Inexcusably the Republicans started Condoleezza Rice’s address to the convention over 5 minutes before the major networks began their 10 o’clock coverage. In fact even after they went on the air the channels insisted on their experts vocalizing their nonsense instead of directly broadcasting the words of one of this country's most brilliant women.
One of the truths that history has shown to be fact*; she iterated; "We must work for an open global economy and pursue free and fair trade to grow our exports and our influence abroad," she said. "In the last years, the United States has ratified three trade agreements, all negotiated in the Bush Administration.
"If you are concerned about China's rise, consider this fact: China has signed 15 Free Trade Agreements and is negotiating 20 more," she said. "Sadly we are abandoning the playing field of free trade and it will come back to haunt us."
Rice harped on the theme that each of us can and must help ourselves rather than depend on the government doing it for us. She remarked in referring to her own career “On a personal note, a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham, the most segregated big city in America. Her parents can’t take her to a movie theatre or a restaurant. But they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she can be president of the United States, and she becomes the secretary of state.” A Republican before Hillary Clinton.
I am trying to digest Paul Ryan’s talk before commenting. I hope to do so later Thursday. If not I do not know when since from later tonight I will be entertaining a daughter, son-in –law, granddaughter, great grandson , myself proclaimed 2020 Olympic gymnastic gold medalist( she is 8), and a family friend. The Ohio gang of four will be leaving on Monday but son-in-law and daughter will be here in various stages until next Sunday.
Do note that I will be giving the same standard of "coverage" next week when the Democrat Convention starts. It will be afterwards that I may express my own convictions.
* It has been acknowledge that the restrictive trade tariffs of the 20s contributed to the great deprerssion.