I intended to write on something else today. This post was going to be about a very disturbing revation about ObamaCare that I read at Maggie’s Notebook. If you haven’t read it, you really should.
Thoughts on the RNC Opening Day
Because of where I have lived for the last twenty years, it has been a while since I have watched a political convention in America. Now, because of my trusty computer and the internet, I was able to watch the live streaming of the opening day of the RNC that Fox News provided. I had seen a list of those who were to speak last night and my first impression was not positive. But, after listening to all them, I must say that whoever organized and chose the speakers did a knock-out job.
The theme for the night was built around Obama’s famous line “You didn’t build that…”. it’s a great rallying point; but I must say that the way the Republicans used it was a bit dishonest and it wasn’t necessary to do so. The words the President spoke refered to roads and bridges and infrastructure that everyone is able to use and was not referring to the businesses that people have built through their own blood, sweat, and tears. This distortion of the President¡s words was not necessary and I expect the Democrats will use this distortion to hammer the Romney and the Republicans. The President and his mentor on this subject, Elizabeth Warren, are wrong about who built the infrastructure. Local, state and federal governments build infrastructure with tax dollars that come from only one source, businesses. Without jobs, even government jobs, individuals have no ability to pay taxes. Businesses are the source of jobs and, therefore, all taxes that are paid in this country. But, the Republicans have made their bed and now they will have to lay in it. Let’s get back to the speeches.
I thought most of the speakers did a very good job. I was impressed with the new comer, Mia Love. The Governor of Nevada, Sandoval was great. Here is a man who started life at the bottom and became a federal judge for life; but he stepped down from the bench to run for Governor of the state that has suffered the most from the Great Recession. He came across as genuine, in my opinion. Another that I liked was Ted Cruz, the Tea Party favorite in Texas who came in second in the Senate primary race to the establishment choice. There was a run-off election and Cruz won going away. His story about his father escaping from Cuba with just one hundred dollars sown in his underwear was dramatic. He slipped into Spanish saying “¡El no tenia nada! Pero si´ tenia corazon.” (He had nothing! But, he did have heart.) That was a moving story, I thought. I was a bit worried about Rick Santorum. We knew he would address social issues and he did. I thought he did it with class.
The two main speakers of the night were to be Ann Romney and Chris Christie.
Listening to the first part of Mrs. Romney’s speech, I was shaking my head and thinking this is going to be terrible. I understand that it was her job to make it clear that Republicans are not anti-women. Maybe that part of her speech played better to women than it did to me. I’ll be interested in hearing you women out there on what your thoughts were. Having said that, when Mrs. Romney moved on to talking about her husband; what kind of man he is and what kind of President he will be, I thought she did an outstanding job.
Then came the keynote speaker, Chris Christie. With Christie, what you see is what you get. He is anything but pretentious. After Romney surprised the world by selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, it should have been clear to everyone that Romney was making this election about a choice between two very different visions for America’s future. If there was any doubt left, Chris Christie put those doubts to rest last night. This election will not be a referendum on Obama’s performance over the last four years. Christie said over and over again that it is time to treat Americans like adults and tell them the truth. He said that hard choices will have to be made and they won’t be painless. A Fox News headline today was TOUGH LOVE: Christie Rallies GOP With Call for `Era of Truth-Telling` That, my friends, is what I believe America needs in spades; “Tough Love” and the truth.
There should be no doubt after the opening day of the RNC that this election is not between Obama and Obama Light. This is an election between two visions for America that are 180 degrees apart. I for one am willing to roll the dice and see what America is made of today.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?