It might not have been an ‘off-the-handle’ Chris Christie speech, but it was certainly not short on its power to captivate the audience at the RNC. Paul Ryan, the energetic young guns of the ticket, spoke Wednesday night, and the speech turned out to be quite the crowd-pleaser. It wasn’t that he overused rhetorical catch phrases and slogans (which so often happens on campaign trails). Ryan simply cracked open the books and went to town on the numbers, as he often does.
In addition, he spoke to the absolutely clear contrast between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and gave Obamacare a good tongue lashing, vowing to drive a wooden spike through the monstrosity once and for all.
However, some of the more powerful, moving moments occurred when he talked about the successes of his own mother, and articulated his solid ideals on the power and freedom of individuals. These were messages that seemed to resonate in the giant convention center and with conservatives all over the US.
The Weekly Standard has a few words from the speech:
My Dad used to say to me: ‘Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.’ The present administration has made its choices. And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems. And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this. …
“The right that makes all the difference now is the right to choose our own leaders. You are entitled to the clearest possible choice because the time for choosing is drawing near. So here is our pledge. We will not duck the tough issues – we will lead. We will not spend four years blaming others – we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles. The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this.”
Well said. Perhaps America will give these guys a chance to make good on their promises come November.