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 America’s 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.
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.
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.
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.