I’ll admit it: I was a skeptic on the prospects for a virtual Republican convention.
I’ve attended conventions since 2000—and I’ve always thought the Democrats brought better production values to the quadrennial pageants than the GOP did.
I expected a creaky, clunky series of wooden speeches.
Was I ever wrong. The Republican National Convention was a masterpiece of messaging.
We saw a look at an impressive record of the president. We saw Secretary of State Mike Pompeo—speaking from Jerusalem. We saw the diversity of today’s GOP. We saw Vice President Pence making the stakes clear when he said: “It’s not so much whether America will be more conservative or more liberal, more Republican or more Democrat. The choice in this election is whether America remains America.”
And, of course, we saw the president.
Hats off to the President, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel and all behind the virtual convention.
I trust and hope American voters were watching and listening.Read More »
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Townhall Review – August 29, 2020
The selection of Senator Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate has produced irrelevant arguments about whether she qualifies as African-American, since both her parents were born abroad.
But her history-making Vice Presidential candidacy does raise an uncomfortable question for advocates of identity politics. On what basis could Senator Harris possibly qualify for the slavery reparations she says she supports? Her parents immigrated from Jamaica and India; now none of her ancestors were ever enslaved in the United States. In fact, the Harris example exposes the lack of logic behind all reparations proposals.
Prominent Black politicians, including Harris, Corey Booker and Barack Obama, were all born to highly educated, hard-working, successful parents, and the idea of government pay-outs to products of privilege of any race is, obviously, ludicrous and unjust.Read More »
The COVID-19 pandemic has done a lot to reveal the importance of the family.
Over these past five months we’ve seen a fascinating and revealing debate about the education of our children—with new conversations about public and private schooling, and of course new attention paid to homeschooling.
We’re seeing a lot of talk as well about justice and equality, about the role of parents and the structure of families.
This revealing headline recently appeared in the New York Times: “Every Choice for Parents Contains Potential Risks or Unfair Advantages.”
Claire Cain Miller writes, “It’s the newest front in America’s parenting wars,”—and you can count on the fact now that parents are getting judged and criticized as she says, “on message boards and in backyard meetups and virtual PTA meetings.”
But our pandemic has served to reveal that there is no structure, no program, no government intervention that can ever replace a functioning intact family with a mom and a dad.
Family provides benefit.
For that we should be grateful—and not ashamed—and not ashamed to say it.Read More »