The three-ring circus of national politics culminated in a star-spangled extravaganza as President Donald J. Trump formally accepted the Republican nomination for president amid protests and riots; personal renditions; and promotional rhetoric.
Delivering a 70-minute speech on the South Lawn of the White House before a crowd of 2,000 sans mask, which left media clowns heads exploding, the president vocalized America’s overarching decision, “your vote will decide whether we protect law-abiding Americans, or whether we give free rein to violent anarchists, agitators, and criminals who threaten our citizens.”
The only way to deflect Trump’s pointed criticism of the Obama-Biden Administration’s failure to defend America, media talking heads were stuck focusing on the GOP conclave’s lack of social distancing, failure to wear masks, and overall party atmosphere. Honk! Honk!
And what is Donald Trump’s big crime? He’s an outsider who broke the cardinal rule of Washington politics–he kept his promises.
The Rev. Franklin Graham
The opening prayer to the final night of Republican festivities was given by the Rev. Franklin Graham, son and spitting image of the Rev. Billy, who led generations of presidents.
First in the ring was House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy who spoke of the Republicans’ mission to restore the American Dream in a poignant speech, praising the president for keeping his promise to “restore law and order at the border.”
Sen. Jeff Van Drew
The night was punctuated with Democrat-turned-Republican highlights as Sen. Jeff Van Drew (now R-NJ) recounted how he joined the GOP, describing how he had been tapped to run in local races until he had made his way up the political food chain to be elected to national office. He recalled how he had been told that if he didn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, his political life would be very hard. He didn’t vote for Nancy; the Democrats made good on their threats, and solidified his change of political affiliation.
Stacia Brightmon, a Marine Corps veteran, praised the president for what his administration has done to improve her life. Finding herself homeless with two kids to support after her service to her country, Brightmon decided to take a chance on one of the programs that the Trump Administration had made available to citizens who have found themselves in those dire circumstances.
She enrolled in job training, became a pipe fitter and now happily provides for her family. Brightmon is now a citizen advocate to help others. She advised those who found themselves at the end of their economic ropes to visit the website https://trysomethingnew.org and to consider training as a campaign volunteer by signing up at https://trumpvictory.com.
Alice Marie Johnson
Alice Marie Johnson, now a criminal justice advocate, touched the hearts of Americans as she recalled her despondent resignation to any hope that she would ever be a free woman as she spent 21 years in prison for a non-violent crime. Rather than dwelling on the unjust nature of her harsh sentence, Johnson wrote plays, became a minister and a mentor to others, and never stopped fighting for her release. In a moving speech, she expressed her gratitude to the president who recognized this inequity and had granted her clemency in 2018.
Mayor Rudy Guiliani
“America’s Mayor” Rudy Guiliani implored voters not to let Democrats do to America what they have done to New York. How far has Gotham fallen, when whatever difficulties of Guiliani’s time in office compared like a sweet dream to today’s urban nightmare. His words were personified by public housing residents denouncing Mayor Bill de Blasio and socialist policies that had kept people locked “in the system,” hooked on the drug of “free money.”
Carl and Marshal Mueller
Carl and Marshal Mueller described how their daughter, Kayla, had been abducted and murdered by ISIS in 2015. Mueller held up a picture of Kayla as the couple relived the horror saying that Barack Obama had cared more about ISIS terrorists than for their daughter. They concluded by saying that if Donald Trump had been president when their daughter was abducted, “Kayla would still be with us.”
Other bright lights were Dan Scavino, media strategist; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaking from Kentucky; HUD Secretary Ben Carson; NYPD Union Leader Patrick Lynch; and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), all joining the chorus of speakers denouncing the Democratic party’s dramatic left turn to socialism. These civic leaders echoed President Trump’s first-term accomplishments, imploring the public not to settle for a Biden Administration that would tell Americans when they can work; where they can go; what they can eat; and what they can say and do.
Ann Dorn, wife of slain police Capt. David Dorn, revealed her heartbreak over never seeing her husband again. She choked up as she said that the St. Louis Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters didn’t know who her husband was and didn’t care. She drove her point home with, “His life mattered.”
As the main event approached, Ivanka Trump introduced her dad saying, “My father has strong convictions. He knows what he believes, and says what he thinks. Whether you agree with him or not, you always know where he stands. I recognize that my dad’s communication style is not to everyone’s taste. And I know his Tweets can feel a bit … unfiltered. But the results speak for themselves.”
The Ringmaster took center stage to thunderous applause and Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’, thanking those who had been instrumental in helping him. While the left-wingers were busy fact-checking the president’s remarks, President Trump denounced Joe Biden’s five decades in office, doing nothing for Americans.
“Joe Biden is not the savior of America’s soul – he is the destroyer of America’s jobs, and if given the chance, he will be the destroyer of American greatness,” Trump said. “He takes his marching orders from liberal hypocrites who drive their cities into the ground while fleeing far from the scene of the wreckage.”
As media pundits critiqued the president’s speech as “lackluster” and “not his best speech” — perhaps, just the opposite of that, or at least without flaws — the punctuation mark of the president’s tour de force was the fireworks display at the Washington Monument that made D.C.’s riots outside the venue appear as barely a blip on the radar. The crowd was spellbound by a spectacular light show that lit up the night sky with “Trump” and “2020”.
From the Truman Balcony, opera singer Christopher Macchio sang Luciano Pavarotti’s classic, ‘Nessum Dorma’, which is Italian for ‘let no one sleep’, as well as a number of patriotic songs including, ‘America the Beautiful’, drowning out media commentary.
But, as the media circus folds its tent and the clowns jump back into their little clown car, President Donald J. Trump is still the high-profiled King of the Jungle taking on all comers, unlike Joe Biden who hides in his basement.
Chadwick Moore tweeted:
Fireworks, Ave Maria, America the Beautiful, no masks, no distancing. A giant middle finger to the left and the media. America needed that. What a beautiful ending.
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) August 28, 2020
In 66 days, 16 hours, the nation will make a pivotal decision that will shape its destiny for decades to come. But, it’s not over til the fat lady sings.
Now, bring in the clowns.