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A black felon with a warrant for sexual assault, as well as other crimes, violently resists arrest and was either holding a knife or reaching for one when he was shot sets off another round of social justice looting in Minneapolis and elsewhere.  That, gentle readers, more than anything else, is what is going to reelect Donald Trump.  We either stop this kind of lawlessness now, or it’s going to occur across America whenever the thugs, morons, communists and race hustlers see the slightest excuse for the “reparations” of free consumer goods.  Even the idiotic Don Lemon of CNN is concerned about the rioting because “it’s showing up in the polls and focus groups.”  Gropin’, sniffin’ Joe Biden certainly isn’t going to stop it, and Americans are taking notice.

Want to know how desperate D/S/Cs are?  Nancy Pelosi is now publically urging Biden not to debate Trump. 

The opening video of the third night of the 2020 Republican National Convention featured women—and men–of character and fortitude from the past and present.  They settled the continent, fought the Revolutionary War, WWII and endured 9-11.  Antifa and BLM are trying to destroy our appreciation of heroism and wipe away our history.  And the theme of the evening: celebrate America, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The invocation was delivered by Rabbi Shubert Spero, who spoke of our God-given natural rights including self-defense.  Self-defense and the right to keep and bear arms is one area of enormous difference between the parties.

Kristi Noem:  South Dakota’s smart and photogenic governor spoke first.  She told us Republicans respect individual rights and self-government.  They judge people as Martin Luther king urged us to do: not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  She assured the audience President Trump is fighting for the common man.

Many see her as the first female President of the United States.  They may be right.

Scott Dane:  A Minnesota logger.  Featuring many Minnesotans is no coincidence.  Mr. Trump means to win Minnesota, and Antifa, BLM and the feckless pandering to them by Minnesota politicians just might turn the trick.  Dane pointed out under Obama, radical environmentalists set forest policies, and millions of acres burned: “they didn’t care.”  Minnesota lost half of its mills and thousands of jobs.  Under Trump, proper forest management was restored and “logging is coming back.”

This line was particularly effective: “we want to raise families where we were raised.”  That resonates deeply with normal Americans.

Lt. General Keith Kellogg: Vice President Trump’s National Security Advisor.  He spoke of Mr. Trump’s accomplishments and his rational, steady leadership.  The UAE/Israel peace deal is the first in 25 years.  He noted Mr. Trump has kept his promise not to involve us in unnecessary wars and to get out of those we’re in.

Kayleigh McEnany: White House Press Secretary.  She’s a lovely, intelligent and formidable woman and her speech was intensely personal.  She has a genetic disorder that all but ensures she would get breast cancer, so after many years of anguish, underwent a voluntary double mastectomy.  Within minutes of waking up, she was called by Ivanka and Donald Trump.  She noted Mr. Trump will preserve coverage for pre-existing conditions like hers, and will fight for the American people.  She’s a practiced public speaker, and her integrity and honesty were irresistible.

Karen Pence: Most Americas have never seen the Second Lady speak.  She does it well and naturally.  She is, after all, a teacher, and she smiled easily and naturally.  Her primary theme was that military spouses are our “home front heroes.”  She also reminded us that Trump/Pence honor our heroes.

Kellyanne Conway:  The first female manager of a successful presidential campaign, she was engaging and smart.  Sadly, her bizarre, useless family has forced her to resign.  She noted Mr. Trump has elevated women to high positions for decades.  She spoke of growing up in relative poverty and said: “limited means does not mean limited dreams,” and she’s the living embodiment of that aphorism.

Sister Deirdre Byrne:  An extraordinary woman, Sister Byrne was an Army surgeon for 29 years, and then became a nun.  Her theme was the pro-life position and noted we first meet Jesus as an embryo.  She said Mr. Trump is the most pro-life president we’ve ever had and Biden/Harris will be the most anti-life.  Wearing her habit, her background and she spoke with the voice of quiet moral authority.

Lou Holz:  Former college football coach Holz said “in this great country, anyone can amount to something special,” which was aimed directed at D/S/Cs who try to convince minorities they are incapable of succeeding.  He suggested three questions for everyone to ask in deciding our president: (1) Can I trust him?  Does he keep promises? (2) Are they committed to doing their very best? (3) Do they love people.  We saw, in his brief speech, why he was so successful at motivating his players.

Michael McHale: President of the National Association of Police Organizations.  His union endorses Trump because of his strong support of the police.  He noted the riots are not occurring by chance, but by the D/S/C’s choice.  He ended by observing our choice is between the most pro law enforcement president ever, of the most radical anti-police zealots in history.

Elise Stefanik: Republican New York Congresswoman.  Stefanik is also a rising Republican star.  In fact, the Convention has demonstrated just how deep the Republican bench is, male and female, while the D/S/C Convention demonstrated just the opposite. She said Trump will protect the American dream and fight for hard working families.  She noted the impeachment scam was not only an attack on Mr. Trump, but on normal Americans.  She ended with” “God bless the United States of America, the greatest country on Earth.”  D/S/Cs must have recoiled from their TV screens as vampires do from a crucifix.

