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Republican National Convention: Night Two

(or Night One, depending on how you’re counting) Thoughts on the first night of the Convention (in something resembling real time):

1. Required Reading: Victoria Blackstone, in an essay that won the “Wave the Stars and Stripes” essay contest. An excerpt:

For me, the flag of the United States of America unites Americans to their proud history. It is the symbol that has stood beside America since the day of our founding. And though someone may destroy the material part of the flag, no one can take away what our flag symbolizes. When I see our flag, I see every single man and women who has dedicated their lives to our flag and the people, the ideas, and the country it represents. With my morning recital of the Pledge of Allegiance, I take my place beside them.

She’s 15, by the way. And already showing more reflect for the flag than most liberals. I am, for a moment, encouraged.

3. Yeah, we may “all” put country first, but only a select few are willing to put their lives on the line-and willingly give them-to defend that country. Loved the tribute to PO2 Michael Monsoor.

2. Fred Thompson:

Now, being a POW certainly doesn’t qualify anyone to be President. But it does reveal character. This is the kind of character that civilizations from the beginning of history have sought in their leaders. Strength. Courage. Humility. Wisdom. Duty. Honor.

To deal with these challenges the Democrats present a history making nominee for president. History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee to ever run for President. Apparently they believe that he would match up well with the history making, Democrat controlled Congress. History making because it’s the least accomplished and most unpopular Congress in our nation’s history.

America needs a President who understands the nature of the world we live in. A President who feels no need to apologize for the United States of America.

My friends, we need a leader who stands on principle.

We need a President, and Vice President, who will take the federal bureaucracy by the scruff of the neck and give it a good shaking. And we need a President who doesn’t think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade.

Hell, Fred sounded a lot more enthusiastic in this speech than he did on his own campaign. He’s a great speaker. Maybe in 2012, or 2016? Or a role in the McCain Administration? I’m a fan. Update: Video of the speech over at This Ain’t Hell.

3. Lieberman’s up now….has hari-kari ever been committed this elequently?

Our Founding Fathers foresaw the danger of this kind of senseless partisanship. George Washington himself — in his farewell address to our country — warned that the “spirit of party” is “the worst enemy” of our democracy and “enfeebles” our government’s ability to do its job. George Washington was absolutely right. The sad truth is — today we are living through his worst nightmare, in the capital city that bears his name.

And that brings me directly to why I am here tonight. What, after all, is a Democrat like me doing at a Republican convention like this? The answer is simple. I’m here to support John McCain because country matters more than party.

It shouldn’t take a natural disaster to teach us that the American people don’t care much if you have an “R” or a “D” after your name.

When others wanted to retreat in defeat from the field of battle, when Barack Obama was voting to cut off funding for our troops on the ground, John McCain had the courage to stand against the tide of public opinion and support the surge, and because of that, today, our troops are at last beginning to come home, not in failure, but in honor.

So tonight, I ask you whether you are an independent, a Reagan Democrat or a Clinton Democrat, or just a Democrat: This year, when you vote for president, vote for the person you believe is best for the country, not for the party you happen to belong to.

Boy, Reid and the dhimmicrats will shit on you when the Senate reconvenes. Especially for the line about Gustav, since it was their (your?) party that suggested the storm meant that “God was on (their) side.”

I miss a lot of the “everyday” speeches cause I’m stuck in commuter hell. But, more to come….




Written by Coby Dillard

September 2, 2008 at 10:45 pm

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  1. “Now, being a POW certainly doesn’t qualify anyone to be President. But it does reveal character. This is the kind of character that civilizations from the beginning of history have sought in their leaders. Strength. Courage. Humility. Wisdom. Duty. Honor.”

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT (and much is certainly due, no doubt), how much more milk is in this POW “thing”? It validated, defines, excuses, elevates, entitles, so on etc. You are are an academy grad, a service member, a veteran, and a hero. Got it. Next slide…

    “…most inexperienced nominee to ever run for President”

    Break it down for me. Let’s see some side by side comparisons of experience. Are we talking time or accomplishment or scope or what? I am willing to concede this point but you gotta sell me. I can’t help but think of Reagan and Bush II.

    “…vote for the person you believe is best for the country…”

    Isn’t that the whole point? Typical pep rally speech, to a friendly audience. You tell me what’s best for the country, at this point? Yeah that safety and national security blanket is plush, but if I don’t have a roof over my head it gets wet, if I don’t have a job I can’t afford it, and if the energy to power it runs out or runs high, it lays cold.

    D, you miss the everyday speeches, but I don’t think you are missing much at all.

    D. Well, Bush 43 and Reagan were both two term governors prior to becoming President. Obama’s been in the Senate a little over two years, and-being honest-a good majority of that time has been spent campaigning. I’m not going to knock what he has accomplished, but compared to just about every president we’ve had (with the exception of, oh, the first five or so), his resume leaves a little to be desired.

    Far as the whole POW thing….he needs to talk about the entire experience more, but you’re right; just saying “I was a POW” has just about run its course, far as effectiveness goes.


    September 3, 2008 at 1:05 am

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