*Written by Rob Rimes.
CONTINUED from “The Republican National Convention, Part III”
“Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America. I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility.”
Those were the first words Mitt Romney spoke as he hit the stage to thunderous applause. He followed that up with talking about how great Paul Ryan is and promised America that they would get to know the Ryan family better in the “days to come”. He added, “I love the way he lights up around his kids and how he’s not embarrassed to show the world how much he loves his mom.”
Romney then gets into how he understands why people voted for Barack Obama four years earlier. He understands that he was new and exciting and gets why people gravitated towards that. He talked about America’s optimism and how people were looking forward to going back to work. This leads into Romney talking about the immigrants of old and the thirst for freedom and the “American experience”. He applied all of that to today’s matters and said that despite America’s excitement in voting for Barack Obama, we have not gotten the “hope” and “change” we were promised.
He talked about how Americans have worked hard and struggled at the same time through these tough times. He gave examples of successes and failures over the last four years and painted a picture that Americans need to come to a place where the tension, stress and difficulty we have to face need to ease back. Romney admitted that he wished Obama had succeeded, so everyone could go back to living more prosperous lives and the hardships would be low. Building off of that point, Mitt said that Obama has failed and that we don’t have to stand for it and accept it. He stated that we all need to stand up and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!” Finishing up on that point, Mitt added, “So here we stand. Americans have a choice. A decision. To make that choice, you need to know more about me and about where I will lead our country.”
So Mitt Romney went into his history and talked about where he came from and how he was brought up. He talked about witnessing the moon landing and then gave a “rest in peace” shout out to Neil Armstrong, who died less than a week prior. He talked about how the American flag was still on the moon and how that is a testament to how great our country is, as it truly means something and to this day it sits there alone because no other country has made that journey and staked their flag into the moon.
Talking about his father, Mitt said that George Romney was born in Mexico but his family had to leave during the Mexican Revolution. He mentioned that his family was fed by the US government as they were war refugees in a new land. He talked about how his dad didn’t finish college but he was able to move to Detroit, lead and automobile company to greatness and ultimately become the Governor of Michigan. Romney discussed growing up Mormon in Michigan. He said that even though it may have seemed unusual to some, most of his friends were more concerned about which sports teams they followed than what church they went to. Mitt continued to talk about his history and his family for a while.
Getting back on the subject of Obama, Mitt eloquently said:
Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him. The President hasn’t disappointed you because he wanted to. The President has disappointed America because he hasn’t led America in the right direction. He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have and one that was essential to his task. He had almost no experience working in a business. Jobs to him are about government.
Romney then went into his history in business. Sure, we all should know the story by now and we all should know the criticisms the man has received, whether just or unjust, but the point of all this is that – love it or hate it – successful businesses create opportunities for many people. Sure, a factory closes here or a shop closes there but ultimately, in a truly free market, the best of the best will survive and thrive and provide prosperity for those who truly want to earn it and who don’t quit at trying to make it.
Mitt Romney was a successful businessman and he bettered the lives of many people – much more than the lefties want you to believe, as they have done nothing but give credence to those who were seemingly victimized by Romney and his business practices. But that’s fine, the left wants to bitch and whine and cry that some big bad “capitalist” is holding them down when in effect they are stifling their own ability to prosper with their rhetoric, their actions and the government intervention that they always deem as the solution.
Now the definition of “capitalist” between the left and the right varies and it certainly varies from both those groups to truly free market people like myself. And although I am defending Romney against unjust attacks, it doesn’t mean I am voting for him. I am just calling it how I see it. And truthfully, I have to agree with the spirit of the Republican National Convention in which, we cannot continue to demonize success. We need to cheer it on, promote it and follow its example – not continue to shit on it and then bitch like spoiled brats when we ruin it for everyone!
Mitt talked about Bain Capital and how he and his partners were the only ones who believed in it at the time. He ran down what he went through in the beginning, as it was tough and he would find himself questioning his decisions. Had he made a mistake? Was the risk really worth it?
He said that Bain started with ten employees and now it has grown into an American success story. He named off some of the companies Bain Capital helped to get off of the ground. Companies like Staples, Sports Authority, the childhood learning center Bright Horizons and Steel Dynamics. Now the well-trained leftist may be pulling their hair out at the thought of this being a success when they are so concerned about mom and pop office supply stores, sporting goods stores and other shops having to close due to larger corporate competition but realistically, look how many jobs and opportunities those “evil” corporate entities have brought to the communities they’ve been introduced to. Oh I know, I know, they treat their employees like shit and pay them poorly and offer little-to-no benefits. The truth is, we control our own destinies, people can choose not to work there and in all honesty, most of the people that work at these places, despite left wing propaganda, like their jobs and are happy to have them in an economy were finding jobs isn’t that easy. Also, these corporations are usually competitive on wages and usually offer decent benefits after ninety days. Hell, Costco is an amazing company to work for that falls into this category. So is Publix, who has great benefits and actually offers their workers stock in the company! And I don’t mean to rant and rave on business and large corporations but I’m tired of the senseless attacks. Besides, if there wasn’t a market for these large stores, they wouldn’t exist. The public dictates the market, whether you care to believe that or not, because ultimately it is about those “evil” dollars.
