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Friday, August 31, 2012


I watched the election and I wrote a paper for my class. It went so well, that I decided to add it to my blog.

2012 Election

               There were many speakers supporting Mitt Romney. He is an American businessman and politician. During the election, he accepted the nominee for the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Many of the well-known supporters included, but not limited to, Nicki Haley, Ann Romney, Chris Christie, Condelezza Rice, Paul Ryan, Clint Eastwood, and Mitt Romney.

                The speeches were extremely motivating and ended similarly with god bless America. Nicki Haley spoke about her family’s business and mentioned that the president can’t tell her that her parents didn’t build their own business. She also said that the president will do everything he can to stand in the way of people owning businesses. She voiced how Mitt Romney took a failing Olympics and made it prideful. She expressed that Ann Romney, his wife, was a silver bullet, had strength and grace, and is an inspiration to her family and other women. She expressed that we deserve better. Nicki Haley lastly declared that we need to protect retirement and strengthen the military, not destabilize it. We also, need to fight for American companies, not against them.             

                Ann Romney asked everyone in the beginning of her speech to pray that during hurricane Isaac all remained safe from destruction. She began by declaring that her speech was not about politics or party, but from heart, our hearts. Her speech was about love. It was about the love for her husband, children, parents paying mortgage, single dads and their children, children longing to be like other children, working mothers, and couples that can’t afford to have children. She mentioned that women hold this country together and that they are the best, the hope of America. She said that women aren’t dumb enough to accept that there aren’t better answers. She expressed that tabloids say that they have a storybook marriage. She stated that their days consisted of five boys screaming all day, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, etc. Ann Romney declared that they had a real marriage. She believes that Mitt Romney will move heaven and earth for America because he wasn’t handed success, he built it. I admired when she said that her husband doesn’t like to talk about others he has helped, he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point. Her last statements included, give and it shall be given unto you, dreams fulfilled help others launch new dreams. She added that this man will not fail because he never failed her, he will not let us down. She said that he will lift up America and our future; we can trust Mitt will take us to a better place, give America that chance.

                Chris Christie stated that he was proud of his state, party, and country. He spoke about his mother being the stronghold of the family. She taught him the lesson in life that there would be times in life when he would have to choose between being loved or respected. On this election night he chose to be respected. He articulated that history showed that we always stand when it counts. He said today’s government ideas have failed America, we believe in being truthful and all the math doesn’t add up. He spoke on the focus that we need to cut federal spending and reduce the size of the government. He declared that our senior citizens and teachers were being treated unjustly. He said that America needs to send real leaders into the white house. He revealed that leadership is missing today and that real leaders don’t follow polls, real leaders change polls. He brought up that we have never been victims of destiny, but that we are the masters of our own. He believed that our generation should read about a strong economic growth. Chris Christie ended with we all must share in the sacrifice and truth will bare when we finally answer the call, Mitt Romney, for American greatness.

                Condoleezza Rice stated that people of conscience and faith have shown the soul of this country and that we feel like we are carrying the burden. She mentioned that we cannot be reluctant to lead and that we cannot lead from behind. She cited that peace comes from strength. She pointed out that her mom was a teacher.  She respects the profession and we need great teachers, not poor ones and not mediocre ones.  She stated that we have to have high standards for our kids, because self-esteem comes from achievement, not from tax standards and false praise. Sadly, she declared, we are abandoning free and fair trade and it will come back to haunt us, we shouldn’t let energy and dependence slip through our hands. She revealed that greatness is built on mobilizing human potential and ambition, plus people come to America because people from all over the world believe in the American dream. She added that Americans have been successful too because Americans have known that one's status of birth is not a permanent condition. Americans have believed that you might not be able to control your circumstances but you can control your response to your circumstances. She ended lastly by saying, this is an election of consequence and the freest and most compassionate country on the face of the earth will continue to be the most powerful and a beacon for prosperity and liberty across the world.

                Paul Ryan accepted his nomination for vice president. He stated that the nation needed a turnaround. He spoke on how the president is just throwing away money with all his attack ads and that he is pretty experience at that. He revealed that Obama came to office during an economic crisis, we voted, people loved the sound of it. Obama promised recovery to many towns, many are unemployed. Nearly 1 in 6 Americans are in poverty. Half of the educated people today can’t find any work. Why will the next four years be any different from the last four years? Half of the American continent could stretch a long line of people unemployed in America. The greatest threat to Medicare is Obama care and America is going to stop it. He said that our nation needs this debate, we want this debate, and we will win this debate. He stated that many are grasping on a moment that’s already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind. Obama needs to stop spending money he doesn’t have, 16 trillion in debt and the president is still doing nothing and when the obvious is pointed out to him, we are attacked. I admired when he spoke about his mother starting a small business. He stated that his mom started a small business, and he’s seen what it takes. His mother was 50 when my Dad died.  She got on a bus every weekday for years, and rode 40 miles each morning to Madison. She earned a new degree and learned new skills to start her small business.  It wasn't just a new livelihood.  It was a new life.  And it transformed his Mom from a widow in grief to a small businesswoman whose happiness wasn't just in the past. Her work gave her hope.  It made their family proud. And to this day, his Mom is his role model. He ended with a pledge that they will not duck the tough issues, they will lead. They will not spend the next four years blaming others, they will take responsibility. They will not try to replace our founding principles; they will reapply our founding principles.

                Clint Eastwood was endearing, amusing, and an unexpected guest. He said funny words like, “hot dogging it” and he had the audience finish and he started a known quote from one of his movies “Go ahead, make my day.” He mentioned the last election that it was very Hollywood by having a fog machine and lights, Oprah and everyone was crying, including him. He said that he hasn’t cried that hard since, he heard that there were 23 million people unemployed in this country. It is a national disgrace. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the invisible Obama skit. He asked Obama a few questions and the times when he mentioned issues that weren’t to be mentioned, Clint Eastwood would say, “No I’m not going to do that to myself” and no, “I not going to tell Mr. Romney to do that to himself.”

                Last, but not least, Mitt Romney came out and on the way to the podium he shook everyone’s hands. One man tried to take a picture and security stood in front of him, I laughed. Romney stated that he will create 12 million new jobs by expanding domestic energy production, improving education and training, forging new trade agreements with other countries, balancing the budget, and helping businesses grow. “What America needs is jobs,” Romney stated. “Lots of jobs.” Romney said he will not increase taxes on the middle class. The United States will be independent from energy suppliers outside of North America by 2020, Romney said. Romney said he would “preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.” “Under my administration, our friends will see more loyalty, and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone,” Romney said. Romney said he would be a defender of small businesses, which he described as “America’s engine of job growth.” Taxes on businesses would be cut, not increased, under a Romney administration, he said. He would also abolish President Barack Obama’s health care law in order to “rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare.” Romney made a blunt appeal to this critical demographic by noting that women held significant positions during his term as Massachusetts governor. He listed several of the women, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who addressed the Republican National Convention, and he also mentioned that his mother, Lenore Romney, had once run for the U.S. Senate. Romney stressed that his business background at Bain Capital, a private equity firm he helped start in 1984, makes him better qualified than Obama to turn around a struggling American economy. Among the successful companies Bain helped start, Romney said, are Staples, The Sports Authority, and Steel Dynamics, a steel mill in Indiana. Romney tied his Mormon faith to the American experience. His family originated community and kinship with “remarkably vibrant and diverse congregations” that prayed together and were quick to help each other out. He said that growing up Mormon in Michigan may have appeared out of place, but his friends cared more about the sports teams they followed, than what church he and his household went to.



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