Trump GOP Reinvention Convention
As a creature of habit, I constantly war within myself to move beyond my comfort zone. Confession time–I LIKE feeling comfortable, and the older I get, the less I desire change. However, in order to grow as an individual, I make a concerted effort to shove my desire for comfort aside, and instead, plot a course toward the unknown, unfamiliar, and different.
While some have viewed the GOP’s 2016 Cleveland convention as one hot mess, I view it as an opportunity for reinvention. The nature of reinvention ain’t always pretty folks, so it’s not surprising that so many in the national media, as well as, political pundits, and establishment staples have completely missed what’s taking place in the republican party–an honest to goodness makeover!!
Piers Morgan, liberal talk show host, writer, and celebrity apprentice winner said of Donald Trump in a Daily Mail article last week, “In Trump’s business world, you kill or be killed when it comes to landing a deal. This is the biggest deal of his life and Hillary’s about to discover just what he’ll do to land it. As I wrote a year ago, it’s very dangerous to bet against Donald Trump.“
If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result then the republican party has finally made its’ great escape from establishment politics with the nomination of Donald J. Trump. To be sure, he was not my first choice, or even my second choice, but he’s shaken up the political establishments of BOTH parties, and that is a good thing for ALL Americans.
Over the course of the GOP convention, we heard people like Meghan McCain speak out publicly stating Trump has destroyed the republican party, that he’s unfit, not conservative enough, and so much more. Here’s a newsflash–YOU CAN’T DESTROY SOMETHING THAT IS SOLIDLY BUILT! Therefore, all of the establishment’s moaning and groaning has fallen on deaf ears because the majority of the party wanted to tear it down and rebuild it.
Although at the time of this writing, Mr Trump is leading Mrs Clinton in the polls, no one knows if Donald Trump will win the presidency in November. However, one thing is true, his nomination has given the republican party a golden opportunity to re-invent itself, and if they are smart, they’ll take it and run with it to redefine and expand the party to make it more inclusive. Does that mean changing the RNC core principles which promote a smaller & less intrusive government, lower taxes, a stronger military, and more individual responsibility? No!
“Reinvention is the purest form of hope.”– Phil Wohl, author
However, the nomination of Donald Trump as the republican candidate for president, means that the GOP (and the democratic party) can no longer operate as they have for decades. If the establishment had been serving their constituents as they were elected to do, then candidates such as Trump and Sanders would never risen to the top of their respective parties.
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Weeks and months before the RNC in Cleveland took place, a host of big name politicians like Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, George W Bush, John McCain, and Lindsay Graham chose not to attend. What appeared to be a negative middle finger to the presumptive nominee— is there really any OTHER kind of middle finger— turned out to be the turning of a page, and a prime opportunity for the party. In short, the old guard and the way things have always been done were not missed—AT ALL! The past is behind us, and the future is an open road ready to be traversed.
I, for one, enjoyed the diversity and freshness of the speakers. An “off-script” speech from someone like Lone Survivor and American hero Marcus Luttrell, had greater impact on the audience than an experienced and polished politician like Jeb Bush possibly could.
In addition to tried and true inspiring conservatives like VP pick Mike Pence, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Newt Gingrich,and Rudy Giuliani, it was a breath of fresh air to hear the voices and perspectives of Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr.; Peter Thiel, Paypal co-founder & openly gay republican man; Dana White, UFC president; Darrell Scott, Senior Pastor of New Spirit Revival Center Ministries; Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter & successful business woman; Lynne Patton, vice-president of The Eric Trump Foundation; Eric Trump, second son of Donald Trump, and Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s oldest son. What saw so wonderful about them? They were more identifiable! Like him or not, Donald Trump knows who he needs to get to the polls for the win, and it appears that he knows how to get them there.
As someone who did NOT vote for him in the primary and was not thrilled at the prospect of a president Trump, I can say Donald Trump is crazy like a fox. He delivered the speech needed to get the job done. He came across as knowledgeable, composed, and well…presidential. In the past, GOP candidates received on average a 3 point bump in their poll numbers. Trump, not being the average candidate, received a 6 point bump, which put him into first place. To contrast, in 2012, Romney saw NO bump in his poll numbers.
Here are a few of my favorite speeches from the convention, starting with Rev. Darrell Scott…
The Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell “straight from the heart”…
Emotional & Inspirational Speech from Lynne Patton…
Here is what Peter Thiel had to say…
While Eric Trump gave some insight into what a man of action Donald Trump is…
And of course, the speech given by GOP Republican Presidential Nominee, Donald J. Trump…
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