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The Sadly Conventional Donald Trump

It's been nights of predictable political speeches,
a few D-list celebrities and many children named Trump,
far from the promise of a reality show spectacle
unlike any convention we'd seen before.

When caught in a plagiarism mini-scandal,
the Trump team pointed fingers, denied, lied.
When faced with a Cruz non-endorsement,
the Trump team huffed, puffed and called names.
All pretty standard fare for the Trump campaign.

And we're told that immigrants are criminals,
political correctness is the cause of our problems
and Hillary Clinton should be locked up —
also that she's connected to Lucifer.

Despite the unconventional candidate,
this has been a pretty conventional convention.

And the saddest part is Trump's politics
of divisive, inflammatory, violent bigotry
has echoed across the stage —
meaning his dangerous, extreme rhetoric
is becoming the norm for the GOP
and a predictable part of political discourse.

That's one new convention we could do without.

If you want to watch, don't do it alone!
And definitely no need to do it sober.

Join like-minded libation-lifting lefties
so that you don't have to suffer Trump solo
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
TRUMP SPEECH WATCH PARTY
Tonight (and DL meets every Thursday)
7:30 until the end of the speeches
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Find us in the backyard.
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

— and we'll also be watching in Brooklyn
at Pacific Standard, 4th Ave btw Bergen and St Marks.

And next week — join us Mon-Thurs
for the Democratic Convention Watch Parties.
Pacific Standard Mon-Thurs
and Rudy's Thursday night

Convention Watch Parties - EVERY NIGHT

Fellow Liberals -

Tonight through Thursday, July 18-21, is the Republican Convention. Next Monday through Thursday, July 25-28, is the Democratic Convention.

And you can watch it all with Drinking Liberally.

Look, we understand if you don't want to watch the RNC's carnival of hate. But if you feel you must -- if you can't turn away -- then don't watch alone.

Come watch with fellow liberals and with a drink in hand!

DRINKING LIBERALLY RNC WATCH PARTIES
8-11ish every night -- for all the major speeches.
Mon, Tues, Wed at Pacific Standard, 4th Ave in Brooklyn.
Then TRUMP'S SPEECH - Thurs, July 21 - 2 locations:
Rudy's on 9th Ave and 44th in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
and Pacific Standard - 4th Ave and Bergen, Brooklyn

(And same schedule next week for the Democratic Convention.)

The SusPence Is Almost Over

Will Newt make news,
Christie be christened
or Pence end the suspense?

Will Clinton call on Kaine
or coordinate with Castro
or wow us with Warren?

Will the #NeverTrump caucus quit?
Will the DNC end superdelegates?
Will Bernie boosters come to Clinton?
And will there be anything unconventional
in the conventions about to begin?

Many questions at a new phase of elections.
Whether you're excited or exhausted by it all,
some of the the sus-Pence is almost over.

Share your theories and your thirsts
and a night of good company and good politics
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
look for DL banner and buttons
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's host: Justin Gerald
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

And next two weeks:
CONVENTION WATCH PARTIES EVERY NIGHT.
Stay tuned for details.

Under Fire and Over It

Clinton might be out of the furnace
but she's still under fire
for the conclusions of the FBI investigation.

Trump is still in a GOP circular firing squad
while also under fire for anti-Semitic imagery
which he decided not to apologize for.

Even as Sanders and Clinton unite
over a bold college affordability plan
and a likely endorsement next week,
the DNC is under fire for a platform
that failed to address TPP and fracking.

But the real Americans under fire
are Black men and women killed by police,
as happened in Louisiana and Minnesota this week.

When citizens are being gunned down by police,
it makes everyone else's "fire" tame by comparison.
And if you're over Americans being under fire,
time to get fired up or we'll all get burned..

Come share your thoughts and share a pint
as you share the eve with like-minded lefties
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL banner and buttons
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's host: Keith Stewart
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

A Clattering, Battering Political Shattering

Turkey reels from explosions in Istanbul
that terrorized the city, claimed over 40 lives,
and struck at an airport that's a symbol
of the globalized world, where East meets West.

Britain -- and Europe -- reel from a vote
that shatters the long post-war order
and strikes against a symbol of globalization,
with right-wing populism fueling the Brexit.

The GOP continues to reel from its primary
and from its explosive candidate, Donald Trump,
a figure of corporate globalized wealth
running on resentment against globalized wealth.

And he'll either fail so spectacularly,
that he'll threaten the party --
or, like Brexit, he'll succeed so defiantly, ,
that he'll threaten the country.

Clattering politics, battering economic hardships,
unflattering resentments, smatterings of vitriol
are shattering convention and order.

But conventional establishment might not know how
to respond to right-wing. nativist populism.
So it might just be the time for the left-wing variety.

Talk and tattle, ponder and prattle
as you share a summer night with lefty friends
at your local progressive social club..

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL banner and buttons
in the upper decl of the backyard.
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

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