Note To Republicans: “America Is Already Great. America Is Already Strong”
Last week I wrote from the heart about the dark side of politics.
I stated that after each unseemly attempt to steer the nation from our anchored place of democracy the people have always turned away and found the words and actions of our ancestors more worthy of our attention.
Last night at the Democratic Convention speaker after speaker lifted the banner about the greatness of our country, our ability to rise to the problems we face, the soundness of being united, and the enduring hope for the future based on the record of our past.
There is no doubt in my mind–and the polls I strongly suspect will bear out my thinking–that Donald Trump and all those ‘Debbie-Downer Republicans’ made a tremendous and politically fatal mistake by abandoning a hopeful, and optimistic message at their convention.
There is no doubt whatsoever that the words of President Obama rang not only in the convention arena but also throughout the land when he said “America is already great. America is already strong.”
You might recall that Donald Trump called our nation ‘a divided crime scene’. There is no substance to the wild claims Trump makes as the facts do not bear him out. Illegal immigration and the crime rate are as low as they’ve been in decades, but the only way for Trump to win is to sow fear and play to the uneducated angry white man. Slogans play to that voting demographic but they do not play to the rest of the nation.
So it was so uplifting to see Americans and patriots head to the Democratic Convention podium–one after the other–and speak to the health, power, and prestige of our nation. What a stark contrast the Democratic message is from the mean, racist, divided, and hate-filled speeches from Cleveland that the GOP presented.
One of my favorite living politicians is Vice-President Biden who lifted my spirits so much last night when stating “We do not scare easy. We never bow, we never bend, we never break when confronted with crisis. We endure, we overcome, and we always, always, always move forward.”
It was quite clear that Democrats are the party front and center knowing full well about American exceptionalism. Voters want an optimistic message about the country and Democratic leaders delivered it!