Did Republicans Flip the Democrats Narrative?
(UnitedVoice.com) – At last week’s Democratic National Convention (DNC), participants hardly dealt with the challenges facing America, let alone offer any solutions. Since March, America hasn’t had much to celebrate. A pandemic swept through the land. Tens of millions of people lost their jobs due to state-induced government shutdowns of businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Governors throughout America quarantined citizens to their homes for months. Needless to say, the economy was in shambles.
As Americans were pent up and frustration grew, the killing of George Floyd while in police custody set-up a chain of events. Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests turned into destructive riots in Democratic-led cities, and Democrats who run the same big cities began introducing defunding the police proposals while empowering the rioters.
At their convention, did Democrats offer any hope or inspiration for America?
What they offered was an America that is “dark” and needs an overhaul. Even during and after the first night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) concluded for the evening on Monday, Democrats and their allies in the media continued to paint a dark picture of the president, the Republican Party, and its supporters despite what Americans could see with their own eyes.
Republican Convention a Steep Contrast
While Democrats presented Donald Trump as the problem for all the doom and gloom facing America, the opening video at the RNC set the stage for optimism, hope, solutions, and a bright future.
Instead of utilizing celebrities to introduce themes and speakers, Republicans didn’t need a moderator. Instead, real-life, compelling Americans told their stories. Throughout the evening, small business owners, veterans, healthcare workers, first responders, and law enforcement professionals shared their experiences and reasons why they want Donald Trump as president for four more years.
What were some of the critical contrasts between Democrats and Republicans to this point?
Over the last five years, Democrats accused Trump of being a racist. It was an often-repeated claim without proof at the Democratic National Convention last week. On Monday evening, August 25, three prominent speakers spoke on the subject.
Former NFL football star turned businessman Herschel Walker talked about his 37-year personal relationship with Donald Trump. Walker said he was insulted at the idea he could be friends with someone for so long who is a known racist. The former NFL star said he was born, raised, and lives in the deep south. He knows racism, and Donald Trump is not a racist.
Republican Congressional Candidate Kim Klacik is running for former Rep. Elijah Cumming’s (D-MD) seat in Baltimore, MD. Klacik uploaded a viral video last week that highlighted the failed leadership of Democrats in her city. On Monday night, the Republican candidate said Democrats who were in power for 50 years allow abandoned buildings to blight black communities while city leaders empower crime and drugs. The Republican candidate claimed that Democrats don’t deserve the black vote and that many are wising up to their destructive policies.
Georgia Democratic State Rep. Vernon Jones (D-GA) said the Democratic Party doesn’t want blacks to leave their “mental plantation.” Jones said he is part of a large and growing number of blacks who are independent thinkers. He talked about how his family came from the tobacco fields of North Carolina to the halls of the statehouse in Georgia. Jones said success is believing in God, working hard, and treating every person fairly. The representative also talked about how Trump is making a difference for black communities in a way Democrats have never done.
The Goodness of America
Throughout the evening, the goodness of America was on display. President Trump talked with regular Americans twice. Along with him, America heard their stories of pain, triumph, and gratitude towards the president and his policies. In one instance, he interviewed six former hostages forgotten by former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
In perhaps the best speech of the day, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) shared an inspirational message of hope. He talked about how an overwhelmingly white community voted for a black man that came from a poor family. Scott demonstrated how he is living the American dream as an African American man. The senator said he was not judged on the color of his skin but on the content of his character. While acknowledging the country is not entirely where we want to be, he said the nation always bends towards fairness and is thankful we are not where we used to be. Finally, Scott said he believes in the goodness of America and the promise that “ALL” men and “ALL” women are created equal.
So, did Republicans flip the narrative that America is dark and racist?
What other conclusions could one come to?
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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