I stayed up to watch Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last night reluctantly. Originally, I was eager to watch him, to enthusiastically criticicize and mock him, but as Ivanka was praising him to high heaven, I was developing a monstrous migraine (I get them chronically.) and all I wanted to do was go to bed. But no, this was important. I had to know what HE would say to all those hopped up, glassy-eyed, clueless-looking supporters of his. So I did. On some level, I was impressed. He came on strong, confident, self-assured. You want that in a candidate. And he said safe, positive things about making America great. So far, so good. Then, inevitably, came the lies. Lies about the economy, lies about the crime rate. I lost count, my head throbbing, trying to keep up. “Liar,” I mumbled. “Is he making your head hurt worse, baby?” my husband asked. “Uh huh..” “Well, go to bed.” I did eventually, when it became clear that he was wound up and ready to go for the long haul. But I listened to him slam Hillary Clinton and I watched the faces of the audience and heard them chant “Lock her up!” and a few “Shoot her!” and talk about the dismal state of America and I was overwhelmed with gloom. Pardon me, but I didn’t realize that things were so rotten in my beautiful country.I know there are problems. Obviously we have a problem with police brutality and violence against police. Race relations still have a long way to go. But we are not the nation in decline that Trump described. The economy is not in the toilet. The deficit numbers he quoted came straight out of his ass I presume, along with the crime rates. He painted a picture of America that is terrible that if it were true, I wouldn’t even want to get out of bed in the morning. So that’s his plan, to scare Americans into voting for him. Sad and pathetic. I didn’t listen to him finish . I took my aching head to bed, convinced I’d wake to a better day. Enough negativity. So now that’s over with. We now have the Democratic Convention to look forward to, if nothing more than for a few nights of speakers telling America the TRUTH, that we’re not doomed. We’re not destroyed. We’re doing quite well in a lot of ways, thank you very much, and we can do a lot better if we stay on the same track. And Hillary will talk about all that is good about America and all the good that is yet to be done and all her plans to work for ALL Americans. People don’t realize how blessed we have been the last 7 years. Some folks just don’t know when they’ve got it good. And we’ve had it better than good with President Obama. Regardless of how election goes in November, in the coming years, we are going to be looking back on these years with nostalgia for Democrats, maybe regret for Republicans. No, they will never admit they were wrong. I don’t know how they will revise this section of history. But revise it they will, count on it.