It lacked the glossy production values of its Democratic counterpart, but the Republican National Convention Monday evening connected with voters on a deeper level. I believe it is going to succeed in a way the Democratic confab did not.
Without the Hollywood star hosts, the box-TV set video applause, and the slick editing, the Republican convention had a ring of authenticity. It was old fashioned person-to-person appeal, just speaker after speaker trying to convince the public that the country is a great nation, that Trump deserves reelection, and that putting Joe Biden in office will lead to disaster.
Many of the speakers offered emotional, unvarnished – or barely varnished – personal testimony. I was particularly struck by Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida, high school shooting massacre; cancer survivor Natalie Harp; and Maximo Alvarez, a Cuban immigrant who made a stunning argument against the socialist direction in which the Democrats are taking us.
I know all about the past. I’ll never forget my own. My family has fled totalitarianism and communism more than once, first my dad from Spain and then from Cuba. But my family is done running away.
By the grace of God, I lived the American dream, the greatest blessing I ever had. I’m speaking to you today because my family is done abandoning what we rightfully earned.
The genuine style of course reflects Trump. And it respects the intelligence of Americans, who can be entertained by straight talk without a bunch of gimmicks to keep them tuned in. The Republicans decided to use oratory. Americans can still listen and think, despite what the Democrats may believe and the destruction to our brains wrought by the gadgets made by their allies in Silicon Valley.
Here is Alvarez’s speech. If you missed it, it’s worth watching.