Getting back to the speech, Mitt Romney said, “..every president since the Great Depression who came before the American people asking for a second term could look back at the last four years and say with satisfaction: ‘you are better off today than you were four years ago.’ Except Jimmy Carter. And except this president.” He added that Americans have been patient but Obama can’t tell any of us that we have been better off under him for four years. Granted, people could make this argument about other presidents besides Obama and Carter but Mitt does hit the point home. Romney then stated:
In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before. Nearly one out of six Americans is living in poverty. Look around you. These are not strangers. These are our brothers and sisters, our fellow Americans.
Romney then went directly after Obama’s economic policy:
His policies have not helped create jobs, they have depressed them. And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America. His plan to raise taxes on small business won’t add jobs, it will eliminate them. His assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China. His trillion dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and also put our security at greater risk. His $716 billion cut to Medicare to finance ObamaCare will both hurt today’s seniors, and depress innovation – and jobs – in medicine. And his trillion-dollar deficits will slow our economy, restrain employment, and cause wages to stall.
Romney addressed the crowd and said that he had a plan to create 12 million new jobs and said that it had just five steps. The first step is that he promised to make America energy independent by 2020. He said that he would take “full advantage” of our oil, coal, gas, nuclear and renewable energy sources. The second step is to provide citizens with the skills they need for today’s jobs and that parents would be allowed to pick the school they want their child to attend. Okay, that’s two steps in one and the first half sounds expensive but let’s move on to the third. The third step promises to make trade work for America by “forging new trade agreements.” Romney claims that when nations cheat in trade, there will be consequences. Right, that sounds like he wants to pick winners and losers and it doesn’t come across as “free market” at all. So how exactly is he going to punish himself for cheating? The fourth step is to cut the deficit and balance the budget. Okay, well the Ryan Plan is going to take a few decades and that is assuming that government doesn’t just randomly add more programs to their exhaustive list already and it also assumes that whoever may be president, as well as whoever is in the Senate or the House, after Romney’s terms are over, is going to somehow respect his plan and maintain it without any bit of meddling. The fifth and final step will be to “champion small business”. Romney called to reduce taxes, regulations, etc. – you know, all the typical Republican talking points.
You see, the thing is, Mitt Romney will promote this stuff now and will even take action that follows some of his objectives but ultimately, it will fail to solve the problem because the Ryan Plan is not serious about balancing the budget and Mitt Romney doesn’t really understand how the “free market” works. “Free” being the most important of the two words.
He then preached about women, life and the “sanctity of marriage”, which just reminds me of a quote from Clint Eastwood, the big star they had on before Romney – to promote Romney:
These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else. We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a big deal out of. They go on and on with all this bullshit about ‘sanctity’. Don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.
Man, if only Clint Eastwood would’ve came back out and re-iterated that. The GOP elite would’ve got their panties so bunched up their brown eyes would’ve been stuffed up for weeks.
Romney finished up his speech by talking about families, creators and the Constitution. He then closed with the following statement:
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.
I walked away from the 2012 Republican National Convention not feeling any better than how I felt before it. Actually, I felt quite a bit worse, especially considering how Ron Paul and his supporters were treated at the beginning of Day Two. The actions of the RNC and the Republican establishment are inexcusable. However, they certainly aren’t surprising.
One thing that I have to ask to Ron Paul supporting Republican loyalists is, what happens when you play by their rules and start to gain real traction within their system? It’s simple, they change their rules and push you back. The lesson? Fuck their rules and fuck them! Did you really think they wouldn’t stoop this low? C’mon man! How can you continue to respect and support a party that spits in your face like that? I’m sorry but I refuse to bow down to this establishment scumbags that are shooting themselves in the foot.
Unfortunately for us non-establishment people, too many of our ideological brethren will continue to toe the party line instead of doing something more effective, which is a mass exodus. The GOP elite will continue to treat all of you liberty-minded folk as a virus – the events of this Convention have just proven that and the effects of the rule changes will stifle grassroots activism within the Republican Party in the future. They are playing a crony game, plain and fucking simple and they will continue to play it. Don’t worry though, they will sure as shit throw you a bone once in a while because they need your money to survive. Don’t wake up just halfway folks, wake up all the way.
Apart from that, I thought the event was decent. Some people spoke their minds and gave good speeches, as I have covered. The thing is, don’t take what they’ve said to heart – you can’t. It is mostly rhetoric and even though there are a few good people mixed into this sea of shame, it’s really nothing more than a den of vipers. They will tell you what they think you want to hear and the ones who are actually fighting the good fight will tone it down out of fear of shaking things up too much. Shit, just look at what Rand Paul promised days prior to his speech and what he actually delivered when he was no longer in front of his father’s supporters but in front of the establishment.
Mitt Romney may be a seemingly better choice than Barack Obama but it’s really just like reverting back to Bush. Was Bush really any better than Obama? He was a big government stooge that loved the police state, embraced war and put us down this path further than we have ever been before him.
I hear a lot of people these days talking about “voting your conscious”. Well, they are right and that is all you can do. Don’t vote for the lesser of two evils. Don’t vote just to get Obama out. Don’t vote down party lines because of a card in your wallet. Don’t pick between just one of two choices just because you believe someone else doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell at winning. This is not voting your conscious! This is voting to keep the two-party system in power! Nothing will change until people wake up to that fact. You have to vote for the person who best fits your beliefs and your principles and your morals and ideals. If those things are not represented by either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama, look elsewhere or just don’t vote.