Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida did not take America on a grand Reagan-like journey through the American imagination and it did not leave listeners in awe but what it it did do was achieve all that Mitt Romney needed to accomplish… make voters confident in his competence to lead and in his direction and vision for the nation. And it did so in a convincing way. (See the entire speech in the video below this post. Click here for a full transcript of the speech)
The speech wasn’t Reaganesque it was Romneyesque and even though Romney tends to be stiff, his speech did contain a surprising range of energy and conveyed a sturdy sense of convictions which proved that while he may not be express himself like Ronald Reagan, he has the same core principles that Reagan had. The speech was a well delivered, solid, cerebral statement of his beliefs and his goals. It was a steady and confident speech that was much like Mitt Romney… steady and confident. But in one line, Mitt Romney made his case better than any surrogate could have and better than any other President could have made the case for their own election. It was a line that came as Mitt Romney looked into the eyes of America and calmly stated;
“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans. And to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”
Those three simple sentences summed up the argument against Barack Obama and made the case for Mitt Romney. It was a line that left an indelible impression on listeners as they were reminded that while candidate Obama tried to present himself to us as a God, President Obama has not even been a sufficient leader. And at the same time the phrase demonstrated that Mitt Romney gets it. He understands that an American President is not suppose to have government become the source of our dreams, an American President is suppose to make it possible for the American people to follow their own dreams. And Mitt Romney made it clear that he understands that under President Obama’s view of government and his economic economic policies, the American dream is quickly turning into an economic nightmare. Romney’s simple words and lack of poetic verse and visions of grandeur signaled to voters that he does not intend to overstate his purpose in our lives or to overextend governments role in our lives. He simply intends to get government back under control and the people back to work.
It was a subtle theme of Romney’s speech from beginning to end and it was a message that the Obama team apparently just doesn’t get.
Upon the conclusion of Romney’s acceptance speech, the Obama campaign released a statement that described Romney’s reamrks as lacking any big ideas. It was proof positive that President Obama just can’t understand that the American people do not want government to come up with big ideas, they want the American people to utilize their own ideas. The Obama campaign just can’t seem to understand that big government ideas mean big government programs and Americans can no longer afford to support big government. But Mitt Romney showed us that he understands that the next President must strive to create a government not of big ideas, but rather a government that scales back it size and scope so that it can focus more effectively on that which it is suppose to do… strengthen our founding principles, not change them.
Quite interestingly, Mitt Romney seemed to display his greatest level of emotion and energy during when he spoke about free enterprise.
“It’s the genius of the American free enterprise system – to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that is dedicated to creating tomorrow’s prosperity rather than trying to redistribute today’s.”
When making this point, Romney practically shouted each word out in an a way that made it quite obvious how deeply he believes in free enterprise and how genuinely frustrated he is with our current President’s inability to believe in the talent, creativity and drive of the American people. It was a rare show of uncharacteristic emotion from Romney that conveyed a sense of just how sincerely passionate he is about the free market principles that have built this nation but are now being put asunder by an all consuming federal bureaucracy.
Much like the entire convention, Romney’s address left voters with messages and themes that will set in as they begin to make the calculations that formulate their final decision about who to vote for on Election Day. So it must be said that like Mitt Romney himself his speech was not grandiose. Like Romney himself, his address was simple but sure. It was straightforward and effective. Like Mitt Romney, it was a success.
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