The RNC Convention has turned out to be pretty much the Star Wars bar scene that a lot of us thought it would be. It was totalitarianism on parade. The convention of the party that defeated Soviet communism… yes, Democrats, during the last decade of the Cold War your party might as well as have had an open alliance with the USSR… threatened dissenting delegates with physical violence. Parliamentary procedures that were worthy of a typical Third World sh** hole potemkin legislature were used to ram through rules that ensure the Republican party remained an oligarchy.

But it wasn’t the abuses of power that was the final straw. It was the repudiation of the founding principles of the nation and everything the GOP has told us it stands for that is the most stunning achievement of the past week.

In the early days of the Republic, John Adams famously wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The logic was clear. Without a firm grounding in Christianity and the morality that springs from Christianity, the US Constitution simply can’t work. That common language has to exist in the electorate otherwise we descend rapidly into a society where we are governed by out base instincts not by our better angels. The Democrats fell here years ago, adopting sexual license and perversion and covetousness of the wealth accrued by others as planks of their party platform.

Now the GOP is there.

Last night, Peter Thiel spoke. I don’t know a lot about him other than I refuse to use PayPal because of the egregious political causes it underwrites.

…Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?

Of course, every American has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American. I don’t pretend to agree with every plank in our party’s platform; but fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline, and nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump.

Quite honestly, I am not very interested in Thiel’s lifestyle choices and who puts what where when he’s in bed with some sweaty, hairy man. It might be of interest to him but it is actually irrelevant to much of anything else. (Quick. How many speakers said ‘I am proud to be straight’? Who would have cheered if they had?)

The culture wars Thiel derides are not “fake.” Thiel knows this. Thiel is an active and enthusiastic warrior, himself. Thiel’s own company, PayPal. is happily involved in harassing and punishing anyone who will not agree that sexual perversion is the new black. The same people that think it is fine to have an adult male using the same locker room as your daughter are the same people who call 50-plus million dead babies a “choice.” They are called Democrats. Many nations have come back from economic collapse. Never has a nation recovered, absent major trauma, from moral collapse. Without morality a society stops being trust-based and at that point the “rule of law” becomes the “rule of the judge you own.” What Thiel is advocating, as is Trump, is the rule of money, by money, and for money. What Thiel is advocating, and you will see Trump do this to because he has never signed onto anything to do with religious freedom, is using the power of the federal government to advance the cause of immorality by demanding that anyone opposed unilaterally disarm.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Thiel was wildly cheered.

It’s been a great week for gay escorts in Cleveland.

Male prostitutes contacted by The Post said business is booming and Republican National Convention attendees — most of them married — are clamoring for their services.

“Business has been way better. I’ve seen 10 clients so far,” one male escort said.

“Most of them were first-timers. You could tell they were nervous, but once they became more comfortable, they seemed to be having a good time.”

Compare and contrast the behavior of the audience when Ted Cruz spoke.

When Cruz said this, he was booed:

And to those listening, please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.

Think about the implication. The delegates knew that a) they are not voting their conscience, b) that they don’t trust Trump to defend our freedom, and c) they know Trump will not be anymore faithful to the Constitution than he has been to any of his battalion of wives and mistresses. But they are voting for him anyway and they are offended that they are being called out for their craven cowardice and amorality. And instead of being shamed into silence at the magnitude of their own betrayal of the nation, they try to shout down the messenger.

When Cruz ended his speech, Erick made this observation:

Listen for yourself. They’re chanting “Endorse Trump” until Cruz says “God bless you,” at which point they start booing.

It is hard to listen to this and not recall the words of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput:

“Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state and the sovereignty of God.”

This is a party that is unmoored from the history of the nation and its own history and from common decency. This is a party that worships nothing but celebrity, wealth, and ephemeral power that is held not for the purpose of moving the nation forward but for merely the sake of holding power. This is a party that has decided it is tired of being the “stupid” party and it wants to be another “evil” party.

Until this party rids itself of Trump and his acolytes, I’m done with them.