While speeches at the Republican National Convention contained the inevitable stereotypes and platitudes, there were several statements that clearly highlighted the reality we are facing or the solutions we need.
VP nominee Paul Ryan said that 20-somethings are “living in their childhood bedrooms, looking at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out”. (23 million Americans are unemployed.)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush deviated from his prepared remarks and told President Obama to stop blaming his brother, former President George W. Bush, for the current problems. Gov. Bush said that after four years “a real leader would accept responsibility for his actions.”
We are still being told we need another mortgage rescue program, another stimulus package, another quantitative easing (printing more money to put into circulation, which lowers the value of every dollar you have). The President never apologizes that his plans have not worked; he just says things were “worse than we thought”. If he and his team were that far off in their initial analysis, I do not feel comfortable that they can assess where we are currently either.
Clint Eastwood: While his comments were sometimes rambling, occasionally disrespectful to the President, one section was clear and to the point. He said the country belongs to us, “politicians are employees of ours . . . When somebody does not do the job, we’ve got to let them go.”
YES! AMEN! This is how it should be, what the founders of this country intended, what I am trying to promote in this blog. Too many politicians – in both parties – push their own ideas of what is best for the US even when their constituents do not want that plan/project. Others adopt an agenda to get special interest groups to fund their next re-election campaign.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s entire speech was inspiring. He said his Cuban grandfather, who immigrated to the US, told him his life would be different “because you are an American.” That brought to mind how, for most of my life, our leaders have extolled the virtues of America and our accomplishments. They did not return gifts from foreign leaders as President Obama returned a bust of Winston Churchill to Britain. They did not hesitate to use our many “powers of persuasion” to stop everything from injustice to downright tyranny, while Mr. Obama has ignored the pleas of the Syrian people for intervention as their government bombs their cities.
In the same vain, Mitt Romney said, “When you need someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.” We need that kind of faith in the American spirit to solve the problems that have been created in the past 6-8 years.