Skip to comments.Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention
Posted on 08/30/2012 9:05:45 PM PDT by LD Jackson
After watching the speeches given over the past three days, it was only natural to wonder if Mitt Romney would be able to do his predecessors justice. Ann Romney did a great job, as did Paul Ryan, and a host of other speakers. Thursday night's programming was clearly designed to help introduce the real Mitt Romney to the rest of America. Many of us had not heard the stories we heard leading up to our nominee's acceptance speech. We learned there is much more to the man than he has told. These are the stories Mitt Romney is not comfortable telling, stories about himself that reveal there is much more to his inner character than we have been led to believe.
To be honest, Mitt Romney had a tough act to follow tonight. With Marco Rubio introducing him, and Clint Eastwood before that, it was no small task to pull off a convention speech that would fire up the Republican base, introduce our nominee to the rest of the country, and kick off a fall campaign that will hopefully unseat the most unsuccessful President since Jimmy Carter. In my humble and honest opinion, he did just that.
Mitt Romney did what he needed to do tonight. In his acceptance speech, he highlighted exactly why we should vote for him on November 6. I keep coming back to this point, but let me reiterate it once more. Time after time, we have been told there is not a real and significant difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Once again, I must beg to differ. Romney's speech explained what many of those differences were. They are fundamental differences in the America each man believes in. The latter part of his speech tells these differences well. Quoted from a transcript at The Huffington Post.
We will honor Americas democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.In September, the blog that has grown into Political Realities will be five years old. I started writing in support of Mike Huckabee and one of his main rivals in that campaign was Mitt Romney. At the time, I was focused on trying to do what I could do for the Huckabee campaign and I was not a big fan of Mitt Romney. During this past primary, I voted for Ron Paul. I do not regret that vote. However, in the past several months, I have learned a lot about the man who is our nominee. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, there is much more to him that meets the eye. His character and integrity were never in question, but I did wonder about some of his politics. Many, if not all, of those questions have been satisfied in my mind.
You might have asked yourself if these last years are really the America we want, the America won for us by the greatest generation.
Does the America we want borrow a trillion dollars from China? No.
Does it fail to find the jobs that are needed for 23 million people and for half the kids graduating from college? No.
Are its schools lagging behind the rest of the developed world? No.
And does the America we want succumb to resentment and division? We know the answer.
The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.
Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.
That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother's confidence that their children's future is brighter even than the past.
That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.
That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.
That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.
That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.
If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.
The differences between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are very real, the least of which is not our nominee's vision of America. Even if I may still disagree with some of his politics, at least he wants to work to bring our country out of the hole it is in. Everything Barack Obama has done since taking office seems to have been focused on fundamentally changing the direction of America. I believe Mitt Romney will work, from his first day in office, to be the kind of President who inspires us to be the best we can be. He may not be Ronald Reagan, but there is a vast chasm between Mitt Romney and the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I think I'll bet on Mitt Romney.
I was blown away by Mitt Romney’s speech.
He meant and believed every word of it.
I could see it in his eyes.
I was just utterly blown away.
We saw different speeches then, he was soooooooooooo boring.
I thought he was going to award a metal to Obama for trying.
I re-read the transcript to make sure I knew what he was saying, even reading it was boring.
One of the problems that the left has cooking against them is that their attempted demonization of Mitt and Paul is just wrong.
They are obviously fundamentally decent men. Which is not something which may be said of anyone on the left.
Go back to the beach and play in the water, babe.
And you sweetie you go back to your groveling for the liberal.
Romney is boring, how can you not see even that?
I wont. Obama is a incompetent liberal Romney is a competent liberal. I bet the competent one will do far more damage than the incompetent one.
One of the biggest fears I have of a Romney presidency is the Supreme Court. If he is elected he will appoint liberals to replace Scalia and Kennedy who will almost surely retire during a 4 or 8 year Romney administration. They would never retire during an Obama administration. Remember Clinton appointed NO SC Justices during his second term.
Romney's liberal SC Justices will change the balance of the Court for 40 years into the future. Obama at most will replace Ginsburg with a liberal and will not change the court.
I'd rather live with four more years of Obama than have my kids live with 40 years of a liberal SC because of the liberal justices Romney will choose..
Romney just got me enthusiastic FOR him as well as AGAINST the president. What a speech. My favorite two lines from it.
“Obama wants to heal the earth.... I wanna help you and your family”
“Under my administration, Putin will see a lot less flexibility.... and a lot more backbone.”
This convention has been an unapologetic success, regardless of the MSM SMEAR that we have witnessed. It’s REFUSAL to even cover the speakers who deserved to be heard was deplorable, but I honestly think Obama is finished. He may be a popular face at his convention, but who else is there? The racist mayor of LA? Biden, who is viewed as an idiot? Big Chief Elizabeth Warren?
Who do you think people will connect with more. An aging patriot, Clint Eastwood, or a polished barbie doll, Eva Longoria? I think Obama was always destined to lose this reelection, and after tonight, I’m more sure than ever that we will win. Nothing less will satisfy.
