Yesterday I thought about skipping the bulk of Day Four of the Republican National Convention and only tune in for President Trump’s acceptance speech.
Every other day I waited until morning and then watched the videos. But as Day Four was the final night, I decided to pull up the livestream on my iPad and play the whole thing live.
I’m really glad I did.
Every night of the convention included some terrific speakers – the best of them were often the ordinary Americans rather than elected officials. And Day Four was no different.
One of the most surprising speakers was a diminutive business owner from Wisconsin named Debbie Flood. She was understated and demure, which only made her message all the more powerful.
“Joe Biden doesn’t really know anything about business, or creating jobs. He spent forty-seven years in government, and it’s doubtful that he’ll finally figure it out in year forty-eight.”
That right there is the nub of the problem with Joe Biden.
For all his twaddle about being for the working class, Joe doesn’t have a record to actually doing for the working class.
As a writer, one of the things my teachers drummed into my head was “Show me; don’t tell me.”
The same is true for politicians campaigning (or hiding in the basement) to win your vote. Don’t tell me; show me. In the nearly half century, Joe has had plenty to say, but precious little to show for his time in office.
In his acceptance speech, President Trump made the same point Debbie Flood did.
“For forty-seven years, Joe Biden took the donations of blue-collar workers, gave them hugs and even kisses, and told them he felt their pain — and then he flew back to Washington and voted to ship their jobs to China and many other distant lands.”
And, more succinctly:
“Joe Biden’s agenda is Made in China. My agenda is Made in the USA.”
What Joe Biden tells us does not align with what he has shown us in nearly a half century in office.
Day Four also welcomed Ann Dorn, the widow of retired police captain David Dorn who was murdered by looters during this summer’s riots in St. Louis.
Her message was both heartbreaking and unbelievably powerful. Where the Democrats either ignored, or worse, played up the summer’s mayhem as “peaceful protests,” the Republican convention addressed the violence head on and in the most devastating ways.
Equally heart-wrenching and powerful were the words of Carl and Marsha Mueller whose daughter Kayla was held hostage, tortured and murdered by the vile “austere religious scholar” and ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“What a difference a President makes.”
Last week, the Democratic convention decided it’s best offense was to prattle on telling us how much empathy Joe Biden has.
“Empathy. Joe has empathy. He is so empathetic, everyone!”
And in one devastating statement from Carl Mueller, that “empathy” talking point was obliterated:
“To this day, we’ve never heard from Joe Biden.”
While Ann Dorn and the Mueller’s speeches were both a punch in the gut, not all the speeches were so gut-wrenching.
Stacia Brightmon’s uplifting and inspiring story made me cheer.
From homeless to closing on her first house – I mean, how can you not cheer for what she accomplished?
And of course, there was Alice Johnson – the woman who spent over twenty years in prison for a first-time, non-violent offense whose sentence was commuted in 2018 by President Trump.
“When President Trump heard about me — about the injustice of my story — he saw me as a person. He had compassion. And he acted.” [Emphasis Dianny’s]
Day Four, like every other day of the convention was filled with “show me; don’t tell me.” Rather than simply say “Trump has empathy! He’s empathetic, guys!” we got speech after speech from people who showed us by their own stories how Trump’s actions changed and improved their lives.
Like Alice Johnson, like Stacia Brightmon, and like this brief video:
These are the very truths of the Trump Presidency the media has either downplayed or ignored outright. Because reporting on the successes doesn’t fit into their endless barrage of Orange Man Bad.
This convention is utterly devastating to the media. Not just that every speaker is ripping on them, but that the entire story of policy achievements being told at the convention is one that has been hidden and lied about by the media for years.— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 28, 2020
In many ways, the entire Republican National Convention served as a fact-check on the media. And you can tell just how successful it was based on just how unhinged and angry the media was last night.
After the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, I wrote a column titled “The media-created Trump doesn’t exist.”
The media-created Trump is so far afield from the actual man, it doesn’t even qualify as a caricature. Because even a caricature of someone bears some resemblance to the actual person.
I mentioned yesterday that there are two realities here in America – the reality-Reality and the Made-For-TV Reality of the corporate news media.
And this cartoonish President Trump is a resident of the made-for-TV reality.
There is not one thing about this media-created Trump that’s even close to the actual man.
And when reality-reality comes face-to-face with the real Donald Trump, the media creation is blown to bits.
But don’t expect the media to get rid of their nightmarish fabrication.
Their only hope is enough people will believe the lie – even to the point of dismissing the word of anyone who actually meets him.
Day Four, like every other day of this convention pulled back the curtain and showed us Donald Trump as he really is. Not the ham-handed 1-dimensional fictional character the media has portrayed him as, but the real Donald J. Trump.
I said in my post “Kamala gets a do-over,” the Democrats and the Biden campaign made a tactical mistake sending Kamala Harris out to ostensibly “rebut” President Trump in her silly speech yesterday afternoon.
Rather than Kamala “rebutting” Trump, Day Four was a rebuttal of Kamala’s ridiculous speech.
In her do-over speech, Kamala said, “The President he has been is the President he will be.”
Yeah, we know, Kamala.
If this was supposed to dampen support for President Trump, Kamala’s speechwriter didn’t think it through.
The President he has been is the one who gave Alice Johnson a second chance at life, and gave Stacia Brightmon the opportunity to lift herself from homelessness to homeowner.
The President he has been is the one who improved the lives of Americans by providing them opportunity, by getting government out of the way of small business owners, by bringing justice to Kayla Mueller’s brutal murderer and peace to her family, by bringing hostages home and an unprecedented, historical peace deal to the Middle East.
The President he has been is the one who kept the promises he made in 2016.
The President he has been is the one who leads through actions rather than simply parrot flowery words. He shows us; he doesn’t just tell us.
This is the President that Donald Trump has been.
And that President was clearly on display not only on Day Four, but every day of this convention.
But more importantly, the Republican National Convention exposed the politician Joe Biden has always been. Both President Trump and Joe Biden have a track record. One is a record of accomplishments, of promises made and promises kept; and the other is a record of, well, what exactly?
Advancing a crime bill that incarcerated tens of thousands of non-violent offenders like Alice Johnson?
Taking working families for granted while he stabbed them in the back?
Expecting minorities to simply shut up and vote for him because if they don’t “you ain’t black” while at the same time his surrogates tell us how “empathetic” he is?
Betraying American manufacturing and jobs by outsourcing to China?
Enriching his own family with sweetheart deals and no-show, high-paying influence jobs while he sells out the country?
Forty-seven years of talk with very little action that benefits the American people.
To echo Debbie Flood, if Joe didn’t accomplish anything for the American people in the first 47 years in Washington, why on earth would we believe that year 48 would be any different?
The choice in November couldn’t be clearer.
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