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Mitt Romney Delivers THE Best Speech Of His Political Career

posted at 2:27 pm on August 31, 2012 by

Mitt Romney Accepts The Republican Nomination

WOW!  Mitt Romney, who was often characterized as robotic, stiff, and artificial, surely wasn’t any of those things when he formally accepted the Republican nomination for the Presidency of the United States last night.  It was also an historical event.  For the first time, a Mormon was nominated by a major party for the highest office in the country.   In addition, I feel conservatives saw that Gov. Romney conveyed the charisma and confidence needed to defeat Barack Obama in November.  Without a doubt, I think we have a candidate who can defeat the president.

 

We all had our doubts about Mitt.  I initially backed him, but then went on the Rick Perry train since he aligned more with my conservative principles. However, as we all know, that campaign went down in flames.  I couldn’t back Rick Santorum due to his habit of ignoring fiscal issues–which RedState kindly explained back in January.  When you vote to increase Medicare’s unfunded liability by $7 trillion dollars, vote for No Child Left Behind, and vote against National Right to Work legislation–you better duck and cover.

I couldn’t connect with Herman Cain or Newt Gingrich–which is partially due to the fact that neither one of them would have been able to carry a swing state in the general election.  Ron Paul completely lost me on foreign policy.  I’m not a neoconservative, but to say he wouldn’t have killed bin Laden is ludicrous.  Mitt was it.

Sure, he made awkward comments about his home state of Michigan with the trees being the “right height” and liking the lakes–which are comments that didn’t help him shake his robotic demeanor, but in the opening montage, which I admittedly got a little teary eyed, those characterizations were dispelled.  It got even more emotional when he talked about his mom and how his dad left a rose for her everyday.  A gesture, which turned into sorrow as that’s how Lenore Romney  “she found out what happened on the day my father died – she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose.” 

His remarks about his wife further solidified his support with married women:

I grew up in Detroit in love with cars and wanted to be a car guy, like my dad. But by the time I was out of school, I realized that I had to go out on my own, that if I stayed around Michigan in the same business, I’d never really know if I was getting a break because of my dad. I wanted to go someplace new and prove myself.

Those weren’t the easiest of days – too many long hours and weekends working, five young sons who seemed to have this need to re-enact a different world war every night. But if you ask Ann and I what we’d give, to break up just one more fight between the boys, or wake up in the morning and discover a pile of kids asleep in our room. Well, every mom and dad knows the answer to that.

Those days were toughest on Ann, of course. She was heroic. Five boys, with our families a long way away. I had to travel a lot for my job then and I’d call and try to offer support. But every mom knows that doesn’t help get the homework done or the kids out the door to school.

I knew that her job as a mom was harder than mine. And I knew without question, that her job as a mom was a lot more important than mine. And as America saw Tuesday night, Ann would have succeeded at anything she wanted to.

In addition, Romney did his best to blunt the atrociously false narrative that Republicans are waging a war on women.  He cited his mother saying “when my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, ‘Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?’ I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.”  Fact. I wish Debbie Wasserman-Schultz could have heard them.

Not shying away from his tenure at Bain Capital, Gov. Romney said that it was the drive of himself and his partners to succeed even when it seemed that starting the firm was a mistake. In the end:

That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised. At a time when nobody thought we’d ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana. Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.

These are American success stories. And yet the centerpiece of the President’s entire re-election campaign is attacking success. Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression? In America, we celebrate success, we don’t apologize for it.

If you read this and didn’t get the impression that any of this is felonious activity, you’re a normal human being. In lefty land, I’ll bet $10,000 that Stephanie Cutter, David Axelrod, and Bill Burton nearly had coronaries when they heard this.

In all, Romney reiterated his stance to utilize all of our energy resources, create jobs, and protect America abroad.

I feel Romney could have done more to address the frustration American Jews have with Obama’s position on Israel, but that’s a discussion for the debates. One of the most salient points Romney made was his promise to work for you and make your life better.

As Romney said last night,”President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.”  Romney also hit at Obama first 100 days back in ’09 saying “I will begin my presidency with a jobs tour. President Obama began with an apology tour.”

Romney’s acceptance speech was undoubtedly the best of his political career.  It was delivered with conviction and enthusiasm–which the convention audience also felt thereby explaining their rousing applause when our Republican nominee exited the podium.  It successfully captured the principles we value and the direction we need to go in to ensure a prosperous future.  Most importantly, it promised to continue the Madisonian experiment of limited government, which is the bedrock of our socio-economic fabric.

