A Message to Swing Voters
Conventions are intended to fire up the base. These are the people that will be the true grass roots effort for the remaining 60+ days of this election cycle. The GOP list of speakers last night set the tone. The stage was packed with women speakers – despite our apparent war on them. Ann Romney brought the house down with her address. Chris Christie shocked the world by avoiding the Nobama attack speech everyone anticipated and instead, delivered a stunning contrast in ideas between the GOP and Democrats. The President’s list of ideas were so small in this argument, Christie didn’t even mention him by name. Epic
One speaker deserves special attention however. Artur Davis. Mr Davis’ comments could be noteworthy because he recently switched to the GOP after years of being an elected Democrat. Or because he delivered the nominating address at the DNC in 2004 for Nobama.
No, tonight he was noteworthy because of the tone he struck with discouraged former Nobama supporters. People like him who voted for Nobama in 2008 because of the hype (or in his words, their hearts) only to realize is was all an illusion. Breitbart.com has the full text of his speech. I am including the portion where he speaks directly to the swing voters and asks: “Do you hear your voice in the clamor?” Like the movie Hope and Change – he speaks directly to them, in their own language. This is a highly effective message. More please.
Ladies and gentlemen, there are Americans who are listening to this speech tonight who haven’t always been with you, and I want you to let me talk — just to them – for a moment. I know how loaded up our politics is with anger and animosity, but I have to believe we can still make a case over the raised voices. There are Americans who voted for the president, but who are searching right now, because they know that their votes didn’t build the country they wanted.
To those Democrats and independents whose minds are open to argument: listen closely to the Democratic Party that will gather in Charlotte and ask yourself if you ever hear your voice in the clamor.
Ask yourself if these Democrats still speak for you.
When they say we have a duty to grow government even when we can’t afford it, does it sound like compassion to you — or recklessness?
When you hear the party that glorified Occupy Wall Street blast success; when you hear them minimize the genius of the men and women who make jobs out of nothing, is that what you teach your children about work?
When they tell you America is this unequal place where the powerful trample on the powerless, does that sound like the country your children or your spouse risked their lives for in Iraq or Afghanistan?
Do you even recognize the America they are talking about? And what can we say about a house that doesn’t honor the pictures on its walls?
John F. Kennedy asked us what we could do for America. This Democratic Party asks what can government give you. Don’t worry about paying the bill, it’s on your kids and grandkids.
Bill Clinton took on his base and made welfare a thing you had to work for; this current crowd guts the welfare work requirement in the dead of night.
Bill Clinton, Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson reached out across the aisle and said meet me in the middle; but their party rammed through a healthcare bill that took over one-sixth of our economy, without accepting a single Republican idea, without winning a single vote in either house from a party whose constituents make up about 50 percent of the country…
…May it be said of this time in our history: 2008 to 2011: lesson learned.
2012: mistake corrected.
God bless you, God bless America.