I watched the Republican National Convention for a few hours last night, mainly to hear Paul Ryan.
The Queen and Princess thought he reminded them of the Guy Teacher on "Glee". I said he reminded me of Harrison Ford's character in "Air Force One".
He was articulate, passionate, emotional, and forceful. All good things for a politician.
He made some valid points which the Democrats will pick up on and call lies before they accuse him of assault or murder. All is fair in politics.
It's not even September and I'm already worn out from the process. And I have this queasy feeling that it will get worse before November.
I don't know if anyone else caught this in one of the speeches last night but it merits inclusion here:
We in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than
choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore,
that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may
exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve
in our time and for all time the ancient vision of “peace on earth,
good will toward men.” That must always be our goal, and the
righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was
written long ago: “except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh
but in vain.”
As a country, we do have a destiny, and I believe it comes from a much higher source than politicians lead us to believe.
As citizens, we have to take the "long look" instead of settling for the short-term.
If you missed the speech quoted above, there's a reason.
That's an excerpt from a speech which was scheduled to be delivered almost fifty years ago on a November afternoon in Dallas, Texas.
If only John F. Kennedy had lived another hour or so.
Amazingly, he sounds a lot like a current-day Republican.
Or is that a patriot I hear in that speech?