The Republicans should be proud of the convention they just wrapped up. They conducted themselves honorably and stayed on message with a laser focus. They also could not have been more clear – this is not the GOP that aided and abetted runaway spending over the last decade. Nope, the Tea Party has been heard. Look at the three prime time speakers this week. Chris Christie, Marco Rubio and our next Vice President, Paul Ryan. These aren’t the old guards, they are the thought leaders of the party. Then there is our candidate for President. Mitt Romney presented his case to the American people last night. He ‘introduced’ himself as a family man, a business man, as a man of faith and as man ready to embrace this moment in history. The next week we will hear about the war on women, race baiting and the word extreme like a gagillion times. What you won’t hear is anything to disprove the fact Mitt Romney is 100% more qualified for the Presidency versus it’s current occupant
Mitt started and ran a successful business. He helped other successful businesses start and saved the Salt Lake City Olympics. He governed and LEAD reform in the bluest of blue states. Our current President pouts when the other side doesn’t captiulate to his every whim. Or worse, he ignores the Constitution.
Mitt did something else. He spoke to the American people. His Presidency will about about them, not himself. He will talk about issues and solutions. He reached out to those that voted for Nobama in 2008 and said “I get it why you voted for him”. Then he asked, but isn’t is sad that the best you felt about this President was election day 2008? Every day since has been a disappointment. We are running out of time.
Indeed. The President wants to blame the past and continues to talk about finishing the job. But he has had the job for 4 years. $5.5T in debt, 1.5% growth and 23M unemployed. We can’t afford to give him any more time. Mitt has plan. More importantly, he has the experience and track record to back it up. He is the right man for the job
Let’s get this done
After the remarkable parade of speeches and speakers at the RNC the DNC has a high bar to get over… what an epic fail… Check out the speakers..
What an epic fail…
A media fact-checker walks into a bar with a duck on his head.
“Whatever your political party, let’s come together for the sake of our country. Join Mitt Romney and me. Let’s give this effort everything we have. Let’s see this through all the way. Let’s get this done.”
Darn straight Paul. I am ready!
What a great speech last night. I am going to include a link to the full text because it was brilliant and he delivered it with perfection. He was animated, spoke with conviction and at times, it was like he could see through the TV camera and was talking directly to me. This is what an adult conversation about politics looks like. This is what leadership looks like.
Ryan also spoke volumes about Mitt Romney last night and I don’t mean during his speech. I mean simply by his presence on the ticket.
1. It shows Romney is serious about fiscal conservatism. The GOP hasn’t been serious about this since Reagan. Ryan was tutored by Jack Kemp.
2. It shows Romney is ready to take the GOP into a new era. This isn’t your fathers Oldsmobile
3. It shows Romney knows how to lead. True business leaders pick the most talented people they can for their teams. They pick people smarter than themselves for key specialty roles. Nobama thinks he is the best at everything in his White House. He is on record as saying this. Maybe he is, but that is only because he picked a bunch of clowns to surround him. Jarrett? Holder? Biden…
4. It shows Romney is ready to make his case for the White House beyond Nobama’s failures. Not that there aren’t enough failures to justify his early termination… but Romney is ready to make his own case, share his own vision
Ryan didn’t do so badly himself last night. He truly scares the Democrats because of his ability to effectively communicate complex issues to the American people. The progressives want to scare and divide – Ryan calmly blows holes in their argument. The pundits call this “kitchen table conversation”. Ryan is a master at it. The Dems know it and they have no answer.
Ryan hit all the right chords last night and he did it in a ‘matter of fact’ versus ‘political attack’ way. He used levity to connect with the audience both in the arena and at home. Let’s get this done Paul.
My top 10 favorite moments from the speech – there were far too many to list, follow the link for the full text. (emphasis mine):
2. The man assumed office almost four years ago – isn’t it about time he assumed responsibility?
3. With all their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money – and he’s pretty experienced at that.
4. Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work. Twenty-three million people, unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can’t find the work they studied for, or any work at all. So here’s the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?
5. What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt. That money wasn’t just spent and wasted – it was borrowed, spent, and wasted.
6. None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers – a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.
7. Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation now comes to such a disappointing close.
- It began with a financial crisis; it ends with a job crisis.
- It began with a housing crisis they alone didn’t cause; it ends with a housing crisis they didn’t correct.
- It began with a perfect Triple-A credit rating for the United States; it ends with a downgraded America.
- It all started off with stirring speeches, Greek columns, the thrill of something new. Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at a moment that has already passed
8. President Obama is the kind of politician who puts promises on the record, and then calls that the record. But we are four years into this presidency. The issue is not the economy as Barack Obama inherited it, not the economy as he envisions it, but this economy as we are living it.
9. College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.
10. Mitt has not only succeeded, but succeeded where others could not. He turned around the Olympics at a time when a great institution was collapsing under the weight of bad management, overspending, and corruption – sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Bonus: They are the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America’s founding. They are self-evident and unchanging, and sometimes, even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and God, not from government.
Condi wowed the crowd last night. She gave an impactful, important and at times, personal speech last night. Oh, and she did it without a Teleprompter… Condi says she is finished with public service. That is a shame, because she is such a brilliant, dynamic person. Is there any doubt she would mop the floor with ANYONE the other side could throw at her in a foreign policy debate? Any debate? We have adults who want to lead. They are a group of children acting out Lord of the Flies. We saw what happened when we left them unsupervised – $5.5T of debt, an entitlement we didn’t ask for, constitutional abuses and a credit down grade to name a few.
A few samples of Condi’s speech below. A link to the complete text on The Weekly Standard is also included (emphasis mine):
After all, when the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful political and economic experiment in human history. That is the true basis of “American Exceptionalism.” The essence of America – that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.
Ours has never been a narrative of grievance and entitlement. We have not believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have not been envious of one another and jealous of each other’s success. Ours has been a belief in opportunity and a constant battle – long and hard — to extend the benefits of the American dream to all – without regard to circumstances of birth.
We have been successful too because Americans have known that one’s status at birth was not a permanent station in life. You might not be able to control your circumstances but you could control your response to your circumstances. And your greatest ally in doing so was a quality education...
…Let me ask you, though, today, when I can look at your zip code and can tell whether you are going to get a good education – can I really say that it doesn’t matter where you came from – it matters where you are going. The crisis in K-12 education is a grave threat to who we are…
…If we do anything less, we will condemn generations to joblessness, hopelessness and dependence on the government dole. To do anything less is to endanger our global economic competitiveness. To do anything less is to tear apart the fabric of who we are and cement a turn toward grievance and entitlement.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild us at home and inspire us to lead abroad. They will provide an answer to the question, “Where does America stand?” The challenge is real and these are tough times. But America has met and overcome difficult circumstances before. Whenever you find yourself doubting us – just think of all the times that we have made the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect…
..And on a personal note– a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham – the most segregated big city in America – her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant – but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter – she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State.
Coming soon to a country named USA if Obama stays in power… I’m serious… how stupid are liberals?
As part of the global push to tax the rich, Britain is now debating an “emergency” wealth tax. But the idea has hit fierce opposition from conservatives, who say the “politics of envy” hasn’t made the country rich.
Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal-Democrat Party, has proposed a one-time tax on the wealth (rather than the incomes) of high-net-worth Britons. The details aren’t clear, but Clegg says the country is facing an economic war caused by a prolonged recession, and needs to tax the rich in order to avoid social unrest.
He told the Guardian that unless the country “hardwired fairness” into the budget, “I don’t think the process will be either socially or politically sustainable or acceptable.”