The GOP convention that I attended!
The 2016 Republican convention concluded this week with Donald Trump accepting his party’s nomination for president of the United States. Major themes the Republican focused on included homeland and national security, and more importantly, bringing jobs home to America. “Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo,” GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said to thunderous applause.
First and foremost the Republican Party must thank law enforcement and the City of Cleveland for seamlessly handling the record crowds. Their professionalism earned them much respect in the wake of the war on law enforcement resulting in the murders of officers across the county and an avalanche of negative publicity from mainstream media. Many officers said, “we have never received such a positive response from convention goers, we got a lot of hugs and handshakes.”
Media coverage was heavily skewed at best. Perhaps the disgruntled wordsmiths took issue with the fact that they were relegated to set up their headquarters in an adjacent parking lot. For those lucky enough to get into the skyboxes, elevator restrictions meant they had little contact with delegates or convention attendees. In other words, they stayed away from the voters and chose to stick with their elite compadres, many of who were still licking their wounds from being locked out of the Trump campaign.
Typically, campaign speechwriters are plucked from elite media organizations and get the added benefit of inside access to a presumptive White House president/vice-president nominee. With Trump, he chose in-house writers and used close political allies from lesser-known media/loyal congressional staffers like Stephen Miller, Senator Jeff Session’s aide, who was credited with writing Trump’s acceptance speech.
Night one’s big flap that Melania’s speech writer lifted language from a Michelle Obama speech was a little more creatively manufactured, as the media failed to leave out a key fact that Mrs. Obama’s speech was lifted from “Stephen R. Covey.” His book: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People listed the exact same principles in the exact same order as Mrs. Obama did as keys to success.” Covey continued; “There is [sic] only one sure means of success. Number one, work hard for what you want in life. Number two, treat your word as your bond and always do what you say you’re going to do. And number three, respect everyone and treat them with dignity even if you don’t know them or agree with them. And always, always, take the opportunity to pass the values on to the next generation.”
The alleged offense certainly doesn’t rise to the level of deleting 30,000 government-protected emails that represent a severe screw-up, but it’s doubtful the American people will be reading about that issue at the Democratic convention in Philly.
The Cruz flap didn’t sit well with the GOP delegates and essentially ended his political career, at least as a Republican. Many delegates said the non-endorsement backfired and voters were turned off by his move to falsely lure them into believing he was going to endorse Trump before being booed off the stage. Many people felt Trump was the bigger guy (He read the speech two hours before Cruz spoke) for letting him lecture while fence sitters said Cruz’s classlessness not only turned them into Trump supporters but more importantly, Trump defenders.
And finally the Trump speech, predictably the mainstream media predominately focused on the dark nature of the text, but the issues and numbers used are reflective of 75 percent of the country believing the country is headed off the rails in the wrong direction. While dark may have been a mischaracterization the truth can at times be unsavory.
Crime is up across the country; police have taken the lions’ share of hits with 12 officers killed in past few weeks, a stagnant economy has robbed the middle class of much needed financial relief, the black communities have suffered terrible crime spikes and huge unemployment numbers, terrorist attacks are increasing and finally illegal immigration has left many states in financial ruin. It is a bleak snapshot of America, but unless you live in the Obama/Clinton administration’s utopian bubble, it is the reality facing many Americans.
Also lost in the media coverage was the main narrative of Trump’s predominate focus; “I will fight for you.”
He said, “I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice. I AM YOUR VOICE. When innocent people suffer because our political system lacks the will, or the courage, or the basic decency to enforce our laws – or worse still, has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash – I am not able to look the other way.”
He spoke about the victims. “I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens.”
Trump touched on crime rates increasing this year by claiming, “an attack on law enforcement is an attack on all Americans.” Citing slightly embellished numbers he concluded “Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America’s fifty largest cities. That’s the largest increase in 25 years. In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60 percent in nearby Baltimore. In the President’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 have been the victims of shootings this year alone. And more than 3,600 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office. The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year. Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.”
He addressed the financial pocketbook issues slamming the middle class. “Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000. Our manufacturing trade deficit has reached an all-time high – nearly $800 billion in a single year. The budget is no better. President Obama has doubled our national debt to more than $19 trillion and growing. Yet, what do we have to show for it? Our roads and bridges are falling apart, our airports are in Third World condition, and forty-three million Americans are on food stamps.”
Delivering his “America first” message he described why globalism is failing around the world. “The most important difference between our plan and that of our opponents is that our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. Big business, elite media, and major donors are lining up behind the campaign of my opponent because they know she will keep our rigged system in place. They are throwing money at her because they have total control over everything she does. She is their puppet, and they pull the strings.”
Speakers leading up to the finale illustrated their first person accounts by describing their experiences, and why America needs a change in direction. Countless parents relived the loss of loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants and terrorists, the survivors of the Benghazi Libya attack retold their story and their fight against radical jihadists. Looming large was the DC bureaucrats that failed to move military assets before, during and after. Law enforcement leaders took to the stage elucidating to Americans their daily struggles, the real heroism and added burdens placed on them by failed government policies.
The closers and secret weapons for Trump’s movement were his children, Don Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and Tiffany. All spoke with eloquence while tapping into Middle America’s plight and said: “help is on the way.”
But it was Ivanka, who introduced her father that stole the show. Playing her own women card she highlighted that her father, not Hillary Clinton, has pioneered the Trump organization’s hiring of more female executives than men and paying them more money as well. She spoke about the realities of motherhood, dealing with childcare while trying to move up the corporate ladder. Again, she noted this was from experience and emphasized her father has walked the walk on this issue, unlike Hillary Clinton who continues to pay her male employees more than their female counterparts. (Story here)
She said that “motherhood,” was a contributing factor for the wage disparity. She told a convention full of Republicans that she doesn’t belong to either political party.
“Like many of my fellow millennials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat. More than party affiliation, I vote based on what I believe is right, for my family and for my country. Sometimes it’s a tough choice. That is not the case this time.”
The highly poised mother and successful businesswomen in her own right wore a $138 dress she sells in her clothing collection that swept Twitter and then sold-out across America.
Ivanka explained that her father would work hard for women and, “will change the labor laws that were put into place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce. And he will focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all. American families need relief. Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties they should be the norm. Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career. He will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right alongside him,” Ivanka assured Americans.
The enormous thud at the convention was the lack of protestors that sought to shut down the RNC convention altogether. The numbers were so low law enforcement was able to effectively contain them outside the Quicken Loan arena.
Even some of the protestors thanked law enforcement with hugs, handshakes, and high fives. The spirit of mutual respect among protesters, participants, and law enforcement was an incredible aspect of the entire convention. There were very few arrests and even fewer disturbances.
As the hour and 15-minute long speech ended and the balloons and confetti fell, Trump’s parting words for his opponent, Hillary Clinton was her legacy of death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.
“To all Americans tonight, in all our cities and towns, I make this promise: We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again.”
Notice he used the word “we” and not “I.”#ListenToTheVoters