Once again, an evening of words. And in an unusual twist for this type of thing, they were nicely combined with ideas for a CHANGE.
Our lapdogs had to provide a lot of fill-in again because the R-words spent a good portion of the evening again showcasing their so-called diversity. And apparently this added pressure to provide filler content is getting to Ms.NBC, where some kind of an implosion is beginning to look inevitable.
Let’s start with the R-words white Hispanic governor from New Mexico, Susana Martinez. Susana told about how she first discovered that she was an R-word after a discussion on several critical ideas related to governing:
“We talked about many issues, like welfare, is it the way of life or hand up? Talked about size of government, how much should it tax families and small businesses? And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, "I'll be damned. we're Republicans.''
She should have known she was a Republican though, since she’s been packin’ a 357 magnum (something she shares in common with tonight’s “surprise” guest) since she was 18. Don’t mess with Susana, people!
The take-away from Susana’s speech: words matter. For instance, she took the time to explain why we shouldn’t confuse politicians with leaders:
“I fear some of our leaders today have lost the courage to stand up. What we have now are politicians. They won't offer real plans, and only stand up when they want to blame someone else.”
Ouch again! This RNC is starting to feel like a b***h slapping fest.
Condoleezza was up next. Not only was she in the house, she owned it. Imagine: a “woman of color” who speaks truth to power – and it’s not Lady M! Condi was able to lay out her critical issues clearly, intelligently and substantively. Wow! A speech based on ideas rather than emotions! And without TOTUS anywhere in sight! How does she do that!?!
“After all, when the world looks to America, they look to us because we are the most successful economic and political experiment in human history. That is the true basis of American exceptionalism. You see, the essence of America, what really unites us, is not nationality or ethnicity or religion. It is an idea. And what an idea it is.”
Butt let’s be honest here people, she still can’t hold a candle to the women of color on the left side of the aisle. Women such as Shelia “where can I park my moon rover on Mars?” Jackson-Lee and Maxine “Guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal would be about socializing … uh, umm. … Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.” Waters. (For the record Maxi, the word you were groping for is “nationalizing.” They do it in South America everywhere dictatorial regimes reign supreme.) Or even the lesser known butt equally talented Frederika Wilson.
Who the left choses to showcase their diversity: I think this might be racist
Unfortunately Fox didn’t have Juan Williams on hand last night to provide his insight on Susana and Condi. I think I can say on Juan’s behalf though that neither of them look like a “corporate wife.” Although I’m a little uncomfortable saying that, as I suspect that “corporate wife” is code for something.
Finally, the night’s keynote speaker: Paul Ryan.
We have responsibilities, one to another— we do not each face the world alone. And the greatest of all responsibilities, is that of the strong to protect the weak. The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.
Each of these great moral ideas is essential to democratic government— to the rule of law, to life in a humane and decent society. They are the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America's founding. They are self-evident and unchanging, and sometimes, even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and God, not from government.
Honestly, what is with all these people and their fascination with ideas? They’re always going on about the “big ideas” thing:
Ryan has the simple charisma of sincerity.It helps that he is adept at explaining complicated subjects in clear, concise language. But there is something more there, a skill that I’m not sure can be taught or rehearsed. It’s a way of relating to the world, to other human beings--even family and intimate friends--through ideas. Through reason.
It’s a form of leadership we rarely see. In 2008, Barack Obama impressed pundits with his intellect and rhetoric, but beyond his high-flown hyperbole, much of what he offered was mere sophistry. Obama is a man of words, not ideas--of letters but not leadership, as Ryan pointed out tonight. Ryan’s own ideas are not only substantively better but also seem more deeply felt, more passionate and authentic--without trying too hard to be so. (read the whole thing)
Don’t they get it? This is just a show.
Of course it’s all about words. That’s why TOTUS is there. And Big Guy believes that, just like ideas, words are completely malleable.
And as for ideas: who needs them when we have sophistry?