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President Trump can’t win.  D/S/Cs, which of course includes the media, falsely call him a racist, and when he appoints black men and women for high office, when he lowers black unemployment to the lowest level ever, when prominent black men and women gladly speak for him on the campaign trail and at the Republican Convention, they’re called tokens.  D/S/Cs assume no authentic black person could ever possibly vote for a Republican, and Joe Biden said so.  Where lies racism?

NOTE:  Sorry for posting this one a bit late, gentle readers. I try to post early evening for the next day’s article, but I spent the day being a husband, my most important job, and only just finished this article.

The second night of the Republican Convention began with a professional video reciting from the Declaration of Independence, particularly the portion about all men being created equal.  The video introduced a theme that would be repeated throughout the evening: Republicans are for equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome.  This is an important point, perhaps the most important belief that separates normal Americans and D/S/Cs.  It’s government’s job to see everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed, but the outcome depends on their character, effort, determination and abilities.  It’s hard to exploit entire races and large groups of people if they have that belief, because they take personal responsibility for their success or failure.  They don’t blame their shortcomings on others.

The overall theme of the evening: America, land of opportunity.

The evening began with the story of John Ponder, a black bank robber who honestly found Christ in prison, became friends with the FBI agent that arrested him, and built a reentry program for felons.  That alone would have been a sufficient story of American redemption, but President Trump surprised him with a pardon.  It was an honest and emotional moment.  D/S/Cs, of course, think America and Americans beyond redemption unless ruled by them.  I’m sure that hated this segment.

Jason Joyce:  A Maine lobsterman, he didn’t’ vote for Trump, but he will now.  He saw the Obama/Biden Administration take the side of radical environmentalists and all but destroy his industry, but Trump undid their damage and gave them a voice in their work.  He felt Trump is for working people.  It was a striking speech, most effective because of its raw honesty and the realization that bad, corrupt policy can and does destroy American lives.

Chris Anderson: A female Wisconsin dairy farmer, prior to 2016, dairy prices were terrible and their barn burned down.  It was Trump’s understanding of business and the importance of farmers, and his resultant policies, that allowed them to rebuild and prosper.

Larry Kudlow:  He spoke mostly of Trump’s accomplishments like tax cuts, unleashing energy development, cutting regulations, making trade deals favorable to America, and rebuilding the economy in three years.  He noted the economy is coming back, and we’ll have up to 20% growth in the second half of the year.  That alone, gentle readers, is an extraordinary accomplishment.  He said: “This is no time for a four trillion dollar tax hike.”  No kidding.

 There were many other Americans, owners of small businesses, and their stories were the same.  Under D/S/Cs, businesses struggle and fail.  Under Mr. Trump, America is open for business, and all Americans prosper.

Cissie Graham Lynch:  She’s Billy Graham’s Granddaughter.  She spoke on faith issues, noting that the First Amendment speaks to the free exercise of religion.  She was most effective when she spoke about Obama/Biden pushing for trans men to invade girl’s and women’s bathrooms, but Trump overturned that.  She accurately painted Trump as an advocate for people of faith and said under a Biden/Harris administration, there will be no room for faith because their god is government power.  Indeed.

Nick Sandman:  This is the teenager who was savaged and lied about by virtually every media outlet, and who has beaten CNN, getting a settlement from them. Defamation suits are pending against other news outlets.  His speech was preceded by a brief video of the incident that made him, against his will, a public figure.  His delivery was a little wooden—hardly surprising in an unpracticed teenager–but his honest exposure of the media’s false vendetta against him was very damaging.  He said “No one has been a victim of unfair media coverage more than President Donald Trump.”

The best moment was the last, when he put on his red MAGA hat.  Attaboy!

Pam Bondi:  The former AG of Florida.  I admit to not liking Bondi much.  She was instrumental in enabling the racist persecution of George Zimmerman.  Her presentation was an opening statement to a jury hearing charges against Joe Biden and his family for decades of corruption.   She noted that Biden’s family members benefited, not Americans, and really nailed Hunter Biden who had “no qualifications to do anything.”  She’s a striking woman and an effective prosecutor—the jury would have convicted–but I still see her as something less than an honest advocate for the American people.