Madison Cawthorn:  He was badly injured in a car accident at 20, leaving him a paraplegic.  At 25, he is running for Congress and is likely to be elected, the youngest American ever.  He noted young people can accomplish great things: “If you don’t think young people can change the world, then you don’t know American history.  George Washington was 21 when he received his first military commission. Abe Lincoln was 22 when he first ran for office. James Madison was 25 when he signed the Declaration of Independence.”  This is a direct rebuke to young people who do nothing but protest and destroy, but also an encouragement.  He encouraged D/S/Cs to “be a true liberal; listen to other ideas and let the best ones prevail.”

He’s a fine and engaging speaker, but most effective was the end of his speech, when with help, he stood as he recited a part of the Pledge of Allegiance.  The point was clear: if I can stand to respect America, you damned well can too.  I doubt, however, self-important Black athletes, and other social parasites, will get the message.  He has a great future in politics or anything else he chooses to pursue.

Jack Brewer: A former NFL player, he’s obviously everything contemporary whining special snowflake players aren’t.  He was a life-long Democrat, and he and his family actually fought the KKK.  He said: “racism has no resemblance to President Trump.  He said before he left home to speak, his 8-year-old son asked me to say all lives matter.  He said very plainly the D/S/Cs Charlottesville hoax is a lie: “‘Are you going to allow the media to lie to you by falsely claiming that he said there were very fine white supremacists in Charlottesville? He didn’t say that. It’s a lie.”  Courtesy of Scott Adams, I provide the entire context:

My favorite quote: “ republicans are the party that freed the slaves and put the first black men and women in Congress.”  Some of his other excellent points:

“So because you have an issue with President Trump’s tone, you’re going to allow Biden-Harris to deny our underserved black and brown children school choice?”

“Are you going to ignore the so-called Black Lives Matter organization that openly, on their website, calls for the destruction of the nuclear family?”

“This convention marks a time to celebrate our history. Republicans are the party that freed the slaves and the party that put the first black men and women in Congress. It’s the party of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, and now Tim Scott and Donald Trump.”

He’s an engaging and inspiring speaker, and even D/S/Cs without a dram of honor—that’s most of them–will be hard pressed to call him a token.

Chen Guargcheng:  A blind Chinese civil rights activist, he was able to escape house arrest, and in 2005, sought asylum at the American Embassy in Bejing.  He noted, rightly, “the CCP is the enemy of humanity,” and urged all to vote for President Trump “for the sake of the world.”  He’s right.  One camera angle showed him reading his speech in Braile.  Joe Biden would allow people like him to be tortured and murdered.

Congressman Lee Zeldin: A NY congressman, Zeldin told the truth about Trump’s effective response to Covid-19.  New York got everything it asked for and more.  He didn’t mention most of what Gov. Cuomo demanded went unused.  He said “keeping America great is up to us and losing is not an option.”  Indeed.

Senator Joni Ernst: One of Iowa’s senators, Ernst said the recent Derecho, which is akin to a hurricane, caused horrible damage to Iowa. The media ignored it, but President Trump immediately signed a disaster declaration and got Iowa the help it needed.  He also overturned Obama’s Waters Of The US rule, which would have given the government absolute control over much of the US, including mud puddles.  She noted his major trade agreements greatly benefit farmers, and Obama/Biden were the most hostile administration ever to farmers.  She noted the Green New Deal would destroy agriculture.  While not a thrilling speaker, her points were all accurate and important.

Lara Trump:  Smart, articulate and strikingly lovely, she said when she met the Trump family, they were not at all like they are being portrayed.  They were “warm and caring, down to earth and hard working.”  She said Mr. Trump appointed countless women executives, and gender didn’t matter; getting the job done was what mattered.  She noted female unemployment, even with the Covid disaster, is at the lowest level since WWII.  She pointed out our choice is between America and socialism.  Her basic theme was Trump will keep America safe, with equal opportunity for all.  Her smile is warm and genuine, and she surely made an impression.

Sam Vigil:  His wife was murdered in their driveway, apparently over a carjacking.  The Albuquerque police turned up nothing in eight months, but Mr. Trump got the FBI involved and four were arrested within days.  The killer was an illegal immigrant, at least once deported, with a long record.  An emotional and effective segment.

Clarence Henderson:  A civil rights leader, Henderson was in the thick of the civil rights battles.  He too will be damned hard to call a token, not that D/S/Cs won’t try.  Speaking of his support of Mr. Trump, he said: “If that sounds strange to you, learn your history. It was the Republican Party that passed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery; it was the Republican Party that passed the 14th Amendment giving black men citizenship; and it was the Republican Party that passed the 15th Amendment giving Black men the right to vote.”  In teaching American literature, I always informed my students of the realities of history, and that it was Democrats, not Republicans that were the party of racism and segregation.

