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Last week’s Democrat convention might’ve been the most negative convention since the 1992 GOP Convention. By comparison, Monday night’s GOP convention had the feel of Reagan’s Morning in America of 1984. When Nikki Haley talked about a US ambassador to the United Nations who spoke at a GOP Convention, my first thought was about Jeane Kirkpatrick characterizing Democrats as the “blame America first” party. That’s exactly what Ambassador Haley referenced:

It’s fair to say that South Carolina played a starring role in Monday night’s events. While Haley’s speech was positive and well-received, Sen. Tim Scott’s speech was the highlight of the night:

Sean Parnell made a name for himself, too:

Sean Parnell, a U.S. Army combat veteran and GOP candidate for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district, ripped Democrats over their “contempt for middle America,” accusing the party of abandoning the families and workers they were supposed to represent in favor of hedge fund managers and celebrities.

“Where Democrats once stood for hard-working, law-abiding Americans who displayed our flag with pride, this New Democrat party considered them uneducated racists, clinging to guns and Bibles,” Parnell said during his Monday night speech to the Republican National Convention. “The party of Harry Truman became the party of hedge fund managers, Hollywood celebrities, tech moguls and academia, bloated with contempt for middle America.”

From a substantive perspective, last night’s event was filled with substance. From the standpoint of assessing the Democrats’ lack of character, it was devastating. From the standpoint of disproving the Democrats’ opinion of President Trump, it was powerful.

Most powerful, though, was how easy it was to create a positive first impression of the entire GOP, President Trump included. The production value was high. The tempo of the speakers was even better. The messages from the first night was that a) President Trump has accomplished a lot on behalf of the American people and b) Republicans are the hopeful party.

Republicans made a great first impression last night, despite what Jennifer Rubin thinks:

In the spin before the Republican National Convention began, President Trump’s team insisted we would get optimism, hope and uplift. Instead, the first night has brought a parade of angry and aggrieved, and mostly White, speakers who sound as paranoid as Trump.

Ahw must mean that the speakers were mostly white other than Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Herschel Walker, Vernon Jones, Kim Klacik and Maximo Alvarez. Rubin also made this insulting statement:

The white supremacy was barely disguised as 26-year-old Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA and Students for Trump said Trump is the “the bodyguard of Western civilization.” Let me translate: Anyone who is not a White American is foreign, alien and “the other.”

It’s stunning that an educated person like Rubin could be that racist. Equating Charlie Kirk with white supremacy is foolish. Only a Democrat would think like that.

The first night of the DNC was characterized by Michelle Obama’s angry scold of a speech. The first night of the RNC was characterized by one upbeat patriot after another after another. A tale of 2 conventions, indeed.

The expectations for the Democratic National Convention weren’t high considering who their primetime speakers were. Still, they managed to not meet expectations. Most importantly, the Democratic National Convention didn’t do what Democrats needed it to do. Next week, Democrats will yield the stage to Republicans, who will hold their quadrennial convention.

Expectations are higher because the speakers’ talent is higher. According to this article, the speakers will be “former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Senators Tim Scott and Joni Ernst, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.”

The article continues, saying “Other speakers will include Nick Sandmann, who sued several media outlets for libel over the portrayal of his role in a confrontation with a Native American group on the National Mall in 2019 when he was a high school student, and Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a Missouri couple who face charges from a local prosecutor after brandishing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching in their neighborhood last month.”

Each night will also feature “a speaker who lived under socialism.”

Then there’s this:

Alice Marie Johnson, whose life sentence was commuted by Trump following intervention by Kim Kardashian West, has confirmed that she will speak. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will deliver taped remarks. A previous report suggested he would skip the convention, but his campaign said that was a “miscommunication.” While Jared Kushner was not originally scheduled to speak alongside Trump’s adult children, CNN reports that “it’s now under consideration.”

This sounds interesting. At least, the RNC won’t feature one past-their-prime politician after another. It’s great that the primetime speeches will be live. I hope that Kim Klacik speaks at the convention, too, even if it’s just to introduce Tim Scott or Alice-Marie Johnson.

I’m betting that Alice-Marie Johnson will highlight the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law in December, 2018. The First Step Act is fixing some of the injustices created by the 1994 Crime Bill that then-Sen. Joe Biden co-authored. Biden is now the Democrats’ presidential nominee. I’m betting that Nick Sandman will talk about the media mob. I’m betting that the McCloskeys will highlight Soros prosecutor Kim Gardner’s unjust prosecution of them for defending themselves.

This will be a livelier convention than the DNC. That isn’t exactly difficult to accomplish.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., addressed an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, saying that the time for half-measures is over. This morning, Ambassador Haley “asked the body’s Security Council to impose the strongest possible sanctions against North Korea in response to the rogue nation’s most recent nuclear test”, adding that “the time for half measures … is over.” Later in her statement, Haley said “We cannot kick this can down the road any longer. There is no more road left.”

Ambassador Haley also said “North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success,” later adding that “North Korea is begging for war.” Others on the Security Council will undoubtedly suggest that the U.S. return to the negotiating table. That’s foolish. As Ambassador Haley noted in her statement, we’ve been negotiating with them for 25 years. That hasn’t produced lasting peace. It’s given us nuclear proliferation to a rogue nation that’s threatening its neighbors and the U.S. with nuclear weapons.

Watching Ambassador Haley’s entire statement is enlightening:

Since then-President-Elect Trump picked her to be his ambassador to the U.N., it’s been clear that she’s an international rock star, stating U.S. positions clearly, powerfully and firmly. There’s no mistaking what her positions are. There’s no doubting that she isn’t into pussyfooting around.

I’d slightly modify Teddy Roosevelt’s saying to “Speak softly and carry a big stick” to fit Ambassador Haley’s style, which I’d describe as ‘Speak confidently and carry a big stick.’ I don’t like the thought of war. When a dictator starts aiming nuclear weapons at our closest allies and at us, though, it’s time to show everyone who the world’s only superpower is and that we won’t hesitate in defending ourselves. In a match of push-comes-to-shove, the U.S. arsenal is full of shove.

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