Bondi was followed by a video—very well done as all have been—on the equality and importance of women.  Kellyanne Conway was mentioned as the first women to helm a winning presidential campaign, and President Trump has put more women in important positions than any president in history.  All true.

Daniel Cameron:  The Attorney General of Kentucky, he was stunningly effective.  He’s a very good speaker, who does something many do not: he actually smiles and enjoys skewering the corrupt and venal.  He also has a sense of humor.  Perhaps his best line was: “On illegal immigration, Joe Biden promises more to illegal immigrants than he does to you.”  Not in the least an exaggeration.  He has an unlimited political future.

Tiffany Trump:  She’s a recent law school graduate, which I didn’t know.  The rest of the Trump family outshines her in public speaking, but her best line was Mr. Trump “makes judgments based on results, not rhetoric.”  She did bring up equality of opportunity.

I’ll skip several other speakers, though all did well, and get right to Mr. Trump holding a naturalization ceremony in the White House for five new Americans from five separate nations.  I’ve attended several of these, and they always bring tears to my eyes.  These are people who gave up everything to come to America because they know it’s not at all like D/S/Cs’ portray it.  They know they have liberty and opportunity here available nowhere else in the world.  Mr. Trump talked to them about the honor and privilege of American citizenship, and it was plain, they shared that view.  Truly touching.

NOTE:  A variety of pundits have attacked Mr. Trump for using the White House for this ceremony, and the D/S/C House is promising hearings.  What the hell is wrong with these people?

Eric Trump:  He’s become a reasonably polished speaker, but is not quite up to his older brother’s skills.  He noted D/S/Cs see America as the source of all the world’s problems, and invoked Ronald Reagan’s aphorism that freedom is never more than a generation from extinction—something always worth keeping in mind.  He also noted that Mr. Trump honored his promise to make America great again.

Mike Pompeo:  The Secretary of State spoke from Jerusalem.  D/S/Cs are also faux-outraged that a Sec. State would speak at all about politics, or speak from Israel.  Meh.  He spoke briefly, but the list of Trump accomplishments, ending with moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and the United Arab Emirates/Israel peace deal.  Even that brief list would put the accomplishments of most 8-year presidents to shame.  I found his presentation a bit flat, but I suspect that was more a technical issue than anything else.

Melania Trump:  Full disclosure: I find women with eastern European accents absolutely charming. Her introduction video was stunningly well done, and portrayed her as she is, a women of accomplishment, beauty, class, style and grace.  It was the flashiest, most astonishing video thus far.  She wore a dark green dress that was, again, understated but classy.

She was given 25 minutes, and would have done better with 10 or 15.  Keep in mind, gentle readers, I’m a teacher of speech and debate, so I see these speeches a bit differently than most.  Her delivery was staid and calm, with little vocal variety, and very little gesturing or change of facial expression.  It really was pretty flat.  It was primarily a personal speech, a recitation of her experiences as First Lady and her intimate knowledge of Donald Trump.  As an immigrant, speaking about making her own American dream was engaging.  She speaks five languages and was very successful before she met and married Donald Trump.  She made it clear she loves America, and so does Donald Trump.  She has a smile that flash blinds a room—she was a professional model—but didn’t use it.

Various celebrities and D/S/C twerps have attacked her for her accent.  What maroons.  Her accent is present, but her English is excellent and understandable, better in grammar and syntax than many native speakers.  I’ve always found that to be the case with my foreign exchange students.  They study the language and want to get it right.  Americans are generally much lazier.

Final Thoughts:  the overall theme of America as a land of opportunity was amply demonstrated.  The contrast between an anti-business Obama/Biden Administration and what Mr. Trump has done for business and the economy was stark.  The second night was perhaps, a bit less uplifting than the first, but even so, was head and shoulders over the Democrat Convention.

More tomorrow.