lock her up chants” from the delegates, and go to the one speech that wasn’t full of rancor, Melania Trump’s. As they say, a YouTube video is worth 45 words:
 No wonder John Kerry didn’t win the presidency. Imagine the truckloads of mothers who could have taken the stage and blamed George W Bush for the deaths of their sons and daughters in Iraq.