Too much whiskey? Too much vodka? Maybe you were just tired. Take an Advil and get a good night’s sleep. You really screwed up...
Neither, Romney was boring.
Seriously, how do you not see that.
You must have seen what you were hoping to see, is all I can say. He won me over tonight....I won’t have to grit my teeth to vote for him now.
He and Ryan are honest men.
And having the Cardinal come out and bless them might just turn a few more ‘Catholics’ against the dems.
Because, I didn't look at it through your cynical, myopic eyes.
I'm with you. Reliable sources tell me that the first SC slot that opens up, Obama is going to give Robert Bork a second chance.
“I’d rather live with four more years of Obama than have my kids live with 40 years of a liberal SC because of the liberal justices Romney will choose”
This blows away any conservative persona you put on exposing your real liberal views. Thanks for coming clean.
Listen both men are treacherous, how do you not see that.
We are bolts, we are either airgun tightened or handgun tightened - either way we are screwed.
And you joined FR yesterday to be here tonight to praise your liberal man. I’ve noticed several of your type join in the past couple of days. I don’t think this is a liberal forum, yet.
you sir are deluding yourself, but it’s a free country. Today anyway.
You joined Aug. 2 to promote liberal Romney. Have a good time, maybe you will get by with it.
“We saw different speeches then, he was soooooooooooo boring.”
Yes. Rule 1: keep your audience. A good fraction of the audience probably tuned out, or just flipped the switch. Sure, it wasn’t a completely horrible speech, but it certainly wasn’t a home run of a speech like Ryan’s.
obama is an not a competent businessman.
The business of America is business and Romney is a very competent businessman.
S. Ct justices will be the least of your problems if obama is reelected
“oh he’s so boring, I’d rather have life with an exciting narcissist” is your mantra eh? You and a lot of others who thrive on emotional highs
I had thought Romney was an empty suit during the debates, but I now believe he was strategizing himself to win the primaries.
I loved Cain, Gingrich, the rest a lot more than Romney. But, Romney (naturally) was out there to win, and he took the strategy of standing back, knew that his opponents would focus on tearing each other down and shove each other to get into the spotlight. Sadly for my favorite Cain, it did work.
It’ll work in the general election, too. Leftists are already getting pissed off at the message of American exceptionalism & mouthing off against America — something that won’t resonante well with at least 60% of voters.
You are boring.
We have one path, get the house, senate, presidency and scotus.
Romney MAY not provide that, but Obama WON’T provide that.
You'll have that anyway if Obama wins again.
The threat Romney poses is he will get to replace these two conservative justices.
I wont vote for a liberal, voting conservative down ticket in the next two election cycles might give a Congress that can start turning things around.
You’d better vote down ticket in the Senate.
Did you vote for Dole? Dole was boring and wishy-washy too, but we voted for him, just like we voted for McCain because of Palin. I'm not looking forward to voting for Romney, but the thought of 4 more years of our military under Obama's control, 4 more years of Holder's Injustice Department, 4 more years of Obama aiding the Islamists in the destruction of Israel, and 4 more years of that ugly Wookie would make me hold my nose and vote for a turd if it meant getting rid of the grifters presently living in the White House. You can't honestly love your country and say you'd rather have 4 more years of Obama's corruption, executive orders and lies.
BTW Ryan would be the tie breaker in the Senate.
Ill vote for conservatives from dog catcher to Senator but I wont vote for either liberal running for president.
I hear ya, but by not voting, YOU VOTE.
IMHO Romney is going to piss off all of us, R’s and D’s
He is a pragmatic fellow that follows the constituency.
Obie on the other hand is a flat out marxist SOB that has no issue with telling the majority to go to hell while he goes golfing.
So be it..I’ll vote for either liberal by not voting for either of them..
When we lose the Presidency, it will be on your head.
I understand your position Joe.
I just disagree.
I think we need to win the war by inches if we HAVE too.
Ain't that the truth. Besides there's no guarantee as to how a so-called Conservative Supreme Court Justice will vote on a case. We've been disappointed before, and it will happen again. I think the days of having a guaranteed Conservative Justice appointed to the bench have gone by the wayside. We all know the only certain things in life are death and taxes.
You are guaranteed a liberal SCOTUS with Obama.
He put 2 on board already, 4 more are waiting to be replaced.
The GOP will win their war against conservatives by miles by electing liberals
And you need 2/3s of the Senate.
So Vote for the guy of your dreams.
It is people like you who are harming my college age kids who can’t find jobs or start a business. I will bet my paycheck you have never ran a business or created a single job. You are trying your best to discourage GOP voters which only helps the self declared radical socialist from Chicago.
Romney is a businessman, not a actor or politician. That is just what this country needs under current situation. Unless of course if you are not educated enough to understand the financial situation we are in.
Good luck with your strategery.
Interesting. Scalia, Thomas etc fear Obama so much they’d alter their life plans to avoid Obama picking a SCJustice.
...and others side with Pelosi and Reid.
Good luck to all conservatives with a Romney appointed liberal SC for 40 or more years...
Thomas is in no danger of leaving the court.
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