For the first time, I was able to connect with Mitt Romney.  I’m hoping others felt the same.  We’re sixty-six days from November 6th.  Let’s roll!

Republican 2012 Platform courtesy of The Blaze.

Here are key elements of the Republican platform:

JOB CREATION:

It states that the best jobs program is economic growth. “We do not offer yet another made-in-Washington package of subsidies and spending to create temporary or artificial jobs.”

SMALL BUSINESS:

The GOP pledges to reform the tax code to make it easier for businesses to generate more capital and create more jobs.

TAXES:

“We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs or foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations.”

It says a Republican administration would extend the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, pending reform of the tax code. It says the party would strive to eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains altogether for lower- and middle-income taxpayers. It also would work to repeal the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.

The party backs constitutional amendments to balance the federal budget and require a super majority for any tax increases.

MARRIAGE:

The platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage. It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

VOTER INTEGRITY:

“Voter fraud is a political poison,” the platform says. It praises legislation to require photo identification for voting and to prevent election fraud.

GUN CONTROL:

The party says it opposes legislation intended to restrict Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the assault weapons ban passed during the Clinton presidency.

ABORTION:

The party states that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” It opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate abortions. It says the party will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.

ENERGY:

The party is committed to domestic energy independence and an “all-of-the-above” energy policy, backing the exploration and development of the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. It criticizes the Obama administration for picking winners and losers in the energy sector and expresses support for new coal-fired plants that will be low-cost, environmentally responsible and efficient.

It adds: “We will end the EPA‘s war on coal and encourage the increased safe development in all regions of the nation’s coal resources.“ It calls on Congress to prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations ”that will harm the nation’s economy and threaten millions of jobs over the next quarter century.”

MEDICARE and MEDICAID:

The platform pledges to move both Medicare and Medicaid away from “the current unsustainable defined-benefit entitlement model to a fiscally sound defined-contribution model.” It supports a Medicare transition to a premium-support model with an income-adjusted contribution toward a health plan of the enrollee’s choice. Age eligibility in Medicare must be made more realistic in light of longer life spans.

Medicaid services for low income people would be transformed into a block grant program in which the states would be given the flexibility to determine the best programs for their residents.

IMMIGRATION:

The platform makes clear that “we oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it.” It demands that the Justice Department halt lawsuits against Arizona, Alabama and other states that have enacted tough measures against illegal immigrants. It says federal funding should be denied to universities that provide in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants. It advocates making English the official national language.

HEALTH CARE:

It states that a Republican president on his first day in office would use his waiver authority to halt progress in carrying out the health care act pushed through by President Barack Obama and that Republican victories in November would guarantee that the act is never implemented. It proposes a Republican plan based on improving health care quality and lowering costs and a system that promotes the free market and gives consumers more choice.

EDUCATION:

Republicans support consumer choice, including home schooling, local innovations such as single-sex classes, full-day school hours and year-round schools. It says Republicans renew their call for replacing family planning programs for teens “with abstinence education which teaches abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior.”

DEFENSE:

The platform says Republicans are “the party of peace through strength” and support the concept of American exceptionalism – “the conviction that our country holds a unique place and role in human history.” It criticizes the current administration for its weak positions toward such countries as North Korea, China and Iran and its reductions in military spending. The Republican national military strategy “restores as a principal objective the deterrence using the full spectrum of our military capabilities.”

 

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Thanks for the commentary and the platform summary.
I also appreciated Romney’s references to his parents never-ending romance, and his own with Ann:

I knew that her job as a mom was harder than mine. And I knew without question, that her job as a mom was a lot more important than mine.

Most folks don’t realize that these sentiments are standard LDS doctrine. President David O. McKay (served 1951–1970) had a major impact on how Mormons view family relationships:

“Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life. The mother’s image is the first that stamps itself on the unwritten page of the young child’s mind. It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security; her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world.”

“Let my assure you, Brethren, that some day you will have a personal Priesthood interview with the Savior, Himself. If you are interested, I will tell you the order in which He will ask you to account for your earthly responsibilities.

First, He will request an accountability report about your relationship with your wife. Have you actively been engaged in making her happy and ensuring that her needs have been met as an individual?

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother”

“The greatest work we will ever do will be within the walls of our home.”

“The home is the first and most effective place to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self control, the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home.”

Pres. McKay also had strong words about personal responsibility:

“The privilege to work is a gift.
The power to work is a blessing.
The love of work is success.”

AesopFan on August 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Good post.

John the Libertarian on August 31, 2012 at 9:38 PM