July 20, 2016 7:02 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads — July 20th Morning Reads — July 20th By Jon Richards Morning Reads 19 Comments 47 years ago today — “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Donald Trump was officially nominated as the Republican candidate for President of the United States. No defections from Peach State delegates as GAGOP Chair John Padgett announces 42 Georgia delegate votes for Trump. Not everybody is happy. But Hillary Clinton still has a 76% chance of winning the presidency. And she’s getting closer to picking a Vice Presidential candidate. After sexual harassment claims by Megyn Kelly, Roger Ailes is likely leaving Fox News. You won’t have Milo Yiannopoulos to kick around anymore. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed meets with Black Lives Matter protesters, and promises answers. In Gwinnett, commissioners approve a vote for a six yeark $950 million SPLOST. DeKalb commissioners punt on theirs. We have a winner in the Tour de France. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Jon Richards 19 Comments gcp Saw the WSB town hall last night and Mayor Reed clearly won the debate with the BLM extremist. Most of the rest of the program was made up of complaints on police officers, talk of mass incarceration, gun control and more school funding…same old stuff. Maybe I should have watched the convention instead, but then again, maybe not. July 20, 2016 8:38 AM Log in to Reply blakeage80 One small step for man, one giant leap for studio special effects. July 20, 2016 8:47 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 The last Great American Achievement. Too bad for us. July 20, 2016 9:15 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Yes most of our great achievements these days are done in collaboration, which I guess doesn’t help us feel superior to everyone else and therefore it’s not rewarding enough. July 20, 2016 12:15 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 What are some of the examples you are referring to in regard to the latest achievements? July 20, 2016 3:50 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Maybe I misunderstood your point. Are you saying there have been no great human achievements at all since 1969? Or that whatever great achievements humans have done have not included Americans? July 21, 2016 8:28 AM Noway2016 No, my point was that Apollo was the last great American achievement and I was lamenting the fact that as a nation that was our high point. So many years ago. I was asking what other human achievements since then were in the same league. No snarking, either. The internet? High speed PCs? Iphones? I was drawing a blank. July 21, 2016 8:42 AM Benevolus And my point is- why must we judge our American achievements as superior to everyone else’s? This is the 21st century. The world is smaller now. We collaborate and achieve together, not try to dominate and subdue. Is it not enough that we can eradicate polio and Guinea worm? Land a spacecraft on a comet? Build the space station? Develop solar power? MRI’s? Yes, the internet. The Jaguar F Type? Why is American Exceptionalism so important? We are moving towards human exceptionalism. The sooner the better. July 21, 2016 9:10 PM John Vestal Speaking of Le Tour, here’s a reminder: Nobody “throws” a bike like Peter Sagan. July 20, 2016 9:48 AM Log in to Reply edatlanta Watched that in real time. Kristoff celebrated too soon and lifted his bike slightly. July 20, 2016 10:30 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Saw you quoted in the last paragraph of an AJC column on the convention, Charlie. I’m sure more than passive opposition is much easier said than done especially in your circumstances. The largely passive resistance of the GOP majority to an inconsistent, ignorant charlatan touched with incoherence is running the national GOP into the ground. The GOP on the whole didn’t much object to statements that Obama isn’t a real American initiated before he was elected and continuing to the day. Yesterday the GOP nominated an leader early on that meme, with a convention speaker calling Obama a Muslim. Those focusing to such an extent on Clinton as a liar even when they don’t support Trump (not saying that’s you) are piddling away credibility. An interested person of below average intelligence can readily determine that Trump isn’t truthful almost daily, sometimes blatantly so—Sunday, Trump talking over Pence on 60 Minutes to say yet again he’s religious; yesterday, Trump saying he wanted the GOP convention to be in Cleveland in a televised interview. It’s truly pathetic. July 20, 2016 10:38 AM Log in to Reply Indypendant I tried to point this out the other day, but Charlie chose to focus on the messenger and not the message. The GOP has turned over the keys to the car to a bunch of pre-teen beer drinkers. No one is doing more to divide this great nation than the Republican’s who are remaining silent as all of this is happening right before their eyes. July 20, 2016 11:00 AM Log in to Reply Bart Indy, Playing off your analogy, the GOP left the keys in the car for an outsider like Trump to come along and steal it. They screamed as he drove off, they weren’t silent. But their screams fell on the deaf ears of many GOPers who were abandoned after helping these folks gain control of many states and congress. The swiped car has been traded up to a nice new ride that cannot be stopped at this late date so time to get used to it. Trump is the GOP candidate for president, about time folks accepted this absolute fact. July 20, 2016 11:46 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Who leaves the keys in the car? The stolen car may have been traded in, but the GOP establishment isn’t pressing charges. Indeed the GOP establishment is largely waving to Trump as he tools around town. July 20, 2016 8:47 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I was a little disturbed by Christie’s speech last night. Not only did he, in essence, blame her for Boko Haram and the Syrian civil war, but he treated policy disagreements as if they were criminal or treasonous acts. For example: Christie called Clinton “an inept negotiator of the worst nuclear arms deal in American history.” The crowd responded with “guilty” and “lock her up.” He said she “permitted Russia back in as a major player in the Middle East.” The crowd shouted “guilty” and “lock her up.” Disagreeing on policy or on diplomatic approach is not a crime and it shouldn’t be treated as such. This escalation in rhetoric is a sad new low for our politics and, quite frankly, seems to be the theme of this year’s RNC. On another note, Benghazi wasn’t a winning issue in 2012, why does the GOP think it’s going to magically work this time around? July 20, 2016 1:02 PM Log in to Reply edatlanta Because the Republicans have a pathological hatred for anyone named Clinton and won’t rest until they’ve given them all the death penalty and razed the Clinton Library. After all, Benghazi is worth more investigatory time and money to Republicans than 9/11. But I’m sure they’re more interested in our national safety than another attempt to pillory a Clinton. July 20, 2016 3:16 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus If it weren’t the Clintons it would be someone else. It’s an attack attitude bred for many years- must have an enemy! July 20, 2016 4:16 PM Log in to Reply Davo65 So last night the program was about jobs and the policies that Trump and Pence will enact to ‘get America working’. What’s tonights theme? Nevermind….it doesn’t matter. There are no policies for anything. July 20, 2016 5:50 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Wasn’t the Iran nuclear arms deal closed after mostly being negotiated on Kerry’s watch? Clinton’s term as Secretary of State ended in 2013. ISIS occupation didn’t being until 2014. It’s comparable to Paul Ryan blaming Obama for closure of the Janesville GM plant in the district Ryan represents, except that the announcement occurred in December 2008 before Obama took office. The GOP relies on appealing to angry dolts that can’t or won’t remember what happened yesterday. Facts just don’t matter in the bubble. Guys like Christie and Ryan making such statement being held out as reasonable Republicans are why the country will not be governable until the end of GOP in its current state. July 20, 2016 9:11 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.