Some people say Arendt’s concept of totalitarianism doesn’t apply to Trump. Maybe not. But Trump is comparable to other modern dictators (i.e., Erdogan, Putin, Duterte, etc.). Mussolini is an obvious model for Trump.
As Jimmy Breslin once described Rudy Giuliani: “A small man in search of a balcony.”
When the economic and cultural conditions underpinning masculine domination decay, one winds up with Trump.
Reading and writing occur in a place of silence, of solitude. What refuses to be silent is the mass media, which profits from giving a platform to extremist politics.
Calvin’s doctrine of predestination demonstrated more theological courage than Luther, whose sola fide is merely a continuation of the Church’s “magical means of salvation” by other means (as per Weber).
Luther is a hero only if one skips over the antisemitism.
Mr Giuliani is given high marks for his typical wiseguy performance.
Mr Trump’s “entrance” was plagiarized from Undertaker (at 1:48).
Republicans abandoned reality-based politics decades ago.
Mr Trump tells his supporters what they want to hear, that they are victims of various bad people. He’s rounded up an impressive array of scapegoats for their collective jouissance.
Ms Trump’s dress was from a British designer. Making America great again.
She spoke from a script. Unfortunately, it was Ms Obama’s script. Plus, Rick Astley lyrics leavened in.
Stealin’ when she shoulda been buyin’.
Why isn’t this airing on Comedy Central?
The house band is covering the Rolling Stones. They should probably play “Under My Thumb.”
The world is getting a glimpse of the “Other America.”
Bob Dole is the last surviving “rational” Republican.
It’s sad that the Benghazi mom has allowed her personal tragedy to become a political trump card.
Slapstick from the Benghazi Brothers. The “play off” music fails.
Chuck Norris will not speak at the Convention. Instead, he’s counting to infinity. Again.
I hope Melania’s dress wasn’t stitched together in China.
We may look back on Clint Eastwood’s empty chair skit as a high point in recent Republican politics.
Speaker: How can you defeat an enemy you can’t even name?
POTUS: … drones…
Recall GW Bush’s kinder, gentler Republican convention in 2000, which featured break-dancers to show the diversity of the Republican Party.
The good old days!
Navy seals wringing their hands about how scary the world is. It’s the rise of the emocons, who play the victim card to the max.
It’s hard to imagine the likes of Darth Cheney or Rumsfeld crying about being afraid of the dark.
Rudy Giuliani is speaking, upbraiding the media.
Twitter weighs in:
Chris Rock @chrisrock
I’m watching the republican convention it’s pretty good. What time does George Zimmerman speak.
Out of the primordial mist strides Mr Trump.
Hopefully, Ms Trump will tell us about Donald as a family man and how he’s adapted to his third marriage.
Now someone (a general?) is talking about bathrooms. It just gets better and better.
3/4 empty hall chanting “Lock her up!” (regarding Ms Clinton).
The Republican subculture are a sad lot.
It’s over. I can’t wait for the entr’acte.
No one compelled Mr Sanders to run for the Democratic Party nomination. Since he’s never been a member of the Party until he announced he was running for President, he might just as well have run as an independent candidate, thereby avoiding the Democratic Party nomination procedures. The rules were in place before Sanders announced he would run as a Democrat. He knew the super-delegate situation and he likely knew Ms Clinton would have an edge. However, because he freely submitted to those procedures, he now has to deal the consequences of never having been a Democrat. It is no surprise that Ms Clinton, who was elected to the Senate as a Democrat, and ran for the Party’s Presidential nomination in 2008 as a Democrat, and served in the cabinet of a Democratic President, has the support of other Democratic politicians and grandees.
Adieu Fiorina: Mr Trump basically set her résumé on fire during one of the early debates. Unable to run on her business record, she was left with fronting the defund Planned Parenthood cabal, which was based on the dubious video. When that cause exploded (i.e., the head of Planned Parenthood unmanned the Republican members of the Congressional witch trial and the video-makers were arrested for making fake driver’s licenses), she didn’t have anything to stand on or for.
It’s all over for the Bundy bandits in Oregon. It must have come as a huge disappointment that reinforcements never arrived.
Being anti-Beyoncé is like being anti-puppies. Don Giuliani of the Five Families should know better.
Speaking for the Five Families, Don Giuliani says the half-white President doesn’t love America.
Without 9/11 and snowstorms in NYC, Giuliani is unremarkable.
Re Russell Brand: I like it when a .01%er criticizes .001%ers.
Fox News is the ISIS of American media.