The Republican National Convention might have had issues at the beginning, with the unpredictable weather and threats. But the three-day event came off as a success with Mitt Romney becoming the official presidential nominee of the republican ticket. But the big news over the three days came from two speeches from one known person and one unknown.
The first speech came from current mayor of Saratoga Springs, Colorado and congressional candidate in Utah, Mia Love. This was her very first speech on a national stage, and with only four minutes to talk her fellow party members, Love blew everyone away.
Just days before only a small amount of people outside of Utah had known who she was. Mia Love presented herself very well as the embodiment of the American dream, and she briefly touched upon her parents journey to America from Haiti with only $10 in their pockets. And once her parents made it to America, when hard times came, they did not look to Washington, they looked within.
Love talked about the America that she grew up knowing, was one that was centered in self-reliance and filled with the possibilities of living the American dream. How small business’ can have big dreams and every child looks to what is said to be impossible and says ‘I can do that!.’
After describing her America, she went after Pres. Obama. Describing his America as a divided one and one that we are pitted against each other because of social status and income levels. She touched upon how his policies have failed us and that we are indeed not better off than we were four years ago.
Mia’s biggest applause came from this strong statement -
“Mr. President, I’m here to tell you that the American people are awake. And we’re not buying what you’re selling in 2012!”
Then she reminded everyone how the American dream isn’t just your story or my story; it is our story. That our story has been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps. From a woman on a bus, to a man with a dream. From the bravery of this generation to the great innovators of today. And she finished off with this – “This is our story, this is our America. This is the America we know, because we built it!”
Her appearance on the RNC stage has already helped her raise over $100,000 for her congressional campaign. And it has marked as a rising star within the conservative movement. Mia Love is definitely someone who we should expect great things from in the future.
The next speech that stirred everyone and even left most teary eyed, was from former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.
Rice’s speech was well delivered. Her calm demeanor and her quivering tone made it all the better. Condoleezza started off by recalling her time in the White House during 9-11, and her young assistant coming and informing her that a plane had hit the world trade center. And how that event changed our feeling vulnerability and sense of security. Then she brought up the devastating economic crisis of 2008 that still reverberates today with high unemployment and bad policies.
She talked about the Arab Spring and the fight for democracy going on around the world as Russia and China a response as Iraq’s democracy begins to fall a part and Syria is murdering its own people. As this all happens she says, the world asks, “Where does America stand?” Since WWII, Rice states, America has had an answer to that question. That we stand for free people’s and free markets, we will defend and support them.
One of Condoleezza’s main points came as thus -
“I know too that there is a weariness. I know that it feels as if we have carried these burdens long enough. But we can only know, that there is no choice, because one of two things will happen if we don’t lead. Either no one will lead and there will be chaos. Or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values. My fellow Americans we do not have a choice. We cannot be reluctant to lead. And you cannot lead from behind.”
She then moved on to talk about our influence in the world, and the essence of America. That you can come from humble circumstances and you can do great things. That it does not matter where you came from, it matters were you are going. And that our story has never been one of grievance and entitlement, that we have never believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have never been jealous of one another and never envious of one another’s successes.
Rice went on and eventually ended her speech on a personal note that left some in tears. Talking about a little girl who “grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham, the segregated city of the south were her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant. But they have her absolutely that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she can become the president of the United States if she wanted to be. And she becomes the Secretary of State.”
Both speeches still have people talking, and in my opinion were the two best speeches at the convention. Mainly about where Love will go and what she will do in the future. And if Rice has any political ambitions in the future, which she has denied many times.
Many other great stars shined at the RNC, but these two women stood out the most. And it just goes to show how diverse, young and excited the Republican/Conservative base is.
Below are the entire speeches from both Mia Love and Condoleezza Rice.
Mia Love’s RNC Speech -
Condoleezza Rice’s RNC speech -
- MSNBC cuts every speech made by a minority from RNC speech coverage (redalertpolitics.com)
- Mia Love gives star-making speech at RNC; Left sees ‘GOP token’ (twitchy.com)