I've been extremely critical of Mitt Romney for quite some time, and used every opportunity I had to pound away at his every move and every word. Rightfully so! I think that there are many people who felt the same way I did - Who The Hell is Mitt Romney? We've seen so many faces of him, that it's extremely hard to tell. That is a fair criticism. However, Mitt Romney refused to accept this criticism and refused to make any attempts at resolving it.
The United States of America is extremely divided right now. This MUST change! Mitt Romney wants us to believe that he is the man to make that change. I recently had an e-debate with someone regarding this very subject and we had a hard time seeing eye to eye and I somewhat understand why. There is so much noise that we are starting to believe things to be true that are not true, and things to be not true that are true. Mitt Romney has run an inclusive campaign and he has purposely alienated certain fractions of the country. All in the name of his party - The Republican Party.
Along with the issues that we've talked about on this blog over the last year, Mitt Romney's main problem is that despite his "charasmatic" like apperance and long history of contributing to the country through his public service, Mitt Romney is not a likable guy. This doesn't mean that he is not a good person. The campaign sought to soften his image and hopefully change our minds with this video:
I watched this video last evening and I had no choice but to see what the RNC and Mitt were trying to get me to see. Mitt is a family man and I can see that he was influenced heavily by his religion. I could also see that his mother and father instilled strong values in him and that like every boy, he just wanted to and still wants to make his dad proud. I could see the how proud he was during his speech last evening, because despite all he has endured, he finally got to the place his dad couldn't get to - the convention floor to accept the nomination.
Mitt loves his wife and his children. He worked really hard and is proud of his career at Bain and Company, and proud of the business decisions he made. He is also proud of his work with the Winter Olympics. Mitt is also very proud of his time as Governor of Massachusetts. He is especially proud of the Health Care Law that he passed in Massachusetts while Governor. He was proud to be a pro-choice candidate in the 90's because of the lessons he learned form his mother.
Why didn't someone tell Mitt Romney to just be himself and embrace who he was; a family man, business man and politician?
This was a wasted moment and a missed opportunity for Mitt and the RNC. This convention was supposed to be about Mitt Romney, not the "Meet Future Republicans Who Will run for President" Show. The key/notable speakers this week, with the exception of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, used their time at the podium to self aggrandize and propagate their platform in pursuit of a higher office. Most of the people who spoke where members of the party whom formerly had disparaging remarks about Mitt Romney. Particularly former US Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum. Santorum didn't even believe in Romney, so why should we believe him now?
The beautiful tribute video was played, and I expected to see someone poignant follow the video to introduce Mitt Romney. Maybe one of Mitt's sons could have come out and say "Ladies and Gentleman I believe in this man and you should too," then Mitt would come out and give his speech. Instead, touted as a surprise guest, the RNC allowed Clint Eastwood to come out and give a very disrespectful speech to an invisible chair that he cited as President Obama. Then we were forced to watch US Senator of Florida Marco Rubio make his pitch for a cabinet position or future slot in 2016. They almost got it right. The reconciliation that I began to piece together for Mitt Romney went right out the window.
Mitt Romney's Full Acceptance Speech:
I've spent as much time as I could following the convention this week via talk radio and the various speeches. I tuned into "Morning Joe" MSNBC's resident Republican and listened to a few bits from Fox. Everyone in the Republican cipher seemed very hopeful. The acceptance speech was touted as a speech that would show Romney like we've never seen him before. I had high hopes for this speech and was expecting to be wowed, especially after the tribute video.
Candidate Romney entered the hall with an enthusiasm and grace that I had never seen him exude before. In fact, it was a page straight from the President Obama playbook. Romney walked the rope line and shook hands with delegates from across the states. I have to admit he looked somewhat Presidential. He hit the podium and didn't waste anytime. He opened his speech by accepting the nomination.
It wasn't long before the glory, Presidential like behavior and grace ended. Romney resorted to his normal rhetoric - subliminal racist remarks, blatant lies and excuse making for the Republican Party.
A few things that stood out to me:
"Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than what divides us."