August 28, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
PRESIDENT TRUMP ACCEPTS THE NOMINATION
I’m not going to have a detailed write-up of night four of the Republican Convention because I was out late last night. My wife Janet and I were on the White House lawn, watching history be made as President Trump accepted the nomination for reelection. And we got home late for three reasons:
1. Trump spoke for 72 minutes (the Dems considered it a miracle that Biden spoke for 20 minutes, and Trump did something Biden could never do: he ad-libbed.)
2. That magnificent fireworks show that seemed to go on and on. One commentator said that Trump was giving Americans the July 4th fireworks display that the Chinese virus denied them. When the sparks actually spelled out “TRUMP 2020” in the sky over Washington, I swear the booming noise was the sound of liberal heads exploding.
3. We had to wait to get past the mob of threatening protesters who’d shown up (with prop guillotines) to make Trump’s point that they are the violent enemies of free speech and freedom of thought. Rand Paul said he was attacked by a crazed mob of over 100 people and credited the DC Police with saving him.
This was one time when I was glad we had our face masks since Janet and I were able to don ours and leave with the crowd without being recognized. (Yes, Twitter scolds, we had masks, even though it was outside in the wind, the least likely place to transmit a virus.)
Incidentally, it was reported that even the “protesters” shut up for a while and watched the fireworks show. Maybe it came as a surprise to them that you could shoot fireworks into the air rather than just at cops or into occupied buildings.
Steven Kruiser at PJ Media had a great observation on how we know that the Dems realize how good this speech and the convention overall were: by the way they’re running around barking, “Hatch Act!,” like scared Chihuahuas.
The theme of the final night was “Land of Greatness.” Even though Trump loves to use the word “great” bombastically, this night seemed completely sincere in its message that Republicans see America not as an irredeemably racist, imperialist colonizer with a shameful history that must be torn down, but as the greatest nation ever created…one that may never have been perfect, but that has constantly pursued perfection, even at great struggle and cost. Americans aren’t bound by a single race or culture, but by the fact that we are all the descendants of the people in foreign lands who looked around and said, “There’s got to be someplace better than this,” and who had the guts to risk everything to find it.
Whereas the Democrats want to dismantle America and scare everyone into lowering their expectations, Republicans see America as a big nation of big ideas, big dreams and big, seemingly impossible accomplishments. This is the nation that decided not only to put a man on the moon, and to do it within the decade, but accomplished it with five months to spare. I wonder what JFK would think of his Party now, led by a group of tunnel-visioned bunglers who can’t even keep the lights on in California.
Hurricane Laura came ashore near Lake Charles, Louisiana, yesterday and moved northward, leaving devastation in its path all the way up into my home state of Arkansas. The winds were so strong that in one moment described as “surreal,” it reversed the direction of the Mississippi River flow from south to north. President Trump vowed that FEMA will help the victims survive and rebuild, but right now, there’s an urgent need for first responders with basic supplies. As always, Samaritan’s Purse is among the first on the scene. If you can help them help your fellow Americans, it’s much appreciated, as are your prayers. You can donate online at http://www.SamaritansPurse.org
NIGHT FOUR OF THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
Here is the full CSPAN feed of last night’s final night of the Republican Convention, and what an incredible night it was:
And for fun, the PJ Media live-blog commentary…
…And the Townhall.com live blog commentary…
This is a good article on the five most important takeaways. Be sure to watch the video about millennial socialists who have converted to Trump supporters (it reminded me that one person I would have loved to have seen speak is Brandon Straka who founded the #Walkaway movement)…
Finally, Katie Pavlich has a good summation of the major points of Trump’s speech. My favorite line: “How can Joe Biden claim to be an ‘Ally of the Light’ when his own party can't even keep the lights on?”
As with the other nights, there were human stories both inspiring and moving. One of the most inspiring of the whole convention was the testimony of Alice Marie Johnson, sentenced to life in prison for a first-time non-violent drug offense under a law co-authored by Joe Biden, and released thanks to Trump’s First Step prison reform act. While in prison, she followed her Christian faith and helped others in many ways, but never imagined she would ever be free again. She recalled running across the road to hug her grandchildren for the first time: “I was once told that the only way I would ever be reunited with my family would be as a corpse. But by the grace of God and the compassion of President Donald John Trump, I stand before you tonight…and I assure you, I’m not a ghost! I am alive, I am well, and most importantly, I am free.”
(But leave it to the media to try to tarnish that moment with a little condescending racism.
One of the most emotionally devastating speeches I’ve ever seen was that of Ann Dorn, widow of retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn, who was brutally murdered when looters broke into a pawnshop where he acted as a security guard. You could feel her broken heart with every painful word as she described this man’s joy of life and his love for those around him, and theirs for him…and then his senseless killing, not by “protesters” but by murderous rioters and looters so monstrous and without conscience that they live-streamed his death on Facebook as his grandson watched.
This is the kind of brutal violence and lawlessness that’s taking place in Democratic cities that the media try to deny is happening and that the Democrats at their convention preferred not even to mention. I urge you to watch this, even though it is very hard to watch. It will make it abundantly clear what the stakes are in this election. But I warn you to have Kleenex handy because you’re going to need it.
FINAL THOUGHT ON THE CONVENTION
Here’s a final thought on the conventions, directed at people who really are still “on the fence” about who to vote for; who actually haven’t yet decided which of two radically different visions of America’s future they want to see put into reality.
Set aside all the issues you heard about at the conventions. Forgot all the talk of the candidates’ accomplishments (or lack of same), their personalities, the policies they say they'd impose or the people who would come into office with them. In fact, forget about politics entirely. Just consider this:
Both parties were forced to stage a convention under unprecedented negative conditions and limitations. The Democrats responded with a dark, depressing, scaled-back convention that looked like an episode of “The Office” about a semi-competent Dunder-Mifflin Zoom meeting. After three days of blaming every problem on Earth on their opponent, they considered it a triumph that their nominee actually got through reading a 20-minute speech off a Teleprompter in a closed room, then a few people hiding in the corners pretended to “surprise” him by popping out and tossing a few balloons.
On the other hand, the Republicans worked within those limitations to create what even critics are being forced to admit was perhaps the best-produced, most moving convention in history. They appealed to our optimism and patriotism and honored American heroes from all walks of life. It ended with their candidate standing before a crowd at the White House, giving a 72-minute speech, complete with funny asides and ad-libs. It was followed by the most spectacular fireworks show I’ve ever seen.
Now, consider: as we’re learned just in recent months, with the pandemic, the economic reversal, the riots and the hurricane, the next President will have to deal with crises we can’t even begin to predict now. When that happens, who do you want to be in charge? The people who surrender to the difficulties or the ones who consider adversities to be a challenge and find ways to overcome the limitations? Do you want leaders who expect you to lower your expectations, or who find a way to greatly exceed them?
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY (KJV)