In contrast to the previous week’s Democratic convention, the Republican National Convention featured many speakers who represented the true diversity of America – working people, small business owners, farmers, and veterans.
While conventions traditionally are dominated by career politicians making lengthy (and often boring) speeches, this year’s GOP convention had many ordinary Americans speaking eloquently, from their heart, expressing their concerns about increasing crime, rioting, looting, violence and lawlessness; the challenges to free speech, religious liberty, and gun rights; the need to re-open our economy and get people back to work; and the importance of honoring and respecting America’s heroes – veterans, police, and first responders.
The convention put special emphasis on the issues and concerns facing America’s veterans.
Veteran Sean Parnell – retired Army Ranger, decorated combat infantryman, veteran of fierce fighting along the Afghan-Pakistan border, and best-selling author – provided one of the highlights of the first day of the GOP convention, delivering a powerful and dramatic speech:
“After 485 days of combat, I came home eager to enjoy the freedoms I risked my life to defend. But I watched with alarm as the [Democratic] party … turned against the very people it professed to represent. I watched as Joe Biden spit venom at an auto worker who dared to question Joe’s intent to dismantle the second amendment and take your guns…. Where Democrats one stood for hardworking law, abiding Americans who displayed our flag with pride, this new Democrat party considers these people uneducated racists clinging to guns and bibles. The party of Harry Truman became the party of hedge fund managers, Hollywood celebrities, tech, moguls, and university professors, all bloated with contempt for middle America.”
On the second night of the convention, First Lady Melania Trump saluted America’s veterans, those currently serving, and their families:
“When I speak to members of the military, despite sacrificing time with their families, experiencing the fear of war or suffering loss, they have no regrets about serving our country…. When I speak to families who have lost someone, the pain mixed with pride I hear in their voices is something I think about often, so thank you to all who serve our country in the military and as first responders, and thank you to the families who wait for them. You are heroes in your own right.”
Dan Crenshaw, a former United States Navy SEAL and now a member of Congress representing Texas’ 2nd Congressional District, is a true example of American heroism. On the third night of the convention he said “Here’s the truth about America. We are a country of heroes,” as he addressed the nation on that very topic – heroism:
“It’s who we are, a nation of heroes and we need you now more than ever. We need to remind ourselves what heroism really is. Heroism is self-sacrifice. It’s not moralizing and lecturing over others when they disagree. Heroism is grace, not perpetual outrage. Heroism is rebuilding our communities, not destroying them. Heroism is renewing faith in the symbols that unite us, not tearing them down.”
All in all, the Republican National Convention was a convention of patriotism, a convention of the people. While the rioters and looters – enabled by the Democrats – want to tear America down, for veterans – and for all Americans – let’s hope that common sense prevails on November 3rd.