This was great: “Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don’t vote for him ‘you ain’t black. Well to that, I say, if you do vote for Biden, you ain’t smart!”  He also noted Trump has done more for black people in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50.  True, that.  He too was an engaging and effective speaker.  He has been there, done that, and derived rational lessons.  Most Americans don’t know it was Democrats that viciously resisted civil rights, protected segregation, and tried to disarm black Americans.  That’s the root of American gun control, as historian Clayton Cramer explained in 1993. 

Richard Grennell:  A former ambassador to Germany and former acting director of National Intelligence, Grennell is in a position to know a great deal about Mr. Trump and national security.  He is also openly gay, and obviously, Mr. Trump didn’t care; he cares about getting the job done.  He said in 2016, Mr. Trump called out American foreign policy for not making Americans safer. He noted prior politicians like Obama and Biden built a global system, leaving America devastated, but Trump put America first in foreign policy negotiations.  Not only has he not involved us in new wars, he brought our troops home and negotiated successful peace deals.

My favorite analogy was when he said Obama/Biden sent a planeload of cash to Iran in the dead of night, but Trump sent a plane in the night to kill Soleimani, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans.

He observed Obama/Biden initiated a coup, lied to judges, classified anything that could undermine their attempts, and when Trump won, Biden, three weeks prior to the inauguration, went after Michael Flynn.

He observed putting America first means promoting the safety and welfare of the American people.  Grennell is a very strong speaker, and he spoke with a clear voice of knowledge and authority.

I was watching the Convention via Fox, and Brett Bair’s panel was interesting. Unlike most networks, they actually include actual D/S/C faithful.  At one point, the camera showed the whole panel, including Juan Williams.  He looked distinctly unhappy.

Mike Pence:  The Vice President had a radio career prior to becoming Governor of Indiana, and it shows.  He’s a calm and polished speaker, using pauses for effect expertly.  Clearly, he’s the adult, the professional in any room.  He’s a guy who gets it done, which is surely why President Trump chose him.  He gave his speech outdoors at Ft. McHenry, where a battle during the War of 1812 gave us our national anthem.  He said: “where Joe Biden sees American darkness, we see American greatness.”  That pretty much sums it up.  He also observed “America is the nation that has done more good in the world than any other.” Here are some of his many, many important points:

“My fellow Americans you deserve to know, Joe Biden criticized President Trump following his decision to rid the world of both of those terrorists [Abu Bakr al-Baghdad and Qassem Soleimani. But it’s not surprising because history records that Joe Biden even opposed the operation that took down Osama Bin Laden.”

“It’s no wonder Bob Gates, Secretary of defense under the Obama Biden Administration said Joe Biden had ‘been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

“Last week, Joe Biden didn’t say one word about the violence and chaos engulfing cities across this country. Let me be clear: the violence must stop — whether in Minneapolis, Portland, or Kenosha….”

Joe Biden says America is systemically racist. And that law enforcement in America has a, quote, ‘implicit bias’ against minorities. And when asked whether he’d support cutting funding to law enforcement, and he replied, ‘Yes, absolutely.’  Joe Biden would double down on the very policies that are leading to unsafe streets and violence in America’s cities. …you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America. Under President Trump, we will stand with those who stand on the Thin Blue Line, and we’re not going to defund the police — not now, not ever.”

 This one had to leave a mark: “Joe Biden has referred to himself as a ‘transition candidate.’  But many are asking: A transition to what? Last week, Democrats didn’t talk much about their agenda, and if I were them, I wouldn’t want to either.”

“Their agenda is based on government control; our agenda is based on freedom.  The choice in this election has never been clearer and the stakes have never been higher.”

“Our economic recovery is on the ballot, law and order is on the ballot. But so are things far more fundamental and foundational to our country. It’s not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America.”

“Joe Biden said no miracle is coming, but America is a nation of miracles.”

At the end of Pence’s speech, Trace Adkins, whose music is unabashedly patriotic and supportive of our military, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  As he began, several disabled vets in the audience stood, many with real difficulty, again making the point that if they, who sacrificed so much, can stand to honor America, those who have sacrificed nothing can damned well do it.

Final Thoughts:  This has been a long one, gentle readers, and I haven’t included everything that filled the night.  The speakers were uniformly good, most truly excellent, and they did great damage to Biden and Harris merely by telling the truth.  D/S/C talking heads have called the convention “dark.”  They’re idiots.  This convention has been uniformly upbeat, celebrating the greatness of America.  Mr. Trump has reached out to women, minorities and to all Americans.  Only those with nothing but hatred of America and Americans in their souls could possibly object to the themes, images and speeches provided.

Mr. Trump’s choice of Mike Pence as VP was surely vindicated this evening, and the depth and quality of the Republican bench is astonishing in comparison with the racists, corruptocrats, ancient drooling fools, and communists of the D/S/C party.

More on the final night tomorrow.