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Republican convention packs a punch without the fancy footwork

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.

He said:

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.


5 thoughts on “Republican convention packs a punch without the fancy footwork”

  1. When PresObama went to Cuba to wallow in their “wonderfulness”, it was off-key, odd and presented a cold, stilted look of life under ‘socialists’. While they lauded the “free college education”, the streets were not busy with new cars and trucks, but ancient Chevy models carefully restored. There were no lovely neighborhoods, the business district was a series of small rooms in large buildings. The obvious upper-class residential areas looked like prison enclosures with tall metal bars on the windows and huge walls blocking the entrance.

    About the Dems: Showing my age, I guess, I had no idea who the “stars” were, was shocked and appalled by the goofy looking women(?) singing doom and gloom and the “mermaid man/woman”. At the same time that Biden was talking about love and compassion, his supporters were burning down buildings and threatening innocent people , all with the consent and approval of other elected Dem officials.
    It wasn’t lost on America who is causing all the turmoil.

    1. I never recognize any of the “stars” (going on 85), but for sure I do remember almost fifty years of Joe Biden! Robert Gates nailed it in declaring him always on the wrong side!

  2. I recall watching Mr. Alvarez when he met with Trump the first time. I clipped the video and sent it around. He is a perfect example of what America means. His best line was something like this: Even if you take away everything I did, all I made, and left me with nothing..I am still blessed…. I am still an American. He was emotional, honest, and sincere.
    I hope his speech gets repeated often… the youth of America need to hear it…again and again.


  3. I was fortunate to tune into the first night of the RNC in time to watch Mr. Alvarez deliver that speech live. I will tell you, I’ve listened to many speeches over my years as a journalist — some good, a few better than good, and most of them — meh! The Alvarez speech was one you not only heard and saw, you felt it — deep down felt it if you love your country as this man clearly does. His seven minute address is one I will personally recall as one of the best I’ve ever had the good fortune to witness. God bless you, Mr. Alvarez, Sir — you are what the American dream is all about!

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