The Democratic Convention Opening Night

The opening 25 minutes reminded me of the half time show at the super bowl –– all glitz, aiming to create an aura of goodness. I think it would have been better to begin with a talk by someone with gravitas and credibility –– perhaps Nancy Pelosi –– laying out the stakes, explaining how this election is not a contest between conservatives and liberals, but between autocracy and democracy, between resentment coupled with greed and decency coupled with good will.

The convention events evidenced a deliberate effort to appeal to black voters. A strong turnout of black voters is critical to getting rid of Trump. If the aspiring autocrat in the White House is deposed, it will be in part because enough eligible black voters put their resentment aside and chose to be heroes of our time.