Thiel: Fake Culture Wars Only Distract Us From Our Economic Decline

by Tim Hains |  |  published on July 22, 2016

Paypal founder and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel spoke on the fourth night of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

“I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American,” he said.

The crowd erupted with a standing ovation that turned into a short chant of “USA! USA! USA!”

“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,” he said. “When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won. 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?”

“Instead of going to Mars, we invaded the Middle East,” he said. “Donald Trump is right. It’s time to end the era of stupid wars and rebuild our country.”

  • justinwachin

    Peter Thiel upset the Democrat’s narrative of the Republican Party. As this man mentioned he was gay I don’t recall hearing him booed off the stage. For many glbt voters his speech may lead them to vote for Donald Trump in November.

    Local schools, local governments and local businesses are best equipped to deal with issues such as transgendered bathroom choices. The federal government doesn’t need to dictate which bathroom a person uses. If President Obama would bother to read the Bill of Rights he would know that bathroom regulations should be handled by the states not the federal government. President Obama’s ignorance of the Constitution and disregard for the Constitution is beyond comprehension.

    • Elaine

      I don’t really believe Obama is ignorant of the Constitution. He claims to have studied Constitutional Law at Harvard, so I think he uses what he learned in order to find ways AROUND the Constitution. He views it as a negative document, and wants to defeat it … which means the Constitution is his enemy. The best way to defeat your enemy is to know them.

      • Brenda Stephens

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    • Worried Vet

      He isn’t ignorant one bit. I am starting to believe it’s on purpose to distract us from the real problems. The economy and isis and many more. It’s his plan to weaken us by dividing us.

  • KKmoderate

    Probably one of the best speeches of the week! Not to say there weren’t other good folks who took the podium, there were dozens! Peter Thiel just came from nowhere with his declaration of pride and his direct challenge to where our priorities lie compared to his recollections of the 60’s and 70’s.
    I think he’s right that we are distracted with minutiae now and I’m afraid it’s a deliberate and evil plan to have us looking in one direction while the worst is happening in another.

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