It is the first day of that days-long infomercial (but with less real content) that is the Republican National Convention. I have acquainted myself with enough of their platform to shake in my boots for my country — especially its young women and its elderly — and really am not interested in much more. I was not in the least sad they had to adjourn early because of Isaac; I just hope the Gulf Coast weathers the storm okay.
My favorite political essay today comes from the blog of Tim Wise: If It Walks Like a Duck and Talks Like a Duck: Racism, Bigotry and the Death of Respectable Conservatism. My favorite quote from said essay came in its only footnote:”According to spring, 2012 survey, roughly two-thirds of Republicans say they believe Barack Obama was not born in the U.S., and with many others saying they aren’t sure either way, only about 1 in 5 accept the truth of Obama’s citizenship. Which is to say that only about 1 in 5 Republicans can claim the mantle of being even remotely rational and informed human beings.”